Hollywood on the Potomac

Sciutto and Lord

June 25, 2019

“I’ve been huddling with my publishers lately,” Ambassador Winston Lord told a fascinated audience at a book party in his and Jim Sciutto’s honor at the home of Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter in Washington, DC, “on how to make changes to the title of my book, on how we’re going to increase sales and to try to match Jim’s. We may change the title. Here’s the explanation: Before the book came out, we set up a press conference and one of my friends – I hate to drop names, but it was Tom Brokaw – got the book and the press release which said: ‘Kissinger, Kissinger book coming out.’  But Tom was seeing it on a small iPhone which truncated the title, cut off the last 2 letters. So Tom immediately got 100 copies, thinking he was getting 100 copies of Kissinger on kissing.”

Kissinger on Kissinger by former Ambassador to China Winston Lord is a series of riveting interviews, America’s senior statesman discusses the challenges of directing foreign policy during times of great global tension. As National Security Advisor to Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger transformed America’s approach to diplomacy with China, the USSR, Vietnam, and the Middle East, laying the foundations for geopolitics as we know them today. Nearly fifty years later, escalating tensions between the US, China, and Russia are threatening a swift return to the same diplomatic game of tug-of-war that Kissinger played so masterfully. Kissinger on Kissinger is a series of faithfully transcribed interviews conducted by the elder statesman’s longtime associate, Winston Lord, which captures Kissinger’s thoughts on the specific challenges that he faced during his tenure as NSA, his general advice on leadership and international relations, and stunning portraits of the larger-than-life world leaders of the era. The result is a frank and well-informed overview of US foreign policy in the first half of the 70s—essential reading for anyone hoping to understand tomorrow’s global challenges.


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Olivia Cano Graff

June 24, 2019

“When I was about seven or eight I always drew. My mother is a painter. My father’s a sculptor, so I was always surrounded by art,” contemporary artist Olivia Cano Graff told Hollywood on the Potomac at an exhibition hosted by Oved Sopher and Capri Cafaro at Darlington House in Washington, DC.  “We spent our weekends going on trips to museums, different museums nearby or art galleries. Because that was so much in my life, I didn’t think to do that. I wasn’t like, ‘oh, I want to be an artist,’ it was just like that was my life. So at that time I actually wanted to be a singer and I would write music, but I also would paint.” Born of Spanish parents with a passion for the arts, she was raised with a deep appreciation and love for modern and sophisticated design. “I grew up mostly in Chicago, spending my summers in Madrid and spent the last 4 years in New York.”

 

Olivia’s work is decidedly “Neo-Pop” or “Post-Pop” infused with “Abstract Expressionism.” Her paintings allow for open-ended lines of query and interpretation. Believing that art has the capacity and in fact also the duty, to feed and elevate the soul, she always makes sure that the energy field produced by her work has the necessary qualities to create a positive and enriching effect. Her work has been exhibited in The Art Institute of Chicago as well as various exhibits in Manhattan, NY.


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'We've Got People'

June 6, 2019

“Just a quick word on why the Patriotic Millionaires decided to have a super fun party in the summer at a great venue – which is reason enough to celebrate journalists like Ryan who is doing such important work everyday,” said Erica Payne at a book party in honor of Ryan Grim for  We’ve Got People at Gaslight Tavern in Washington, DC.   “In this specific book, he talks about the tension between the people who are driving an agenda and the corporate piece of our American political system as brought to life in the Democratic Party in some unfort

Erica is President of Patriotic Millionaires: “Proud ‘traitors to their class,’ members of the Patriotic Millionaires are high-net worth Americans, business leaders and investors who are united in their concern about the destabilizing concentration of wealth and power in America. The mission of The Patriotic Millionaires organization is to build a more stable, prosperous, and inclusive nation by promoting public policies based on the “first principles” of equal political representation, a guaranteed living wage for all working citizens, and a fair tax system.”  “Having Ryan write a book like this helps bring to life what the real energy behind progress in this country is – just a great, amazing gift to our work  into the work of so many people in this room,” added Payne.


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