Monthly Archives: February 2011

Peru’s National Pisco Sour Day and the ‘Year of Machu Picchu’s Centennial to the World’ celebrated in Washington

Melanie Asher of Macchu Pisco LLCMelanie Asher of Macchu Pisco LLC

ON THE FIRST Saturday of every February, the Peruvian Government commemorates the Pisco Sour as the national cocktail with official celebrations. And this year it was celebrated Saturday, February 5. To kick off the festivities, the Embassy of Peru and Macchu Pisco LLC (www.macchupisco.com) hosted a Centennial Machu Pisco Sour Invitational to celebrate Peru’s National Pisco Sour Day and the “Year of Machu Picchu’s Centennial to the World” on Thursday, February 3rd at the Embassy in Washington, D.C.

2011 MARKS the 100th anniversary of Machu Picchu’s encounter with the Western World. In 2007 it was elected as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. In celebration of the Pisco Sour, the Embassy of Peru and Macchu Pisco LLC invited DC’s top mixologists to compete for the Pisco Sour that captures the jubilee of the re-emergence of the iconic Inca citadel Machu Picchu to the world stage, with Rasika’s bartender Jason Strich and his Chi Cha Sour winning the top prize. While the Peruvian government recognizes the Pisco Sour as its national cocktail, it was American Victor Morris who created the drink in Lima in 1921.

A PRESENTATION OF the origins of the cocktail and a traditional preparation was also given at the Embassy celebration by the Embassy’s legendary bartender Marcelo Lazaro. Following the presentation delicious Peruvian tapas were served by Washington-area restaurant Cebiche House (http://cebichehouse.com), accompanied by the Pisco Sour creations of the evening.

Peru's National Pisco Sour Day was celebrated at the Embassy of Peru in Washington on Thursday evening, February 3rd.  Peru’s National Pisco Sour Day was celebrated at the Embassy of Peru in Washington on Thursday evening, February 3rd.

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Exhibition ‘Dermolition’ opens at Embassy of Chile in Washington, D.C.

Cultural Attach?of the Embassy of Chile, Nicolas B?, and artist Yayo TavolaraCultural Attach?of the Embassy of Chile, Nicolas B?, and artist Yayo Tavolara

AN EXHIBITION – “Dermolition” – by the Bolivian-Chilean artist Yayo Tavolara (www.yayotavolara.com) opened on Thursday evening, February 3, 2011, at the Embassy of Chile in Washington, D.C. Curator for the exhibition is Judy Southerland of Corcoran College of Art and Design.

MS. TAVOLARA has lived and studied in Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile and Germany, and currently resides in Washington, D.C. She has studied at Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., and earned the BFA in 2010. She has also studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts in La Paz, Bolivia (Visual Arts, Major – Painting) and the University of Chile in Santiago, Chile (Physical Therapy and Kinesiology).

James Mattingly; the exhibition's curator Judy Southerland, Corcoran College of Art and Design; and Natalia Allende, the Cultural Department of the Embassy of Chile.James Mattingly; the exhibition’s curator Judy Southerland, Corcoran College of Art and Design; and Natalia Allende, the Cultural Department of the Embassy of Chile.

MS. Tavolara is a painter, photographer and also does dancewear designs. She has had solo exhibitions and group exhibitions in Bolivia, the United States and Poland. Additionally Yayo Tavolara has done classic ballet, jazz dance, contemporary dance, flamenco and modern dance.

Artwork by Yayo TavolaraArtwork by Yayo Tavolara

Dancewear designs by Yayo TavolaraDancewear designs by Yayo Tavolara

Opening reception for Opening reception for “Dermolition,” an exhibition of work by artist Yayo Tavolara

Chinese New Year celebrated with party at Ping Pong in Washington, D.C.

Edie Emery and Linda RothEdie Emery and Linda Roth

PING PONG Restaurant in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown was packed with guests last night, Friday evening, February 4, who came to celebrate the Chinese New Year and enjoy designer drinks and delicious appetizers. The festivities also included a performance of a traditional Chinese dancing dragon and other monster puppets. Ping Pong Restaurant is located at 900 Seventh St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Tel. 202-506-3740. For more information: www.pingpongdimsum.us.

Theo Adamstein and Mary BirdTheo Adamstein and Mary Bird

Ronnyka Fitzpatrick and Kate MorasRonnyka Fitzpatrick and Kate Moras

The Chinese New Year was celebrated last night at Ping Pong in Washington, D.C.The Chinese New Year was celebrated last night at Ping Pong in Washington, D.C.

The Chinese New Year was celebrated last night at Ping Pong in Washington, D.C.The Chinese New Year was celebrated last night at Ping Pong in Washington, D.C.The Chinese New Year was celebrated last night at Ping Pong in Washington, D.C.

SWEA Washington, DC holds its annual meeting at the Swedish Ambassador’s residence

Members of SWEA Washington, DC, when it was founded exactly 30 years ago, in 1981. Members of SWEA Washington, DC, when it was founded exactly 30 years ago, in 1981.

SWEA Washington, DC (the Washington Chapter of Swedish Women’s Educational Association, www.swea.org) held its annual meeting on Thursday evening, February 2, 2011, at the beautiful Swedish Ambassador’s residence on Nebraska Ave. in the nation’s capital. The hostess for the evening was the Swedish Ambassador’s wife Eva Hafstr?m.

AFTER THE the annual meeting, a delicious buffet – smoked salmon, salads and other delicacies – were served in the residence dining room.

The 2011 SWEA Washington, DC board. Chair is Cecilia Browning. The 2011 SWEA Washington, DC board. Chair is Cecilia Browning.

Chairs of SWEA Washington, DCChairs of SWEA Washington, DC

The exhibition ‘Pared-a-Pared’ by artist Miki Fern?dez opens at the Embassy of Peru in Washington

Jo-Marie Burt and artist Miki Fern?dezJo-Marie Burt and artist Miki Fern?dez

THE EXHIBITION “Pared-a-Pared: Un lienzo a lo largo del tiempo” – “Wall-to-Wall: A canvas over time” – by artist Washington-based artist Miki Fern?dez (www.mikifernandez.com) opened on Monday evening, January 31, 2011, at the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C.

“PARED-A-PARED” is an art work focused on colors, textures and images of the walls of the cities that the artist has visited throughout his life – Lima, Barranco and Lince in Peru, Oaxaca in Mexico, Bogota in Colombia and Washington, D.C. in search of images for this project. After years of exposure to the elements, these walls become three-dimensional canvases.

Rom? Sotela, Cultural Attach?at Embassy of Peru Blanca Ochoa, Eleana Villanueva and Ana Sotela. Rom? Sotela, Cultural Attach?at Embassy of Peru Blanca Ochoa, Eleana Villanueva and Ana Sotela.

MR. Fern?dez, who was born in Talara in Peru in 1954, studied architecture at the Ricardo Palma University in Lima. He moved to the United States in 1977 to continue his studies in Washington, D.C. In 1991 he founded a graphic design and art studio called ULTRAdesigns.

Fernando Quir?, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Peru (to the right) introduced the artist. Fernando Quir?, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Peru (to the right) introduced the artist.

MIKI Fern?dez has showcased his art at many venues in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and he is a well-known artist in this country as well as in Peru, Mexico, Colombia and Italy.

Artist Miki Fern?dezArtist Miki Fern?dez

Artwork by Miki Fern?dezArtwork by Miki Fern?dezArtwork by Miki Fern?dez

Swedish indie band The Radio Dept. to perform in Washington tonight, February 1st

THE RISING Swedish indie group The Radio Dept. is scheduled to perform live at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C. tonight, February 1st at 7 p.m.

THE BAND, named after a gas-station-turned-radio-repair-shop called “Radioavdelningen,” was formed in 1995 in Lund, Sweden, by schoolmates Elin Almered and Johan Duncanson. During three years they stopped playing, but in 1998 they started to make music again with Martin Carlberg, and the name The Radio Dept. was adopted. And 2010 was a big year for the Swedish trio, especially since their release of “Clinging to a Scheme” was ranked at the top of Pop Matters’ Best of Indie-Pop list. Some folks may be familiar with their music because several of their songs were featured in the 2006 film “Marie Antoinette,” which was directed by Sofia Coppola.

THE GIG AT the Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington is the first stop in a North America tour. Here’s the full schedule:

02-01 Washington D.C. – Rock & Roll Hotel
02-02 Brooklyn, N.Y. – Music Hall of Williamsburg
02-03 New York, N.Y. – Webster Hall
02-04 Boston, Mass. – Middle East Downstairs
02-05 Montreal, Quebec – Petit Campus
02-07 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
02-08 Chicago, Ill. – Empty Bottle
02-09 Minneapolis, Minn. – 7th Street Entry
02-12 Seattle, Wash. – Crocodile Caf?lt;br />02-13 Portland, Ore. – Doug Fir Lounge
02-15 San Francisco, Calif. – The Independent
02-16 Los Angeles, Calif. – El Rey Theatre
02-19 Mexico City, Mexico – Teatro de la Ciudad

FOR MORE information about the group, visit: www.theradiodept.com, and for information about tonight’s event, go to: www.rockandrollhoteldc.com.