D.C. Scene: Dingell’s Ladies Lunch to ‘American Hustle’

Debbie Dingell, wife of Representative John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat who has served in Congress for almost 60 years, holds her traditional holiday bipartisan ladies’ luncheon today.

What to expect: A Ritz-Carlton packed with some of Washington’s most connected women, including congressional spouses and power lobbyists. It’s being billed as “a toast to the end of the year with girlfriends so dear.”

Who’s Who: Along with Dingell, Marlene Malek, wife of Republican fundraiser Fred Malek, and philanthropists Catherine Reynolds and Grace Bender are on the host committee.

Access: Invitation Only

The Choral Arts Society of Washington puts on its 33rd annual Holiday Concert and Gala with a dash of Italian holiday spirit tonight.

What to Expect: The chef from Villa Firenze, the residence of the Italian ambassador, will be overseeing the menu. Musical selections and nativity décor will reflect the culture of Italy.

Who’s Who: Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero, along with his counterparts from Mexico, Russia, and Belgium. You may also see board members like Laura Pruitt, partner at the law firm Alston and Bird LLP’s financial services and product group, and William Winslow, a senior partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, better known as WilmerHale.

Access: Tickets start at $15 for the concert only, and gala packages start at $675. See the society’s website.

‘American Hustle’

It’s time for a costume change, from Chanel suits and black tie to the free-wheeling 1970s: Tuesday night, Columbia Pictures hosts a screening debut for the Bradley Cooper film “American Hustle,” fresh from its Golden Globe nominations.

What to expect: E Street Cinema humming with movie buffs.

Who’s Who: David O. Russell, the film’s director whose credits include “Silver Linings Playbook” and “I Heart Huckabees.” He’ll take part in a discussion.

Access: Invitation Only.

“Upstairs, Downstairs” intrigue is coming to Washington a month early on Thursday at an advance screening of an episode from season four of “Downton Abbey.”

What to Expect: Hundreds of members of WETA, the PBS affiliate, at the Marriott Wardman Park, bearing baby gifts in honor of the abbey’s new heir. The organizers are billing the screening as a “baby shower for Lady Mary Crawley.” The gifts will be donated to local children’s charities.

Who’s Who: Sorry, no cast members, but if you’re into titles, you can meet Sir Peter Westmacott, the British Ambassador, and our own version of aristocracy: a Rockefeller, as Sharon Percy Rockefeller, the CEO of WETA will be hosting.

Access: Invitation only.

Restaurant Debut

Across town in Southeast D.C., a new Mexican restaurant makes its weekend debut.

What to Expect: Agua 301 at the Yards, a “modern Mexican” restaurant, catering to the Capitol Hill crowd. The menu will feature house-made salsas, adobo roasted chicken entradas, and a long list of “bocaditos,” small bites to go with drinks.

Who’s Who: Antonio Burrell is chef, and a part-owner is David Bonior, former Michigan congressman.

Access: Reservations encouraged.

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