Rhinebeck Abuzz!

07/31/10 The historic hamlet of Rhinebeck, N.Y., was put back on the map, thanks to today’s wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky .  The in(n) crowd stayed at the Beekman Arms, founded in 1766; George Washington slept here. Townspeople mixed with curious weekend visitors and the media horde outside places such as the Delamater Inn — all hoping for a glimpse of invited guests like Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. Shop windows displayed congratulations to the newlyweds, who will tie the knot this evening at the Astor Courts estate on the Hudson River.

Legg Mason Official Draw

[Croatian Marin Cilic – who will be #4 Seed in 2010 Legg Mason Tennis Classic helps with putting the names in the bracket after they are drawn at random.]

07/30/10 Today was the Official Draw for the 42nd edition of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic which kicks off on Saturday, July 31 and runs through Sunday, August 8. Mayor Fenty presented a “Tennis Week” proclamation and VIP guests drew players’ names to complete the Main Draw Singles bracket for the tournament.

This year’s Legg Mason Tennis Classic features three Top 10 players   (www.leggmasontennisclassic.com), including Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych (No. 8 on the South African Airways ATP Singles Rankings); three-time Legg Mason Tennis Classic champion (2001, 2005 and 2007) World No. 9 Andy Roddick (USA), Fernando Verdasco (No. 10); Marin Cilic (No. 13); marathon man John Isner (No. 18), and Sam Querrey (No. 19).  Former champion James Blake (2002) will compete as a Wild Card recipient in the tournament, marking his first return since 2006.

[WTOP radio reporter Mark Plotkin cornered Mayor Fenty to persuade him to commit to being on his politics program next Friday.]

UPDATE! 08/05/10 The Mayor was a no-show for Plotkin’s program so Plotkin spent the first few minutes denouncing the Mayor as a “potted plant” for going to an event with President Obama instead of coming on his show.

Andrews On The Hill

07/27/10 ESPN’s Erin Andrews attended a press conference on Capitol Hill today pushing for changes to federal anti-stalking laws to make them tougher.

CONTEST TIME! The first person who can guess which shoes in the photo below belong to Andrews and which belong to Rep. Virginia Foxx (R NC) wins a t-shirt.

UPDATE! Erin Andrews tweets this “Shoe Contest” photo and writes: “Hint: my feet hurt”

07/10 Photo News Aggregate

07/22/10 Recent photo news of interest: Czechmates – women running for office in the Czech Republic pose for cheesecake calendar; B&H review of GigaPan Epic Robotic Camera Mount; Check out a new zine which features the work of 11 photographers who are 34 years or older called Get Off My Lawn. It’s a tongue-in-cheek response to calls for entry, contests and publications that require “emerging photographers” to be somewhere between the ages of 18 and 34; The Economist magazine doctored a news photo for it’s cover story on Obama and the oil spill; Ed Kashi joins VII; BP restricts photographers trying to cover oil spill; UK Press Photographers’ Awards; Politics Daily story about author Helena Andrews and her Mom using a photo I shot; “Horseboy” and other Google Streetview mysteries; Terry Richardson back to shooting for W; Southern sunsets and other bad photo doctoring; Nurse from iconic Times Square kissing photo has died; My friend – the great Stephen Crowley; Review of Edweard Muybridge exhibit at the Corcoran Museum; Review of “Smash His Camera” – a documentary about paparazzo Ron Galella; How Howard Got His History Back; The history of  yearbooks and photography; High-end NYC real estate photog; Wunderkind Ryan McGinley shoots for NYT Mag; 160 year old photo mystery; Cartier-Bresson retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.

[Photo from Behind the Scenes of the 2010 Miss DC Pageant.]