National Press Club

Lobster Night at Fourth Estate, March 30; $25

March 24, 2011 | By Micayla Diener | mdiener@press.org

Please join us from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, for our monthly Lobster Night at the Fourth Estate Restaurant.

Your dinner, a steamed quarter-pound lobster, is served with drawn butter and a choice of oven-roasted potatoes or fries and coleslaw or green salad.

Cost is $25 for National Press Club members and $30 for non-members.

Dinner reservations are required 24 hours in advance to assure service, but some may be available to walk-in diners. Call 202-662-7638 or email fourthestate@press.org to reserve your spot.

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Fox News contributor, former NPR analyst Juan Williams headlines May 26 luncheon

March 23, 2011 | By Melissa Charbonneau | melcharbonneau@aol.com

Political commentator and Fox News contributor Juan Williams, who was fired by NPR in October after making controversial comments about Muslims, will address a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, May 26.

Williams has voiced support for current Republican efforts to strip his former employer of its federal funding.

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Journalists compete for laughs, April 1 $15

March 23, 2011 | By Joshua Funk | jfunk@press.org

Tickets are now on sale for Commedia dell Media III on Friday, April 1, at the National Press Club.

The event will feature 13 esteemed members of the Washington press corps battling to be named D.C.'s Funniest Journalist. Washington Post cartoonist Nick Galifianakis will host and PBS’s Miles O’Brien will headline the show.

Tickets are $15 online (www.press.org/comedy) and $20 at the door. Tickets for the VIP reception are $35 and can only be purchased online. Club members receive a discount. The code can be obtained from Joshua Funk (jfunk@press.org).

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Battle Hymn of Journalism: Event analyzes Civil War's impact on Fourth Estate, 6:30 pm April 11

March 18, 2011 | By Arthur Wiese | artwiese@gmail.com

The National Press Club will examine the impact the Civil War had in transforming journalism in the United States -- and worldwide -- when Harold Holzer, one of the world's leading authorities on the political culture of that era and on Abraham Lincoln, addresses a special Book and Author Night at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the Holeman Lounge.

Not coincidentally, that evening is the eve of the 150th anniversary of the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter, S.C. -- the first shots fired in what remains America's bloodiest war.

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Hospital CEO explores health care reform, innovation, 10 am March 31

March 18, 2011 | By Ron Baygents | ronaldbaygents@aol.com

Dr. Herbert Pardes, president and CEO of New York-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, the nation’s largest nonprofit, non-sectarian hospital, will discuss how to achieve health care reform through innovation at a Newsmaker at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 31.

Dr. Pardes will explore the impact of the U.S. health care reform law on academic medical centers and medical advances.

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Photoshop classes scheduled for April 6, 13; $20

March 17, 2011 | By Julie Schoo | jschoo@press.org

Snap, download -- then what? Sign up now for a hands-on Photoshop workshop next month at the National Press Club.

Beginning Photoshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, and intermediate Photoshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. Participants can attend either session or both.

Participants will need to bring a couple of recent digital photos on a thumbdrive; laptops will be provided or participants may bring their own as long as they have Photoshop software.

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IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman Talks Taxes, April 6

March 17, 2011 | By Suzanne Struglinski | sstruglinski@nrdc.org

As Americans are completing their taxes, Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Doug Shulman will address a National Press Club luncheon on April 6.

Shulman, now in his third year of a five-year term, will outline his agenda in a speech entitled “On the Horizon: A Vision for the Future of Our Tax System.”

The 47th IRS commissioner, Shulman is responsible for collecting $2.4 trillion in tax revenues.

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Massachusetts Gov. Patrick introduces new book, April 13

March 16, 2011 | By Bea Snyder | BeaAndBobS@aol.com

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will introduce his new book, "A Reason to Believe: Lessons From an Improbable Life," at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13.

In January 2007, Patrick became the first African American governor of Massachusetts, one of only two African American governors elected in American history.

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

March 16, 2011 | By Donna Leinwand | dleinwand@usatoday.com

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 | jschoo@press.org

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.

RSVP to professionaldevelopment@press.org

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