Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Picnic Theatre Company performed Moli?e’s ‘Tartuffe’ at the Phillips Collection in Washington

Some of the actors of The Picnic Theatre Company after the performanceSome of the actors of The Picnic Theatre Company after the performance

IT WAS A FUN and memorable evening when the Washington-based Picnic Theatre Company performed Moli?e’s “Tartuffe” at the Phillips Collection on Thursday evening, May 30. Originally set in the time of French King Louis XVI or “Roi Soleil” in the 17th century, this “Tartuffe” was set in southern French Louisiana complete with thick southern accents.

IT IS A STORY about how Orgon’s family is up in arms because Orgon and his mother Pernelle have fallen under the influence of Tartuffe, a pious fraud (and a vagrant prior to Orgon’s help). Tartuffe pretends to be pious and to speak with divine authority, but his antics do not fool the rest of the family, or the maid Dorine. They detest him. The drama ends well, and Orgon announces the upcoming wedding of his daughter Marianne to Val?e.

THE DIRECTOR of this delightful comedy was Karim Chrobog, who is president of 18th Street Films. The cast for the play included Nurith Aizenman, Joe Brinker, Nova Daly, Jane Latham Hodges, John Plumb, Omar Popal, Sandrine Rastello, Oliver Robinson, Christina Sevilla and Matt Stoller. Karim Chrobog is a founding member of the Picnic Theatre Company and has been directing the players since the group’s first production. The Picnic Theatre Company is on facebook at facebook.com/PicnicTheatre.

The Picnic Theatre Company is applauded after their memorable performance.The Picnic Theatre Company is applauded after their memorable performance.

Some of the actors of The Picnic Theatre Company after the performanceSome of the actors of The Picnic Theatre Company after the performance

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Exhibition ‘Undiscovered Color: The Paintings Of Benjamin Abramowitz (1960-1970)’ opens at ARCHER Modern in Washington

Exhibition 'Undiscovered Color: The Paintings Of Benjamin Abramowitz (1960-1970)' at ARCHER Modern in WashingtonBenjamin Abramowitz’s daughter Susan Rosenbaum and Robert Chapman of ARCHER in front of one of the artist’s paintings

THE EXHIBITION “Undiscovered Color: The Paintings Of Benjamin Abramowitz (1960-1970)” opened with a reception and launch party at ARCHER in Washington on Wednesday evening, May 29.

MANY never-before-seen works by renowned Washington, D.C., artist Benjamin Abramowitz are being showcased, and more than 10 large-scale abstract canvases and smaller works of the period are on view.

Exhibition Paintings by Benjamin Abramowitz

A PROLIFIC ARTIST with a career spanning seven decades, Benjamin Abramowitz (1917-2011) devoted a lifetime to art. A master artist and teacher in painting, sculpture and works on paper, Abramowitz began working in New York City in the early 1930s. His talent was evident in his first solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (1936) at the young age of 16. Later, finding a place in the Works Project Administration (W.P.A.), the artist flourished as a painter often under the name of Benjamin Hoffman. By the time he moved to Washington in 1941, Abramowitz had 11 works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection and quickly became a star in the regional art scene winning numerous awards and attracting the attention of galleries, critics, curators and patrons.

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IN ADDITION TO a number of exhibitions at prestigious institutions, Abramowitz’s work has been collected by the Met, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Saint Louis Art Museum, The Phillips Collections, Howard University, Baltimore Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.

ARCHER.SwissExhibition ARCHER is a leading gallery of fine art and design, and regularly showcases 20th Century design alongside fine art and signature furniture collections. ARCHER is located at 1027 33rd Street, N.W., in Cady’s Alley in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 20007. For more information: www.archermodern.com.

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The Washington Chapter of Swedish Women’s Educational Association (SWEA) thanks Mrs. Eva Hafstr?m with High Tea at Cosmos Club

The Washington Chapter of SWEA thanks Mrs. Eva Hafstr?m with High Tea at Cosmos ClubEva Hafstr?m, wife to Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m, Ingrid Beach and Kate Novak

THE WASHINGTON CHAPTER of SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association, www.swea.org) invited its members to High Tea at the Cosmos Club on Thursday, May 23, to thank Mrs. Eva Hafstr?m, wife of Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m, for all her and her husband’s support for the organization during their tenure in Washington. The Hafstr?ms return to Sweden this summer.

The Washington Chapter of SWEA thanks Mrs. Eva Hafstr?m with High Tea at Cosmos ClubGunilla Stone, Eva Hafstr?m and Ingrid Beach

The Washington Chapter of SWEA thanks Mrs. Eva Hafstr?m with High Tea at Cosmos ClubMarie-Louise Bernal, Chair of the Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU) and Madeleine Fusfield, member of the SACU board

The Washington Chapter of SWEA thanks Mrs. Eva Hafstr?m with High Tea at Cosmos ClubEva Hafstr?ms speaks.

CulturalDC’s First Annual Member Reception in Washington, D.C.

CulturalDC's first annual member reception in Washington, D.C.Cultural DC’s Executive Director Juanita Hardy speaks at the event.

CULTURAL DC’s first annual membership reception was held at the Daimler Rooftop – a few blocks from the White House in Washington — on Tuesday evening, May 21.

View from the Daimler Rooftop towards the White House and the Capitol in Washington, D.C.View from the Daimler Rooftop towards the White House and the Capitol.

THIS NONPROFIT arts organization helps create culturally vibrant and thriving communities by ensuring that there are spaces and resources for artists and arts organizations to live, create, exhibit and perform throughout the city.

CulturalDC's first annual member reception in Washington, D.C.CulturalDC’s first annual member reception at the Daimler Rooftop in Washington

THE ORGANIZATION, which is headquartered in the District of Columbia, was put in motion in 1998, when a coalition of government, business and creative leaders recommended that a nonprofit be founded to develop infrastructure for the arts and increase the impact of D.C.’s creative community.

CulturalDC's first annual member reception in Washington, D.C.Music performance during the event

AMONG THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS since the start have been to broker 18 arts space projects totaling almost 250,000 square feet of space; to purchase Source, preserving the historic theatre for the community; to open DC’s first arts incubator, Flashpoint in Downtown Washington; to facilitate three affordable housing initiatives for artists in Washington; and to preserve the works of over 1,400 visual and performing artists.

For more information: www.culturaldc.org.

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington, D.C.

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 19Tennis Committee Chair Bill Weber, Mrs. Eva Hafstr?m, Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m, AFTA Chair Susan Rosenbaum and Tennis Committee Co-Chair Kuni Matsuda. Photo: Neshan H. Naltchayan

ON SUNDAY May 19th Arts for the Aging (AFTA, www.aftaarts.org) held its 23rd Annual Tennis Tournament benefitting the organization. Due to rain in the morning the competition at private courts throughout the Washington area had to be canceled.

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 19Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m and Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein. Photo: Neshan H. Naltchayan

INSTEAD GUESTS could enjoy the traditional afternoon junior and celebrity exhibition games at the Swedish residence’s tennis court in Northwest Washington, which were arranged by Junior Tennis Champions Center CEO Ray Benton and Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein.

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 19WUSA Channel 9′s JC Hayward and Rhoda Septilici

THE GAMES were followed by an elegant reception and silent auction at the residence. Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m, AFTA Chair Susan Rosenbaum, Vice President for Media Outreach WUSA 9 and AFTA 25th Anniversary Chair JC Hayward, as well as AFTA Executive Director and CEO Janine Tursini gave remarks.

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 19Mrs. Eva Hafstr?m, Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m and AFTA Executive Director and CEO Janine Tursini. Photo: Neshan H. Naltchayan

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 19Tennis Committee Co-Chair Kuni Matsuda and WUSA Channel 9′s JC Hayward. Photo: Neshan H. Naltchayan

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 19AFTA tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Northwest Washington

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 19Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m speaks.

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 19AFTA Executive Director and CEO Janine Tursini thanks Ambassador and Mrs. Hafstr?m for their generous support of the AFTA Tennis Tournament.

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 19Shahin Mafi and Rhoda Septilici

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 19The Tennis Committee gathered. Photo: Neshan H. Naltchayan

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 19Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington. Photo: Neshan H. Naltchayan

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 19AFTA reception at the Swedish residence. Photo: Neshan H. Naltchayan

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 19AFTA exhibition game at the tennis court at the Swedish residence in Northwest Washington

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 19AFTA exhibition game

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 19The Swedish residence in Washington, D.C.

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 19The Swedish residence in Washington, D.C.

Arts for the Aging (AFTA) held its 23rd tennis reception at the Swedish residence in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, May 19The Swedish residence in Washington, D.C.

Tennis reception for Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTTC) at the residence of the Swedish Ambassador in Washington

Tennis reception for JTTC at the residence of the Swedish Ambassador in WashingtonFormer Senator John Breaux and tennis legend Chris Evert. Photo: Neshan H. Naltchayan

A COCKTAIL RECEPTION in honor of the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) was held at the residence of Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstr?m and Mrs. Eva Hafstr?m on Wednesday evening, May 15. The event was co-hosted by Ray Benton, who in his professional life has represented tennis greats such as Arthur Ashe and Jimmy Connors, and GEICO.

MR. BENTON is the COO of JTCC, which is a world-class training center in College Park. Former tennis star Chris Evert and former Senator John Breaux were honored for their contributions to the game of tennis. Present was also Swedish top tennis player Mats Wilander. Photos: Neshan H. Naltchayan

Tennis reception for JTTC at the residence of the Swedish Ambassador in WashingtonFormer tennis star Chris Evert. Photo: Neshan H. Naltchayan

Tennis reception for JTTC at the residence of the Swedish Ambassador in Washington

Tennis reception for JTTC at the residence of the Swedish Ambassador in Washington

Tennis reception for JTTC at the residence of the Swedish Ambassador in Washington

Midsummer Celebration at The Swedish School for Language and Culture in Vienna, Virginia

Midsummer Celebration at The Swedish School for Language and Culture in Vienna, VirginiaTHE SWEDISH School for Language and Culture in Vienna, VA, celebrated the end of the school year and the graduation of two more students on May 11.

AN EARLY MIDSUMMER celebration was also part of the festivities, complete with flower wreaths, a maypole, fiddle music, songs and games. See more pictures and learn about the programs for children and adults at www.swedishlanguageschool.com.

Midsummer Celebration at The Swedish School for Language and Culture in Vienna, Virginia

Midsummer Celebration at The Swedish School for Language and Culture in Vienna, Virginia

Midsummer Celebration at The Swedish School for Language and Culture in Vienna, Virginia

Midsummer Celebration at The Swedish School for Language and Culture in Vienna, Virginia

Midsummer Celebration at The Swedish School for Language and Culture in Vienna, Virginia

Midsummer Celebration at The Swedish School for Language and Culture in Vienna, Virginia

Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU) luncheon with Lo Dagerman in Washington to be held on Tuesday, May 21

“DREAMS OF My Father: Publishing Swedish Writer Stig Dagerman in the USA” is the topic when Lo Dagerman speaks about her father, famous Swedish author Stig Dagerman, at a Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU) luncheon in Washington on Tuesday, May 21.

SHE WILL discuss the ongoing project to reintroduce the writings of Stig Dagerman (1923-1954) to the American audience. Stig Dagerman, a journalist, novelist, short story writer, poet and playwright, was one of the best known and most prolific Swedish authors of the 1940s, and his work has enjoyed a significant revival in Sweden in recent years. Lo Dagerman, who has been a counselor in Montgomery County Public Schools for the past 15 years, is working with the University of Minnesota Press and Godine Publishing in Boston to extend that renewal to American readers.

THE SACU luncheon will be held at the Pier Seven Restaurant in the Channel Inn, 650 Water Street, S.W., on the District’s Southwest waterfront, beginning at noon with “no host” cocktails at noon and concluding by 2 p.m. Member cost is $25.00, non-members $29.00. Parking is available in the Channel Inn parking garage (validation available). For non-drivers, the Waterfront Station of the Metro Center Green Line is in walking distance.

SACU would also like to draw your attention to the upcoming showing of the film adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie, starring Lo Dagerman’s mother, Anita Bj?rk, who died last year. The film will be shown on Sunday, May 19 at 4:30 pm at the National Gallery of Art, East Building in the Large Auditorium.

For reservations: jwhunterdc@gmail.com by Monday, May 20.

‘Fear Strikes Back’ exhibition at DC Arts Center in Washington

“Dead End” (2012) – artwork by Swedish-born artist Anna U. Davis

“FEAR STRIKES BACK” – an exhibition that “explores the cultural dimensions of how we deal with our fears and anxieties, built upon distortions of information fed to us by various types of media and social networking” – opened on Friday evening, April 26, at DC Arts Center in Washington, D.C.

THE FEATURED artists are Shahla Arbabi, Ed Bisese, David Carlson, Colby Caldwell, Michele Coburn, Nick Collier, Mei Mei Chang, Anna U. Davis, Sam Holmes, David Page, Annette Polan, Joyce J. Scott and Julia Kim Smith.

CURATOR is Helen Frederick and Curatorial Apprentice Jessica Pavone. The closing panel is June 2 at 5 p.m.

DC Arts Center is located at 2438 18th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009. Gallery hours are Wed-Sun 2-7 p.m. For more information: www.dcartscenter.org .

 “Untitled” (2012) by Mei Mei Chang

 “Paladin Unconscious” (2013) by Ed Bisese

DC Arts Center opening reception for the exhibition “Fear Strikes Back.”

Embassy of Kazakhstan holds reception and photo exhibit on Capitol Hill in Washington to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions

Embassy of Kazakhstan reception and photo exhibitThe Deputy Speaker of the Senate of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alexander Sudyin was the keynote speaker at the reception.

In commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, the Embassy of Kazakhstan invited guests to a reception and photo exhibit on Tuesday evening, May 7, at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington. To mark this milestone in strengthening interreligious dialogue, a high-level parliamentary delegation led by Alexander Sudyin, Deputy Speaker of the Senate of the Republic of Kazakhstan, is visiting the United States May 6-9.

In addition to Mr. Sudyin, featured speakers included Ambassador Kairat Umarov of Kazakhstan, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA). 

Embassy of Kazakhstan reception and photo exhibitCongressman Bill Cassidy

Embassy of Kazakhstan reception and photo exhibitEmbassy of Kazakhstan reception and photo exhibit at the Restaurant Side Room South, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C.