- The Washington Times - Friday, May 1, 2009

The lady spies have an exclusive scoop that Mr. Rocket Man, Sir Elton John, will be in town May 9 for the Land Rover America’s Polo Cup, the world’s premier polo match, featuring the United States vs. Australia.

The British pop legend is the guest of Daum, an international art and sculpture design firm.

Mr. John will not be performing but will be watching Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas get his jam on as well as Mya, who, we hear, will do a special performance of “Lady Marmalade,” the sexy 1974 disco classic made famous by Labelle.

D.C.: You’re hired!

G2 got out of our Beltway comfort zone and Thelma and Louised it out to Sterling, Va., for an encounter with not one, but two members of America’s self-styled royal family — the Trumps.

Donald Trump and his twentysomething son Eric held a press conference to announce the acquisition of the Lowes Island Club, now known as Trump National Golf Club, Washington, DC.

“I paid cash for it. It’s easier that way,” Mr. Trump quipped.

“The Congressional Club can’t compete with us. Our property and proximity to the Potomac is spectacular,” he boasted, referring to the club’s 600 acres on the river.

“[Congressional does] have the legacy of 100 years of playing golf, though,” he conceded.

“D.C. is very hot right now,” said Mr. T, stealing a line from his friend Paris Hilton. “It controls the banks, the government and the car companies.”

Mr. Trump said that in addition to correcting the course’s cart paths, he’ll be adding more tennis courts and building a new ballroom and restaurant. A detail guy, he pointed to the ceiling of the clubhouse, where the press conference was held, and noted, “We need a chandelier up there.”

He’ll have plenty of help with this project, thanks to nepotism. The younger Mr. Trump has his father’s ambition and eye for a good deal. The recent Georgetown grad, executive vice president of development and acquisitions of the Trump Organization, spotted the property and made the pitch to his pop.

The 26-year-old Mr. Trump, who said he has been golfing since the age of 5 or 6, says you can expect to see him around, as he’ll take the new club under his wing and supervise the changes.

He does not have a place in Washington, but we hear he is actively searching for one. It always helps when you have a private jet to fly you between Manhattan and Washington for “day trips,” as he called them.

As for aspiring Mrs. Trumps, he told us he is single but has a girlfriend.

But, hey, if you can afford the club’s $75,000-a-year membership fee and $600-a-month dues, you certainly can give it your best shot.

On his way out, we asked Papa Trump about life as a father of five and if we can expect any more baby apprentices. “That could happen,” he said with a knowing grin.

Loud and proud

Hometown favorite William Farley of Arlington has been named the 2009 Poetry Out Loud National Champion in the annual nationwide recitation competition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

An 18-year-old student at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Mr. Farley won over the judges and audience at Lisner Auditorium on Thursday with a heartfelt rendition of William Carlos Williams‘ “Danse Russe.” He won a $20,000 scholarship, and his high school will receive $500 for the purchase of poetry for its library.

Garrison Keillor, host of Minnesota Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” was one of the judges of the event. Mr. Keillor inspired us with tales of another gentleman who was passionate about the arts, the late Robert Altman, who directed the eponymous film based on Mr. Keillor’s radio show.

“Robert Altman loved making movies above all other things,” Mr. Keillor observed. “I think in his earlier days he had other things that he loved, but when I met him, he was seventy-nine, and that’s what he lived for. And it was phenomenal to meet someone whose life was so devoted to one thing. When I met him, he was a very sick old man, but once the camera started rolling and he started making the movie, he became well again.”

To contact Stephanie Green and Elizabeth Glover with a tip or to request event coverage, please e-mail undercover@washingtontimes.com.

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