Hollywood on the Potomac

Cold Case

July 28, 2014

“The Hunt” with John Walsh premiered on CNN on July 13th.  On Sunday, July 26th the show closed in on one of Washington’s most baffling and disturbing cases: William Bradford Bishop, Jr. wanted for the murder of his wife, his mother, his three children. 

Washington is a company town, so if you lived here in 1976 you probably knew someone that knew Bradford Bishop. We all did.  The tragedy took place in the tony historic neighborhood of Carderock Springs in Bethesda, an upscale community with plenty of tennis and swimming in a clubby atmosphere where foreign service folks played alongside economists from the World Bank and IMF.

William Bradford Bishop, Jr. has alluded authorities for about 38 years.  He was last seen September 19, 1994 in Basel, Switzerland according to investigators. On April 10, 2014, he was added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List.  Now The Hunt – CNN’s investigative docu-series reopened the case that continues to haunt us.

The case is best described by Bethesda Magazine.

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WHOA! I Feel Good ...

July 23, 2014

“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. 

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Sample. Sip. Socialize.

July 17, 2014

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.

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