Washington, D.C., is ripe with red carpet events where no one recognizes the people on the red carpet. Fundraisers for not-for-profits, political events (can you name your senator, much less point her out?) and various mixers all roll out the carpet and invite you -- for the price of a ticket -- to stand in front of a logo-printed backdrop while attractive young men in sunglasses point their big lenses at you.
I LOVE every second of it!
Our red carpet moment came Monday night at the GI Film Festival in Old Town Alexandria. The festival recognizes the work of directors and actors telling military stories, and supports veterans getting into the cinematic arts. My husband's company is a sponsor of the festival. Thus, the welcome to the red carpet.
Today and tomorrow, the festival will be showcasing long and short films at the beautiful Old Town Theater in Alexandria that examine various aspects of military life: the pulse-pounding adrenaline of war, transitioning back to civilian life, the courage of those who fought during WWII. And after a day's worth of film, there will be the parties.
I like the parties.
Saturday's after party will be at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office with special guest Adam Driver, who is a former U.S. Marine and an actor in Girls and Inside Llewyn Davis. You may not have heard of Adam, but you will: He is reportedly the main bad guy in the upcoming Star Wars films. So...squee!
Sunday's party will be a champagne reception at the Old Town Theater following the East Coast premiere of Fort Bliss, which stars Michelle Monaghan as a decorated Army medic and single mother who returns home from Afghanistan. The truly effervescent Monaghan -- I loved her in Mission: Impossible III -- will be there to toast women in the military, who are being honored that night.
In Between Tip: For dining in Old Town, head away from the water and toward Vermillion. The sexy townhouse restaurant with its opulent red walls, carefully crafted cocktails and beautifully presented meals will make you very glad that you're an adult.
So, not everyone on the red carpet is unrecognizable. In fact, there was even a well-known face at our event, a face so well known for the good guys he plays that I had the impulse to slap him on the back and say, "Hey" like he was an old friend. It was David Arquette. You know, Monica's other husband. He was there to promote Monday's movie, Field of Lost Shoes, a Civil War drama that he and a lot of other Hollywood bigwigs (Tom Skerritt, Jason Isaacs, LUKE FROM MODERN FAMILY) had a role in.
I didn't walk up and say "Hi." But we hovered in his vicinity and felt cool occasionally taking glances at his good hair and bright, white shoes.