- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 3, 2009

Shop ‘til you drop

Need an excuse to go shopping? Well, a number of Washington-area stores are participating in next week’s Fashion’s Night Out, the brainchild of Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Her idea was intended as a way to draw shoppers to retailers suffering from the economic downturn. Shops will stay open late Sept. 10 and host parties complete with cupcakes, champagne and giveaways - but no sale prices - in an effort to move away from the recession-era discounts that are detrimental to retailers.

The Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the MidCity Business Association, which represents retailers in the area around 14th and U streets Northwest, to bring Fashion’s Night Out to the District. Participating boutiques include Caramel, Lettie Gooch, Palace 5ive, Redeem, Rue 14, Treasury, Muleh and Junction.

Come on out to update your wardrobe, support local retailers and do your part to help the economy.

Tying the knot

Congratulations to our colleague at the Washington Examiner Jeff Dufour, who we hear will marry his longtime love, Jayne Sandman, this weekend on Cape Cod.

Mr. Dufour, a Georgetown University graduate, pens the popular Yeas & Nays column for the Examiner, and Miss Sandman is a former associate publisher of Capitol File magazine who runs her own public relations shop.

The newly minted power couple will celebrate their nuptials with a small reception on the beach, and we hear the groom, who moonlights as a musician, will serenade the guests.

Cheers to the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Dufour!

Local flavor

One of the District’s own will be performing at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sept. 13. GQ, in its June issue, called Wale “the greatest new rapper since Jay Z.” The D.C. go-go band that often performs with him, UCB, will provide live musical entertainment throughout the evening.

Wale will perform his new hit singles, “Chillin” and “World Tour” and put a D.C. twist on some other artists’ biggest 2009 hits.

“This is a monumental point in my career,” Wale said in a news release. “As an unknown artist, it was an honor for me to perform with Mark Ronson at the 2007 VMAs. This year, UCB and I will be adding an extra element to the VMAs as we bring our signature sound of go-go music to the stage.”

Wale’s much-anticipated new album, “Attention Deficit,” will be released by the major label Allido/Interscope on Oct. 20. We can’t wait!

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