Hollywood on the Potomac

Lucie Arnaz on 'Pippin' & Cuba

December 22, 2014

Call it what you may – karma, serendipity, luck, happenstance, a fluke – it was certainly ironic that Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Cuban born mega entertainer Desi Arnaz, was at the White House when the President announced diplomatic relations with Cuba.

In town for her performance in “Pippin” at the National Theatre, the actress put it this way: “What? Wait. I came here for lunch today,” she said referring to her visit at the White House, “and this is the day that this happened? What are the chances? And then I turned it into a bad “I Love Lucy” show episode where I almost refused to leave the office. I wanted to say thank you. I wanted so bad to just shake his hand and thank him and say ‘this is pretty funny that Desi Arnaz’s daughter is here the day you decide to announce it’ – how weird is that?”

Arnaz was the guest of Capitol File for an intimate lunch at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab in downtown Washington, DC and was joined by Broadway’s original “Pippin” John Rubinstein.  Guests enjoyed the casual interaction with the stars while dining on Salmon Au Poivre, Crab Stuffed Shrimp, Wild Mushroom Mac & Cheese and HAVANA Dream Pie, which didn’t go unnoticed. 

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'Opera Pop'

December 18, 2014

You won’t find “Opera Pop” in Webster’s dictionary, but Wikipedia defines it as ‘a sub-genre of pop music that is performed in an operatic singing style, or a song, theme or motif from classical music stylized as pop.’  We asked ABC7’s Scott Thuman if he knew what “Opera Pop” was prior to the performance.  “An uneducated guess is that it’s a small group of performers singing popular songs in an Opera style” he answered.  “I’m going to say that it would be like Bruno Mars sung in Italian with a classic tone.”  We’re going with awesome!

The “Duo Opera Pops” were sensational at the Christmas party hosted at Villa Firenze by Ambassador Claudio and Laura Denise Bisogniero as they voyaged from stage to guests to balconies where they engaged in Christmas carols as an encore.

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December 15, 2014

If you’re just getting home from last night’s holiday festivities, chances are you were at the “T’Was the Twelfth Night Before Christmas” party hosted by Sara and Ron Bonjean where ‘shooters’ were the norm. If past festivities are any indication, they’ll be sharing breakfast with leftover guests as we speak. Think Bloody Mary’s …….

There were no “Budget Trolls” roaming around this year because Congress avoided a government shut down prior to the occasion, but Darth Vadar was lurking around doing his little Skywalker thingy …..

Showin’ the love this year was George Wendt of Cheers fame who was fetched by official handler Doug Heye.  Wendt almost immediately morphed into his Cheers role by pulling up a bar stool to greet guests.

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