Hollywood on the Potomac

Sabine Weyer

March 6, 2017

Written by Dimitrios Machairidis 


“When the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg talks everybody listens,” they say in the European Union. The tiny country and one of the founders of the European Union, is one of the stronger factors of the European integration procedure. This time however, Luxembourg showed its remarkable cultural power. Visitors to the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece, designed by the architects Bernard Tschumi and Michalis Fotiadis, listened to the piano recital of Sabine Weyer, the young pianist from Luxembourg. Her brilliant performance filled the spaces of the iconic museum with the music of Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Ruiz de Corral.


“It is a very special feeling playing the piano next to the beauty of the Acropolis. I really feel honored to be able to blend music with the statues and the rest of the Greek art of the Acropolis Museum,” Weyer told Hollywood on the Potomac. Held in collaboration with the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Greece, the piano recital was a joyful surprise to the visitors of the Museum. As they were strolling through the perfection of the marbles of the Parthenon they were listening to the notes of Sabine Weyer’s piano playing.

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Clean Up!

February 27, 2017

“We sincerely apologize to “Moonlight,” “La La Land,” Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred. We appreciate the grace with which the nominees, the Academy, ABC, and Jimmy Kimmel handled the situation.—PwC”


Sometimes things get messy in life and need to be cleaned up.  Now that the party’s over and you’ve walked your own Red Carpet, you’ve partied way too much and stayed way too late, you’ve spilled a drink or two on your best dress, a clumsy guest spilled catsup on you – so now what do you do?  If you live in Georgetown in Washington, DC we have the answer: Call Cleanly.  It’s a lot easier than cleaning up the Oscars.  Just go to Cleanly and download the app.


Cleanly Founder and CEO Tom Harari wasn’t always cleaning up messes.  His background is in SEO, digital marketing which is why he moved to New York six years ago to take a position with Omnicom Media Group, the large global ad agency. “That was kind of the beginning genesis of how Cleanly came to be because,” Harriri told Hollywood on the Potomac, “I moved to a really funky brown stone apartment in Brooklyn that had a garden in the back – it was really nice, really cool. The only thing it lacked was a washer and dryer, and that was kind of the birth of Cleanly.  After we saw success in New York in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, the next question became: ‘Which city do we go to next?’ We felt like Washington DC was really attractive for us for several reasons. Washington DC, as you know, is very much a suit and tie town. Most of the orders that come in are dry cleaning and laundered shirts whereas in New York 85% of apartments here do not have a washer and dryer, so most of our orders are going to be wash and fold laundry. Just from that dynamic, it was real interesting and something that we wanted to prove in the business model.”

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The Oscars: 'Moonlight'

February 23, 2017

Moonlight film synopsis: As he grows from childhood to adulthood in Miami, a young black man grapples with surviving the poverty and drugs that pervade his neighborhood, establishing his own identity and accepting his sexuality. Under the influences of his drug-addicted mother, a kindly surrogate father and a conflicted best friend, the youth finds his way in life.


Considered to be the best film of the year by many reputable film critics, HOP is taking a difference stance.  While the movie has its endearing moments and is a reminder of poverty, drugs and broken relationships in certain communities, it loses something after part I which is that of a young boy in conflict both with his mother, his community and his sexual orientation.  Part I was the best. After that, it kind of drags out.  So, taking it off the Best Picture list.

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