Hollywood on the Potomac


May 23, 2016

“The thing that drove me crazy was the damn buzzer,” Washington Post editorial columnist Jonathan Capehart told Hollywood on the Potomac at a viewing party at Cafe Milano for his round on  “Jeopardy!” during Power Players Week which was taped in front of a live audience at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. earlier in the month. “Jeopardy!” of course is that game show that has been around forever that has one of the most annoying theme songs ever because you can’t get out of your head.  We attached the sheet music below so you can sing along……Excedrin not included.


Alex Trebek has hosted over 7,000 episodes of Jeopardy! and for more than three decades has been engaging millions of viewers worldwide with his delivery of “clues and responses.”


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May 19, 2016

Christopher Hooton is a policy wonk turned sci-fi writer. How does that happen?  “I had always liked writing from when I was a kid and in high school. I actually wrote my first book when I was 21 in undergrad,” he told Hollywood on the Potomac. “It was the summer between my junior and senior year that I wrote what was kind of a travel memoir that has since turned into an actual novel. I had finished this trip where I had gone backpacking for ten weeks in Germany and Central Europe after my freshman year of college; then, a couple years later, I just realized I should write what I remembered down somewhere. It was kind of a slow process over about nine, ten years.  I also wrote a travel memoir about a trip with my parents to Peru. I had always enjoyed writing, but I’d never really seen myself as a writer, for whatever reason. It wasn’t until I started to travel, and would tell stories to friends of mine, from trips that I had done, that I realized that I had some good stories, that I had seen some interesting things, and that some of it could actually be written down. More than going into writing as, ‘This is what I’m going to do for my career,’ I’ve always just enjoyed it. I’ve always found it relaxing.”

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May 17, 2016

By guest contributor Dimitrios Machairidis 


What’s more representative of spring, other than flowers, swallows and music?  “The Greek countryside, the passerines that take shelter during spring and summer that fill the place with peppy and lively sounds, played a major role in my design. In a sense [the] Starbucks logo influenced my inspiration. I tried to create something that was close to the logo’s cartoon-like look without exaggerating the shapes and colors.” Haritos Mountoufaris, the Greek barista and winner of the Starbucks paper cup design contest, told Hollywood on the Potomac.


In September 2015, Starbucks launched the Partner Cup Design Contest for its employees in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. More than 350 employees submitted their artwork for the three Starbucks cup sizes: tall, grande and venti. Haritos Mountoufaris from Greece was the winner for the tall Starbuck cup (12 fl oz) design, Olya Ravcheeva from Russia for the grande cup (16 fl oz), and Sandra Margveliani from the United Kingdom for the venti cup (20 fl oz). By coincidence, all of the three winners joined Starbucks in 2014. Olya works as shift supervisor in Moscow. Sandra and Haritos work as baristas in London and Athens respectively.

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