Hollywood on the Potomac
We’re not sure why a flock of Penguins ended up on the staircase at the residence of Gérard Araud, The Ambassador of France, since Penguins – unlike most humans – enjoy sub-zero temperatures and today’s Polar Vortex with air and wind chills that dipped to Siberian levels is paradise for these fabulous creatures. “I did this decor because I wanted to tell a short story about climate change,” artist-photographer Pascal Blondeau told Hollywood on the Potomac. “The first victims of our beautiful planet are Bears & Penguins. I wanted to tell how Ambassador Araud and myself take climate change seriously. I did this kind of work many times when I was a [sceneographer] at the Museum of Decorative art in Paris.”
“Flavor Flav is a cultural icon. He’s really well-known among people who grew-up in the 80s and 90s. He had a show on VH1. He always wore a clock around his neck,” host Ron Bonjean of the 15th Day before Christmas party at his home with Sara told us. Oops, we forgot to ask Flavor Flav about the clock so we looked it up: “The reason why I wear this clock is because it represents time being the most important element in our life,” he said. “Time can’t afford to be wasted, but not only that, but God only gave us one life. Each minute we live, we got to live each second to our best value. Time brought us up in here, and time can also take us out.”
We did ask him about being perhaps the real first reality show icon: “Well, not the first reality TV person, but I’m the first one to have five hit reality TV shows. I stayed number one for five years on VH1. I brought VH1 its most viewers…. 7.5 million. They never seen that number yet. Nobody ever broke my record. I set it off, though. I set it off. I paved the way for reality TV. Yeah,” Flavor Flav told Hollywood on the Potomac.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer the comedian? We’re guessing that his Walter Mitty fantasy is just that. As his wife Dr. Joanna Breyer so aptly put it when introducing her husband at the 25th Anniversary of IFE (Institute for Education) at the home of Ambassador Esther Coopersmith: “This is the first time I’ve ever done this. I assure you it is going to be very short. He is wonderful. He is funny. He is a committed teacher to such wonderful, esoteric subjects as economic regulation and its reform and administrative law. Luckily he’s going to spare you that and he will actually be talking about something to which he’s even more committed which is international cooperation and how everybody, all the countries, can learn from each other and how law can be a vehicle for that.”
“I go into my office and there I have a stack like this of briefs. They are not brief. I don’t know why they call them briefs,” said Breyer while trying to explain what he does all day. “I find the answer in probably down two-thirds in the pile.”
Breyer shared the stage with Megan Smith, US Chief Technology Officer and Dr. Susan Blumenthal. Guests included Judge William Webster and a slew of diplomats.