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Barney Frank Returns to Washington -- in Person and on Film

Frank, left, and spouse Ready walk the red carpet at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of "Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank" on April 27, 2014. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

'City of Conversation' Illuminates Political Stage

Colin, left, and Hewitt, right. (C. Stanley Photography/ Arena Stage)

Arena Stage's production of "The City of Conversation" tells the story of national politics through the confines of Georgetown's elite salon culture, traversing three distinct recent eras.  

“I’m interested in D.C. politics in that this is where the rules are made that shape our lives,” Margaret Colin, who plays the main character, Hester Ferris, told HOH. “So I’ve been down here for protest marches since Roe v. Wade, I’ve been down here for my son, who went to Catholic University, so I’m familiar with D.C. But I’m here because it’s a really great part and I was invited to do it by a really great director.” The play opens in 1979 with Ferris working to procure the Democratic nomination for president for Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. Hester prefers Kennedy over the incumbent, President Jimmy Carter whom she describes as nothing more than a "seat warmer President."  

'Courting Des Moines' the Night Before the Iowa Caucuses

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The feature film is "a fake story about the real Iowa caucuses" and is the brainchild of writer/director and Roll Call contributor Brent Roske. The movie, a sequel to Roske's "Chasing the Hill" series, follows the fictional presidential campaign of Rep. Samantha Clemons, played by Melissa Fitzgerald, as well as real-life candidates as Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and other public officials who traipse through the Hawkeye State in the lead-up to the first-in-the-nation caucuses.  

The show starts at Des Moines' Varsity Theater at 9 p.m., and will be followed by a question and answer session with Roske, former Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and the film's co-star Catherine Urbanek. Invitation follows the jump: Roll Call, former Sen. Tom Harkin and Brent Roske invite you to the premiere of the new political feature film "Courting Des Moines" on Sunday, Jan. 31st - the night before the Iowa caucuses - at the Varsity Theater in Des Moines at 9 p.m. Harkin and writer/ director Roske will be at the Q&A following the film, moderated by Roll Call's own Jason Dick and actress Catherine Urbanek. The Wrap premiered the movie's trailer last week featuring cameos from Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and more.  

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Alaska Delegation to Fete ‘Pipeline Pioneers’

The energy lobby will attempt to stoke warm and fuzzy feelings Tuesday about The El Dorado of the North by hosting a screening of “Pipeline Pioneers,” a series of short films chronicling the iconic Trans-Alaska Pipeline.  

Aspiring Filmmaker Screws Around With Congress

It took some doing. But Brett Lewis is just about finished with his ode to everything that’s wrong with #ThisTown, the ribald “C Street.”  

“Some things happened along the way, but I persevered,” Lewis, who lost his mother to cancer last spring, said of the unexpected twist and turns he’s had to navigate to translate the vision in his head on to the big screen.  

Fill the Hours on GOP Debate Night

In the time it took to type these words, another 12 jillion Republicans announced their candidacies for the 2016 presidential race.  

Sadly (not really), there’s only so much time/space/willful suspension of disbelief the media can devote to this quest, so only the highest polling politicians will make it on stage Thursday for the first internecine squabble on national TV.  

House Republican Schedulers Not Down With Shortening Recess

The threat of possibly having to return to Washington next week kicked a number of House GOP aides into fight mode Tuesday, stirring up a series of angry emails denouncing leaders for endangering the anticipated August recess.