Hollywood on the Potomac

Future of Afghanistan

August 23, 2017

“One of the beauties of democracy is that new ideas come to surface and new administrations come in and have different focuses and different priorities,” Afghanistan’s Ambassador Dr. Hamdullah Mohib said in response to a question posed by Hollywood on the Potomac as to how things have changed for the people of Afghanistan as well as the relationship with the United States since Ashraf Ghani took over as President.  “The priority of this current government, the National Unity Government, is making sure that Afghanistan becomes a self-reliant country, so we are increasing revenue – that’s a big focus for us. To do that, it means we’re not only finding new ways to bring new revenue, but making sure that we collect more taxes and more revenue from customs by introducing reforms – that includes anti-corruption measures and also introducing new systems to put in place so that the processes become faster to make it easier for people to make new investments that would encourage more and more trade in Afghanistan.”  The occasion for the discussion was a dinner party in his honor hosted by Juleanna Glover and Ryan Wegman at Glover’s Kalorama residence in Washington, DC.


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The Final Round

August 14, 2017

Written by guest contributor Joe David

 

The ornate, French-style grand ballroom of the Cosmos Club came alive with music last Sunday; it was the piano music of some of the world’s greatest masters – Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, and more. For over three hours, the ballroom filled with beautiful sonatas, nocturnes, rhapsodies, interpreted by six talented, amateur pianists. Each of these finalists performed their music with peak skill in hopes of winning one of the three top prizes provided by Washington International Piano Arts Council (WIPAC). For three days, leading up to the Sunday events, 23 talented aspiring winners from around the world competed for the grand prize. Of the 23, only six were selected for the final round on Sunday at the Cosmos Club.

 

The Festival of Music 2017, which has become an annual WIPAC event in Washington for the past fifteen years, has been providing new opportunity for talented pianists from around the world with dreams of bringing their music to the American stage. “Considerable time has been dedicated to preparing for each festival, but the results have always been well worth it,” Clayton Eisinger, WIPAC president, said. “Thanks to the hard work of Chateau and John Gardecki, the annual festival has been enhancing the lives of our community since inception by bringing joy to its participants and its many attendees.”

 


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The Rhinestone Cowboy

August 9, 2017

Grammy-winning musician and Alzheimer’s champion Glen Campbell inspires with Goodbye Tour.  Campbell turns 80 today.  Happy Birthday!

 

Country music legend Glen Campbell still has it. Calling for action to end the epidemic of Alzheimer’s disease, the musical star and his family are giving fans a run of free performances across the nation this summer. “It is wonderful having my kids join me on stage. I love it,” says Campbell. “Ashley is on keyboards, Shannon plays guitar and Cal is on drums.” They jammed and crooned on Capitol Hill for more than 60 members of Congress and supporters of the Alzheimer’s Association, with Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey, co-chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, saying that “the fight against Alzheimer’s has needed a Rhinestone Cowboy for a long time and now Glen Campbell is shining his spotlight on this epidemic, raising the awareness that is needed to ensure we meet the bold goal of curing the disease by 2025.”


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