Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Picnic Theatre Company performs ‘The Rivals’ at the Hill Center in Washington, D.C.

The Picnic Theatre Company performed Lee Brenner, Christina Sevilla, Gideon Bresler, Sarah Oliveros, Director C. Karim Chrobog and Nova Daly

“THE RIVALS” - a comedy of manners by Richard Brinsley Sheridan - was performed by The Picnic Theatre Company on Thursday evening, June 28, at the Hill Center on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

THE PLAY IS set in Bath in the 18th century, a town legendary for conspicuous consumption and fashion at the time. Wealthy, fashionable people went there to “take the waters,” which were believed to have healing properties. The plot centers around two young lovers, Lydia and Jack.

THE PICNIC Theatre players are Lee Brenner, Gideon Bresler, Clara Brillembourg, Nova Daly, Jane Latham Hodges, Sarah Oliveros, John Plumb, Omar Popal, Oliver Robinson and Christina Sevilla. C. Karim Chrobog, an award winning filmmaker, was the director.

The Picnic Theatre Company performed The Picnic Theatre Company performed ‘The Rivals’ at the Hill Center in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening.

The Picnic Theatre Company performed The Picnic Theatre Company performed ‘The Rivals’ at the Hill Center in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening.

The Picnic Theatre Company performed The Picnic Theatre Company performed ‘The Rivals’ at the Hill Center in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening.

The Picnic Theatre Company performed The Picnic Theatre Company performed ‘The Rivals’ at the Hill Center in Washington, D.C. on Thursday evening.

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National Press Club event at the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Washington, D.C.

Kazakh Embassy NightICC Chair Myron Belkind, Ambassador Erlan A. Idrissov of Kasakhstan and ICC Vice Chair Eddie Walsh

ON TUESDAY, June 26 Ambassador Erlan A. Idrissov invited the National Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee (ICC) (www.npc.press.org) for an evening at the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Washington, D.C. During the event the Ambassador discussed his country’s foreign policy and relations with the United States and other powerful nations such as neighboring Russia, China and India, and also the EU. Additionally, he talked about economic and political development and how the euro crisis affects Kazakhstan, among other topics.

AFTER A Q&A session, a delicious buffet of Kazakh cuisine was served at the embassy. This was the second time ICC visited the Embassy of Kazakhstan. Last summer Ambassador Idrissov invited the National Press Club to an event at the embassy.

Kazakh Embassy NightRalph Winnie, Jerome Barry, ICC Chair Myron Belkind, Ambassador Erlan A. Idrissov of Kazakhstan, Jan Du Plain and ICC Vice Chair Eddie Walsh

Embassy of KazakhstanEmbassy of Kazakhstan in Washington, D.C.

Embassy of KazakhstanEmbassy of Kazakhstan in Washington, D.C.

Book signing with Michael Sarnacki and cocktail reception at the Sri Lanka residence in Washington, D.C.

Author Michael Sarnacki talks about his book Author Michael Sarnacki talks about his book “Sri Lanka and The Kandy Esala Perahera’

A BOOK LAUNCH and signing with author Michael Sarnacki and his book “Sri Lanka and The Kandy Esala Perahera” was held at the Sri Lanka residence in Washington, D.C. on Monday evening, June 18.

THE HISTORIC Kandy Esala Perahera event, is a 10-day period in July and August every year, when the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha is revered with a series of sacred processions. Temple leaders, along with hundreds of dancers, drummers, torchbearers and elephants proceed through the streets of Kandy, a city in central Sri Lanka.

Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya introduces author Michael Sarnacki.Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya introduces author Michael Sarnacki.

A book launch and signing with author Michael Sarnacki and his book A book launch and signing with author Michael Sarnacki and his book “Sri Lanka and The Kandy Esala Perahera” was held at the Sri Lanka residence in Monday evening, June 18.

LUMEN8ANACOSTIA Festival Finale in Washington on Saturday, June 16

Photographer Bruce McNeil in front of his workPhotographer Bruce McNeil in front of his work

THE LUMEN8ANACOSTIA (www.lumen8anacostia.com) arts shows ended on Saturday, June 16, with several events in Anacostia in Washington, D.C. Among them were live performances at Honfleur Gallery, DJ and dancing at the Gallery at Vivid Solutions, opening studios featuring Honfleur’s artist-in-residence, theatrical performances at 2020 Shannon Place, S.E. and after party at the Big Chair Bar and Grill.

Photography by Bruce McNeilPhotography by Bruce McNeil

Creative altar by Missy BrownCreative altar by Missy Brown

Dress designs by Brian Evans (www.bltevans.com) Dress designs by Brian Evans (www.bltevans.com).

American and African artwork exhibited by Anacostia Art Gallery (www.bzbinternational.com) American and African artwork exhibited by Anacostia Art Gallery (www.bzbinternational.com ).

Opening reception for Eve Stockton’s ‘Ensembles: Landscapes in Transition III’ at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

D.C. artist Eve Stockton at the opening of her exhibition D.C. artist Eve Stockton at the opening of her exhibition “Ensembles: Landscapes in Transition III” at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

ON THURSDAY evening, June 14, an opening reception was held for artist Eve Stockton’s exhibit “Ensembles: Landscapes in Transition III” at Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C.

MS. STOCKTON’S woodcuts are inspired by close observation of nature and an eclectic interest in science. Utilizing a multifaceted background in architecture and art, she is able to engage the variables of printmaking, allowing her to produce an ongoing body of dynamic, graphic images. The “Ensembles: Landscapes in Transition III” exhibit contains prints that are exemplary of Stockton’s ongoing investigation of the natural world.

Artist Eve Stockton and Elena KingArtist Eve Stockton and Elena King

EVE Stockton’s work is in public and private collections including Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Conn., Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, Conn., Nature Genetics Magazine, New York, N.Y., and The Epstein Collection, Washington, D.C. Stockton received a BA from Princeton in 1978 and a Masters in Architecture from Yale in 1984.

The exhibition is open through July 15, 2012. Long View Gallery is located at 1234 9th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20005. Tel. 202-232-4788. For more information: www.longviewgallerydc.com.

Artwork by Eve StocktonArtwork by Eve Stockton

Opening reception for Eve Stockton's exhibit Opening reception for Eve Stockton’s exhibit “Ensembles: Landscapes in Transition III”

AFTA 22nd annual tennis tournament held in Washington with reception at the Swedish Ambassador’s residence

Tennis tournament winners Babar Ahmed and Marissa Gayle were awarded the First Place Trophy. Next to them are Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m, AFTA Executive Director Janine Tursini, AFTA Board Member Darrell Rico Doss, and AFTA Program Director BrandiTennis tournament winners Babar Ahmed and Marissa Gayle were awarded the First Place Trophy. Next to them are Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m, AFTA Executive Director Janine Tursini, AFTA Board Member Darrell Rico Doss, and AFTA Program Director Brandi Rose.

ARTS FOR THE AGING (AFTA) (www.aftaarts.org) held its 22nd annual Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament on Saturday, June 9. Opening matches were hosted by private courts in the Washington metropolitan area. The semifinals and finals as well as celebrity and junior exhibition matches were held later that evening at Fairfax Racquet and Fitness Club in Fairfax, Va.

A FEW DAYS after the tournament on Tuesday evening, June 12, there was an executive reception for tournament players and AFTA supporters, along with an awards ceremony at the Swedish Ambassador’s residence in Northwest Washington. Ambassdaor Jonas Hafstr?m was present to host the reception and preside at the awards ceremony.

WINNERS IN THE Round-Robin Mixed Doubles were Marissa Gayle and Babar Ahmed, who received their trophy at the reception. Additionally Kuni Matsuda, who has done a lot of work to prepare for the tournament, received an award. Cocktails and a delicious buffet were served during the beautiful summer evening.

Kuni Matsuda, who for several years has coordinated arrangements for the tennis tournament, receives an award in for his tireless work and contributions. Next to him are Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m, AFTA Executive Director Janine Tursini, AFTA Board MemberKuni Matsuda, who for several years has coordinated arrangements for the tennis tournament, receives an award in for his tireless work and contributions. Next to him are Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m, AFTA Executive Director Janine Tursini, AFTA Board Member Darrell Rico Doss and AFTA Program Director Brandi Rose.

Robert Beizer with tennis tournament winners Marissa Gayle and Babar AhmedRobert Beizer with tennis tournament winners Marissa Gayle and Babar Ahmed

Kuni Matsuda and Bill WeberKuni Matsuda and Bill Weber

Rob Arner and Janine TursiniRob Arner and Janine Tursini

David Chung, Chi Wan Kim, and tournament winners Marissa Gayle and Babar AhmedDavid Chung, Chi Wan Kim, and tournament winners Marissa Gayle and Babar Ahmed

Janine Tursini, Darrell Rico Doss and Grace GuoJanine Tursini, Darrell Rico Doss and Grace Guo

Janine Tursini and Charles PotterJanine Tursini and Charles Potter

The AFTA executive reception at the Swedish residence.The AFTA executive reception at the Swedish residence.

The delicious dessert tableThe delicious dessert table

The delicious dessert tableThe buffet table at the reception

The garden at the Swedish Ambassador's residenceThe garden at the Swedish Ambassador’s residence

The garden at the Swedish Ambassador's residenceThe entrance at the Swedish Ambassador’s residence

Jenny Lind: The Swedish Nightingale Concert and Reception held at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Monday, June 11

Pianist and accompanist Nigar Dadascheva, was awarded the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Accompaniment Scholarship, and mezzo-soprano Josefine Andersson, recipient of the prestigious Jenny Lind Scholarship for 2012Pianist and accompanist Nigar Dadascheva, was awarded the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Accompaniment Scholarship, and mezzo-soprano Josefine Andersson, recipient of the prestigious Jenny Lind Scholarship for 2012

THE ANNUAL Jenny Lind concert, sponsored by the Swedish Women’s Educational Association to celebrate memory of the 19th century Swedish vocalist who won worldwide acclaim, was held Monday evening, June 11, at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

THE 2012 recipient of the prestigious Jenny Lind Scholarship, Josefine Andersson, performed various works by Scandinavian composers as well as continental Europeans masters. She was accompanied by pianist Nigar Dadascheva, who was awarded the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Accompaniment Scholarship.

EXPLAINING THE AWARD of the scholarship, the jury said of Ms. Andersson: “With her well-placed, clear voice and captivating interpretation, she touches her audience deeply.”

AMONG THE MUSIC works performed were “Lauf der Welt” and “Ein Traum” by Edvard Grieg, “L’Aura Che Spira” from “Giulio Cesare” by George Frideric H?del, “Er der Herrlichste von Allen” by Robert Schumann and “Da Lieg Ich Unter den B?men” by Felix Mendelsohn. Ms. Andersson’s performance of “Ah! Quel giorno ognor rammento” from “Semiramide” by Gioachino Rossini and Giuseppe Stefano’s chanson from “Rom? et Juliette” by Charles Gounod were particularly memorable.

The Jenny Lind concert at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.The Jenny Lind concert at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

MS. DADASCHEVA PLAYED two beautiful piano solos “Sensommarn?ter” No. 4-5 by Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar and “Liebestraum” No. 3 by Franz Liszt.

JOSEFINE ANDERSSON was born in Stockholm and started her studies in Sweden. She continued in Denmark, where she completed her degree at the Opera Academy of Copenhagen in 2012. She has performed at the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen in several productions and also has the title part in Rossini’s “Cenerentola” with a young opera company in southern Sweden. She recently performed the part “Sesto” in George Frideric H?del’s opera “Giulio Cesare” at the opera house Folkoperan in Stockholm.

MS. DADASCHEVA WAS born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and began to play the piano at age five. She moved to Sweden with her family after studying piano for many years in her home country. She is now completing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. She has gained significant concert experience, mainly working with singers.

The Jenny Lind concert at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.The Jenny Lind concert at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

JENNY LIND, the Swedish opera captivated a whole world, and after her U.S. grand tour in 1850, she is still a legend. The Jenny Lind Scholarship is awarded annually by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and the People’s Parks and Community Center in Stockholm.

The Jenny Lind concert at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.The Jenny Lind concert at House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

Consultant and former Press Counselor Claes Thorson discussed ‘Ten personalities in Sweden and Europe that every Swedish-American should know about’ at a SACU luncheon in Washington, D.C.

Eva and Claes Thorson, consultant and partner at the GAIA Leadership in Stockholm, Sweden, and SACU founder Ingrid BeachEva and Claes Thorson, consultant and partner at the GAIA Leadership in Stockholm, Sweden, and Ingrid Beach, a member of SACU for over 40 years, almost all of them as either president or chairman.

FORMER PRESS Counselor (2002-2006) at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington and journalist Claes Thorson gave a inspiring and interesting speech with the title “Ten personalities in Sweden and Europe that every Swedish-American should know about” at a Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU) luncheon on Wednesday, June 6 – The Swedish National Day – in Washington, D.C.

MR. THORSON, who currently is consultant and partner at GAIA Leadership in Stockholm, Sweden, offered a broad perspective on current political and cultural affairs in Sweden. And his list of ten personalities was actually a little bit longer.

THE FIRST NAME up was Anders Borg, well-known and admired Swedish Secretary of Treasury, who has handled the Swedish finances during times of crisis to much acclaim. Mr. Thorson pointed out that “the health of the Swedish economy is good.” Thereafter followed Melina & Giorgios, the squeezed Greeks, who represented the financial crisis in that country; Herman van Rompuy, the first long-term and full-time President of the European Council; new French President Fran?is Hollande; Swedish entrepreneurs Daniel Ek of Spotify and Niklas Zennstr?m of Skype; Professor of International Health Hans Rosling of Karolinska Institute in Stockholm; Swedish scientist and Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine 2000 Arvid Carlsson; Estelle Bernadotte, daughter of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, who was born in February; Crown Princess Victoria and author and Nobel Prize winner in literature 2010 Tomas Transtr?mer. Transtr?mer’s books have been translated to 40 languages.

Eva Thorson, Ingrid Beach and former Swedish Press Counselor in Washington, D.C. Claes ThorsonEva Thorson, Ingrid Beach and former Swedish Press Counselor in Washington, D.C. Claes Thorson

AMONG THE additional personalities that Mr. Thorson mentioned were Marie-Louise Ekman, managing director of the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm; the world-renowned author August Strindberg; Christina Lampe ?nerud, CEO of Boston Electronics; Eurovision Song Contest winner 2012 Loreen; soccer superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic; diplomat Jan Eliasson; Raoul Wallenberg; and of course writer Stieg Larsson and his female heroine Lisbeth Salander, who was said to be the most famous Swedish female.

Swedish National Day – ‘Nationaldagen’ — celebrated at the Swedish Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 3

Malin Haraldson and Jan Ahl?Malin Haraldson and Jan Ahl?

THE SWEDISH National Day or “Nationaldagen” - actually on June 6 – was celebrated in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 3 with a picnic in the garden of the Ambassador of Sweden’s beautiful residence in the Northwest area of the city.

AFTER WELCOME remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Karin H?glund, musicians played Sweden’s National Anthem and other traditional Swedish music.

Anders L?fstrand, Sara Gregerman, Lisa Otterstr?m and Alan GregermanAnders L?fstrand, Sara Gregerman, Lisa Otterstr?m and Alan Gregerman

Marianne Gustafson, Karin Adams and Kristina TestorMarianne Gustafson, Karin Adams and Kristina Testor

Ulf Sj?blom and Claudia KellerUlf Sj?blom and Claudia Keller

Ann-Marie Brisbois, Bob Dyer, Alan Hermesch and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden Karin H?glundAnn-Marie Brisbois, Bob Dyer, Alan Hermesch and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden Karin H?glund

Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden Karin H?glund gives the welcome remarks. Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden Karin H?glund gives the welcome remarks.

The Swedish National Anthem is being sung. The Swedish National Anthem is being sung.

National Day of Sweden was celebrated at the Ambassador's residence in Northwest Washington, D.C. on Sunday evening, June 3.National Day of Sweden was celebrated at the Ambassador’s residence in Northwest Washington, D.C. on Sunday evening, June 3.

National Day of Sweden was celebrated at the Ambassador's residence in Northwest Washington, D.C. on Sunday evening, June 3.National Day of Sweden was celebrated at the Ambassador's residence in Northwest Washington, D.C. on Sunday evening, June 3.National Day of Sweden was celebrated at the Ambassador’s residence in Northwest Washington, D.C. on Sunday evening, June 3.

‘Laying the Foundation’ – Mentor Foundation’s celebration to recognize its Mentors and Mentees in Washington, D.C. – was held on Thursday evening, May 31

Michaela Pratt, Marketing and Program Coordinator for Mentor Foundation USA; Jamila Sams, Program Director for Mentor Foundation USA; Alexzandra Shade, Director of Fundraising for Mentor Foundation USA; and Yvonne Thunell, Chairman of Mentor Foundation USMichaela Pratt, Marketing and Program Coordinator for Mentor Foundation USA; Jamila Sams, Program Director for Mentor Foundation USA; Alexzandra Shade, Director of Fundraising for Mentor Foundation USA; and Yvonne Thunell, Chairman of Mentor Foundation USA and Mentor Foundation International

“LAYING THE Foundation Celebration 2011-2012″ - Mentor International’s (www.mentorfoundation.org) celebration to recognize its mentors and mentees was held on Thursday evening, May 31, at C?ar Ch?ez Charter School in Washington, D.C.

AMONG THE SPEAKERS during the celebration were partners such as Irasema Salcido, Founder of the C?ar Ch?ez Charter School for Public Policy; Sherrice Davis, Regional CRA Officer, M&T Bank; Francis Nelson, Administrative Vice President Retail Banking, M&T Bank; and Jennifer Louden, COO, Blue Water Media. This was followed by Mentor and Mentees presentations, who shared thoughts about their relationships. Closing words were held by Yvonne Thunell, Chairman of Mentor Foundation USA and Mentor Foundation International. Officers from the 6th District of the Metropolitan Police Department were also on hand and delivered remarks in support of the program.

THIS IS THE first Mentor Foundation program implemented in the United States.

Mentor Netsanet Wako and mentee MarquishaMentor Netsanet Wako and mentee Marquisha

MENTOR IS THE leading international non-government organization working globally to prevent substance abuse. The objective is to empower children and young people to make healthy decisions and to avoid drug abuse.

“Laying the Foundation Ceremony 2011-2012″ at C?ar Ch?ez Charter School in Washington, D.C.

THE MENTOR FOUNDATION was established in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1994 in Geneva as an independent, non-governmental, non for profit, apolitical organization working in the field of drug abuse prevention at a global level. Mentor has undertaken approximately 95 projects around the world and has offices in many countries. The U.S. headquarters is based in Washington, D.C.

Yvonne Thunell, Chairman of Mentor Foundation USA and Mentor Foundation International, gives her closing words address. Yvonne Thunell, Chairman of Mentor Foundation USA and Mentor Foundation International, gives her closing words address.

“Laying the Foundation Ceremony 2011-2012″ at C?ar Ch?ez Charter School in Washington, D.C.

QUEEN SILVIA of Sweden was its founding member along with Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Queen Noor of Jordan, Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Bertil Hult, Stefan Persson, Nino Cerruti, Corinne Nardi-Schuler, Princess Anni-Frid Reuss and Ivan Pictet.

Michaela Pratt, Marketing and Program Coordinator for Mentor Foundation USA; Jamila Sams, Program Director for Mentor Foundation USA; and Yvonne Thunell, Chairman of Mentor Foundation USA and Mentor Foundation InternationalMichaela Pratt, Marketing and Program Coordinator for Mentor Foundation USA; Jamila Sams, Program Director for Mentor Foundation USA; and Yvonne Thunell, Chairman of Mentor Foundation USA and Mentor Foundation International