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‘Management and Prevention of Obesity’ Seminar Presented at House of Sweden; Innovative Mandometer Treatment Featured

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THE EMBASSY OF SWEDEN, Mando Group AB of Stockholm and Lenox Hill Hospital in New York presented a seminar and discussion on the “Management and Prevention of Obesity” on Tuesday, April 27, to an audience of health policy experts, clinicians, academicians and others interested in the significant public health problem of obesity.

FEATURED IN THE presentation was the innovative Mandometer treatment method, which was developed by two Swedish researchers at the famed Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. The Mandometer method focuses on teaching patients satiety and how to eat rather than what they eat. Patients lose weight without going hungry. And the treatment is drug-free.

A RESEARCH REPORT published in the British Medical Journal in January 2010 indicated that the Mandometer treatment method had significantly better outcomes than traditional treatments for obesity among children.

OBESITY IS A major public health problem in the United States. Two-thirds of American adults and one-third of American children are overweight or obese. For the first time in modern history, the health of the American population may decline if the problem of obesity is not solved.

Speakers at the seminar included:
Cecilia Bergh, Ph.D., CEO of Mando Group AB and a founder of Mandometer and Mandolean Clinics in Stockholm, Sweden, Australia, San Diego and New York
Per Södersten, Ph.D., Professor of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and a founder of Mandometer and Mandolean Clinics
Suzanne Steinbaum, D.O., Director of Women and Heart Disease at the Heart and Vascular Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York
Michael Leon, Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Behavior and Associate Dean of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine

THE SEMINAR WAS a part of the “Health & Care” Spring Program that is being presented at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C., from March 25 through June 6.

MANDOMETER PLANS TO open a clinic at 261 East 78th Street in New York in June. The clinic will offer treatment for patients with obesity and eating disorder problems.

For more information, visit http://www.mandonyc.com or http://www.mandolean.com/eng/.

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Show with art by Mike Weber opens at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Artist Mike Weber shows his artwork at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. until May 20.

Artist Mike Weber shows his artwork at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. until May 20.

ARTIST Mike Weber’s show “Identity” – his first solo exhibition at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. — opened on Thursday evening, April 22. It’s the D.C. artist’s latest series of work, featuring over 30 photo-based mixed media pieces. The exhibition will run through May 20. Long View Gallery is located at 1234 9th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001, tel. 202-232-4788, www.longviewgallery.com

Alexa Meade, Swedish artist Anna U. Davis, Peter Davis and Richard Gould

Alexa Meade, Swedish artist Anna U. Davis (www.frocasians.com), Peter Davis and Richard Gould

In “Identity,” Mike Weber explores concepts of commemoration and heritage, including his own lineage, as he symbolically reinvents the life stories of his unknown and forgotten subjects. He reviews his vast compilation of source photographs, some of which dates back to the early 19th century, seeking out unusual facial expressions and trinkets that make him feel profoundly removed from the captured time period. Weber then selectively edits and reframes these vintage snapshots which derive from both his family and estate sales, into newly composed digital prints on canvas.

Richard J. Amons, Jeff Woodward and Mary Amons

Richard J. Amons, Jeff Woodward and Mary Amons

The process of converting an analog photograph into a digital copy unearths previously overlooked details, which he augments with layers of paint, unorthodox collage materials, and high-gloss resin.Ultimately, Weber’s artistic praxis ascribes a new narrative to his source materials and re-presents them as glossy, modern images.

Ahmad M. Hajj of Arnold & Porter and Karim Chrobog of 18th Street Films

Ahmad M. Hajj of Arnold & Porter and Karim Chrobog of 18th Street Films

Mike Weber was born in St. Louis, Mo., and studied visual communications and computer animation/multimedia at both Southwest Missouri State University and The Art Institute of Dallas. For more than a decade, Weber designed and art directed broadcast graphics and animation for numerous television networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Showtime, HBO and Comedy Central. In 2001 the artist resigned from his position to start a new career as an artist. His artwork has been featured in New York Times Style Magazine.

Artist Tina Palmer and Tony Cord

Artist Tina Palmer (www.TinaPalmerArt.com) and Tony Cord

DJ Adrian Loving

DJ Adrian Loving

Jorge Contreras, Ana Silva and Donald Syriani

Jorge Contreras, Ana Silva and Donald Syriani

Christine DeSandis, Will Cave, and Evan and Pierre Rahall

Christine DeSandis, Will Cave and Evan and Pierre Rahal

Christina Waddler

Christine Waddler, and in the background the swingin’ jazz quartet Laissez Foure (www.laissezfoure.com) is performing.

DJ Adrian Loving in action.

DJ Adrian Loving in action

Melissa Burgos

Melissa Burgos

Eric Brewer

Eric Brewer

Theo Wilhite and a friend

Theo Wilhite and a friend

Bertelsmann Foundation holds reception in Washington to celebrate its annual conference “Opportunities in Crisis 2: Defining New Avenues of Growth”

 
Annette Heuser, Executive Director of Bertelsmann Foundation in Washington, D.C.; Marian Wright Edelman, President and Founder of Children's Defense Fund and the evening's guest of honor; and Liz Mohn, Vice Chairwoman of Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Annette Heuser, Executive Director of Bertelsmann Foundation in Washington, D.C.; Marian Wright Edelman, President and Founder of Children’s Defense Fund and the evening’s guest of honor; and Liz Mohn, Vice Chairwoman of Bertelsmann Stiftung.

ON THE OCCASION of this year’s Bertelsmann Foundation annual conference, “Opportunities in Crisis 2: Defining New Avenues of Growth,” the foundation held an elegant reception at the beautiful National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday evening, April 21. The evening’s guest of honor, Marian Wright Edelman, President and Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, addressed the guests.

A FEW YEARS ago the German Bertelsmann Stiftung opened an office (www.bertelsmann-foundation.org) in Washington, D.C. that is anchoring the Foundation’s engagement with the United States and Canada. The primary objective of the office is to strengthen cooperation with American foundations and think tanks through exchange of innovative and successful social and political reform strategies.

Liz Mohn, Vice Chairwoman of Bertelsmann Stiftung, and Caio Koch-Weser, Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank

Liz Mohn, Vice Chairwoman of Bertelsmann Stiftung, and Caio Koch-Weser, Vice Chairman of Deutsche Bank

Matthew H.T.M. Stephenson of the U.S. Department of State and Dr. Diana Walford CBE of University of Oxford

Matthew H.T.M. Stephenson of the U.S. Department of State and Dr. Diana Walford CBE of University of Oxford

Barry Featherman, Executive Director of Global Center for Development and Democracy USA

Barry Featherman, Executive Director of Global Center for Development and Democracy USA (www.cgdd.org)

Bejamin Loewy and Alexia Sagem?ller

Bejamin Loewy and Alexia Sagem?ller

Heather Shumaker, Jim McBride and Sara Raheb

Heather Shumaker, Jim McBride and Sara Raheb

Peter J. Hickman and Angela Herman

Peter J. Hickman and Angela Herman

Benjamin Loewy and Heiko Hesse

Benjamin Loewy and Heiko Hesse, President of the Washington European Society (www.eu-society.org)

Marian Wright Edelmann, President and Founder of the Children's Defense Fund and the evening's guest of honor, addresses the guests at the Bertelsmann Foundation celebration at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington on Wednesday evening.

Marian Wright Edelmann, President and Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund and the evening’s guest of honor, addresses the guests at the Bertelsmann Foundation celebration at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington on Wednesday evening.

Annette Heuser, Executive Director of the Bertelsmann Foundation in Washington, D.C. speaks to the guests at the reception at the National Portrait Gallery.

Annette Heuser, Executive Director of the Bertelsmann Foundation in Washington, D.C. speaks to the guests at the reception at the National Portrait Gallery.

 

‘Management and Prevention of Obesity’ Seminar at House of Sweden

Mandometer

Mandometer

THE EMBASSY of Sweden, Mando Group AB of Stockholm and Lenox Hill Hospital in New York invite you to a seminar and discussion on the “Management and Prevention of Obesity” on Tuesday, April 27, from 12:45 – 3 p.m. at the House of Sweden, 2900 K Street, N.W. in Washington.

TWO-THIRDS OF of the adults and one-third of the children in the United States are overweight or obese. For the first time in modern history, the health of the American population may decline if the problem of obesity is not solved.

AS PART OF THE “Health & Care” Spring Program being presented at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C., from March 25 through June 6, the seminar will assemble five American and Swedish experts to present solutions for this major public health problem.

Speakers will include:
Cecilia Bergh, Ph.D., CEO of Mando Group AB and a founder of Mandometer and Mandolean Clinics in Stockholm, Sweden, Australia, San Diego and New York
Per Södersten, Ph.D., Professor of Behavioral Neuroendocrinology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and a founder of Mandometer and Mandolean Clinics
Susanna Steinbaum, D.O., Director of Women and Heart Disease at the Heart and Vascular Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York
Rony Y. Shimony, M.D., Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Disease at the Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York
Michael Leon, Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Behavior and Associate Dean of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine

LUNCH WILL BE served at 12:45 p.m. followed by discussions of “Obesity and Heart Disease” at 1:30 p.m., “We are Designed to Manage Starvation” at 1:45 p.m., “There are Two Types of Eaters,” at 2 p.m., “Translating Body Weight Research Into a Clinical Practice” at 2:15 p.m., and a Panel Discussion with a question and answer session at 2:30 p.m. The seminar will conclude at 3 p.m.

TO ATTEND, please rsvp at: RSVP-hos@foreign.ministry.se.  

“Mayday Mayday!” Concert with Swedish saxophonist Anders Lundeg?d

Swedish saxophonist Anders Lundeg?d

Swedish saxophonist Anders Lundeg?d

MUSIC BY Enrique Granados, Astor Piazzolla, Michael Strand and Frank Martin will be presented at the “Mayday Mayday!” Concert with Swedish saxophonist Anders Lundeg?d and Spanish native pianist Mar? Jos?Parker at Lyceum in Oldtown Alexandria, Va., on Saturday, May 1, at 8:00 p.m. Dancers Camilla Ng and Miles Hamby will also participate in the performance. Tickets are $15 at www.anderslundegard.com/concert or $20 at the door.

ANDERS Lundeg?d, who was born in V?j?, Sweden, made his debut as both soloist and broadcast performer at the age of 17 during a youth artist festival in Stockholm. He earned his undergraduate degree as a student of Christer Johnsson at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, whereupon he received both a Fulbright and a Sweden-America Foundation award to continue his studies abroad.

LUNDEG?D completed his Master’s, Certificate of Performance and Doctoral degrees at Northwestern University, studying under the renowned saxophonist Frederick Hemke. During this time he was the recipient of no less than three awards, toured with the Swedish chamber orchestra Musica Vit? had several works dedicated to him, and won the Northwestern Solo Concerto Competition, performing the subject of his dissertation: the Lars-Erik Larsson Saxophone Concerto.

DR. LUNDEG?D has taught and toured extensively in Scandinavia and America, performing everything from contemporary chamber works to Baroque transcriptions and Classical concerti. Inspired by an anecdote from the saxophone’s early experimental stages in the 1850s, during which Italian composer Rossini visited the Belgian inventor Adolph Sax’s office and proclaimed the sound of the new instrument as “the most tender and pleasing he had ever heard,” Lundeg?d has devoted his career to capturing this original sound. He is particularly known for his solo recitals on alto and soprano sax, including Bach Cello Suites, as well as his own compositions.

HIS COMPOSITIONS often derive their motifs from his Scandinavian folk-music heritage filtered through a mosaic of modern influences. Writing exclusively for the saxophone, Lundeg?d works in traditional forms such as sonata form, canons and fugues. Not unlike the American composer, Charles Ives who pursued careers in American music history as a businessman by day and composer by night, Anders devotes his musical endeavors in tandem with a career as a Financial Advisor.

FOR MORE information, visit: www.anderslundegard.com.

Pianist Mar? Jos?Parker

Pianist Mar? Jos?Parker will perform together with saxophonist Anders Lundeg?d at a concert at the Lyceum in Oldtown Alexandria, Va., on Saturday, May 1.

PIANIST Mar? Jos?Parker has established a versatile career that encompasses critically acclaimed solo, chamber and orchestral appearances. She has performed widely in the United States, Spain, Germany, Austria, Romania and Thailand.

DR. PARKER RECENTLY was the soloist at a performance of Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 with the Delaware County Symphony and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Wilmington Community Orchestra. In great demand as a collaborative artist, Parker has toured with Thai violinist Sittichai Pengcharoen, cellist Ovidiu Marinescu, and baritone Randall Scarlata. She has also performed together with American pianist Christopher Bradshaw as a duo in Philadephia’s Kimmel Center and Ethical Society and New York’s Steinway Hall, and they won the second prize in the 1997 international competition Ciudad San Sebasti?.

AN AVID RESEARCHER, writer and advocate of contemporary music, Dr. Parker has studied and performed the music of Spanish women composers Mar? Luisa Ozaita and Merce Torrents, and premiered the works of Elena Romero in national broadcasts from Madrid.

CURRENTLY AN Associate professor of Music at Neumann University, Parker received her DMA and MM in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory under the direction of Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff, and has taught at West Chester University, Immaculata University, and Westminster Choir College in Princeton. For more information: 484-459-3375 or mariajoseparker@hotmail.com.

 

Rousing folk music from the Swedish group Jaerv at the House of Sweden in Washington

Markus Gustavsson, Anders Bergsten, Tobias Hedlund, Harald Nilsson and Joel Hagen of Jaerv, and singer Matilda Jacobsson

Markus Gustavsson, Anders Bergsten, Tobias Hedlund, Harald Nilsson and Joel Hagen of Jaerv, and singer Matilda Jacobsson.

MUSIC FANS and enthusiasts enjoyed the music of the young Swedish quintet Jaerv (www.jaerv.se) at the House of Sweden on Wednesday evening, April 14. Jaerv is known for an extroverted, vigorous and heartfelt folk music with influences from both jazz and pop music. Rooted in several different musical traditions, Jaerv showcased a varied stage performance where vocal, five-voiced tunes blended in with energetic dances and free improvisations.

THE GOTHENBURG-BASED group members are Anders Bergsten, nyckelharpa, double bass & vocals; Markus Gustavsson, fiddle & vocals; Harald Nilsson, guitar & vocals; Joel Hagen, flute, soprano saxophone & vocals; and Tobias Hedlund, percussion & vocals. Additionally Swedish singer Matilda Jacobsson joined the group for a few of the vocal presentations. Jaerv is on 10-day tour in the United States. They have previously performed in New York, and will continue to Morristown, N.J., Harrisburg, Penn., and Jamestown, N.Y.

Jaerv members Harald Nilsson and Matilda Jacobsson; and Sophia Angelini

Gerry Scheuman, Katrina A. Krzysztofiak and Anders Lundeg?d

Gerry Schueman, Katrina A. Krzysztofiak and Anders Lundeg?d

Jaerv performers Markus Gustavsson, Anders Bergsten, Tobias Hedlund, Harald Nilsson, Joel Hagen and Matilda Jacobsson, along with Bo Borje Jonsson, second from left.

Jaerv performers Markus Gustavsson, Anders Bergsten, Tobias Hedlund, Harald Nilsson, Joel Hagen and Matilda Jacobsson, along with Bo Borje Jonsson, second from left.

Jaerv concert

The Jaerv concert

Jaerv concert

The Jaerv concert

Hapi Hapi Hour at the Textile Museum in Washington draws big crowd

Heiko Hesse, Philippa Hughes and Robertas Kupstas

Heiko Hesse, president of Washington European Society (www.eu-society.org), Philippa Hughes of the Pink Line Project (www.pinklineproject.com), and Robertas Kupstas, who was a contestant in the Lithuanian competitions in 2005 and 2006 for the Eurovision Song Contest. His song in 2005 was written by Swede Micke Wennborn.

A LOT OF PEOPLE came to the “Hapi Hapi” Hour event at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. on Friday evening, April 9. Guests could enjoy music in the beautiful garden by The Four Horsemen and in the galleries by DJ Robin Bell. And there was also a Sushi Sake Bar by Food Arts. The event was presented by Philippa Hughes and the Pink Line Project.

Linda Tocchini-Valentini of the Embassy of Sweden and her mother Elisabet Engstr?m J?nsson

Linda Tocchini-Valentini of the Embassy of Sweden and her mother Elisabet Engstr?m J?nsson

Steve Rochlin, Lauren Vicary, Kyle Poole and Christina Sevilla

Steve Rochlin, Lauren Vicary, Kyle Poole and Christina Sevilla

Ayodamola Okunseinde and Holly Bass

Ayodamola Okunseinde and Holly Bass

Hannah Sears, Bipin Badhe, Pierre Cartier and Fernando Batista

Hannah Sears, Bipin Badhe, Pierre Cartier and Fernando Batista

Alyssa Gsell and Elizabeth Ward

Alyssa Gsell and Elizabeth Ward

Kristin Guiter, Betsy Lowther and Holly Thomas at the Hapi Hapi Hour at the Textile Museum.

Kristin Guiter, Betsy Lowther and Holly Thomas at the Hapi Hapi Hour at the Textile Museum.

Italian-based photographer Diane Epstein shows her work at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown

Photographer Diane Epstein, Norris Taube and gallery owner Susan Calloway

Photographer Diane Epstein, Norris Taube and gallery owner Susan Calloway

DIANE EPSTEIN, an American fine art photographer who has made Italy her home since 1995, is now showing her own innovative form of photography at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown in Washington, D.C. On Friday evening, April 9, 2010, the exhibition opened and guests could admire how Ms. Epstein captures an original view of the monuments, statues, fountains and the hidden with a textural, timeless quality. In her works she revives the large-scale narrative painting and panoramic vistas of another time, while still retaining the architectural details of today. Her signature “fresco” style of photography is created using a distinctive technique of layering multiple images, including ancient sites and the richly encrusted walls of Rome to design a painterly, textured picture, developing an illusion of shape and depth on a two-dimensional surface.

Janet Schmelzer and Walter Steimel

Janet Schmelzer and Walter Steimel

ALTHOUGH EPSTEIN over the last decade has exhibited widely in Europe, this is her American debut. Her exhibitions in Italy have included the American Academy in Rome, the American Embassy, the Residence of the Belgian Ambassador, John Cabot University and Al Vicario 31. She has also shown at the museum Il Chiostro Boccarini in Umbria. Rome Luxury Suites has a permanent display of her work in their newest hotel, Babuino 181, adjacent to Piazza del Popolo. Epstein’s photography is featured in each of their suites and lobbies. Architect Fabrizio Magnaghi is using over 25 of her photographs, including the large-scale fresco images in frames up to six feet tall. These images of architectural details and fountains will be displayed at the hotels Mario dei Fiori, 37, and Margutta 54 in Rome.

 
Nour Jurgenson

Nour Jurgenson

Beatrice Park and Sue Hamilton

Beatrice Park and Sue Hamilton

Susan Calloway Fine Arts is located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007. Tel. 202-965-4601, www.callowayart.com.

Artwork by Diane Epstein
Artwork by Diane Epstein

 

Honorary Swedish Consul General in San Francisco Barbro Sachs Osher to Speak at a SACU Luncheon in Washington

SWEDEN OR SWITZERLAND? Challenges in representing Sweden on the West Coast” will be the topic at a Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU) luncheon in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 21, with Barbara Sachs Osher as the speaker. Ms. Osher is the Honorary Swedish Consul General in San Francisco and a well-known philanthropist and chair of the Bernard Osher Foundation and the Pro Suecia Foundation.

THE LUNCHEON WILL be held at The Pier Seven Restaurant, The Channel Inn, 650 Water Street, S.W. on the Washington waterfront, beginning at noon with “no host” cocktail and concluding by 2 p.m. For SACU and SWEA members cost is $25, non-members $29. Parking is available on the street or in the Channel Inn parking garage. For non-drivers, the Waterfront Station of the Metro Green Line is located conveniently nearby. For reservations, please call the SACU and SWEA representative, Marianne Gustafson at 202-338-2709 or by e-mail: gustafsonm@comcast.net.

Swedish-American Cultural Union – Thirty-Five Years of Sharing Ideas

AMBASSADOR of Sweden Wilhelm Wachtmeister encouraged its establishment “to promote the interchange of ideas and information between citizens of the United States of America… and of the Kingdom of Sweden in the cultural sphere, including… the arts, physical sciences and social sciences and the practical issues of quality education, social wellbeing, private enterprise, economic policy, and the human environment, in a highly urbanized and industrialized democratic society,” and SACU became a nonprofit corporation under the laws of the District of Columbia in December 1975. Lecture-luncheons are the chief SACU venue.

EVERY SUBSEQUENT ambassador of Sweden has addressed SACU members and guests and nearly every ambassador of the United States to Sweden since then, as well as distinguished journalists of both countries, Swedish officials of the EU and of the IMF, Swedish playwrights, authors, critics, poets, musicians and scholars of art, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a Swedish judge of Svea Hovr?t, a renowned American naval historian, the former Chief of Research for the U.S. Navy, and a Swede who is directing alcoholism treatment research at our National Institutes of Health.
Upcoming luncheon events this spring will feature lectures by the Swedish honorary general consul in San Francisco, California, Barbro Osher (on April 21) and noted economist and author specializing in Russia, Dr. Anders ?lund (on May 27).

Opening reception of “Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change” exhibition at the Corcoran in Washington, D.C.

Letizia Sirtori, Janine Tursini and Kristin Guiter

Letizia Sirtori, International Tourism Sales Manager at Destination DC; Janine Tursini, executive director at Arts for the Aging, Inc. (AFTA); and Kristin Guiter, director of public relations at Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design

NINETEENTH-CENTURY British-born photographer Eadweard Muybridge is best known for his groundbreaking studies of animal and human locomotion, but he was also an innovative landscape artist and pioneer of documentary subjects. On Tuesday evening, April 6, there was an opening reception for an exhibition of his work at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Titled “Helios: Eadwead Muybridge in a Time of Change” the retrospective exhibition examines all aspects of Muybridge’s art. It is open to the general public April 10 through July 18, 2010.

ADDITIONALLY A NEW multi-projection video installation – “American Falls: Phil Solomon” – commissioned for the Corcoran’s Rotunda, will be showcased at the same time.
CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART is located at 500 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006. Telephone 202-639-1700, www.corcoran.org.

Lolo Sarnoff

Lolo Sarnoff, founder of Arts for the Aging, Inc. (AFTA)

Director and President Paul Greenhalgh of the Corcoran Gallery of Art speaks at the opening reception.

Director and President Paul Greenhalgh of the Corcoran Gallery of Art speaks at the opening reception.