National Press Club

Bust out the bibs: It's time for lobsters at the Fourth Estate, Jan. 29

January 22, 2014 | By Brent Gwathney |

The monthly Fourth Estate's Lobster Night returns Wednesday, Jan. 29 and will be held on the last Wednesday of every month.

These top-notch crustaceans from Maine will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Reservations are essential at least 24 hours in advance. Please call 202-662-7638 to reserve.

Members pay $25 and non-members $30 for a steamed 1-¼ pound Maine Lobster with a choice of coleslaw or salad and choice of French Fries or oven-crisped new potatoes.

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Wunderbar Media execs to share strategies for 'entrepreneurial mindset' at Communicators breakfast Jan. 29

January 22, 2014 | By Tom McMahon |

Entrepreneurship is a popular buzzword, but what does it really mean, especially for today’s communications professional?

Jessica Hirt and Hannes Luth of Wunderbar Media will share their corporate communications and publishing strategies for developing entrepreneurship at a Communicators' breakfast on Jan. 29.

The event begins at 8 a.m. with networking and continental breakfast at 8, followed at 8:30 a.m. with the program.

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Feast on Italy's best with cookbook author Domenica Marchetti at dinner Jan. 23

January 17, 2014 | By Susan Delbert |

Renowned Italian cooking author Domenica Marchetti showcases recipes from her latest cookbook, “The Glorious Vegetables of Italy,” at a five-course dinner the Fourth Estate restaurant on Thursday, Jan. 23.

Click here to purchase a ticket.

The five-course menu from the book includes the carrot polenta cake with Marsala that Marchetti offered at November's NPC Book Fair. Other courses include clam stew and grilled lamb spiedini. Each course is paired with a lush Italian wine. The full menu is listed below.

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I'm not making this up: Humorist Dave Barry's back at the Club, March 6

January 16, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Pulitzer Prize-winner and New York Times best-selling author Dave Barry returns to the National Press Club on March 6 to discuss his new book,"You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About.”

The event begins at 1 p.m. A book signing will follow the discussion.

This is a ticketed event and registration is required. Click here to register.

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Football fans: Don't miss NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith, Jan. 22

January 16, 2014 | By Melinda Cooke |

DeMaurice Smith, in his short tenure as executive director of the NFL Players Association, has dealt with a number of contentious issues -- including the most recent collective bargaining agreement and players' concerns over concussion-related injuries.

He will address those issues when he speaks at the National Press Club on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

To reserve your ticket, please click here.

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Workshop for Freelancers and Other Self-Employed Workers Set for Jan. 17

January 15, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman |

The National Press Club Journalism Institute is holding a seminar to help freelancers and other self-employed professionals manage their own businesses.

The event is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 17 at 9 am in the Bloomberg Room.

Club member Hannes Luth of Wunderbar Media will conduct a three-hour interactive workshop.

The session will give you an overview of what business goal setting is, how to identify and set realistic and attainable goals, and show you how to organize your tasks in a way that ensures success.

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Tickets Still Available for Club Luncheon with IMF Head

January 12, 2014 | By Kasia Klimasinska |

Tickets are still available for Wednesday's Club luncheon with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde. She will speak immediately after returning from a trip to Africa.

Wednesday's lunch will begin at 1 p.m., different from the customary schedule, with the speech and question-and-answer session beginning at 1:30.

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This Week in National Press Club History

January 12, 2014 | By Elizabeth Smith Brownstein |

Jan. 12, 1950: Secretary of State Dean Acheson outlines at a Club luncheon an American “defense perimeter” in the Far East that notably excludes Korea and Taiwan. This omission may have convinced the Soviet Union to arm North Korea with enough modern weapons to invade South Korea that same year.

Jan. 13, 1981: Musician Stevie Wonder advocates for the establishment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a federal holiday at a luncheon.

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Club photographer Noel St. John wins top volunteer award

January 9, 2014 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

A ubiquitous figure at National Press Club events was named the organization's top volunteer in 2013.

Noel St. John, the Club's photo coordinator since 2010 and a member of the Photography Committee, won the Berny Krug Award for the many hours he has dedicated to managing the volunteer photographers who covered more than 100 Club events last year.

St. John also shoots dozens of Club activities himself, providing images that appear in the Wire, on the Club website and in its archives.

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Setting business goals for 2014: Workshop for self-employed professionals

January 9, 2014 | By Julie Schoo |

A smart CEO (that is you freelancer and independent worker!) understands the value of setting goals for the New Year to move his or her business to the next level. The process involves a fair amount of introspection into values, visions, strengths and weaknesses.

Serial media entrepreneur Hannes Luth of Wunderbar Media will help you map out your 2014 goals in a three-hour interactive workshop sponsored by the NPC Journalism Institute. The session will be held on Jan. 17, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Bloomberg Room.

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