Hollywood on the Potomac

#Right to Bear Arts

May 7, 2018

We need creative thinkers to solve our climate problems, our immigration problems, political issues. We need creative thinkers ro find solutions to all of our problems. Creativity is a muscle that every child is born with, and if that muscle is not exercised it will atrophy and it will die, and we will be a pedantic, militaristic bunch of robots who are not having a creative conversation about how to deal with our issues; so the arts are the exercises for that muscle,” said actor Tim Daly (think Madame Secretary), President of The Creative Coalition, at their WHCA pre-dinner event at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. “The arts are not something that is meaningless. It’s like the arts are a vaccination against all kinds of social ills. We Americans are very good at rushing into crises and putting our time and money and energy behind something that has gone wrong. The arts can keep those things from going wrong. If we teach our children art and keep their imaginations alive, keep their creativity alive, they won’t get into these situations that cause our society so much pain and heartache.”



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Real News!

May 1, 2018

“Now, since this is the fifth year of this great event, I wanted to give you five things to know: A fact is a fact. A fact is a fact. A fact is a fact. A fact is a fact. And, a fact is a fact,” said Chicago Sun Times Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet after being introduced by co-host Cathy Merrill Williams, Publisher & CEO of Washingtonian at the home of public affairs firm Story Partner’s Gloria Dittus for the 5th Annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards to kick-off White House Correspondents’ Dinner festivities. “The impact of this Trump Era is something I do want to get to right away because this is a time where our business is under attack. There’s so many journalists here and people who are involved in dealing with the journalism profession, and I think it’s important just to say that the most important thing in this time here is for a journalist to do our job. I don’t care what platform, but it’s important to do the job and not be distracted by everything going on around you. Get it right. Make the extra call. These principles never change. Look up the extra document. Just the things that you do every day, no matter if it’s your first day or your last.”

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April 29, 2018

While guests at the 6th Annual Cheers celebration of Beer & Food were soaking up …… er, beer & food, guests of former FBI director Jim Comey (make that James Brien Comey, Jr.) were soaking up themed drinks and book sales (A Higher Loyalty) at the Newseum while Comey drank red wine from a paper cup; and across town, guests at the White House State dinner in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron were soaking up Domaine Serene Chardonnay and Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir. – just another typical night in Washington, DC.  We’re not sure who was at Cafe Milano, the uber popular celebrity laden hot spot, but we noticed lots of Black SUV’s lined up on Prospect Street later in the evening.  How do we know?  We can see Milano “from our window.”

It was a blustery night, especially on The Wharf – District Pier at District Wharf to be exact – where hundreds of guests were grateful to get inside the tented venue where food was abundant & varied, courtesy of The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) hosted by Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs Rebecca Spicer and sponsors as part of their annual Legislative Conference to discuss the industry’s legislative goals and priorities with members of Congress and their staffs.

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