National Press Club

Eat, Meet, Love? Wine dinner with Washington Post's "Cooking for One" columnist, March 29, $70

March 16, 2011 | By Donna Leinwand |

Join the Washington Post Food section's Joe Yonan for a six-course meal featuring recipes from Yonan's new cookbook, "Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One," at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the Fourth Estate restaurant.

Yonan, who has two James Beard Awards, will share his methods for creating simply good food in great variety and in portions to suit the 31 million single adults feeding themselves every day.

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Find out how to get your stories found online, 6:30 pm March 16

March 16, 2011 | By Julie Schoo |

Vanessa Fox, a former Google staffer and founder of Webmaster Central, will discuss search engine optimization at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in the Murrow Room.


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Thriller author discusses "Devil's Light," 6:30 pm May 4

March 14, 2011

Author Richard North Patterson will discuss his latest thriller, The Devil's Light, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4.

A nuclear bomb is about to explode in a major city whose streets will turn bright with the light of a thousand suns. That's the setting for a novel in which Patterson slips into the minds of the mad and messianic and explores what it will mean for all of us if we allow an apocalyptic nightmare to become tomorrow's history-bending reality.

Reservations are required. RSVP at or call 202-662-7523.

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Journalists go for laughs at Comedia dell Media, 7 pm April 1; $12

March 9, 2011

Forget Pulitzer, Polk and Peabody. This year’s most highly-sought media award will be bestowed Commedia dell Media at the National Press Club at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1.

Twelve competitors are lined up to vie for the title of D.C.’s Funniest Journalist at the third annual charity extravaganza.

Cost is $12 until Friday, March 11, when the price will go up to $15 online and $20 at the door. Tickets are available online at

Club members receive a $2 discount on all tickets and can receive the discount code by emailing Joshua Funk at

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Rep. Conyers to discuss guns, health care, workers' rights 10 am, March 14

March 7, 2011

Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Michigan, ranking minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, will address congressional inaction on guns and also discuss health care, Afghanistan, jobs, workers’ rights and what he views as the U.S. Supreme Court’s threat to voting rights, at a Newsmaker at 10 a.m. Monday, March 14.

-- Ron Baygents,

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Comic Harry Shearer addresses media mythmaking, March 14

March 7, 2011

Harry Shearer, famed voice of The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live cast member, radio host of Le Show, and star of the film This is Spinal Tap, will accuse the national press of perpetuating media myths in major news coverage at a National Press Club luncheon on March 14.

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Health care advocate to unveil mental illness education program noon, March 10

March 7, 2011

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare CEO Linda Rosenberg will discuss the emergence of Mental Health First Aid, a new public-education program that teaches people how to help someone in crisis who is developing signs of mental illness or substance abuse at a Newsmaker at noon Thursday, March 10.

Rosenberg will demonstrate how the program uses role playing and simulations to show participants how to assess a mental health crisis, select interventions and provide initial help until professional support is engaged.

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Book Rap: Investigative journo to discuss 8 years in Afghanistan/Pakistan

March 4, 2011

Kim Barker will discuss her new book, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, at the National Press Club Book Rap on March 24, 6:30 p.m., in the Bloomberg Room.

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NPR CEO to explain why public radio's audience is skyrocketing, March 7

March 3, 2011

National Public Radio's President and CEO Vivian Schiller will explain at a March 7 NPC luncheon how NPR is managing to attract a record audience at a time when other media outlets are shrinking.

More people than ever use public radio in more ways - commuters listen in traffic, joggers stream audio from their mobiles, and readers go to the web or their electronic tablet for the latest on global events and world music. She also will present her case for continued public support for the 40-year-old media organization.

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Meet and Eat: Wine dinner featuring Post food writer Joe Yonan, March 29

March 3, 2011

Save the date: Washington Post food writer Joe Yonan will host a wine dinner Tuesday, March 29 featuring recipes from his forthcoming cookbook, "Serve Yourself." Yonan is known for his Cooking for One column so we'll have several tables set aside for singles to meet and eat. Don't worry: If you meet someone special, you can always double the recipe! The menu is in the works and will be available soon. To reserve, call (202) 662-7638.

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