Indie film "Night Catches Us" writer/director Tanya Hamilton, whose debut film opens at The West End Cinema today, worked on the film for nearly 10 years before it was brought to the big screen. She dished to Niteside about the film, the Black Panther movement and what it has taught us.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
|Mike Mosettig and Ambassador Gary Doer|
The odds that the Ambassador of Canada could be seen strolling through the State Department with an over-sized Winnie the Pooh in tow decked in Canadian Olympic mittens are probably very slim; but that was the case on Monday afternoon when Gary Doer went to a meeting with Hillary Clinton and on advise of staff he appropriately brought a toy for tots. “It was a very constructive meeting,” he relayed to guests at his Christmas party following the meeting, albeit admitting the gawking that ensued to be awkward.
While the stylish and charming Ambassador, a popular figure on the diplomatic scene, gave warmth to a very chilly evening, it was indeed marred by the pending outcome of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke’s emergency surgery, of particular interest to media guests who were frequently checking their electronic devices. For guest Mike Mosettig, who works the Foreign Policy beat for Jim Lehrer of The Newshour, it was of particular importance.
Yesterday, Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs issued condolences on behalf of the Canadian Government.
“Canada worked very closely with Ambassador Holbrooke in his role as special advisor on Afghanistan and Pakistan to find meaningful, durable solutions to problems in this troubled region. His recent efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan are an inspiration to all of us.
Mr. Holbrooke was a trusted friend of Canada. We valued his views and counsel on the many issues that brought Canada and United States together to promote our common values in a world fraught with conflict and fragility.”
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Janet Donovan/ NITESIDE
The former UK Prime Minister, attending a book party for his new tome "Beyond the Crash" with his wife Sarah Saturday night at The Jefferson Hotel, addressed his "involuntary" exit from office with typical British humor.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Filmmaker Alicia Sams, who documented President Obama's journey from the campaign trail to the White House, said the commander in chief walked into a "huge mess" when he began his tenure and he now appears more tired than he did on the trail. She dished to Niteside a day ahead of the premiere of her documentary "By the People: The Election of Barack Obama" presented by AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Monday, December 06, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Danish Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen argued at a recent reception he hosted that it's time for the West to help countries struggling with gender equality better incorporate women into society.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Texas oilman and energy entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens said that despite the still-gushing BP oil leak in the Gulf -- what he calls a "sad accident" -- the off-shore drilling industry still has a "fairly good record." Pickens was attending a private party at the home of Juleanna Glover last night as a prelude to a gala later this week to save Americas Mustangs.
Tennis champ Mats Wilander still loves the game, saying at the Swedish Ambassador's residence last night that "the passion is burning wildly" inside of him to play the sport after 30 years as a pro.
Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein and former No. 1 tennis player in the world Mats Wilander were honored at the residence of Amb. and Mrs. Jonas Hafstrom for the Geico Champions Celebration last night. Pictured here: Tennis coach Martin Blackman and Kastles coach Murphy Jensen.
"Finding Chandra" authors and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz detail their findings in the investigation into the 2001 disappearance of Washington intern Chandra Levy that captivated the nation and led to revelations that she was having an affair with then-Rep. Gary Condit.
"I Want to Speak From My Heart"Janet Donovan/NITESIDE
My Twin Sister Jenna Should Be "Supporting Me"Janet Donovan/NITESIDE
Working at a non-profit isn't always lucrative, as Barbara Bush -- daughter of George W. Bush -- found out the hard way. Watch as she fielded the final question at the National Press Club last night on college graduates and earning power.
Frances Osborne, author of "The Bolter" was mum on the recent Fergie scandal but shared plenty of details on her own high-ranking British family's sordid past, which is the subject of her various books, while at the Kalorama home of Juleanna Glover.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
CBS Hosts A-List
Anniversary Bash for "Unplugged"
Dannia Hakki, Annie Groer, Tara Palmari
CBS' Washington bureau threw a cocktail party at the Crowne Plaza hotel last night to celebrate the first anniversary of its daily webcast "Washington Unplugged."
Among those not plugged into the festivities: original "Unplugged" host Bob Schieffer.
“He’s on vacation,” said CBS producer and event host Christine Delargy.
Schieffer did provide us with this tidbit in advance: "What's great about 'Washington Unplugged' is that it gives us a place to report those little stories, the delicious little nuggets of news that there is no room for on television.”
What started as a weekly political webcast expanded into a daily, with a rotating set of hosts that include news political analyst John Dickerson.
“I do Mondays and Thursdays,” he said. “We can do whatever subject matter we want: foreign policy, domestic policy, books, movies. Since we interview so many politicians, I found interviewing Woody Harrelson and then Ludacris about his foundation to be interesting.”
Others, too, say they're plugged into the scene.
"I don't want to be unplugged," former Hardball producer Tammy Haddad said. "It's an interesting phenomena because the idea is that you get it real, that's the idea of unplugged. I grew up real, from Pittsburgh, so I am proud and happy to be plugged in and working the Web."
And some said they'd rather stay off the grid.
“I’m totally unplugged, I love unplugged,” said CBS White House Correspondent Bill Plante. “They let me do the show from time to time.”
Monday, February 15, 2010
Party Like a Canadian: A Guide
to the Olympics Party
at the Embassy
Tricia Messerschmidt and radio talk show host Chris Plante were among those at the opening ceremonies bash for the Winter Olympics hosted by Ambassador Gary Doer at the Canadian Embassy over the weekend.
Though no prior knowledge of French or poutine was required to enjoy the festivities, there were, however, rules of engagement:
- Pick up a pair of complimentary wool mittens available at the entry gate
- Indulge in a cup of Canadian fries smothered in cheese curd and gravy (a.k.a. poutine)
- While in the food line, ask to have as many variations of pasta as possible -- especially anything that included lobster
- In the beer line, be sure to order Molson Coors
- Play the Wii challenge
- Pose in front of the street signs for photo opps
- Watch the snowboarders do tricks on the trampoline
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Fran Drescher and Senator Arlan Spector
The women featured in the new book "Secrets of Powerful Women" were powerless against the snow storm that canceled the book party last night -- but they did offer insight into some of their success.
Actress and activist Fran Drescher said she grew up admiring Lucille Ball for her business savvy and first realized her own power to effect change when she helped pass the Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act in 2006.
"I wouldn't leave until they passed it," Drescher said.
Now, she uses her influence and newly realized power to help make positive changes.
“It enables me to be heard by people of influence and to push through platforms on behalf of the greater good,” she said.
Senior adviser to Obama's presidential campaign Betsy Myers, also featured in the book, was empowered by her mother's choice to go back to school.
“My mother’s decision to regain her voice in the world had a profound impact on me," she said. "By her actions, she taught me that we have the personal power to change the roles we play in our lives. By standing up for herself, she stood up for my sisters and me.
"By gaining her own voice, she gave us a voice.”
Journalist Beth Frerking spoke about what having power meant to her and how it is earned.
“Power has never been about what I get at the end -- it’s always been about making things happen," she said.
"Being powerful, to me, means having the opportunity to use my mind and talents most effectively.
But I’m very old-fashioned about how I think people should get power: you don’t grab it, you earn it with hard work, creativity and loyalty.”
BY Janet Donovan // Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010 at 11:22 ES
Friday, February 05, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Celeb Chef Michel Richard Gets Salty Over Condiments
BY Janet Donovan
Renown chef Michel Richard dished on his condiment consternation last night.
The France-born owner of Citronelle was preparing a meal in the Georgetown home of developer Herb Miller and his wife, Patrice, as part of the nonprofit D.C. Central Kitchen-sponsored Sunday Night Supper series.
As one of a number of celebrity chefs who donated their culinary talent to serve up dinner in 15 of the most prestigious homes in Washington, Richard said he had one request: Don't pass the salt.
"Just taste the food first," he said. "If it isn't salty enough then add salt, but don't hand me the plate and say it isn't salty enough."
And don't even think of mentioning pepper.
"Some chefs don't even use pepper," he said in an accent so thick it took four tries to recognize he didn't mean 'paper.'
"There is no salt or pepper on my tables," he said.
Richard said he does not subscribe to the Julia Child school of thought in which food dropped on the floor is still salvageable.
“No, we don’t do that,” he said, emphatically. “Julia Child got away with that because she was Julia Child. As for me, I have to throw it in the trash.”
Richard also insisted he's not French, but American. "I just serve food with a French accent," he joked.
On the menu: Peanut and chestnut soup with fois gras and chicken stock.
Across town at the Kalorama home of Joan Fabry and Michael Klein, chef Julian Medina of Toloache in New York said he gave up the salt fight five years after emigrating from Mexico. A good thing too, considering a large box of Kosher salt held a prominent position on the counter.
“It bothered me when I was young," Medina said. "It freaked me out, but now I realize that everyone has a different palate. I don’t put salt or pepper on any of my tables in my restaurant though.”
Joan didn’t seem to mind turning her kitchen over to Julian.
“It’s fun,” she said, while waiting for political consultant and commentator Barbara Comstock to arrive.
On the menu: Margaritas with kumquats for starters.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Kathy Griffin Jokes: I Am the Next White House Crasher
Kathy Griffin greeted fans at her book signing last night and joked about her designs on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
"When I finish here, I'll probably crash the White House," the self-deprecating sassy redhead said.
The stand-up comedian tweeted about the signing of her book "Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin" before she greeted fans at the Borders on K Street NW last night.
"DC! Unlike Palin, I sign every book," she tweeted.
True to her word, Griffin signed every book and posed for every photo op, even tossing in some of her signature humor.
"You're a good looking guy -- but don't take that in a late-night way."
"You girls on a field trip?"