Hollywood on the Potomac

Art for the Soul

January 11, 2021

“We’re going to launch the night with a challenge for 2021. Why don’t all of us who make our living and livelihood from the arts, make it our mission to promote, protect, and defend the arts as a basic human need,” Tim Daly, President of The Creative Coalition told an attentive ZOOM audience. “We all know that arts are not dessert. What can we all do to put arts on the plate with the main course arts or the common language of our humanity? We need the arts and The Creative Coalition [to survive] because you believe in what we do: Arts advocacy, that’s it. That’s the mission.  We advocate.  We believe that every human being and especially every child should be exposed to and participate in the arts. Not so they can become professional artists, but because we know it will enrich their lives and make them better, more imaginative, more creative, more productive, more successful human beings.”


Special guests for the evening were Tiffany Boone, Senator Barbara Boxer, Anita Hill, Reverend Jesse Jackson and Senator Paul Strauss representing DC.


“I’m Senator Paul Strauss and proud to represent the District of Columbia, but not allowed to vote on behalf of the constituents. I love being with The Creative Coalition and I’m proud that the DC statehood commission is a sponsor of this event because if you’re not working for DC statehood and you’re working for political change, you’re really not going to accomplish the change that we want in this country. Right now, the United States Senate has a majority of Senators representing only 18% of the population. It’s fundamentally our least democratic institution. Every good outcome that may result from this election is at risk because right now the United States Senate is the obstacle to most of the policies, programs, and ideals that the American people are crying out for. If you’re serious about funding the arts; if you’re serious about putting an end to the divisive discrimination that plagues our country; if you’re serious about bringing together and funding, the kinds of human needs that need priorities in our budget, you need to be supporting statehood for the District of Columbia and putting an end to the gridlock that has paralyzed our democracy and threatens the political equality. Of all Americans DC residents. just like the citizens of the 50 States pay full federal taxes, serve the military and other government offices and are equal Americans in every way, except when it comes to voting.”

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Rock and Roll President

December 21, 2020

“When Willie Nelson wrote his autobiography, he confessed that he smoked pot in the White House when one night he was spending the night with me. And he says that his companion that shared the pot with him was one of the servants at the White House. That is not exactly true. It actually was one of my sons which he didn’t want to, you know, categorize as a pot smoker like him. There were some people who didn’t like my being deeply involved with Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan and disreputable rock and rollers, but I didn’t care about that because I was doing what I really believed. And the response, I think, from the followers of those musicians was much more influential than a few people who thought that being associated with Rock ‘n Roll and radical people was inappropriate for a president.”  Former President Jimmy Carter


“If it hadn’t been for a bottle of Scotch and a late-night visit from musician Gregg Allman, Jimmy Carter might never have been elected the 39th President of the United States. The documentary charts the mostly forgotten story of how Carter, a lover of all types of music, forged a tight bond with musicians Willie Nelson, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and others. Low on campaign funds and lacking in name recognition, Carter relied on support from these artists to give him a crucial boost in the Democratic primaries. Once Carter was elected, the musicians became frequent guests in the White House. The surprisingly significant role that music played throughout Carter’s life and in his work becomes a thread in this engaging portrait of one of the most enigmatic Presidents in American history.”  

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Getting Out of Hell!

December 14, 2020

“I just can’t thank you enough for gathering tonight for the celebration party for the release of my audio book Rise to The Sun: 7 Footsteps in 7 Prayers for Getting Out of Hell,” said author Richard J.Marks during a ZOOM book party with friends. “You’ll learn a little bit about the book, but what I really wanted to do tonight is make it a party more than anything else. It’s not to educate, it’s to just be together; so I hope you’ll take a pause when you listen to some of the material in there. I narrated the book during COVID and so it was important to me in the making of the presentation to share with you that we are still all connected during COVID. Lots of things have happened to bring us closer to each other during this time. I’m going to just say greetings from New York City where everything has changed this year.  COVID-19 in my book, interestingly, are intertwined. Part of the audio book is music and singing is how we share and it’s also how we pause. And so in the next top hour, we’ll share not just with words, but with audio and visuals, video and music and blend spirituality and culture.”


Book synopsis: “Rise to the Sun: 7 Footsteps and 7 Prayers for Getting Out of Hell  plays with travel and journey in two senses – forward on a physical road and into the heart of the self. This book on spiritual healing is a voyage to freedom set in the context of our times. A timely and necessary work, Rise to the Sun illustrates how humankind must seek to heal its own innate suffering before it can hope to succeed in healing the various external crises affecting our planet. The 7 Footsteps and 7 Prayers unlock a kinder, gentler, and long-lasting engine for transformation. As we leave hell behind, we unlock and unchain all that prevents us from being worthy of love. This gentle book guides us to feel safe in the face of change – to actualize new ways of seeing life and gaining freedom. The art of living is learning to be good to ourselves. The author, along with the brave women and men who open up their stories and teachings, are our living teachers.”

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