Hollywood on the Potomac

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July 26, 2015

Hollywood on the Potomac loves CNN: It’s like having a ‘friend with benefits’ – although not that kind.  Take the CNN Grill at the conventions, for example, where drinks and food flow as freely as political gossip; or the private documentary series screenings at the Newsuem; or being the first to receive the CNN Politics Nightcap NewsletterThe latter was the case for guests who attended the launch party at SILO for the ‘nightcap’ newsletter which dutifully arrived in our inbox during the festivities. 

“Welcome! You’ve been selected to receive the CNN Politics Nightcap,” it read.  ” — a nearly nightly cocktail of breaking news, dispatches from the campaign trail and a splash of fun. We hope you’ll give Nightcap a shot but if you’d rather cash out, click here. Your bartender is Eric Bradner. The tip jar: nightcap@cnn.com.”

The celebration included a viewing of S.E. Cupp’s Outside with Insiders: Shooting with Scott Walker, a kind of home on the range interview that took place at a shooting facility where both engaged in some target practice, both literally and figuratively considering the Governor has tossed his hat into the presidential race.  “For this episode, I went to Waukesha, Wisconsin, just a half hour outside of Milwaukee — importantly, not to “interview” the state’s governor and Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker, but to shoot sporting clays with him,” she says of the political series.  “I wore my favorite pair of boots, which have been hunting and fishing with me on four continents. There just happened to be cameras there, and we just happened to talk a little politics. We spent nearly two hours on the clays course, and in that time I learned a lot. Because when you’re trying to blast a true pair flying straight up in the air, you tend to let your guard down. And that’s the whole point of “Outside with Insiders” — to get to know political influencers in a way you never have before. It’s also to celebrate our love of hunting, fishing and shooting.”

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Girl Up!

July 21, 2015

If you’re going to tackle a global issue, you want to have as many loud and powerful voices on your side. In the case of access to education for women around the globe, there’s no more powerful voice than First Lady Michelle Obama, who served this week as the keynote address for the Girl Up Leadership Summit, a three day event hosted by Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, which engages girls from around the world to stand up for each other and address issues that impact their lives. The Summit gathered celebrities, industry leaders and 225 youth from 29 states and 11 countries, all uniting a global mindset of doing good around the world in the name of women.

From the second she took the stage, the First Lady was getting the type of attention that would make a rock star jealous; a sea of cell phones burst upward with cameras flashing as she neared the podium, all hoping to get a glimpse of the chief advocate.

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July 15, 2015

Comedian Will Durst has been called ‘an equal opportunity offender’ by some critics.  “Not exactly,” says Durst who sat down with Hollywood on the Potomac to talk about his one man show in Washington. “An equal opportunity offender means taking out both sides. And yes. my job is to act as the loyal opposition for everybody. I‘m up there onstage, not to proselytize. not to change the way people think, but to make them laugh out loud on purpose against their will. That’s what I get paid for; but I also think as an entertainer you have a responsibility to change things for the better. You can plant seeds of doubt. People are vulnerable when they’re laughing, susceptible to suggestions and its possible to make points that take root on the inhale.”

Fresh on the heels of his critically acclaimed “Elect to Laugh!” the Capital Fringe Festival presents Durst’s newest one man show BOOMERAGING: FROM LSD TO OMG through July 16th.  In his  show, Durst, the man the New York Times calls “quite possibly the best political comedian in the country,” switches directions to pay tribute to the joys, achievements, frustrations and looming doom of the Baby Boom Generation. “It’s a celebration of the maturation of the Boomer Nation. It’s what happens when acid flashbacks meet dementia,” he told us. ” It includes segments such as Still Doing Drugs-Only Now There’s a Co-Pay; Fewer Peers Means Less Peer Pressure; From the Summer of Love to the Winter of Our Incontinence, The Bright sides of Becoming Extreme Adults. It’s funny. It’s smart. Clean and uplifting even. A unique theatrical event delivered with stand-up timing and no less than a modicum of poetry.” Durst explains why his chronologically gifted brothers and sisters should refuse to grow old in the face of gravity no matter how many times they forget their password retrieval question.

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