Hollywood on the Potomac

Laughter and Song

June 19, 2017

“It’s an effortless technique that brings your tension level down. So obviously, it would be great for veterans and that’s why I’m here to support it,” comedian Jerry Seinfeld told Hollywood on the Potomac at the annual gala for the David Lynch Foundation, a “Night of Laughter and Song.”  It was not your usual evening at The Kennedy Center. The issue at hand was to support the programs of the Lynch Foundation which promotes healing traumatic stress and raising performance in at-risk populations, mainly through the practice of transcendental meditation.

 

The actors and musicians on hand all described their own journeys with TM, stress management and finding ways to relax in life. It was an interesting mix of beautiful songs from Kesha and Ben Folds, to raunchy comedy from Margaret Cho and societal commentary from Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno that would make anyone sentimental about comedy TV from the 90s. It was an evening for a good cause that had people roaring in the aisles….and then going home to meditate.


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'From the Ashes'

June 15, 2017

by guest contributor Tammy Haddad

 

Just as President Trump has announced plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord, National Geographic, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Mayor Muriel Bowser joined forces to host the timely screening of From the Ashes, a National Geographic Documentary Film shown at NatGeo Headquarters. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio, produced by the Academy Award and Emmy-winning production company RadicalMedia and supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, From the Ashes explores one of the most contentious topics — energy production, coal and the mining industry.  From the Ashes arrived in the Nation’s capital as mayors across the country, including Mayor Bowser, are committing to adopt, honor, and uphold the goals of the Paris Agreement.

 

“We are proud to host this screening in Washington, DC where we understand that the effects of climate change are already here, and that without proper planning and collaboration, they will be catastrophic,” said Mayor Bowser. “Fortunately, I am confident that leaders around the country will continue to think globally, act locally, and ensure that our nation remains a strong partner in the fight against climate change.”

From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry, and what its future should look like under the Trump administration. From Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what is at stake for our economy, health, climate and communities. 


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Cultural Perfection

June 5, 2017

Written by guest contributor Joe David

 

The Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center was rocking last week when over one thousand guests gathered in the atrium for the popular ninth-annual 2017 Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge (ECC), sponsored by TCMA (a Drew Company).

 

Among the guests gathering in the atrium and overflowing into adjoining rooms to sample the generous servings of food and drink were some of Washington’s most prominent diplomats, socialites and VIPS. Singers, dancers, and bands distracted the partygoers by filling the rooms with the exotic sounds and rhythms from around the world. As enjoyable as the music was, as professional as the entertainers were, the focus of the evening was still the food, which was prepared with authentic skill by embassy chefs trained to magically transform the familiar (chicken, fish, lamb and beef) into something unique and delicious with their gilded fingers. Many of the guests showed their appreciation for all the chefs hard work by lining up eagerly for a taste, some even for seconds of their favorite dish.


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