- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hail to the co-chief

Our buddies at the Creative Coalition, the nonprofit advocacy group made up mostly of actors who lobby for arts funding, have added a new cheerleader to their galaxy of stars.

We hear that actress Dana Delany, known for playing the imperious Katherine Mayfair on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” will join actor Tim Daly as co-president of the bipartisan group, replacing actor Tony Goldwyn.

Now in its 20th year, the organization was highly visible at the national political conventions last summer. The group also held several soirees built around the presidential inauguration and the White House Correspondents’ Dinner earlier this year.

Our sources tell us Miss Delany will be coming to Washington more often in her new role. We think she’ll have plenty of “imperious housewives” in Georgetown to buddy up to.

Angry the new black

Going to an “angry mob” town-hall meeting to scream and shout your head off about health care, but have no idea what to wear?

Well, you’re in luck, because G2 has discovered a Web site that’s been making “angry mob” T-shirts for more than a year - long before the “angry” craze hit.

“I used the domain to sell a variety of T-shirts for Cafe Press,” says the owner, who did not want to reveal her name to G2. “A few weeks ago, I was checking the traffic stats to all my Web sites and nearly fell out my chair! My Web site www.angrymobtshirts.com was getting a ton of traffic without any advertising.”

In addition to the shirts, priced from $21 to $25, the Web site developer has made bumper stickers and other items - including hats and water bottles - to put the finishing touches on your town-hall ensemble.

The owner says her biggest seller is a sticker that reads, “Angry Mob Member Coming to a Town Hall Near You!” with two ominous images of Uncle Sam surrounding the message.

“Republicans have a great sense of humor, contrary to what some people believe,” she says. “Many Republicans feel the joke is now on Nancy Pelosi,” she adds, referring to the Democratic speaker of the House. “Buying the merchandise gives them the guilty pleasure of rubbing it in.”

However, the Web site owner tells us her calls to the Republican National Committee - offering a percentage of her sales to its fundraising efforts - have not been returned.

Oh, say can you sing?

If the town-hall meetings aren’t providing much of a workout for your vocal chords, why not jet over to the ESPN Zone on 12th Street Northwest, where the Washington Nationals will host their annual Star-Spangled Sing-Off? The fun begins at 6 Wednesday night.

Taking a page from “American Idol,” those who think they have the chops will have 30 seconds to perform a song of their choice before fans gathered at the sports-themed restaurant. A panel of judges - including an executive from Epic Records, local HOT 99.5 deejay Sammy K and Nationals’ entertainment coordinator Tom Davis will evaluate the contenders.

After whittling the field down to five, the panel will crown the winner, who will sing the national anthem at an upcoming Nationals game.

Hey, even if you can’t carry a tune but want to release some stress, you can yell and clap for your favorite performer. We hear the judges will take the audience’s reaction into account.

To contact Stephanie Green or Elizabeth Glover, send e-mail to undercover@ washingtontimes.com.

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