Hollywood on the Potomac

Festa Della Repubblica!

June 6, 2013

In between the gelato, limoncello, rigatoni and mozzarella, 2300 guests poured into the Italian Embassy to celebrate all things Italian.

“Today we celebrate Italy’s National Day and the 67th Anniversary of the Republic,” said Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero.

“Always a joyful and meaningful event; an event we feel most keenly, and proudly, both at home and abroad.

As the Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano, said on June 2nd, our National Day, [and I quote]: “on this Anniversary, Italy must project an image of dignity, self-awareness and constructive will” (..) in “our conviction that we will overcome present difficulties.

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Villa Firenze

May 27, 2013

The best address in Washington is 2800 Albemarle Street – that would be “Villa Firenze,” the residence of The Italian Ambassador to the U.S. Claudio Bisogniero and his wife Laura who not only graciously host elegant soirees but do so with an abundance of warmth and charm.  Such was the case on May 22nd.

Rep. William Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-OH), who co-chair the Italian Caucus in the Congress, were conferred the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy in a ceremony officiated by Ambassador Bisogniero.

The two Congressmen’s contributions are distinguished by their consummate dedication and constancy to strengthening the relations at all levels between Italy and the United States.

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Jekyl and Hyde

May 16, 2013

By day he is the Vice President of The Entertainment Software Association; by night the lead singer in The Surreal McCoys.  Translation: Erik Huey is a rock star that Hollywood on the Potomac has witnessed first hand from here to the Oscars weekend in LA.

Friday night they’ll be playing at Hill Country.  What to expect?  Check out this rocking interview with Famous DC:  “It’s a real sweat-soaked rock-n-roll hootenanny. A lot of jumping around onstage and audience participation. I was talking to the comedian Sarah Silverman a while back and she asked me to describe our music. I said it’s sort of Johnny Cash meets The Clash. And she deadpanned “well, why don’t you just call it ‘Johnny Clash’”? So yeah, that pretty much nails it.”

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