Monthly Archives: February 2009

Swedish Director William Sten Olsson recently premiered his film “An American Affair” in Washington

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The ghostlike steps in Georgetown in Washington were in the 1973 film “The Exorcist,” which starred the Swedish actor Max von Sydow. Now the steps make a reappearance in the recently released “An American Affair,” directed by the Swede William Sten Olsson.

INTRIGUES AND POWER PLAY in the political life in Washington – “politics is the only game in town” – are subjects that continue to fascinate movie and television producers. The latest installment in this genre “An American Affair” is directed by William Sten Olsson, who is from Gothenburg, Sweden, and is the grandson of Sten A. Olsson, legendary founder of Stena Line, the huge ferry company that operates ferry ships all across northern Europe.

“AN AMERICAN AFFAIR” recently premiered in Washington at the E Street Cinema drawing a crowd of Washingtonians who spent the night trying to figure out who the lead character was in real life. In the film the gorgeous blond socialite is named Catherine Caswell, and the story line is a traditional Washington story with juicy ingredients such as politics, power, sex and intrigues that are fascinating not only to Washingtonians but to people everywhere. As implied by the film’s title, the fictional Ms. Caswell has an affair with President John F. Kennedy.

WHILE SOME THOUGHT in real life she might be Marilyn Monroe or Judith Exner, many people think she’s Mary Pinchot Meyer, who was a quintessential Washingtonian socialite. She was beautiful, lived in Georgetown, was previously married to ex-CIA agent Cord Meyer (whose sister was married to former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee), was divorced during the Kennedy presidency, experimented with drugs, had high-level affairs, kept a detailed diary and died under mysterious circumstances.

THE WORLD PREMIERE was hosted by the New York-based Creative Coalition and the society magazine Washington Life (which was my employer for several years in the 1990s). The premiere drew a good crowd, even though it was scheduled the same evening as President Barack Obama’s impressive speech to the nation, which drew an audience of more than 50 million Americans and probably millions of other viewers around the world.

“AN AMERICAN AFFAIR” is being shown initially in movie theaters in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Boston and New Haven, Connecticut.

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Cooperation with the local society paper Washington Life Magazine very often guarantees good coverage and publicity in other media.

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Pl?ido Domingo tilldelas det f?rsta Birgit Nilsson Prize

DEN SPANSKE OPERATENOREN Pl?ido Domingo har tilldelats det f?rsta Birgit Nilsson-priset eller Birgit Nilsson Prize. Priset – med prissumman en miljon dollar — kommer att utdelas vid en ceremoni i slutet av ?et. Vart annat till tredje ? kommer en vinnare av priset att utses.
Domingos karri? ? legendarisk, och han har sjungit 130 olika operaroller, det ? fler roller ? n?on annan i operahistorien. F?rutom s?gframtr?anden, dirigerar han ocks?operor och konserter. Han ? chef f?r Washington National Opera i Washington, D.C. och Los Angeles-operan. Pl?ido Domingo beundras f?r sin m?gsidighet och r?ststyrka, sin scentalang, musikalitet och musikaliska intellekt. Han har f?t ett flertal utm?kelser s?om the United States Medal of Freedom och Frankrikes Hederslegion, med flera.

BIRGIT NILSSON och Pl?ido Domingo sj?ng tillsammans f?r f?rsta g?gen p?Metropolitanoperan i New York 1969 i Tosca. Birgit Nilsson l?nade pl?tsligt operayrket 1982. Under f?ljande ? undervisade hon bland annat operaklasser i Stockholm, Hannover och New York. S?gerskan avled 2005.
I ett uttalande efter tillk?nagivandet uttryckte Domingo sin tacksamhet och sade att “Min st?rsta sorg var att Birgit och jag aldrig upptr?de tillsammans i Die Walk?re eller Tristan och Isolde”.

Swedish Artist Anna U. Davis Debuts Solo Show in D.C.

Beatrice Bring and Anna U. Davis

Swedish photographer Beatrice Bring and Anna U. Davis

“BULL’S EYE,” the powerful new exhibition of work by Swedish artist Anna U. Davis, recently debuted at Long View Gallery at 1302 Ninth St., N.W., in Washington.

THE PROLIFIC Anna displayed some of her larger pieces, continuing her focus on portrayals of women striving to look the way they are supposed to look. Her bold, colorful, graphic use of acrylic painting and collage is provocative and compelling.

TO SEE MORE of Anna U. Davis’ work, visit her Web site: http://www.frocasians.com/
The learn more about her work, check her out on this video by Brandon Bloch: http://vimeo.com/3305957?pg=embed&sec

FIND A WAY to go by Long View Gallery and see Anna U. Davis’ fine work first hand. www.longviewgallery.com. The gallery is open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays. Phone: (202) 232-4788.

Fernando Batista and Lisa Lindlbauer

Fernando Batista and Lisa Lindlbauer

Peter Davis

Anna’s husband Peter Davis

Lena Skanby and Richard Gould

Lena Skanby and Richard Gould

Anna U. Davis and Bill Farrand

Anna U. Davis and Bill Farrand

Jonathan Sousa and Cory Oberndorfer

D.C. web designer Jonathan Sousa and artist Cory Oberndorfer

Lee Moore-Robert and Olivier Robert

Lee Moore-Robert and Olivier Robert

Sondra Arkin and Mary Beth Ramsey

Artists Sondra Arkin and Mary Beth Ramsey

Kellye McIntosh and Peter Hyan

Kellye McIntosh and Peter Hyan

Lee Moore-Robert and Claire Rambeau

Lee Moore-Robert and Claire Rambeau

Anna U. Davis art opening

Anna U. Davis artwork
Anna U. Davis artwork

Art and Feeding the Homeless Merge at Washington’s Transformer Gallery

Philippa Hughes, Lisa Marie Thalhammer and Kathryn Cornelius

Philippa Hughes of the Pink Line Project, and D.C. artists Lisa Marie Thalhammer and Kathryn Cornelius

D.C. ARTISTS Kathryn Cornelius and Lisa Marie Thalhammer invited one and all to the Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street, N.W., in Washington this week for a hearty meal of Campbell’s tomato soup and bread, accompanied by Summer Camp ditties they performed to the enjoyment of the diners.

TITLED “Soup Kitchen,” the event explored the relationship of art and community service along with the common concerns of the current economic situation in a format of a communal experience. Friends and homeless people joined in the dinner and enjoyed the performances of the “Soup Kitchen” program, which is a part of the Transformer Gallery’s Summer Camp series being presented Feb. 7 – March 7.

DONATIONS and left over food went to SOME (So Others May Eat), a local nonprofit organization that feeds homeless and other poor people daily in Northwest Washington. For more information, visit www.transformergallery.org, www.some.org, www.kathryncornelius.com or www.lisamariestudio.com .

Mike Schulz and David London

Mike Schulz and David London

Kathryn Cornelius and Lisa Marie Thalhammer

Kathryn Cornelius and Lisa Marie Thalhammer perform.

 

Kathryn Cornelius and Lisa Marie Thalhammer

Washington Flaunts its Flair for Fashion

Tatiana and Inga

HUNDREDS OF of fashion fans gathered at The Washington Times’ Arbor Ballroom this week to network with kindred fashionistas and learn more about the fashion scene in Washington. This is one of several events in the capital, marking DC Fashion Week. Several vendors were on hand to present their wares as well, including designer jewelry, handbags and clothing. Lots of pretty faces, stylish profiles and fashion forward outfits were evident in the crowd that assembled in the ballroom just next to the office of the Washington Times newspaper.

Orran Robinson

Orran Robinson

Odaybea Morrow

Jewelry designer Odaybea Morrow, Jewelry by Odaybea

Jamaal French

Jamaal French

Margo Schlossberg

Margo Schlossberg, Kura Design

Luis Gomez and Korvi Kamara

Luis Gomez and Korvi Kamara

Charles Franklin

Charles Franklin

DC Fashion Week

DC Fashion Week

Konstfack och “tunnelbanevandalism som konst” — i The Chronicle for Higher Education

DEN AMERIKANSKA TIDSKRIFTEN The Chronicle for Higher Education uppm?ksammar i sitt senaste nummer Konstfack i Stockholm och “tunnelbanevandalism som konst”, samt att fenomenet skapar blandade k?slor i Sverige. Tidskriften menar att artistiskt v?de kan vara subjektivt, men att artistiskt ansvar ? l?tare att tillskriva, och ber?tar att svenska myndigheter s?ker ers?tning fr? Konstfack f?r vandalism av en tunnelbanevagn av en av skolans studenter – vandalism som var del av ett konstprojekt. Sj?vfallet ? vandalism av en tunnelbanevagn som ett konstprojekt n?ot som h?jer amerikanska ?gonbryn!

THE CHRONICLE skriver vidare att Konstfackstudenten Magnus Gustafsson presenterade en tv?minuter l?g film, d? en figur f?rst?rde interi?ren av en tunnelbanevagn med graffiti. Filmen som beskriver “markering av ens egna gr?ser” har titeln Song by Nirvana. Gustafssons projekt, liksom det f?r n?ra veckor sedan — d?en Konstfackstudent l?sades ha en psykotisk episod och l? sig l?gas in p?ett mentalsjukhus, som en del av ett konstprojekt, har skapat kontrovers. Och nu n?t den amerikanska kontinenten! Liknande kontroversiella projekt, som f?rol?par allm?heten, har ocks?f?rekommit p?denna sidan av Atlanten – vid Ontario College of Art and Design och Yale University, enligt The Chronicle.

Grand Reception at the Smithsonian for The Scurlock Exhibition

Scurlock photograph of the King Greenleaf Recreation Center, Y.W.C.A. Camp for Girls, 1930 Highland Beach, Md.

A GRAND RECEPTION was held recently at the renovated Smithsonian Museum of American History for the opening of the show “The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing the Promise.” Hundreds of Washingtonians turned out on an icy winter evening to catch a first viewing of the exhibition that features more about 100 photographs and other items produced by African American photographers Addison Scurlock and his two sons, Robert and George, working from their Washington studio from 1911 to 1994.

THEIR WORK PROUDLY captures the thriving middle-class black culture of the nation’s capital during that time, during decades of rigid segregation, and then during the civil rights movement and even the riots that ravaged Washington in 1968. Central to the exhibition are the images of African American families, weddings, graduations, and social events along with portraits of prominent black personalities such as W.E.B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, Lena Horne and Duke Ellington. Additionally, since the Scurlocks served as official photographers for Howard University, the premier historically black university in Washington, images from that institution are prominent in the show.

THE EXHIBITION is presented by the National Museum of African American History and Culture in collaboration with the National Museum of American History.

IIT RUNS THROUGH through Nov. 15, 2009, at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, located on Constitution Avenue, N.W. between 12th and 14th streets. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. 

Smithsonian reception
Smithsonian reception
Smithsonian reception

Lonnie Bunch, Director of The Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, welcomes guests to the opening reception for the Scurlock photography exhibition. 

Adam & Viktoria-m?bel i amerikansk hembilaga

Adam & Viktoria

ADAM & VIKTORIA – en svensk textil- och m?beldesignfirma – uppm?ksammades nyligen i The New York Times hembilaga “Home”. Bakom f?retaget st? Adam Gistedt och Viktoria Nygren fr? Drottningholm. Stolen p?bilden heter Priscilla, och ? en av de senaste m?blerna fr? Adam & Viktoria, som kl? om vintage-stolar i egen textildesign, tillverkad i Portugal. Information kan i USA f? genom lisafontanarosa.com.

Fabulous music event with Triple Helix Trio

Triple Helix Trio concert event

Triple Helix Trio performs in Washington.

THE INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed Triple Helix Trio presented a wonderful music event recently at the Washington, D.C., home of impresario Sasha Marx and his wife Thais. The trio, violinist Bayla Keyes, cellist Rhonda Rider and pianist Lois Shapiro, played a program that included pieces by Bright Sheng – Four Movements for Piano Trio (1988), Robert Schumann – Piano Trio No. 3 in G Minor Op. 110, and Maurice Ravel – Trio in A minor (1914). Ms. Keyes, Ms. Rider and Ms. Shapiro joined together in 1995 to create Triple Helix Trio. Since then the ensemble has become known as one of the best piano trios on today’s musical scene. The Boston Globe has described them as “wildly imaginative, emotionally charged, virtuoso playing” that is “sophisticated in musical detail, wholeheartedly interactive, uninhibited in emotion, and touched by a special grace.”

FOLLOWING the concert Thais and Sasha Marx presented a wonderful dinner buffet for everybody to enjoy. 

Triple Helix Trio event
Triple Helix Trio event