Hollywood on the Potomac

'Opera Pop'

December 18, 2014

You won’t find “Opera Pop” in Webster’s dictionary, but Wikipedia defines it as ‘a sub-genre of pop music that is performed in an operatic singing style, or a song, theme or motif from classical music stylized as pop.’  We asked ABC7’s Scott Thuman if he knew what “Opera Pop” was prior to the performance.  “An uneducated guess is that it’s a small group of performers singing popular songs in an Opera style” he answered.  “I’m going to say that it would be like Bruno Mars sung in Italian with a classic tone.”  We’re going with awesome!

The “Duo Opera Pops” were sensational at the Christmas party hosted at Villa Firenze by Ambassador Claudio and Laura Denise Bisogniero as they voyaged from stage to guests to balconies where they engaged in Christmas carols as an encore.

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December 15, 2014

If you’re just getting home from last night’s holiday festivities, chances are you were at the “T’Was the Twelfth Night Before Christmas” party hosted by Sara and Ron Bonjean where ‘shooters’ were the norm. If past festivities are any indication, they’ll be sharing breakfast with leftover guests as we speak. Think Bloody Mary’s …….

There were no “Budget Trolls” roaming around this year because Congress avoided a government shut down prior to the occasion, but Darth Vadar was lurking around doing his little Skywalker thingy …..

Showin’ the love this year was George Wendt of Cheers fame who was fetched by official handler Doug Heye.  Wendt almost immediately morphed into his Cheers role by pulling up a bar stool to greet guests.

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December 11, 2014

It’s not every day that you get to go to the White House, especially to discuss and engage on international policy issues; but this week, that privilege was reality for nearly 100 bloggers, writers, producers and educators from the travel space. The gathering, tagged aptly online as a summit for #WHTravelBloggers, was a full day of exploration and discussion about the benefits of cross-cultural educational and cultural exchange and boosting international student travel and study abroad.

From the start of the day, it was clear this was going to be an interactive experience rather than a typical one sided summit where experts speak at you from a stage. A lively breakfast on the top floor of the W Hotel (formerly the historic Hotel Washington) kicked off the melding of minds and thoughts. Participants were encouraged to…participate, sharing anecdotes and photos and every detail of the day on social media. Naturally, this gathering of digital media folks would have been hard to keep off of the internet; every last one vested in communicating and sharing experiences with people near and far for the collective benefit, and that spirit was necessary to tackle the international issues at hand. Each tagged post additionally became part of a growing mosaic highlighting top tweets about the day’s activities.

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