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Arts Roundup: Johnny Iuzzini Edition

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Oh, Johnny!

Morning all. Let's get to it, shall we?

Twitter sure does make for strange bedfellows, doesn't? Especially in the McCain family. First it was John McCain and Snooki sharing tweet love, and now it's Meghan McCain and Courtney Love. After Meghan tweeted about watching Love on VH1's "Behind the Music" and about listening to Hole as a teen, Love tweeted back, "I love her @McCainBlogette rocks! xoxoxo." I don't know what's more disturbing, thinking about Courtney Love voting Republican or knowing that Meghan and I share musical tastes.

WaPo analyzes Wonder Woman's new costume. She's got a bodice that evokes the lines of Spiderman, leggings that seamlessly become boots, and a cropped motorcycle jacket that I would totally wear. And, just in time for Fourth of July, she's ditched the patriotic stars.

You know what time it is. That's right, it's Top Chef time! Another week, another hot guest judge: Rock and roll pastry chef  showed up for the quickfire challenge, in which the cheftestants were charged with making a pie. My boy Kenny, feeling inspired after receiving words of encouragement from his girlfriend, took the top spot for his Bananas Foster pie. Yum.

The cheftestants then learned that they'd be cooking for Congressional interns at a picnic at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate. Upon hearing this news, Albert speculated that a lot of his competitors would be grilling. "I'm not a grill guy," he said. "It'll clog the pores way too fast." Yes, this is the same guy who hired a wardrobe stylist before coming on the show.

While I was a little bummed Iuzzini wasn't back to judge the elimination challenge, I could handle it because we got Jonathan Waxman instead. Amanda excelled with her ribs–in a rare show of graciousness, after sampling them Angelo said, "I think it's even better than mine, to be honest with you." He was still in the top four with his "magazine cover" lettuce wraps, as was Ed with his Middle Eastern tuna. Arnold, despite feeling lukewarm about the challenge initially, took home top prize with his lamb skewers. Tracey, the show's comic relief, went home for her erratically seasoned Italian burger, which was deemed amateurish by the judges.

In other Top Chef news, former cheftestant Spike Mendelsohn (who will make an appearance on next week's episode) is finally set this month to open his pizzeria We, the Pizza, next door to his Capitol Hill burger joint Good Stuff Eatery. He'll be serving up New York pizza, which should be a nice change from the ubiquitous Neopolitan pizza in D.C.

Photo: newyork.grubstreet.com

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