Pollywood: Hollywood on the Potomac

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Mira Sorvino puts the spotlight on child trafficking, The Grateful Dead is featured in a film, a Q&A Quickie with Cat Ommanney, and more…

By Janet Donovan

Mira Sorvino

Mira Sorvino draws a crowd at post-Hill reception
Here’s a party tip: If you’re hosting an impromptu dinner and want guests to show up, have Academy Award-winner Mira Sorvino as your guest of honor.

That’s exactly what Kimball Stroud did after Sorvino attended a briefing on child trafficking on Capitol Hill with Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.), filmmaker Libby Spears (“Playground”) and several survivors of child trafficking.

Sorvino spoke passionately about the topic to guests that joined her later at Ris Restaurant. While the subject matter is obviously serious, she managed to inject some humor when talking about her own childhood, while stressing how times have changed. “My sister used to run away from home like every two months. She’d get mad at my parents and just run away and then we would find her hiding under a tree,” she said.  That was then, however, and this now; we are living in a very different world.

“I’m proud to be supporting Libby’s work. It’s very fearless, very dark and few people would actually be able to handle the subject matter,” Sorvino said while thanking the filmmaker. “You were really brave in exposing the underbelly of our culture that doesn’t value our children the way that it should.”

The rest of the evening was an “in-and-out” affair. Hunter Biden stopped by; Sen. Wyden went into the kitchen to personally thank Chef Ris Lacoste for an incredible dinner; and before you knew it, Sorvino was on her way back to L.A.


Mickey Hart and Nancy Pelosi

The power of “The Music Never Stopped” was no match for the power that went out at the E Street Cinema screening hosted by Impact Arts + Film Fund. Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead, whose band is featured in the flick, took it in stride.

“The movie just stopped, and it became a little strange. It’s kind of like a Grateful Dead concert,” he said, “anything can happen.”

During the “fixer break” the 67-year-old legend was carded for a glass of wine. “I didn’t have my I.D.,” he joked.

The movie chronicles the painful journey of a father and son adjusting to the son’s cerebral trauma, the father’s regrets and the remarkable use of music therapy. Spotted: Tipper Gore and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.


Kevin Chaffee and Cat Ommanney

“It’s a mixture between Bridget Jones’s Diary and Eat, Pray, Love,” said DC Housewife “Cat” Ommanney about her book Inbox Full at a book party at Eden.

Per the title, it’s full of personal text messages, an online diary of sorts. She hasn’t heard from anyone that is in the inbox? “No, because all the names have been changed to protect the innocent.”


Sean Spicer and Emily Goodin.

Tommy McFly
94.7 Fresh FM’s psychedelic DJ
On his campaign for PopChips V.P. with Ashton Kutcher: “I cover Hollywood and politics. Plucky. Own a suit. Never Tired. Never Fake. Always Popped!”

Sean Spicer
RNC Communications Director
At The Week’s Oscars party at Juleanna Glover’s house on his Oscar Pop Quiz score. “I got zero because I’m really focused on economic policy.”

Katy Adams and the Prime Minister of Ireland.

Katy Adams
Yeas & Nays columnist
On Ireland: “I spent a summer in college writing for a magazine in Dublin. I ate and drank so much that I think I made up for the potato famine while I was there.”

Enda Kenny
Prime Minister of Ireland
At St. Patrick’s Day party: “I’m going to continue in Irish for the rest of this speech.“ Thankfully, he did not.

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