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XVIII Ibero-American Art Salon Reception in Washington

Eduardo D?z, Director at Smithsoniam Latino Center; Jimena Paz, Cultural Affairs Officer at the Embassy of Spain; and Conrado Solari Yrigoyen, Minister at the Embassy of the Argentine Republic

Eduardo D?z, Director at Smithsoniam Latino Center; Jimena Paz, Cultural Affairs Officer at the Embassy of Spain; and Conrado Solari Yrigoyen, Minister at the Embassy of the Argentine Republic

THE OPENING RECEPTION for the XVIII Ibero-American Art Exhibit on Video Art was held Tuesday evening, November 24, at a gallery at 3307 M Street, N.W., in Washington, D.C. Guests were able to learn more about Ibero-American video art and enjoy delicious appetizers from the Spanish restaurant Taberna del Alabardero along with wines, beers and pisco sour from South America.

EACH YEAR the Association of Ibero-American Cultural Attaches presents the “Ibero-American Art Salon” in the nation’s capital. With 17 editions, the Association has successfully created a space to promote the cultural values of Ibero-America and the immense artistic diversity that depicts the essence of these countries by presenting exhibits using many different media: painting, etching, photography, cartoons, etc.

Sharon B. McCone and Michelle Perez

Sharon B. McCone and Michelle Perez

THE SUPPORT and commitment of Felix Angel and Anne Vena at the Cultural Center of the Inter-American Bank have been crucial for this exhibit. The sponsors of this art exhibit are The Mayor’s Office of Latino Affairs, Continental Airlines, and Eastbanc and Mr. Anthony Lanier who provided the space for the exhibition. The exhibit will be open through December 7, 2009.

Borko Handjiski and Elsa Castilla

Borko Handjiski and Elsa Castilla

Marirene Mu?z of Embassy of Peru, Rebecca Medrano and Oscar Ordenes

Marirene Mu?z of Embassy of Peru, Rebecca Medrano and Oscar Ordenes

Sierra Sloan, Laura Espino, Anna Giralt and Nuria Montarelo

Sierra Sloan, Laura Espino, Anna Giralt and Nuria Montarelo

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JFK celebrated with a Magnificent Exhibition at the Woman’s National Democratic Club

Mrs. Judy Salerian, former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford, and Dr. Alen J. Salerian

Former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford surrounded by Mrs. and Dr. Alen J. Salerian

A VIBRANT CROWD of Kennedy and art lovers gathered at the Woman’s National Democratic Club in Washington, D.C. Saturday night, November 21, to enjoy an exhibition of paintings by Alen Salerian, M.D., titled “JFK’s Magnificent Journey.”

Former U.S. Senator Harris Wofford speaks with Dr. and Mrs. Alen J. Salerian

THE WELL-KNOWN television journalist Michael Buchanan was the master of ceremonies of the program for this fascinating evening, which was an amalgam of nostalgic memories of the Kennedy presidency and the hopes for the Obama administration, filled with sounds and colors of people reliving their memories of the 35th president through the eyes of Dr. Salerian. Dignitaries such as the former Sen. Harris Wofford, Nobel Prize winner Bobby Muller, American University Professor Peter Kuznick and Zeno Baucus representing his father Sen. Max Baucus sang the praises of not only John Kennedy, but also Dr. Salerian’s artistic renditions of President Kennedy and Kennedy family members.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Bobby Muller together with Dr. and Mrs. Alen J. Salerian

Nobel Peace Prize winner Bobby Muller together with Dr. and Mrs. Alen J. Salerian

THE BEGINNING of the program brought tears to the eyes of many and the crowd could be heard sighing in response to the sounds of images of a video of President Kennedy’s inauguration speech. That video was followed by a televised greeting from President Kennedy’s nephew, U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy.

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (R.I.) speaks via videotape to the guests at the Woman's National Democratic Club.

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (R.I.) speaks via videotape to the guests at the Woman’s National Democratic Club.

THE CONGRESSMAN expressed deep admiration for Dr. Salerian’s creative touch and provocative storytelling of his uncle’s magnificent life. Congressman Kennedy was particularly emphatic in acknowledging Dr. Salerian’s scholarly contributions to neuroscience and addiction medicine.

Bill Farrand, Philippa Hughes, Raynard Scott and Christian Zapatka

Bill Farrand, Philippa Hughes, Raynard Scott and Christian Zapatka

BOBBY MULLER was equally complimentary of Dr. Salerian for his passionate commitment to individual and governmental integrity and his relentless spirit to make governmental integrity a priority for all of us through neuroscience, art, paintings and JFK research.

Dr. Alen J. Salerian and his brother N.G. Saleri

Dr. Alen J. Salerian and his brother N.G. Saleri

FINALLY, Dr. Salerian’s identical twin, Dr. Nansen G. Saleri, the 2008 recipient of the prestigious John Franklin Carll Award in petroleum engineering also observed Dr. Salerian’s special gift to mix history, art, science and his special dedication to humanistic principles.

IN HIS REMARKS, Dr. Salerian stated, “I am not a painter. I am a storyteller, and JFK is a magnificent story to tell.

Barbara Heineback and Raynard Scott

Barbara Heineback and Raynard Scott

Eric Lindstrom and Carole Kraemer

Eric Lindstrom and Carole Kraemer

THE EXHIBITION will be open Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., through Jan. 13, 2010, at the Woman’s National Democratic Club at 1526 New Hampshire Ave., N.W., or by special appointment by calling the club at (202) 232-7363, ext. 3003.

HIS ART IS a dramatic blast of color and energy, and he is described by his friend Norman Mailer, as “one psychiatrist with an in-roaring rage at psychiatric cant, and it comes out in a caterwauling fury which clears the air and enlivens one with its daring.”

Ajay Dhillon and Jennifer Cronin

Ajay Dhillon and Jennifer Cronin

Christian and Claire Zapatka

Christian and Claire Zapatka

N.G. Saleri and Phillip Proulx

N.G. Saleri and Phillip Proulx

Painting by Dr. Salerian

Painting by Dr. Alen J. Salerian

Painting by Dr. Salerian

Painting by Dr. Alen J. Salerian

Traditional Swedish Christmas Bazaar in Washington

Marie Huddle and Gunilla Stone

Marie Huddle, editor of SWEA-Bladet, and SWEA Washington’s chairwoman Gunilla Stone

SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association) held its annual Christmas Bazaar at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Northwest Washington, D.C. on Saturday afternoon, November 21. Visitors could enjoy traditional shrimp, meatball and salmon sandwiches (sm?rg?), Swedish delicacies such as marzipan cake, and the very Swedish Christmas drink gl?gg. There were also several stands with baked goods, cheeses, and other Swedish food, as well as lots of Swedish crafts and Christmas decorations.

Gunilla Ekberg

Gunilla Ekberg

Susanne Graham-Yooll

Susanne Graham-Yooll

Ulrika Williamson and Anna Dahlborg

Ulrika Williamson and Anna Dahlborg

Inger Margulies

Inger Margulies

 
Ulrika Mikel, Margareta Sobin and Anita Rasmusson

Ulrika Mikel, Margareta Sobin and Anita Rasmusson

Swedish Christmas Bazaar
Swedish Christmas Bazaar

400 Year Anniversary Celebration of El Inca Garcilaso’s Royal Commentaries at Library of Congress

The Ambassador of Peru to the United States and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Luis M. Valdivieso, and the Head of the Peruvian Embassy Public Diplomacy Department, Mr. Luis Chang Boldrini

The Ambassador of Peru to the United States and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Luis M. Valdivieso, and the Head of the Peruvian Embassy Public Diplomacy Department, Mr. Luis Chang Boldrini

THIS YEAR, 2009, is the 400th anniversary of the publication of El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega’s masterwork, “The Royal Commentaries of the Inca,” in Lisbon 1609. His work was written in classic Castillian Spanish, and not only was it a seminal work on the culture of the Americas, it also chronicled the Inca Empire’s dramatic disintegration during the Spanish conquest. It was the first book ever published by an American mestizo writer.

EL INCA GARCILASO de la Vega was the son of an Inca noblewoman and a Spanish conquistador. He was born in Cuzco on April 12, 1539. His mother was Chimpu Ocllo, a descendent of Inca royalty, and his father was Captain Sebasti? Garcilaso de la Vega Vargas, a soldier of Queen Isabella’s expeditionary forces. At the age of 21, Inca Garcilaso sailed for Spain to try to claim his aristocratic lineage. He never returned to Peru, and unable to establish a Spanish title for himself or his children, he died in 1616 in Cordoba, Spain.

ON THURSDAY EVENING, November 19, a celebration was held at the Library of Congress in Washington, with opening remarks by the Director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress Carolyn Brown and U.S. Librarian of Congress, Dr. James Billington, welcome remarks by the Peruvian Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Luis M. Valdivieso, an introduction by the author and scholar Marie Arana, and presentations by the professors Raquel Chang-Rodriguez and Max Hernandez. The presentations were followed by a reception.

Linda Manus and Danny Marca

Linda Manus and Danny Marca

Professor Raquel Chang-Rodriguez and a friend

Professor Raquel Chang-Rodriguez and Eliane Karp-Toledo, wife of former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo

Ambassador Luis M. Valdivieso gives the welcome remark.

Ambassador Luis M. Valdivieso gives the welcome remark.

El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega

El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, whose masterwork, The Royal Commentaries of the Inca, was published in Lisbon 400 years ago.

A copy of the original 1609 Lisbon publication in Spanish of the Royal Commentaries.

A copy of the original 1609 Lisbon publication in Spanish of the Royal Commentaries.

A copy of the first English translation of the Royal Commentaries, published in London in 1688.

A copy of the first English translation of the Royal Commentaries, published in London in 1688.

National Press Club’s annual Book Fair attracted a big crowd on Tuesday

The White House Press Corps' Grand Lady Helen Thomas and veteran journalist Craig Crawford

The White House Press Corps’ Grand Lady Helen Thomas, who has covered the administrations of 10 presidents, and veteran journalist Craig Crawford have written the book “Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do.”

IF YOU ARE LOOKING for a Christmas gift or holiday gift, Tuesday evening’s annual (November 17) Book Fair at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. was the perfect place to be. A big crowd took the opportunity to look at a variety of books and schmooze with politicians, writers, journalists, pundits and international relations experts, and many familiar figures were there, including Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), former Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.), The White House Press Corps’ Grand Lady Helen Thomas, Janet Langhart Cohen who is the wife of former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, reporters and writers Gwen Ifill, Richard Wolffe, Craig Crawford and Ann Coulter, and international relations expert Vali Nasr. However, there may have been some disappointment that super popular TV-anchor Chris Matthews, from the MSNBC show “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” canceled at the last minute, and that controversial former Illinois governor Rod “Blago” Blagojevich didn’t bother to show up as promised.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has written a second novel “Blind Trust,” which is an intriguing insider’s view of what is going on behind closed doors in Washington.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is being interviewed by the media.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is being interviewed by the media.

Hugh Grindstaff and veteran journalist Richard Wolffe

Hugh Grindstaff and veteran journalist Richard Wolffe, who promoted his book about President Obama, which is titled, “Renegade: The Making of a President.”

Janet Langhart Cohen (to the left), talking to a friend

Janet Langhart Cohen (to the left), talking to a friend, has written a book together with her husband, former Secretary of Defense, William Cohen.

Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.)

Powerful congressman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) offers his account about the workings of Congress in his book “The Waxman Report: How Congress Really Works.”

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), to the right, talks to a visitor.

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), to the right, talks to a visitor.

Bill Farrand, W. Nelson Lewis, Lindy Rider and Fernando Batista

Bill Farrand, W. Nelson Lewis, Lindy Rider and Fernando Batista

Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter, the conservative bestselling author, is talking to an admirer.

Top Chef's Carla Hall and Spike Mendelsohn

Top Chef’s Carla Hall and Spike Mendelsohn present their “The Quickfire Cookbook,” a cookbook drawing from all five seasons of the popular television show, “Top Chef Quickfire Challenges.”

The National Press Club Book Fair
The National Press Club Book Fair

Successful First DC Tweed Ride on Sunday in Washington

Allicia Tek Ky and Justin Young, both of ReadySetDC.com; and Executive Director Janine Tursini, AFTA

Allicia Tek Ky and Justin Young, both of ReadySetDC.com; and Executive Director Janine Tursini, AFTA

WHAT COULD BE a better day than a sunny, warm and pleasant Sunday to arrange a bicycle tour in downtown Washington, D.C. That was just what Eric Brewer and Kristin Guiter initiated, and this last Sunday, November 15, the first ever Tweed Ride (www.dctweedride.org) was held in the nation’s capital – “First Semi-Annual Washington, DC Tweed Ride.”

 
Organizers Kristin Guiter and Eric Brewer are being interviewed by the media.

Organizers Kristin Guiter and Eric Brewer are being interviewed by the media.

THE EVENT WAS so successful, with plenty of media coverage, that there will be a follow up in the spring, probably in April. Participants, dressed in dandy style or clothing from the Victorian ?oque, bicycled through the city to the end goal, the restaurant Marvin on 14 and U Streets, where the festivities continued, with a Post-Ride Social, a raffle, awards for the dandiest dressers, specialty drinks and dancing to the finest Brit-pop and soul.

THE TWEED RIDE was a fundraiser for the organization AFTA (www.aftaarts.org) or Arts For The Aging, Inc., which helps elderly to get richer lives through the arts. AFTA’s founder is Lolo Sarnoff, and its executive director, Janine Tursini, was very satisfied with the enormous response and interest in the event.

Kristin Guiter

Kristin Guiter

THIS POPULAR CONCEPT – to bicycle dressed in Victorian ?oque clothing — originated in London, and has spread to several American cities. The event was sponsored by 1793 Plymouth English Gin and Marvin.

First Semi-Annual Washington, DC Tweed Ride
First Semi-Annual Washington, DC Tweed Ride
Post-Ride Social at Marvin on 14th Street in Washington

Post-Ride Social at Marvin on 14th Street in Washington

Portrait Session at Marvin

Portrait Session at Marvin

First Semi-Annual Washington, DC Tweed Ride
First Semi-Annual Washington, DC Tweed Ride

Artist Kathryn Mapes Turner shows her art at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Artist Kathryn Mapes Turner and Angela LoRe

Artist Kathryn Mapes Turner and Angela LoRe

Christian Zapatka, gallery owner Susan Calloway, Jackie Pletcher and Charlie Eisen

Christian Zapatka, gallery owner Susan Calloway, Jackie Pletcher and Charlie Eisen

AN OPENING reception for the Wyoming native artist Kathryn Mapes Turner was held on Friday evening, November 13, at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. The exhibition – “Magnifique” – can be seen at the gallery until December 12.

Andrew Cardoni, Siobhan Gavagan and Timothy L. Foster

Andrew Cardoni, Siobhan Gavagan and Timothy L. Foster

TURNER CAPTURES the inherent beauty of her native Wyoming, whether it is mountains or valley, bridges, park and monuments. She moves easily from watercolor to oil without changing her style, using each medium to its fullest extent to bolster her own style to suit the medium. The show at Susan Calloway Fine Arts features the artist’s cityscapes, landscapes and figurative works. Turner lives and paints in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Jody R. Westby and Veronica Pastor

Jody R. Westby and Veronica Pastor

DURING FRIDAY night’s reception, gallery owner Susan Calloway could welcome a big crowd, and among the many guests were FBI Director Robert Mueller, former vice-president Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz Cheney, and well-known architect Christian Zapatka. Susan Calloway Fine Arts is located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 20007. Tel. 202-965-4601, www.callowayart.com.

Andrew Cardoni and Timothy L. Foster

Andrew Cardoni and Timothy L. Foster

The Swedish Jazz will perform in Arlington, Virginia

THE SWEDISH Jazz (www.theswedishjazz.com) will perform on Friday evening, November 13, at 8 p.m. at The Lyceum in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. The group consists of saxophonist Anders Lundeg?d, a native Swede, and guitarist and singer Al Baumann, who is married to a Swede. Both reside in the Washington, D.C. area. Together they form a unique blend of jazz standards, popular songs and folk music.

AT THE FRIDAY performance, they will be joined by guest bassist Herbert Nachmann and Finnish Soprano Meri Siirala. The Swedish Jazz performs at many types of concert venues, clubs, embassies, as well as functions at corporate headquarters and non-profit organizations. Previously, among other places, they have played at IKEA holiday functions, at Augustana Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C., the Arlington Arts Center and The Swedish Embassy – House of Sweden. Tickets are $15 at www.instantseats.com until 5 p.m. 11/13 or at the door $20.

5 French Photographers at La Maison Fran?ise in Washington

Photograph by Jean-Louis Atlan

Photograph by Jean-Louis Atlan

5 FRENCH Photographers – Jean-Louis Atlan, Claire Bouleau, Gerard Rancinan, Antoine Schneck and Pascaline Steiner - are being showcased at the French Embassy, La Maison Fran?ise, in Washington, D.C. until November 26. The exhibition is part of FotoWeek DC. The opening reception was held on Wednesday evening, November 11.

Photography by Jean-Louis Atlan

Photography by Jean-Louis Atlan

Photography by Jean-Louis Atlan

Photography by Jean-Louis Atlan

Photograph by Gerard Rancinan

Photography by Gerard Rancinan

5 French Photographers exhibition in Washington, D.C.
5 French Photographers exhibition in Washington, D.C.
 

‘Dracula is Dead’ Book Signing at the Romanian Embassy in Washington

Authors of

Authors of “Dracula is Dead” Sheilah Kast and Jim Rosapepe, former U.S. Ambassador to Romania

“DRACULA is Dead: How Romanians Survived Communism, Ended it, and Emerged since 1989 as the New Italy” – is the title of a book on Romania by former U.S. Ambassador to that country, Mr. Jim Rosapepe, who currently serves as a State Senator in Maryland, and his wife Sheilah Kast, the veteran journalist for PBS, ABC, CNN and NPR, and who now hosts AARP’s weekly newsmaker cable TV show. Mr. Rosapepe represented the United States as Ambassador to Romania from 1998-2001.

The Romanian Ambassador Mr. Adrian Vierita speaks at the event.

The Romanian Ambassador Mr. Adrian Vierita speaks at the event.

THE RECEPTION and book launch on Tuesday night, November 10, at the Romanian Embassy in Washington, D.C., marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain. The book is more than a travelogue or memoir, and presents Romania through American eyes, to discover a remarkable country of boundless hospitality, brilliant skills and a bright future in a peaceful Europe.

 Rhoda M. Septilici and Lolo Sarnoff, founder of the Arts for the Aging, Inc. (AFTA)

Rhoda M. Septilici and Lolo Sarnoff, founder of the Arts for the Aging, Inc. (AFTA)

The Romanian Ambassador's wife Mrs. Adrian Vierita

The Romanian Ambassador’s wife Mrs. Adrian Vierita

Debbie Greenwald, Dr. Ronald Federici and Wendy Graham

Debbie Greenwald, Dr. Ronald Federici and Wendy Graham

Armand A. Scala and Wendy Graham

Armand A. Scala and Wendy Graham

The Romanian Embassy