Hollywood on the Potomac
“I was the fish out of water when I did this documentary,” said Billy Bush at the Washington, D.C. screening of “Chasing Rhinos” at National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium. “I did this, because I don’t do this.” The this, of course, refers to his trip to Nepal where he well, chased Rhinos – not your everyday pastime.
“Chasing Rhinos tracks entertainment reporter Billy Bush’s journey with WWF (World Wildlife Fund) in an awe-inspiring adventure as he takes time off from his day job to fight illegal poaching of greater one-horned rhinos in the jungles of Nepal. The special documents Bush as he accompanies poaching patrols, flies an unmanned aerial drone, and participates in a race-against-time effort to catch, collar, and release a wild adult rhino.” Nat Geo Blog
Guests enjoyed Rhino Chasers, a sumptuous buffet (sans Rhino meat) in a Rhino laden decor.
“Listening to your phone calls from the Nation’s Capital. Just kidding! I’m Miss District of Columbia, Bindhu Pamarthi.”
This is how Pamarthi introduced herself in a taped segment at the 2014 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City on Sunday night. For those of us who have followed the wiretapping and data collecting scandals, we found the comment to be amusing, appropos and edgy.
Hollywood on the Potomac sat down with Bindhu prior to the pageant where she ironically talks about the fact that both she and Miss New York were planning to perform a Bollywood dance for the talent competition. Both are of Indian descent.
While Miss New York Nina Davuluri won the crown, we in Washington extend our congratulations to Bindhu for a stellar respresentation of the Nation’s Capital. Stay tuned to Hollywood on the Potomac - we’ll be bringing you the latest news from the Boardwalk throughout the day.
For two years, Washington’s D.C. office has been hosting a rather unusual party – more reminescent of the social scene of the 80′s when events were less buttoned up. This year it was hosted by Kensho Sone, M.D., Ph.D – Chairman TCG and Roger C.S. Lin, Ph.D, Secretary General, TCG.
“The group is as warm and welcoming as can be and really know how to put Taiwan on the map in Washington — no mean feat — with extraordinary hospitality to an exceptionally diverse group of guests from politics, media, diplomacy and business,” said Kevin Chaffee of Qorvis, the event organizer.
The fact that we’re here three years later doing it once again is fantastic,” said Thuman as he opened the program. “I was here last year and saw what a great night was put together, so you’re in store for some real treats here. If this is your first time here, I welcome you. If you are returning, thanks for being here again.” His remarks were followed by a traditional aboritional performance. “That will wake you up if you weren’t paying attention and by the way they are giving free lessons in the lobby afterward,” he joked.