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Sarah Jessica Parker and Frank Gehry Eat Dinner at Big Bear Cafe


Yes, the tales of rapidly changing Bloomingdale are getting trite, but here's one more example that the neighborhood has, well, changed: Celebrities are going there.

Last night, Sarah Jessica Parker, Frank Gehry, artist Chuck Close, and Troy Andrews (aka Trombone Shorty) gathered at Bloomingdale's Big Bear Cafe for a casual dinner.

Big Bear knew they were coming ahead of time, and closed the cafe to the public, according to operations manager Mike Balderrama.

The artists and a team from the President's Committee on Arts and the Humanities are in D.C. for the Turnaround Arts program—an initiative that uses arts to improve student performance. (Parker and Close are members of the arts and humanities committee.) They went to dinner last night in preparation for today's White House talent show, Balderrama wrote in an email to City Desk.

No word on whether the group did $5 beer and whiskey combos at nearby Showtime after dinner.

Photo by KramChang via Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

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  • swoon!

    Two of the greatest artists of the 20th century, and you choose to lead with a mediocre actress? lolz okay...

  • ZC

    How about leaving celebrity gossip and chit-chat to the brain dead Washington Post Reliable Source typists, Helena Andrews and Emily Heil?

  • Jenny Rogers

    Hey, Swoon!, ladies first

  • 7r3y3r

    @swoon! - probably because Sarah Jessica Parker and Frank Gehry are the most recognizable names in the group. Objective vs. subjective.

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