Barbara Stout, U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (Republican, Indiana), and The Woman’s National Democratic Club Chairwoman Karen Hansen Shook
THE WOMAN’S NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CLUB had the most senior Republican in the U.S. Senate over to speak at a dinner on Wednesday night this week. Sen. Richard Lugar came to speak to the Democrats and was applauded and cheered for his remarks.
“PRESIDENT OBAMA is my friend,” said Sen. Lugar. “He comes with good spirit. He’s a president we are proud of.”
SEN. LUGAR, from Indiana, addressed the issues of U.S. debt, troubled banks in the United States and Iceland, the stimulus bill, Afghanistan and Iraq, our carbon footprint, nuclear proliferation, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the two-state solution in Israel, voting rights in Washington, D.C., making U.S. foreign policy more collaborative, and the need for more regulation in the nation’s financial systems.
THE 76-YEAR-OLD REPUBLICAN Sen. Lugar was very eloquent, knowledgeable and gracious with the members of this club of Democrats. Would that all members of Congress were so good at being a statesman.
Sen. Richard Lugar
Congressman John Lewis speaks at the event.
THE 18TH Annual Breakfast Celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., organized by Madeline Y. Lawson and the Institute for the Advancement of Minority and Multicultural Medicine, was held at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Jan. 18, just two days before the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Among the honorees recognized at the breakfast were civil rights leader and Congressman John Lewis, D-Ga., and Ambassador Peter N.R.O. Ogego of Kenya, President Obama’s father’s home country. Several ambassadors attended the breakfast as well as the Kenyan foreign secretary.
Congressman John Lewis, standing in the middle
The Willard InterContinental Hotel
PETER STEINER, a former cartoonist for The New Yorker and now full-time portrait artist, presented his latest paintings in a show titled “Portraits and Self-Portraits” at an opening reception sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum at the Embassy of Austria on Thursday, Jan. 15.
THE SON of Austrian immigrants to the United States, Mr. Steiner’s portraits capture a variety of emotions and personalities in a series of vivid expressionistic paintings.
THE EXHIBITION will run through April 17, 2009, at the embassy, located at 3524 International Court in Northwest Washington. For more information, visit www.acfdc.org.
Portraits by Peter Steiner
The Jaerv group members Markus Gustavsson, Tobias Hedlund, Anders Bergsten, Joel Hagen and Harald Nilsson, with Linda Tocchini-Valentini on the far left and Mats Widbom on the far right, who are staff members with the Swedish Embassy.
“WE ARE SO happy to be here. We didn’t know what to expect,” said Joel Hagen, the flutist with Jaerv, the Swedish folk music group, which performed on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.
JAERV’S LIVELY folk music thrilled the crowd with pieces that also often showed influences from folk music with origins beyond the shores of Sweden, as well occasional influences of jazz and pop music
THE MEMBERS of the group – Markus Gustavsson, violinist and vocalist; Tobias Hedlund, percussionist; Anders Bergsten, who plays what appears to be an old-fashioned version of the violin; Joel Hagen and Harald Nilsson, guitarist – are all students at the Academy of Music and Drama at the University of Gothenburg. Included in their two-week trip are also visits and performances in Pennsylvania, Maine and Massachusetts. They had to fly back to Gothenburg on Monday because their classes start then.
Jaerv performs at House of Sweden
A WEEK BEFORE the American presidential inauguration — on a cold and gray day — several stores in Georgetown in Washington, D.C., were displaying their Obama decorations in anticipation of the inauguration celebrations. A festive cascade of red, blue and white — and gold and silver — was covering the shop windows to honor the President-elect.
SEVERAL ROLLER DERBY events will take place at the DC Armory in Washington during the coming months, starting on January 24th.
Ben’s Chili Bowl
President-elect Barack Obama’s Friday visit to Ben’s Chili Bowl was covered in The Washington Post and media nationwide.
BEN’S Chili Bowl, a longtime neighborhood institution in the middle of the U Street neighborhood, got a presidential visit on Friday, when President-elect Barack Obama and Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty visited the place and posed for pictures before having lunch.
BEN’S HAS been at its location on U Street so long that it has seen the neighborhood go up and then down and then way down and then back up again. The food is simple, with the quintessentially D.C. half-smoke hot dog with chili as the centerpiece on the menu.
WHAT USED TO BE a black neighborhood hangout now has white women in fur coats and Louis Vuitton bags waiting in line to get a chili half-smoke to go while their fancy cars wait at the curb. Founded and owned by Ben and Virginia Ali, the restaurant is celebrating its 50th anniversary. They even have a book out with lots of pictures of the many famous and not-so-famous people who have stop by the famous eatery. Among the famous, comedian Bill Cosby is perhaps best known as a longtime patron of Ben’s.
FOR MORE information, visit www.benschilibowl.com. 1213 U Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. (202) 667-0909.
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Swedish style Pytt i Panna at Domku Bar & Caf?lt;/em>
THERE ARE NOT many places in the Washington area for the person who longs for a Swedish Pytt i Panna or a Polish Kielbasa or a Romanian beer – but Domku Bar & Caf?is one of those rare places. A restaurant with Scandinavian & Slavic comfort food, situated in the Petworth neighborhood just off Georgia Avenue at 821 Upshur Street (just four blocks from the Petworth/Georgia Ave. Metro stop), Domku is a refreshing change of pace. With several versions of aquavit, occasional Jansson’s Temptation and pickled herring along with the pierogis, goulash and borscht that is mostly authentic, you will feel right at home. In fact, the word “Domku” means “little home” in Polish. Phone: 202-722.7475, www.Domkucafe.com.
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Philippa Hughes, The Pink Line Project, and artist Cory Oberndorfer
CORY OBERNDORFER likes to paint roller derby girls. And a lot of people like the result.
HUNDEREDS of people showed up at his latest show at the Gallery at Flashpoint at 916 G Street in Northwest Washington on Friday night. Titled “Flavor of the Month,” the show is the latest in Oberndorfer’s series of roller derby and candy-inspired paintings.
ACTUAL ROLLER GIRLS on skates hung out at the opening, promoting their roller derby series this spring at the Armory in D.C. Dressed in their colorful jerseys with their skating names on the back, along with short skirts and fish net hose they were a colorful addition to the crowd.
THE FABULOUS art impressaria Philippa Hughes, tanned and just back from a surfing getaway to Hawaii, had a hand in promoting the opening, which may explain why there were so many people there. Philippa’s Pink Line Project continues to be the leading promoter of contemporary art in Washington.
REFRESHMENTS were delightfully retro, consisting of PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon for those of you not hip to this gourmet brand), white Wonder bread and PP&J (Peanut Butter and Jelly).
FOR MORE INFORMATION about the show, go to www.flashpointdc.org.
For more information about the fast emerging roller derby scene in DC, go to www.dcrollergirls.com.
Jessica Wolf and Anja Carpenter
Barry Woodman and Willi Colino
Jessica Wolf (“Shredica”) and Mara Veraar (“Scarlet O’Shap”)
Art by Cory Oberndorfer