Monthly Archives: October 2009

20th Anniversary Celebraci? de Coprodeli in Washington

Blanca Ochoa, Seth Jesse, Luis Chang and P. Miguel Ranera S?chez-Pardo, President of Coprodeli

Blanca Ochoa, Seth Jesse, Luis Chang and P. Miguel Ranera S?chez-Pardo, President of Coprodeli

THE ORGANIZATION COPRODELI (www.coprodeli.org) celebrated its 20th anniversary on Thursday evening, October 29, at Skye Lounge in downtown Washington, D.C. Coprodeli USA (www.coprodeliusa.org) supports the comprehensive development efforts of its operations in Peru, which for the past 20 years has aided families living in extreme poverty. Volunteers from the United States, Europe and Latin America provide services for people in need.

PADRE MIGUEL Ranera S?chez-Pardo, a Spanish missionary priest, together with a group of Peruvian volunteers, has dedicated his life to serving the poorest of the poor. Since 1984, they have concentrated their efforts in the 30 “barrios” or neighborhoods in Callao, a port city near Lima where between 80 and 90 percent of the population have unsatisfied basic needs and live in extreme poverty. Padre Miguel created The Coprodeli Foundation, a non-profit international organization designed to assist in a comprehensive and long-term manner poor families in the region. Proceeds from Thursday’s event will benefit Coprodeli’s education, health and micro business development initiatives in the regions of Callao and Ica.

Amelia Rodriguez Puell, Blanca Ochoa, Vanessa Keating and Elizabeth Asher

Amelia Rodriguez Puell, Blanca Ochoa, Vanessa Keating and Elizabeth Asher, whose daughter Melanie da Trindade-Asher runs Macchu Pisco LLC (www.macchupisco.com), one of the event sponsors and a marketer of pisco, the popular alcoholic beverage from Peru.

Brian Brooks, Fredy Henriquez, Bridget Cora and Anna Giralt

Brian Brooks, whose wife is the designer Evelyn Brooks (www.ebrooksdesigns.com), Fredy Henriquez, Bridget Cora and Anna Giralt

A limited edition bracelet designed by Evelyn Brooks to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Copradeli, which will help raise funds for the nonprofit organization Copradeli.

A limited edition bracelet designed by Evelyn Brooks to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Copradeli, which will help raise funds for the nonprofit organization Copradeli.

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President Obama’s sister Maya Soetoro-Ng talks about the tragedy of rape used as a weapon in the war in The Congo

Mr. Desiree Bagula, Ms. Maya Soetoro-Ng, Ms. Lucia Hatch and Mr. David Smith

Mr. Desiree Bagula, Social Marginalized, Inc.; Ms. Maya Soetoro-Ng, President Barack Obama’s sister; Ms. Lucia Hatch, chairwoman of the Woman’s National Democratic Club; and Mr. David Smith, Deputy Director, United Nations Information Centres, Washington, D.C.

“I AM OLD-FASHIONED so I like to read regular newspapers, and through newspapers we can get the message out about the horrific situation in the war torn country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” said Ms. Maya Soetoro-Ng, President Barack Obama’s sister, during a speech at Woman’s National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night, October 28.

Susan Forsyth and Maya Soetoro-Ng

Susan Forsyth, who handled the arrangements for the event, and Maya Soetoro-Ng

THE COUNTRY HAS been ravished by a 13-year war, where 5 million people have been killed (www.thegreatestsilence.org), and tens of thousands of women and even 12- and 13-year-old girls have been raped. According to Maya Soetoro-Ng there are at least 60,000 rape victims and 30 percent of them have become infected with HIV/AIDS. She said rape is being used as a weapon by the military and militia in the war.

Ms. Maya Soetoro-Ng speaks at the benefit at the Woman's National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Maya Soetoro-Ng speaks at the event at the Woman’s National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C.

MAYA SOETORO-NG became instantly famous when her brother became president of the United States. But she came to the Woman’s National Democratic Club as an unaffected, warm and engaging woman with a very good sense of humor. She obviously has the same ardent interest for human rights as her older brother, the president, and her mother Ann Dunham, who was a pioneer in the work of creating microfinance for women in developing countries.

Chanel A. Johnson and Mark Wolf

Chanel A. Johnson and Mark Wolf are White House interns

THE MOTHER OF two young children and a teacher, Ms. Soetoro-Ng – called by an associate as “Maya the Mother” and “Maya the Activist” – does charity work and is a member of the boards of five non profit organizations. It was through her Congolese friend Desiree Bagula, a former student at the University of Hawaii, that she got involved in the tragic situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The plan is to build a hospital for the war’s rape victims. Earlier this year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited this part of the Congo in an effort to show attention to this horrific situation.

“IT IS A patriarchal society, with repression and no social justice. There is fear in the population. We never had this problem before. We have had 15 years of war. We need peace,” said Mr. Bagula, who accompanied Ms. Soetoro-Ng and who also spoke at the WNDC gathering.

Woman's National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C.

 

Glamorous ‘Eurovision Night After Dark’ at the House of Sweden in Washington

Eurovision artist Anna Sahlene

Eurovision artist Anna Sahlene 

WHAT COULD BE a better on a pretty fall Saturday night than to visit House of Sweden! The Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C. held a “Eurovision Night After Dark” party – maybe as a homage to the EU and the current Swedish presidency of the EU — on Saturday evening, October 24. Several hundred people gathered at the beautiful modern glass building next to the Potomac River to listen to Swedish singer and Eurovision artist Anna Sahlene, DJ K-Tell who played Eurovision tunes and “Mr. Eurovision Sweden” Christer Bj?rkman. There were also live presentations and karaoke for everyone to participate in.

Anette Forss, Anneli Ahlbom, Stig Berglind, S?ren Holmberg and Britt-Marie Mattsson

Anette Forss, Anneli Ahlbom, Swedish Press Counselor Stig Berglind, Gothenburg University Professor S?ren Holmberg, and G?teborgs-Posten Reporter Britt-Marie Mattsson

MOST AMERICANS are not familiar with the Eurovision Song Contest – with the possible exception that they may know that the Swedish ABBA pop group won the competition in 1974 with their song “Waterloo.” The House of Sweden Eurovision party gave them a sample of why this contest is so immensely popular in Europe. Perhaps a similar contest could gain a foothold in America.

“EUROVISION Night After Dark” was arranged by Svensk Musik, EXMS and House of Sweden.

The Swedish Ambassador's wife Eva Hafstr?m and daughter Charlotte

The Swedish Ambassador’s wife Eva Hafstr?m and daughter Charlotte

Danielle Strate, Jenny M?lqvist and Amanda Svensson

Danielle Strate, Jenny M?lqvist and Amanda Svensson

Singer Anna Sahlene performs

Singer Anna Sahlene performs

Allison Shapiro and Liz Pfeiffer

Allison Shapiro and Liz Pfeiffer

Britt-Marie Forslund and Linda Tocchini-Valentini

Britt-Marie Forslund and Linda Tocchini-Valentini

“Mr. Eurovision Sweden” Christer Bj?rkman performs together with colleagues

Joseph Buccine and Charlotte Lundkvist

Joseph Buccine and Charlotte Lundkvist

Green Meetup promoted ‘Free Organic Happy Hour’ in Washington, D.C.

Leandro Monteiro, organizer Jessica Blond and Gorav Seth

Leandro Monteiro, of Trees for the Future (www.plant-trees.org), organizer Jessica Blond of Green Meetup (www.greenmeetup.com), and Gorav Seth of Trees for the Future.

WHAT A BETTER REASON than to meet up than to organize and promote green products? That is exactly what the organization Green Meetup (www.greenmeetup.com) in Washington, D.C. did on Wednesday evening, October 21, at Tabaq Bistro, in the trendy U Street corridor, in the Northwest area of the capital city. The very “Free Organic Happy Hour!” featured – among other green products — Prairie Organic Vodka. The event was promoted as – “a unique opportunity to meet great Green companies and organizations with viable products and solutions for Greening Your Life!” And, of course, everybody had a monumentally good time!

Jin Kim and Shogun Malhotra

Jin Kim and Shogun Malhotra came to the Green Meetup at Tabaq Bistro in Washington, D.C.

Green Meetup event at Tabaq Bistro on Wednesday night in Washington

Green Meetup event at Tabaq Bistro on Wednesday night in Washington

Fabulous Grand Opening Celebration at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Swedish artist Anna U. Davis next to her Midsummer painting - a homage to her Swedish background

Swedish artist Anna U. Davis (www.frocasians.com) next to her Midsummer painting – a homage to her Swedish background

SEVERAL HUNDRED people joined a fabulous grand opening celebration P’Arty at Long View Gallery (www.longviewgallery.com) in Washington, D.C. on Thursday night, October 22. The featured artists included Swedish artist Anna U. Davis, Steve Pyke, Scott Brooks, Drew Ernst, Mike Weber, Dana Ellyn, Matt Sesow, Stacy Albano, Tony Savoie, Billy Colbert, John Whipple, Victor Ekpuk and Chris Stephens.

Philippa Hughes and Rob Shapiro

Philippa Hughes, The Pink Line Project (www.pinklineproject.com), and Rob Shapiro

Nick Ucci and Michael B. Keegan

Nick Ucci and Michael B. Keegan

Letizia Sirtori and Janine Tursini

Letizia Sirtori and Janine Tursini

Victor Ekpuk and Mimi Wolford

Artist Victor Ekpuk and Mimi Wolford of MBARI Institute

Olivier Robert and Lee Moore-Robert

Olivier Robert and Lee Moore-Robert

Prana Tsubo

Erich Benton

Anna U. Davis

Anna U. Davis next to her midsummer painting

P'Arty at Long View Gallery

P’Arty at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Long View Gallery

Long View Gallery
Long View Gallery
Long View Gallery
Long View Gallery
Long View Gallery
Long View Gallery
Long View Gallery
Midsummer painting by Anna U. Davis
Long View Gallery
Outside Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Fashion Blogger Scott Schuman – The Sartorialist – visits Washington, D.C.

Scott Schuman - The Sartorialist - to the right, with an admirer

The world famous fashion blogger Scott Schuman – The Sartorialist – to the right, with an admirer

“THANKS TO EVERYONE in D.C. for the great turnout last night! I expected great things in cities like London and Paris, but D.C. was a total surprise,” one of the world’s most famous fashion bloggers, Scott Schuman - The Sartorialist (www.sartorialist.com) – wrote on his blog on Tuesday. On Monday night, October 19, he visited the restaurant Masa 14 on 14th Street, N.W., in Washington, D.C., to sign his newly published book as part of his first US book tour.

Jillian Bonahoom, Victoria Greising, Sharon and Michael Landrum

Jillian Bonahoom, Victoria Greising, Sharon and Michael Landrum came to get their books signed.

THE LINES WERE long and admirers had to wait for hours to meet and greet the Sartorialist at this trendy spot, and Mr. Schuman kept signing books until the wee hours. According to reports, he was also surprised by the great looking and diverse crowd that showed up for this popular event. To be honest, Washington, D.C. has never been famous for style and daring elegance — there are too many bureaucrats and too much bureaucratic sameness for distinctive style to emerge in any prominent way in this town. But maybe there is a change in perspective, even in the Nation’s Capital.

MR. SCHUMAN IS famous for photographing regular, interesting-looking and stylish people of all ages. Some are famous, others not. He says, according to “Fashion Washington,” a fashion edition to the Washington Post, that “I don’t shoot a lot of black – it’s become too easy, too boring,” and he adds “excess can create more of a style problem than an answer.”

Vanja Simovic and Nya Gill

Vanja Simovic and Nya Gill

Caroline Rodgers

Caroline Rodgers

Natasha and Nick

Natasha and Nick

The 59th International Spring Festival in Trujillo, Peru

The Queens enter Club Central.

 

Ximena Torres Aramburu, Lions Club Queen, Alberto Ganoza, Lions Club President and Maria Luisa, Lions Club Infant Queen

THE NORTHERN Peruvian city of Trujillo celebrated the 59th International Spring Festival. Telefonica Moviles invited queens from different countries, North American Waripoleras, and a festive dinner was held at Club Central in Trujillo.

North Americans Waripoleras

Official photo at Club Central

Lola de Ganoza and Alberto Ganoza, Lions Club President

Humberto Caro and Nancy Sheahan

Herbert Zarate, Pepe Alva, Claudia Ruiz, Mili Polo, Romulo Berendson and Martin Parra

Alex Saavedra serving the classic Peruvian drink, Pisco sour

Francisco Aramburu with recepcionists Karen y Eva Maria

Ana Campuzano y Ana Tamayo

Humberto Caro, Karina de Orbegoo and Luis Miguel Gonzales Rossell

Lola de Ganoza and Maria de la Piedra

Long View Gallery Grand Opening Event on Thursday, October 22

Beatrice Bring and Swedish artist Anna U. Davis

Beatrice Bring and Swedish artist Anna U. Davis (to the right) will show her Midsummer painting – a homage to her Swedish heritage – in the show at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

LONG VIEW GALLERY will open a new exhibit and special event space in the heart of D.C. with a grand opening celebration Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The new gallery is located at 1234 Ninth St. N.W. Enjoy food and refreshments while viewing works by featured artists. Music by DJ Dred.

SINCE OPENING IN 2006, Long View has been operating one block north of their new space on Ninth Street, with a second location in Sperryville, VA. Their focus has been on promoting the Washington area’s burgeoning art community by highlighting local and regional artists on its exhibit walls. Through its many special events, the Gallery has brought artists into the community and hope to expand on that platform with the larger space. Monthly exhibitions as well as a growing permanent collection will showcase a diverse group of both established and emerging new artists. Long View Gallery will continue to present Washington D.C.’s fresh talent. The knowledgeable staff offers design consultations, delivery and access to in-house master framers.

PART GALLERY/PART EVENT SPACE, Long View Gallery’s new home boasts a bevy of desirable attributes. With 5,000 square feet and 20 foot ceilings, the space can hold up to 400 guests for corporate events and private functions. Modern track lighting along with accommodations for caterers, DJs, and access to the historic Blagden Alley make the Gallery a premier spot for hosting and gathering. The venue’s blank canvas appeal and flexibility to work all types of events and budgets makes the space highly desirable and completely unique in the metro area. The urban and upscale feel that lends itself to the space has already attracted attention from such clients as Lexus, who hosted a Lexus Listening Lounge event series featuring the legendary sounds of Motown in early October.

FEATURED AT THE grand opening will be artists Steve Pike, Scott Brooks, Anna U. Davis and Drew Ernst, among others. Some of the works on display have been on exhibit around the world at prestigious galleries such as the National Portrait Gallery, the Imperial War Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the New York Public Library. Attendees will also enjoy light bites provided by Occasions Catering as well as a hosted bar. The event is free of charge and requests an RSVP to info@longviewgallery.com by October 19.

Preview at Arlington’s New Cultural Center One Year before it Opens on 10/10/10

Swedish artist Henrik Sundqvist and his wife

Swedish artist Henrik Sundqvist and his wife Mikaila

ARLINGTON’S new cultural center threw a preview party last Saturday evening, October 10, in the middle of Rosslyn, to celebrate the one-year mark before its planned grand opening next year on 10/10/10. The cultural center will be on the first few floors of the old Newseum building at 1101 Wilson Blvd. in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, right across the Key Bridge from Georgetown, D.C.

AMONG THE SEVERAL artists who presented “Creative Briefs” at the party were: Synetic Theater, Washington Shakespeare Company, Anthology of Booty DJ Crew, Hoop Dance, X Live Design Competition, Rosebud Film & Video Festival, Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble, Video Art Curator Amelia Winger-Bearskin, Visual Artists Brandon Morse, Kathryn Cornelius, Robin Bell, Alexandra Zealand and Henrik Sundqvist (www.henriksundqvist.com). The Pink Line Project, Vitamin Water and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association were among the sponsors of the event.

Jenny O'Hara and Lisa Marie Thalhammer

Jenny O’Hara and Lisa Marie Thalhammer

Jerry Solomon

Jerry Solomon

A performance at the preview party

A performance at the preview party

The preview party

The new organization Face2Face launched at the Embassy of Bahrain in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Houda Ezra Nonoo of the Kingdom of Bahrain and Jan Du Plain, Du Plain Enterprises, Inc.

Ambassador Houda Ezra Nonoo of the Kingdom of Bahrain and Jan Du Plain, Du Plain Enterprises, Inc.

THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH of Face2Face, a new organization that is dedicated to “creating diplomacy through the voices of women,” was held at the Embassy of Bahrain in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night, October, 1. Ambassador Houda Ezra Nonoo of the Kingdom of Bahrain hosted the event, and Jan Du Plain of Du Plain Enterprises, Inc., handled arrangements for the event.

SISTER Jenna, Harriet Fulbright, Zainab Al Sawaj and Rev. Marcia Dyson - four women from extraordinary and diverse backgrounds shared their stories of faith, courage and determination during the evening.

Jan Du Plain, Sister Jenna and Harriet Fulbright

Jan Du Plain, Du Plain Enterprises, Inc.; Sister Jenna, Director of Brahma Kumaris local branch in Washington, D.C.; and Harriet Fulbright, President of the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center, a non-profit organization which serves to advance the work of Ms. Fulbright’s late husband, Senator J. William Fulbright, and continues her own lifework.