- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 17, 2009

We have been told exclusively that Blondes Versus Brunettes, the local powder-puff game featuring Washington social butterflies, is set for a national kickoff next year.

The annual event, held this past Saturday at George Washington University’s Mount Vernon Campus, pits the fair- and raven-haired against each other, with ticket proceeds benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association.

Our condolences go out to blondes and the gentlemen who prefer them: The women of Team Blonde got their golden tresses handed to them by Team Brunette in a final score of 13-0.

(Corrected paragraph:) Among the “blondies” were Blonde Charity Mafia’s Krista Johnson and Ask Miss A online advice-giver Andrea Rodgers. Firmly on the sidelines was former Miss D.C.-turned-social-blogger Kate Michael, who did several cartwheels down the field in celebration of Team Bru’s victory. As for Katherine Kennedy, the other Mafia member, who raised money for the event but did not attend, she put her defeat in perspective by reminding herself, as she told us in an e-mail, “Blondes may have lost the game, but we all know they had more fun.”

As for Miss Kennedy, she put her defeat in perspective by reminding herself, as she told us in an e-mail, “Blondes may have lost the game, but we all know they had more fun.”

Ryan Triplette, the BVB chairwoman who founded the charity with three others five years ago, informs us that a “national playbook” is being drafted to teach other cities how to host their own games, sell tickets and attract media.

Since its inception, BVB has drummed up $250,000 locally and been a favorite on the D.C. social calendar. Ms. Triplette says that over the next year, we can expect about 15 cities across the country to follow the local lead.

Devo’s world

Legendary new-wave band Devo derived its name in the 1970s from the conviction that humanity was in a stage of de-evolution. Sitting down with the pioneering act’s Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh Sunday evening before Devo’s performance at the 9:30 Club, we inquired: Has humanity made any progress in the intervening years?

Apparently, things have gone from bad to worse.

“The population has been so dumbed down that there are no people defending the ideas of democracy,” Mr. Casale said. “It’s gone! You have a corporate feudal state. International banking interests and corporations determine what happens. Everybody just wants their new pair of Nikes and to be in the pool in Las Vegas up to their waist singing, ‘Drink all day, play all night’ — totally apolitical, totally focused inward on meaningless consumption and pleasure.”

Sorry we asked.

The pair also revealed the true inspiration behind the cult band’s biggest hit, 1979’s “Whip It.”

“We let people think it was about sadomasochism because that’s what they wanted to think,” Mr. Casale recalled. “We realized really quickly we should shut up and not tell them what it’s really about, which was a satirical look at all that kind of stuff in America that’s like hucksterism — ‘You’re number one! You can do it!’”

Chimed in Mr. Mothersbaugh: “To us, it was kind of a Dale Carnegie ‘You can do it’ — and if it was aimed at anybody, it was aimed at [President] Carter at the time. We felt sort of bad for him.”

Alas, the former president needed more than a Devo hit to salvage his hopes for a second term.

Hamburger helper

We asked hipster comedian Neil Hamburger, in town for a performance at the Black Cat on Sunday night, if he was planning to stand in line outside his local bookstore to buy former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s book when it’s released Tuesday.

“Is it a free book?” he asked. “I mean, I can’t afford her book. Honestly, I can’t even line up outside the newspaper stand to buy her newspaper articles because I don’t have the money for that!”

Growing increasingly exasperated, he added: “She didn’t come to my show here tonight! Why should I go get her book?”

We can’t quite picture Sarah Palin at a Neil Hamburger show, but we bet it would be funny!

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