Hollywood on the Potomac
“When he put out Black & Proud, we talked about it for the rest of his life. We went overnight from Negro to Black,” said Rev. Al Sharpton when praising the late father of funk music James Brown, the subject of Comcast and Comcast NBCUniversal new biopic “Get on Up” at a Q & A preceding the screening at The Newseum.
Guests were transported back to the 60′s via the set design, a chance to play Soul Scramble, Get On Up band music and a plentiful spread of Southern fare created by Events by Andre Wells.
“The film takes audiences on a journey from Brown’s impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century,” said David L. Cohen, Executive Vice-President of Comcast Corporation. “It’s an important story about an important person. It was also a very difficult film to make.
Step & Repeat: Sample. Sip. Socialize: For more than 30 years, Washingtonian has invited readers to vote for the best people, places, and services in the area - rating everything from cocktails to Congressional members after which Washingtonian editors weigh in with their picks of the best Washington has to offer. More than 2,000 guests filed into The Building Museum to sample the winners, Congressional Members excluded.
The Alice in Wonderland themed event featured more than 60 of Washingtonian’s 100 Very Best Restaurants and celebrated chefs who served up the best of the best.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) joined Politico’s Mike Allen for another round of the popular Playbook Cocktails series at The Newseum where the progressive Democrat and the conservative Republican bantered about everything from politics to baseball with political junkies and interns wanting free drinks.
The ‘strange bedfellows’ had introduced legislation to reform the nation’s broken criminal justice system the day before. Named the REDEEM act, it will give Americans convicted of non-violent crimes a second chance. The issue brought the two parties together to form a ‘bromance’ as Allen called it. “He promised me he’s gonna shave his head if we get this thing passed,” insisted Booker. “I’m just wondering if we could get a reality show and if Ethics would allow us to get any compensation,” quipped Paul in response.