Monthly Archives: December 2012

ARTpocalypse event at The Dunes Gallery in Washington

ARTpocalypse at The Dunes Gallery in WashingtonARTpocalypse at The Dunes Gallery in Washington

ARTpocalypse – the brain-child of Washington, D.C. professional visual artist Dana Ellyn - was celebrated with a party at The Dunes Gallery in Columbia Heights in Washington, D.C. on Friday, Dec. 21. It signifies the impending “end of the world” according to the Mayan civilization, set to happen Dec. 21, 2012.

ARTpocalypse at The Dunes Gallery in Washington“Dead End” by Anna U. Davis

DANA ELLYN called together 20+ of DC’s established and undiscovered artists to create works of art that predict and parody what might happen on that date. The artists are Matt Sesow, Dana Ellyn, Scott G. Brooks, Anna U. Davis, Sherill Anne Gross, Todd Gardner, Emily Green Liddle, Jared Davis, David Yano, Milena Spasic, Roger Cutler, Abby Martin, Bernie Smith, Jennifer Liberto, Justin Ballard Weiss, Jenn Block, Julia Colton, Amy Denniston, Leigh Bailey, Andy Hendricks, Sarah Noble, Annie Sawabini, Erin Sheley and Jeanine Valles.

ARTpolypse is on display through Jan. 31, 2013. The Dunes Gallery is located at 1402 Meridian Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20010, tel. 202-436-9118. For more information: www.thedunesdc.com.

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‘An Ideal Husband’ by Oscar Wilde performed by The Picnic Theatre Company in Washington

The Picnic Theatre Company actors are applauded after their fine performance at the Dumbarton House on Sunday afternoon. The Picnic Theatre Company actors are applauded after their fine performance at the Dumbarton House on Sunday afternoon.

“AN IDEAL HUSBAND” – the fun and intriguing play by Oscar Wilde - was presented by The Picnic Theatre Company at the Dumbarton House in Washington, D.C., on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 16. Proceeds from this performance benefited Dumbarton House and AGE Africa (www.ageafrica.org), which provides high school scholarships to girls in Malawi.

THE PICNIC Theatre Company actors are Nurith Aizenman, Gideon Bresler, Clara Brillembourg, Christina Carlisi, Nova Daly, Sarah Oliveros, John Plumb, Oliver Robinson and Christina Sevilla. C Karim Chrobog directed the play.

Swedish School for Language and Culture held its Lucia celebration on Saturday, Dec. 15

Lucia celebration at the Swedish School for Language and CultureLucia celebration at the Swedish School for Language and Culture

THE SWEDISH School for Language and Culture – Svenska skolan f?r spr? och KULtur – located in northern Virginia, celebrated Swedish holiday traditions on Saturday, Dec. 15. The event started with a Lucia procession, and ended with a visit by Santa (“Tomten”). Lucia buns, ginger cookies and “gl?gg” – the mule drink – were served to the children and their parents.

For more information about the school: www.swedishlanguageschool.com.

Lucia celebration at the Swedish School for Language and CultureLucia celebration at the Swedish School for Language and CultureSanta Lucia procession


Lucia celebration at the Swedish School for Language and Culture


Lucia celebration at the Swedish School for Language and Culture

Friends of Meridian Holiday Reception held in Washington Dec. 12

Friends of Meridian Holiday Reception in Washington, D.C.Friends of Meridian Holiday Reception in Washington, D.C.

MERIDIAN International Center (www.meridian.org) – the non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, located in Washington, D.C. – held its Friends of Meridian Holiday Reception on Wednesday evening, Dec. 12.

THE ORGANIZATION, which is headquartered in the historic Meridian House and White-Meyer House, was founded in 1960, with the mission to promote “global leadership through the exchange of ideas, people and culture.” Meridian is working closely with the U.S. Department of State and other U.S. government agencies, NGOs, international governments and the private sector to create global leadership programs and partnerships.

Friends of Meridian Holiday Reception in Washington, D.C.Friends of Meridian Holiday Reception in Washington, D.C.

Friends of Meridian Holiday Reception in Washington, D.C.Friends of Meridian Holiday Reception in Washington, D.C.

Holiday reception at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington, D.C.

Holiday reception at the Embassy of Sri Lanka Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya of Sri Lanka and Anchor Marwa Abdel Karim of the Middle East Broadcasting Network, Inc.

A HOLIDAY RECEPTION was held at the elegant residence of Ambassador and Mrs. Jaliya Wickramasuriya of Sri Lanka in Northwest Washington on Wednesday evening, Dec. 12. The many guests enjoyed a delicious buffet of Sri Lankan dishes.

Holiday reception at the Embassy of Sri Lanka

Holiday reception at the Embassy of Sri Lanka

Holiday reception at the Embassy of Sri Lanka

Exhibit showcasing the work of six New York-based Chilean artists opens at the Embassy of Chile in Washington

“Untitled” (Resin, pigment, enamel on panel wood, 2012) – artwork by Pablo Jansana

“VISIBLE ARCHITECTS: New Chilean Art at a Global Crossroads” – an exhibition showcasing art by six New York-based Chilean artists opened at the Embassy of Chile in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday evening, Dec. 11. The artists are Francisca Benitez, Ernesto Burgos, Pablo Jansana, Cristobal Leyth, Rodrigo Lobos and Andrea Wolf. The exhibit is curated by Christian Viveros-Faune.

THE EMBASSY of Chile is located at 1732 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. For more information: http://www.chile-usa.org/.

Exhibit showcasing the work of six New York-based Chilean artists opened at the Embassy of Chile

ICC ‘Embassy Night’ at the Embassy of Iceland in Washington on Wednesday evening, Dec. 5

The National Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee Chair Myron Belkind and Ambassador Gudmundur Arni Stefansson of Iceland

THE NATIONAL Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee was invited to the festive Embassy Night at the residence of the Ambassador Gudmundur Arni Stefansson of Iceland on Wednesday evening, Dec. 5.

AMBASSADOR Stefansson spoke about Iceland-U.S. relations, outlining a range of areas where the two nations interact and cooperate. Additionally, the Embassy’s Defense Counselor, Erlingur Erlingsson, made a few remarks on the evolution of the Iceland-U.S. defense relationship in recent years. The speeches were followed by a Q&A session and a delicious buffet reception.

Before presenting his credentials in October 2011, Mr. Stefansson was the Icelandic Ambassador to Sweden for five years.

“Embassy Night” at the Embassy of Iceland

SACC-DC’s ‘Telecom Holiday Networking Reception’ held at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, evening, Dec. 4

Telecom Holiday Networking ReceptionMarie Therese Royce, Alcatel-Lucent; John W. Hunter, FCC; and Kelley A. Shields, Ericsson

THE WASHINGTON CHAPTER of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (www.sacc-dc.org) held its traditional holiday party at the House of Sweden on Tuesday evening, Dec. 4, at the House of Sweden. This year the party was called “Telecom Holiday Networking Reception,” and the Federal Commission Bar Association (FCBA) were also participants in the festivities. Ericsson was a major sponsor of the event.

Telecom Holiday Networking ReceptionSimon and Katherine Reutersw?d, Michaela and Christopher Pratt, and Benjamin and Patricia Brindley

BRADLEY J. OLSON, chair of SACC-USA and SACC-DC, gave welcoming remarks in the Anna Lindh Hall. Afterwards there was a traditional Swedish Christmas buffet, arranged by Swedish Caterers (http://www.swedishcaterers.com).

Telecom Holiday Networking ReceptionSanta Lucia procession during the Telecom Holiday Networking Reception at the House of Sweden in Washington.

ADDITIONAL REMARKS were given by FCBA President Laura Phillips, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and Bruce Gustafson of Ericsson. There was a drawing for door prizes, and the evening closed with the traditional Swedish Santa Lucia procession, with Swedish and American Christmas songs and carols.

Telecom Holiday Networking Reception

Telecom Holiday Networking Reception

Traditional Advent service and Lucia procession at Swedish Lutheran Church of Washington

Swedish Lutheran Church of Washington, D.C. held its traditional Advent service and Lucia procession on Sunday, Dec. 2Swedish Lutheran Church of Washington, D.C. held its traditional Advent service and Lucia procession on Sunday, Dec. 2

ON SUNDAY, Dec. 2, Swedish Lutheran Church of Washington, D.C. held its traditional Advent service and Lucia procession at Augustana Lutheran Church. The Rev. Mona Svensson from the Church of Sweden in New York officiated, and Mrs. Karin H?glund, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden extended Christmas greetings to the Swedish community. After the service, followed “kyrkkaffe” (church coffee) in the social hall. The Swedish congregation also collected unwrapped toys to be distributed to children in a Washington shelter.

Swedish Lutheran Church of Washington, D.C. held its traditional Advent service and Lucia procession on Sunday, Dec. 2A traditional Lucia procession at Augustana Lutheran Church on Sunday, Dec. 2

Swedish Lutheran Church of Washington, D.C. held its traditional Advent service and Lucia procession on Sunday, Dec. 2

A traditional Lucia procession at Augustana Lutheran Church

Traditional Swedish Advent service at Augustana Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C.

Successful SWEA Christmas Bazaar in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Dec. 1

Santa Lucia procession outside House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Santa Lucia procession outside House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

IT WAS YET another successful SWEA – Swedish Women’s Educational Association (www.swea.org) - Christmas Bazaar in Washington, D.C., yesterday afternoon, Dec. 1. Almost 4.000 people came to the House of Sweden in Georgetown to experience Swedish Christmas traditions. The bazaar was opened by Mrs. Eva Hafstr?m, wife of Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m, at 11 a.m., and after that a steady stream of people came to the event. The fabulous weather – with a late afternoon beautiful sunset over the Potomac River — made the event even better.

THE BAZAAR featured delicacies at the Swedish caf?with home-baked goods and sandwiches and the drink “gl?gg.” And there was a huge spread of holiday at a variety of stands, which were offering Swedish crystal, textiles, artwork, food and much more.

THE BAZAAR CLOSED at 5 p.m., and everyone was asked to go outside to watch and listen to the Santa Lucia procession, the traditional singing of Swedish Christmas songs and hymns.

Anders Lundeg?d, saxophone, and Al Baumann, guitar, performed outside the House of Sweden during the bazaar. Anders Lundeg?d, saxophone, and Al Baumann, guitar, performed outside the House of Sweden during the bazaar. Mr. Lundeg?d will perform, together with Terry Guidetti, clarinet, and Virginia Lum, piano, today, Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Lyceum in Alexandria, Va., at 7:30 p.m. The title of the program is “Bach to the Future.” For more information:
http://www.classicalsaxophonist.com/concert.

THE SWEA Bazaar was hosted by SWEA Washington, DC, and supported by the Embassy of Sweden and the House of Sweden.

Santa Lucia procession outside the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. Santa Lucia procession outside the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

Santa Lucia procession outside the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C. Santa Lucia procession outside the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

Big crowds listening to the Santa Lucia procession outside the House of SwedenBig crowds listening to the Santa Lucia procession outside the House of Sweden

Big crowds listening to the Santa Lucia procession outside the House of SwedenBig crowds listening to the Santa Lucia procession outside the House of Sweden

Big crowds listening to the Santa Lucia procession outside the House of SwedenPeople gathering outside the House of Sweden to watch the Santa Lucia procession.

Big crowds listening to the Santa Lucia procession outside the House of SwedenPeople gathering outside the House of Sweden to watch the Santa Lucia procession.

SWEA Bazaar at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.SWEA Bazaar at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

SWEA Bazaar at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.SWEA Bazaar at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

Sunset over the Potomac RiverSunset over the Potomac River

Sunset over the Potomac RiverSunset over the Potomac River

View from the House of Sweden in Georgetown, overlooking the Potomac River.View from the House of Sweden in Georgetown, overlooking the Potomac River.

View from the House of Sweden in Georgetown, overlooking the Potomac River.View from the House of Sweden in Georgetown, overlooking the Potomac River.