Hollywood on the Potomac

Journey Interrupted

April 28, 2016

“My mother and father had come from Germany to America; my father first, then he went back to marry my mother and bring her here where he was head of the New York office of a German bank,” author Hillie Mahoney told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book party in her honor at the Georgetown manse of T.H. Bonnie McElveen-Hunter. “Then came 1940 and the bank said, ‘Please come back. Close the office and come back to Germany’ – which he did.”  What started out as an adventurous trip to Europe via San Francisco and Japan turned out to be a Journey Interrupted: A Family Without a Country in a World at War.


“In the midst of World War II, a German-American family finds themselves stranded in Japan in this inspiring tale of an extraordinary family adapting to the hazards of fate, and finding salvation in each other. In the spring of 1941, seven-year-old Hildegarde Ercklentz and her family leave their home in New York City and set off for their native Germany, where her father has been recalled to the headquarters of the Commerz & Privat Bank in Berlin. It was meant to be an epic journey, crossing the United States, the Pacific, and Siberia—but when Hitler invades Russia, a week-long stay in Yokohama, Japan becomes six years of quasi-detention, as Hildegarde and her family are stranded in Japan until the war’s end. In this spellbinding memoir, Mahoney recounts her family’s moving saga, from their courage in the face of terrible difficulties—including forced relocation, scarce rations, brutal winters in the Japanese Alps—to their joyous reunion with their German relatives in Hamburg, and their eventual return to New York City in 1950. Richly detailed and remarkably vivid, Journey Interrupted is a story unlike any other—the inspiring tale of an extraordinary family adapting to the hazards of fate, and finding salvation in each other.” Publisher’s notes

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GRAMMYs On The Hill

April 25, 2016

Play Fair was the message that hundreds of musicians took to Washington for Advocacy Day on The Hill, preceded by The Recording Academy®‘s GRAMMYs on the Hill the night before that honored three time GRAMMY winners Zac Brown Band, Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Thomas J. Rooney (R-Fla.) at The Hamilton.  The spectacular blowout musical event is considered Washington’s most interesting mix of music and politics geared to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. The Academy’s Advocacy & Public Policy office serves as policymakers’ go-to representative of the collective world of recording professionals — performers, songwriters and studio professionals.


“With the advent of what’s going on online – people downloading your music for free – it’s almost like putting you into bankruptcy,” GRAMMY winner Smokey Robinson told Hollywood on the Potomac. “What your work is, they get it for free. It’s like if you went out and all the cab drivers, all the bus drivers and all the people that work in the building were doing it for free.  People put their lives and their efforts into music, so they should be compensated for that.”


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Green Room

April 21, 2016

Not all Green Rooms are alike, as anyone at Wednesday evening's screening of Green Room can attest. “Green Room is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band.” Rotten Tomatoes


Synopsis: The screening was appropriately followed by a rock concert at Gibson Studios Regal Gallery Place in Washington.  Why?  Because the movie is about down on their luck punk rockers The Ain’t Rights who are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour, and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. What seems merely to be a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren’t meant to see. Now trapped backstage, they must face off against the club’s depraved owner, Darcy Banker (Stewart), a man who will do anything to protect the secrets of his nefarious enterprise. But while Darcy and his henchmen think the band will be easy to get rid of, The Ain’t Rights prove themselves much more cunning and capable than anyone expected, turning the tables on their unsuspecting captors and setting the stage for the ultimate life-or-death showdown.



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