Monthly Archives: March 2011

Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee reception at the Liechtenstein Embassy in Washington

Rachel and Myron Belkind, chair of the International Correspondents Committee at the National Press Club, and Ambassador Claudia Fritsche of LiechtensteinRachel and Myron Belkind, chair of the International Correspondents Committee at the National Press Club, and Ambassador Claudia Fritsche of Liechtenstein

LIECHTENSTEIN Ambassador Claudia Fritsche delivered informative remarks about her country, its economy, its multilateral engagement and its relationship with the United States at an International Correspondents Committee reception at country’s embassy located on the Potomac Waterfront in Georgetown in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening, March 30, 2011. It was the National Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee’s first Embassy Night of 2011. Liechtenstein is a principality located on the Rhine river between Austria and Switzerland.

Hugh Grindstaff and Joan KestonHugh Grindstaff and Joan Keston

Ralph E. Winnie of The Eurasia Center and Paul F. Donahue who is Honorary Consul for the Midwest for the Embassy of LiechtensteinRalph E. Winnie of The Eurasia Center and Paul F. Donahue who is Honorary Consul for the Midwest for the Embassy of Liechtenstein

Myron Belkind introduces Ambassador Claudia Fritsche.  Myron Belkind introduces Ambassador Claudia Fritsche.

Ambassador Claudia Fritsche welcomes the Press Club's International Correspondents Committee to the Liechtenstein embassy.  Ambassador Claudia Fritsche welcomes the Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee to the Liechtenstein embassy.

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Swedish Chef Marcus Samuelsson hosted fund-raising event for President Obama at his restaurant Red Rooster Harlem

SWEDISH New York-based Chef Marcus Samuelsson has been seen a lot in the American media lately. In the Sunday’s “What I Wore” – with the title “First Food, Then Sneakers” – he tells The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/27/fashion/27WHATIWORE.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=marcus%20samuelsson&st=cse) readers about what he actually wore this last week.

LAST NIGHT, March 29, President Obama held his first big 2012 campaign fund-raising event for the Democratic National Committee at Samuelsson’s new restaurant Red Rooster Harlem (www.redroosterharlem.com). According to The Wall Street Journal (http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/03/29/obama-visits-n-y-for-1-5-million-haul/?KEYWORDS=red+rooster+harlem) the president is “making nice” with Wall Street, after the Wall Street community suffered from criticism by Democrats in Congress and even the president over the last couple years. Wall Street was taken to task about the behavior of the financial industry, which helped to create “The Great Recession.”

AND NEXT week, on Wednesday, April 6, Samuelsson will visit House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. for “FOOD: Talk & Book Signing with Chef Marcus Samuelsson” (www.swedenabroad.com/washington). He will talk about his new book “New American Table.”

Popular Chekhov performance with The Picnic Theatre Company in Washington

Christina Sevilla was one of the actors.Christina Sevilla was one of the actors.

“AN EVENING WITH ANTON CHEKHOV – A Deceptively Modern Evening of Classic Russian Theatre” was the title of two popular performances by The Picnic Theatre Company at the elegant Washington Club on Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., Thursday evening, March 24, and Friday evening, March 25. Two of Chekhov’s riotous plays, The Proposal and The Jubilee were performed.

Karthik Nagarajan, Rami Shalan and his wife Azin Shalan, and the director Karim ChrobogKarthik Nagarajan, Rami Shalan and his wife Azin Shalan, and the director Karim Chrobog

THE PLAYS WERE directed by Karim Chrobog, and the cast ensemble consisted of Michael M. Clements, Emad Dawood, Bruce MacPhail, Omar Popal, Oliver Robinson, Christina Sevilla and Ashley Taylor. It was produced by Genki Media LLC, and proceeds from the performances will benefit The Washington Theatre Legacy Project.

The cast after the performance.The cast after the performance.

BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE, refreshments – beverages and cr?es — were served by Caf?Bonaparte. The Picnic Theatre Company is dedicated to site-specific party theatre in support of local arts and charitable organization. The after-party was at Napoleon Bistro & Lounge in Adams Morgan.

Ceca Mijatovic and Tiffany NorwoodCeca Mijatovic and Tiffany Norwood

Omar Popal and Christina Sevilla perform in The Proposal.Omar Popal and Christina Sevilla perform in The Proposal.

Omar Popal performs in The Proposal. Omar Popal performs in The Proposal.

Refreshments were served before the performance.Refreshments were served before the performance. 

Todd Hitchcock of the American Film Institute will discuss “Swedish Mystery Stories in Film” at a SACU luncheon in Washington

TODD HITCHCOCK, Director of Programming at the American Film Institute (AFI) in Washington, D.C., will share his perspectives on the recent popularity of Swedish mystery novels as they are presented in film at a SACU (Swedish-American Cultural Union) luncheon on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at 12 noon. The title of the program is “Swedish Mystery Stories in Film.”

THE SACU luncheon will be held at the Pier Restaurant in the Channel Inn, 650 Water Street, S.W., on the Washington waterfront. Member cost is $25 and non-members $29. For reservations, contact Carl Ek at 703-255-6228 or ekcarl@msn.com by Monday, March 28.

The Embassy of Sweden to sponsor a series of lectures highlighting the crime problems in Sweden portrayed by author Stieg Larsson

THE EMBASSY OF SWEDEN in the U.S. (www.swedenabroad.com/washington) plans to host a series of lectures in the U.S. focusing on the crime problems in Sweden, such as sex trafficking, rape, organized crime and other issues that were portrayed in the bestselling author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series books and films. Stieg Larsson (www.stieglarsson.com), and his Millennium Trilogy — “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest” — have been on the best seller lists worldwide for months and have captivated the interest of thousands of readers in the U.S. and elsewhere.

STIEG LARSSON (1954-2004) was a journalist and writer, born in Skelleftehamn, outside Skellefte? in V?terbotten in the northern part of Sweden, but he lived and worked much of his life in Stockholm. The Millennium Trilogy was published posthumously, and by March 2010, it had sold 27 million copies in more than 40 countries.

THE SERIES OF LECTURES at American Universities, with the title “Stieg Larsson & Beyond,” will run from April 2011 to May 2012, and will be presented in collaboration with the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of California, Berkeley, University of Washington, University of Illinois and Harvard University.

AMONG THE PARTICIPANTS in the series are several prominent Swedes. Thomas Bodstr?m, the country’s former Minister for Justice (2000-2006) during the government of the Swedish Prime Minister G?ran Persson, will participate in the Annual Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies (SASS) at North Park University, Ill., on April 29. The topic of his presentation will be “The Swedish Judicial State, the Police and Organized Crime.” Mr. Bodstr?m is the son of Lennart Bodstr?m, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs 1982-1985 in the Olof Palme government. He currently lives with his family in the United States.

ADDITIONALLY Mr. Bodstr?m will participate in the literature course “Sexuality in Scandinavia” at the University of Seattle on June 2. The subject will be “Trafficking from a Swedish and European Perspective, Criminalization of Prostitution in Sweden and Sweden’s Strict Rape Laws.”

DIRECTOR Daniel Alfredson will take part in the Stieg Larsson Symposium at University of California, Los Angeles May 19-21, 2011, and the lecture series “Cinema Crime Scenes” at the University of Seattle on May 23. The topic in Los Angeles is “Sweden as Seen Through the Glasses of a Film Maker – The Challenges of the Movie.” Questions about why Hollywood is making another version of a Swedish film will also be discussed.

ON JUNE 22, author and Stieg Larsson’s partner Eva Gabrielsson will visit the American East Coast in connection with the release of her book “Stieg, Millennium and I.”

Reading and book signing in New York with popular Swedish crime writer Camilla L?kberg

MANY AMERICANSany Americans and other nationalities are very familiar with Swedish thriller writer Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy and the movies based on his trilogy. But there is another Swedish crime writer Camilla L?kberg (www.camillalackberg.com), who also has a very strong following internationally.

MS. L?kberg – who is one of Sweden’s youngest successful female writers in her genre, crime novels, and sixth bestselling novelist in Europe, ahead of both Henning Mankell and John Grisham - will be at The Swedish Church in New York for a reading, followed by Q&A and book signing on Monday, March 28, 2011, at 7 p.m.

SHE IS IN the U.S. to promote the release of the first book in her three book trilogy – “The Ice Princess” - will become available in paperback. She has been a #1 bestselling writer in France, Spain and Italy, and in all of Scandinavia. In Sweden, a country of only 9 million people, she has sold 3 million copies, and she is the most profitable native author in Swedish history. Worldwide she has sold more than 7 million copies in 25 languages.

FREE PRESS AND Pocket Books will publish simultaneous trade and mass market editions on March 29, 2011. Then in May 2011, Pegasus will publish “The Preacher” - the second book in L?kberg’s trilogy.

SWEDISH SEAMEN’S Church, Inc. (newyork@swedishchurch.net and www.svenskakyrkan.se/newyork) is located at 5 East 48th Street (between Madison and 5th Ave.). The event is presented by The Swedish Church in New York and Free Press/Simon & Schuster, Inc.

FotoDC holds Opening Party with FLASH and The Uncover/Discover Series

Lena Skanby; Matthew H. T. M. Stephenson, the U.S. Department of State; Gabriel Sopanda, Embassy of Romania; and Lavinia Ochea, Embassy of RomaniaLena Skanby; Matthew H. T. M. Stephenson, the U.S. Department of State; Gabriel Sopanda, Embassy of Romania; and Lavinia Ochea, Embassy of Romania

GUESTS enjoyed a variety of photography by local Washington artists at Friday evening’s FotoDC’s Opening Party with FLASH and The Uncover/Discover Series. The exhibition, which runs through April 17, 2011, celebrates 55 DC metro photographers. FotoDC – a non-profit organization founded in 2008 – has evolved from a photography festival to a multi-season tribute to photography in all its forms.

For more information: www.FotoDC.org.

Photographer Linda HeshPhotographer Linda Hesh

Artist and DJ Adrian LovingArtist and DJ Adrian Loving

Photography at FotoDCPhotography by Dominique Fierro

Photography at FotoDCPhotography at FotoDCPhotography at FotoDCFotoDC Opening Party with FLASH and The Uncover/Discover Series

Exhibition ‘Chesapeake Color’ opens at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown

Gallery owner Susan Calloway of Susan Calloway Fine Arts and artist Stephen M. D. DayGallery owner Susan Calloway of Susan Calloway Fine Arts and artist Stephen M. D. Day

“CHESAPEAKE COLOR,” a special show with artist Stephen M. D. Day, to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (www.cbf.org), opened at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Washington on Friday evening, March 18.

IN DAY’S abstract-realist seascapes, color – and in some cases texture – are the media and the message. His work in this show focuses on the Chesapeake Bay and the abstract fusion of sky, land and water.

Vollie Melson of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and his wife Maggie MelsonVollie Melson of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and his wife Maggie Melson

THE SHOW runs through March 26, 2011. Susan Calloway Fine Arts is located at 1643 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007. Tel. 202-965-4601. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday and Monday by appointment. For more information: www.callowayart.com.

Artwork by Stephen M. D. DayArtwork by Stephen M. D. Day

Artwork by Stephen M. D. DayArtwork by Stephen M. D. Day

Exhibition 'Chesapeake Color' opened on Friday evening at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown

Karl Reichelt of Skanska speaks at a Breakfast Meeting at the House of Sweden in Washington

Karl Reichelt, who is Executive Vice President at the Swedish construction giant Skanska, spoke at a breakfast meeting at the House of Sweden Karl Reichelt, who is Executive Vice President at the Swedish construction giant Skanska, spoke at a breakfast meeting at the House of Sweden

KARL REICHELT, Executive Vice President of Skanska Infrastructure Development – Americas, was the featured speaker at a breakfast meeting at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, March 17. His remarks were titled “Skanska: Investing in the Americas through Public Private Partnerships.” The event was part of “Executive Speaker Series,” arranged by the Washington chapter of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (SACC-DC) (www.sacc-dc.org).

MR. REICHELT stated that the company has three branches in the United States, Skanska USA Civil, Skanska USA Building and Skanska USA Commercial Property Development. The headquarters for the Americas is in Alexandria, Virginia. Additionally there are offices in Buenos Aires, Santiago and Sao Paulo. Skanska has operations in Sweden, Eastern Europe, United Kingdom, The United States and Latin America. “Presently we are looking in Asia for opportunities,” said Reichelt.

THE SWEDISH construction giant Skanska was founded 125 years ago and is headquartered in Stockholm. It has 52,000 employees and is among the world’s largest development and construction groups with offices in 12 markets worldwide. Its revenue in 2010 was $17 billion.

Bradley J. Olson, Chairman of SACC-DC thanks Karl Reichelt after the speech. Bradley J. Olson, Chairman of SACC-DC thanks Karl Reichelt after the speech.

Female Entrepreneurship – Myths and Realities — discussed at a seminar at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

Professor Pontus Braunerhjelm, Charlotte Marcus, Professor Elisabeth Gatewood, Svetlana Bagaudinova, Sarah Iqbal and Dr. Cecilia BerghProfessor Pontus Braunerhjelm, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum; Charlotte Marcus, Founder, ESI, Total Fuel Management Inc., Chantilly, Va.; Professor Elisabeth Gatewood, Wake Forest University and the 2007 recipient of Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research; Svetlana Bagaudinova, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, The World Bank; Sarah Iqbal, Gender Analyst, The World Bank; and Dr. Cecilia Bergh, Founder of Mando Group.

“FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP – Myths and Realities” was the title of a panel discussion at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning, March 15, 2011. The seminar was part of the House of Sweden Spring 2011 Program “Fabric of Life.”

THE DISTINGUISHED participants on the panel came from the United States and Sweden. They were Professor Pontus Braunerhjelm, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum; Professor Elisabeth Gatewood, Wake Forest University and the 2007 recipient of Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research; Sarah Iqbal, Gender Analyst, The World Bank; Svetlana Bagaudinova, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, The World Bank; Dr. Cecilia Bergh, Founder of Mando Group with business operations in both Sweden and the United States; Charlotte Marcus, Founder, ESI Total Fuel Management Inc., Chantilly, Va.; and the seminar’s moderator Ulrika Stuart Hamilton, Deputy Managing Director, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum.

THE WELCOME REMARKS to House of Sweden were delivered by Karin Olofsdotter, who is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden in the U.S. capital. Additionally Professor Pontus Braunerhjelm from the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum delivered an introduction of the program.

Dr. Cecilia Bergh, founder of Mando Group, discusses her innovative treatment for eating disorders and obesity. Dr. Cecilia Bergh, founder of Mando Group, discusses her innovative treatment for eating disorders and obesity.

DURING THE event, the myths and facts behind female entrepreneurship were explored, and a few of the speakers pointed out that women are an untapped source of creativity and growth. In Sweden and the United States 30 percent of the entrepreneurs are women.

THE SEMINAR WAS arranged by House of Sweden in partnership with Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum. For more information about event at House of Sweden in Washington: www.swedenabroad.com/washington.