So far, the news coming out of the White House Correspondent's Association Dinner party-circuit has all been bleak: People has
traded in its after-party in favor of* teamed up with Time Inc. cousin TIME for a joint cocktail party the night before the event, and Bloomberg and Vanity Fair — traditionally two of the big power players on Saturday night — announced that they are merging their parties.
But Niche Media's Capitol File magazine is about to buck that trend with the announcement of an entire weekend slate of events. In addition to their annual Saturday night after-party on May 9, the magazine is teaming up with the Creative Coalition on Friday night for a screening of the Creative Coalition's "PoliWood" documentary (directed by Barry Levinson).
Sting and Anne Hathaway are among the stars expected to join the movie's co-producers (and co-founders of the Creative Coalition) Tim Daly and Robin Bronk.
The next night, the magazine will host an after-party at the Corcoran Gallery of Art with a power guest list that includes President Obama's Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers. Jarrett and Rogers appear on the cover of Capitol File's summer issue, which comes out the same day as the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. Other guests expected at that after-party include Hathaway and the Dinner's official emcee, Wanda Sykes.
*Correction: People magazine has never had an after-party -- they have traditionally held a Friday night cocktail party, and this is the first year they are co-hosting with TIME. The Huffington Post regrets the error.