Hollywood on the Potomac
A $10,000 seat at the 2014 World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas wasn’t the only reason 200 poker players showed up at City Tavern Club in Georgetown on Saturday. The real reason was Kennedy Synder and the real winner was the Spinal Cord Tumor Association.
Kennedy wasn’t dealt a good hand when she was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of pediatric spinal cord cancer at age 2 with little chance she would make it for even six months. Now 13, she’s still in the game and the very reason why the tournament is in its ninth year.
“It was a lot of fun for a great cause,” said Bret Baier of Fox News. “I am not a great poker player as clearly shown by how fast I was bumped off the table, but it was a blast. And hearing Kennedy speak about the fight for new research for spinal cord cancer was very powerful” Check out Bret’s very funny and very serious attempt at winning in the below video.
In our countdown to the Oscars, we continue with Best Picture. Our previous countdown eliminated everything else so guess that means we are going with 12 Years a Slave.
"12 Years a Slave is a 2013 British-American historical drama film and an adaptation of the 1853 memoir of the same name by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free negro who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and sold into slavery. He worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for twelve years before his release. The first scholarly edition of Northup’s memoir, co-edited in 1968 by Sue Eakin and Joseph Logsdon, carefully retraced and validated the account and concluded it to be accurate.
This is the third feature film directed by Steve McQueen written by John Ridley. Chiwetel Ejiofor starred in the leading role of Northup. Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt and Alfre Woodard featured in supporting roles. Principal photography took place in New Orleans, Louisiana, from June 27 to August 13, 2012, on a production budget of $20 million. The locations used were four historic antebellum plantations: Felicity, Magnolia, Bocage, and Destrehan. Of the four, Magnolia is nearest to the actual plantation where Northup was held.” Wikepedia
12 Years a Slave is what we would call a perfect movie: Perfect editing – Perfect casting – Perfect character performances. Had it not been for editing, our backup choices American Hustle and Gravity, (which we didn’t expect to like, but did) could have made this a toss-up. En fin, we’re going with 12 Years a Slave for Best Picture.
“In 1971 I was ten years old and bowling. That’s when I got inspired … ten years old bowling in Cleveland…. it was great way to have fun and that’s how it got started,” said Dale Schwartz – Founder/CEO of Pinstripes at the Georgetown opening. “Georgetown is our fifth location. We started in Chicago. We are redefining entertainment in a really quality way – great food, great atmosphere, great service – just good community quality fun!”
Pinstripes is the latest addition to the newly renovated GTown Park that pretty much gobbles up the entire facility, occupying 34,000 square feet of first and second floor space where everything begins with a “B” – Bowling, Bocce and Bistro.
“We’re a community venue,” added Sandie Montgomery, event director for Pinstripes who flew in from Chicago. “Our food is terrific, phenomenal. We have our mom and tots in the morning, we have our corporate lunches and we also have a gorgeous ballroom that seats 250 people as well as our more intimate dining area bistro. We’re basically an Italian-American concept featuring a wine cellar of Italian wine.”