Hollywood on the Potomac

'The Art of Discovery'

October 30, 2014

“The whole point of it is to really give you celebrities, actors unwrapped,” CEO of The Creative Coalition (TCC) Robin Bronk told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book party for “The Art of Discovery” at CITIES in downtown Washington, DC.

It was so raw people cried.  They laughed.  We really dug deep into their psyche and we probably should have given them gifts certificates for therapy after we were done with them,” she added.  “Editing the book was a profound experience and a joy to work with the renown photographer Jeff Vespa, Art Director and Designer Nancy Roumey, and Renaissance Hotels.”

Published by Rizzoli, the collector’s edition coffee table book features intimate portraits and key inspirational moments and stories from Hollywood luminaries including Jessica Chastain, Tim Daly, Ashley Greene, Ethan Hawke, Amber Heard, Cheryl Hines, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Jared Leto, Jeremy Renner, Seth Rogen, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Kristen Stewart, Naomi Watts, Forest Whitaker and other icons of the entertainment industry.


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Jay Leno – #winning!

October 23, 2014

Hanging out at the White House over the weekend probably startled some tourists, but drew some laughs.  Hometown bank Capital One and The Kennedy Center who were honoring Jay Leno at the 2014 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 19th enlisted Jay’s former intern Ross Mathews (“Ross the Intern”) to take to the streets of Washington, DC to deliver laughs, celebrate comedy, and pay tribute to Jay. 

Mathews didn’t jump the fence that we know of, nor was he arrested by The Secret Service for disturbing the peace. He was later seen on the Red Carpet with Leno.

Upon learning he would receive the Mark Twain Prize, Jay Leno remarked, “What an honor! I’m a big fan of Mark Twain’s. In fact, A Tale of Two Cities is one of my favorite books!”

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It Takes a Village

October 19, 2014

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”  Khalil Gibran

N Street Village’s Impact Committee welcomed an incredible line up of live music last Thursday, October 9 at the Black Cat for their annual “Night Sessions” benefit to support the nearly 1,400 homeless and low-income women that the local DC nonprofit serves.  There was music for everyone – local folk favorites 19th Street Band and songwriter Tom McBride and electronic artists Ryan Mosel and Josh Odmark – and beverages from local brewery Chocolate City.

Village Committee chair Elizabeth Bernstein and Impact Committee Co-Founder Justin Fishkin spoke of their passion and commitment to supporting their homeless neighbors.

The event also honored Omar Popal of the Popal Group with the Evan H. Bliss Award for his philanthropic efforts in the city. The award was established last year to honor the memory of Evan Bliss, a young DC philanthropist and musician who passed away in August 2012.


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