Who knew Yelp DC could be so classy? Around 200 Elites kicked off the year with an ode to the arts headlined by one of the nation's premier storytelling organizations: SpeakeasyDC! The historic Atlas Performing Arts Center played host, impressing guests like Rebecca S with its many functions: "The space is awesome! Just seeing the dance rooms with people training, and walking through the gorgeous lobby… I wished I had a chance to explore! I'll be back!"
Guests got in the groove during cocktail hour with the jazzy strains of the Kirk Kubicek Trio, and entertained their taste buds with sumptuous salmon tartare by Smith Commons, the reknowned chicken and red velvet waffles of Revive Catering, and finger-licking falafels by Shawafel. Harry's Reserve Fine Wine & Spirits, DC's source for stocking everything from liquor cabinets to cheese drawers, served up a palate-pleasing variety of wine and beer, plus some high-end cigars!
Yelpers then took a seat for a custom show put together just for them by SpeakeasyDC, known for captivating audiences with anecdotes that are true, autobiographical, and for an adult audience. The evening's program, Customer Reviews: True stories told live about run-ins with businesses, products and people, got guests howling and cheering with tales of shifty car salesmen, impossible cable companies, bitchy lawyers and ill-fitting Spanx. We have to agree with Christine E: "From insightful to freakin' hilarious, all the story-tellers were magnificent!"
Who were those superstars? Stories were performed by Adam Ruben, John Jay, Kevin Boggs, Vijai Nathan and Alex Petri, and SpeakeasyDC director Amy Saidman hosted the program. (Want to join the fun? Heads up: SpeakeasyDC offers classes!)
For more of the goods on what Toya J calls "one of the most interesting, funny and unique Yelp events" she's ever attended, be sure to check out all the reviews, and scope out the fab photos by Rolux Photography.
Until next time!
Yelp DC Community Manager