Hollywood on the Potomac

'You Have to F**king Eat'

December 28, 2014

New York Times bestseller “You Have To F**king Eatis Adam Mansbach’s sequel to another NYT bestseller “Go The F**k To Sleep” launched a few years ago at P. J. Clark’s. “I never intended it to be a series and I was pretty hesitant to do a sequel for the first few years, but it just sort of belatedly dawned on me that eating is the other great parental frustration and it’s kind of on the par with sleeping,” Mansbach told Hollywood on the Potomac.

“It’s just as frustrating,” he emphasized, “plus you kind of see the heart of the core of who you are as a parent because it’s like sleeping is a very primal kind of thing, right? Eating and sleeping are the two things that grasp most of this incredible happiness; so, the notion that you can’t convince your kid that putting stuff into her body is a good idea, kind of makes you wonder who the hell you are and who the hell your kid is, you know?”

We were curious as to whether the profanity in both the titles and throughout the books hampered sales:  “You know, I don’t think that the profanity hurt us too much in the long run. I’m still kind of amazed at the life that that book continues to have. People are still having babies and they are still going to baby showers and they’re still buying the book. It’s been almost four years now and we’re still going pretty strong,” he replied.

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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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