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The Picnic Theatre Company Presents a Festive Rendition of Sherlock Holmes' Hound of The Baskervilles
The Picnic Theatre Company's members Nurith Celina Aizenman, Joe Brinker, Nova Daly, Betsy L. Graves, Jane Latham Hodges, John Plumb, Omar Popal, Sandrine Rastello, Christina Sevilla and Matt Stoller and Director Karim Chrobog after the Thursday evening, Nov.21 performance.
THE WASHINGTON-BASED Picnic Theatre Company presented three sold-out, fun-filled performances of Sherlock Holmes and Hound of The Baskervilles at Dumbarton House in Washington, D.C., Nov. 15, Nov. 21 and Nov. 22. The play by Tim Kelly was based on the famous story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was directed by Karim Chrobog. The Picnic Theatre Company performers were Nurith Celina Aizenman, Joe Brinker, Nova Daly, Betsy L. Graves, Jane Latham Hodges, John Plumb, Omar Popal, Sandrine Rastello, Christina Sevilla and Matt Stoller.
IN THE STORY, the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson have been summoned to Baskerville Hall on a desolate Scottish moor. An old colleague Dr. Mortimer hopes to enlist the pair to determine if the recent death of Sir Charles Baskerville is the result of an alleged curse that has loomed over the Baskerville family since 1742. The Picnic Theatre's rendition of the resulting investigation by Holmes is filled with intrigue and delightful humor.
SINCE ITS founding in 2010, the Picnic Theatre's productions include Molière's "The Hypochondriac," "The Misanthrope" and "Tartuffe The Hypocrite"; "An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe"; "An Evening with Anton Chekhov"; Richard Brinsley Sheridan's "The Rivals"; and Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband."
FOUNDING MEMBERS include award-winning documentary filmmaker and Picnic Theatre director Karim Chrobog.
FOR MORE information about The Picnic Theatre, visit www.facebook.com/PicnicTheatre.
Category: Design & Art
ON SATURDAY afternoon, Nov. 16 an opening reception was held for the art exhibition "Vues Africaines 2013," with paintings by Kine Aw (www.kineaw.com) from Senegal and sculptures by Edmond Nassa (www.bigaart.com) from Burkina Faso, at the Mbari Institute in Washington, D.C.
For more information: 202-244-6094.
Opening reception for the photo exhibit 'Himnos - Anthems' ('Anthems: the criolla music of Peru) presented by Ana De Obregoso at the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C.
ON FRIDAY evening, Nov. 15 the photographic exhibit and art installation "Anthems: the criolla music of Peru" presented by Ana De Obregoso opened at the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C. It is a celebration of Peruvian music that translates an integrated identity, collective memory. "The criolla music is a cult, life, heartbeat, it is blood, it is hearth." During the evening Musical PEÑA with Billy Castillo, Manuel Ercilla and Victor Padilla performed criolla music.
Swedish police officer Tor Burman will speak about Swedish and European police and law enforcement efforts at a SACU luncheon in Washington, D.C.
"SWEDISH and European police and law enforcement efforts - background and future" - is the topic at a SACU (Swedish-American Cultural Union) luncheon on Thursday, November 14 at the Pier Seven Restaurant in Washington, D.C. Speaker is Tor Burman, a Swedish police officer, who for the past five years has represented the European Union's law enforcement agency EUROPOL in Washington. He will talk about how Sweden, the United States, and other countries work together to combat crime.
THE SACU luncheon begins at 12 noon with "no host" cocktails and concludes by 2 p.m. Member cost is $25.00, non-members $29.00. Pier Seven Restaurant is located in the Channel Inn, 650 Water Street, S.W. on the District's Southwest waterfront. Parking is available in the Channel Inn parking garage (validation available). For non-drivers, the Waterfron Station of the Metro Center Green Line is in easy walking distance.
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Category: Design & Art
ONE OF THE sculptor Carl Milles's greatest works lies in the National Memorial Park in Falls Church, VA (7482 Lee Highway, telephone: 703-560-7400).
DO NOT MISS an excursion to the Fountain of Faith, which is a collection of sculptures in a fountain showing many different groups of people being reunited in heaven. Carl Milles was commissioned to do this work in 1952, toward the end of his life. He himself considered it as one of his greatest accomplishments. A great admirer of Milles, Robert F. Marlowe, commissioned the work and Milles himself contributed a copy of his famous statue the Sun Singer to be adjacent to the fountain. Unfortunately, this statue lies so far away from the fountain that you won't notice it unless you climb up to Korean Gate above the fountain and look beyond it. Do not miss a walk down to this statue which is a copy of the one which stands in front of the Parliament building in Stockholm. Text: Ingrid Beach
Swedish-American Cultural Union (SACU) Luncheon with Inger Arenander, Correspondent for Swedish Radio in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Oct. 17
INGER ARENANDER, correspondent for Swedish Radio in Washington, D.C. will speak at a SACU (Swedish-American Cultural Union)-luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 17 at Pier Seven Restaurant in the Channel Inn. She will discuss the current political situation in Sweden and what to look for as Swedish voters go to the polls in 2014. The topic is "The situation in Swedish politics before the 2014 election."
THE LUNCHEON begins at noon and concludes by 2 p.m. The Channel Inn is located at 650 Water Street, S.W. on the District's Southwest waterfront. Parking is available on the street or in the Channel Inn parking garage (validation available). For non-drivers, the Waterfront Station of the Metro Center Green Line is in walking distance.
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Washington-based filmmaker Fabienne Lips-Dumas works on a project - 'Heroes of the Sun' -- covering the gigantic slum Cité Soleil in Haiti
THE DEVASTATION of Haiti is well known to most people - including earthquake, floods, hurricanes, and Brazilian insect infestations. The Washington-based filmmaker Fabienne Lips-Dumas was intrigued by the devastation and these human tragedies and is working on "Heroes of the Sun" - a film about the art of surviving in one of the most dangerous places in the world.
MS. LIPS-DUMAS explains how it all started: "It all began in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Institute for Peace during a conference about reconstruction in Haiti. A woman sitting in the first row was asked to talk about her work. She stood wrapped all in blue and started to sing: 'Resistance...' Silence. The audience in that cold and academic auditorium was mesmerized. I wanted to meet with her. I did. Her name: Barbara Guillaume, she was an activist and an artist. She wanted to run for mayor in Cité Soleil. 'Cité Soleil? Really?' I could not believe it. A few years ago, the slum was labeled as a no-law zone, one of the most dangerous places on the planet, claimed the UN. She said to me: 'Come to Haiti... come!' A year later, with the support of a French Broadcaster (Group Canal +), I was interviewing her on camera."
"I WAS INTRIGUED about who these people were, who despite death and destruction, survive and transcend tragedies with such inspiring songs," says Ms. Lips-Dumas. Cité Soleil, in the heart of Haiti, has a history of violence like very few places on Earth and is vast. Nearly half a million people live in this slum by the Caribbean sea. The surrounding shores serve as garbage dumps and community toilets. By day the UN forces patrol. But long before sunset, fear of gangs forces outsiders to leave, while the inhabitants lock themselves inside their shacks, and street kids hide in their secret shelters.
"YET, I UNCOVERED a constellation of dreams, wisdom, poetry, hope, pride and dignity. I witnessed unshakable faith and passion for life. The scenes I was lucky enough to capture on film are unforgettable, some are dark and poignant, others are beam with grace and humanity," says Fabienne Lips-Dumas.
AFTER MORE THAN a year of work, Ms. Lips-Dumas has put together a team to help with editing and distributing the film. The post production will start by September. She is raising funds to cover expenses for the continued work and expects to be finished by the end of the year in time to exhibit the film at major film festivals in 2014 in America and all over the world. In January the promotion starts, and then there will be the preparation for the launch in February.
The funding period is through August 5, 2013. For more information about the project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1592496100/heroes-of-the-sun-a-feature-documentary-project
Washington-based band Suspicious Package held its 5th anniversary party and performance at Rock and Roll Hotel
THE WASHINGTON-BASED rock band Suspicious Package celebrated its fifth anniversary with a performance and party at the Rock and Roll Hotel on H Street, N.E. in the nation's capital on Saturday evening, June 29. The members of the band - Tim Burger, Bryan Greene, Josh Meyer, Christina Sevilla and Tom Toles -- performed a variety of classic - and less known -- rock songs. A few songs were honoring one of the greatest rock bands of all times - The Rolling Stones - who just performed at the Verizon Center in Washington earlier in the week.
Category: Design & Art
LONGTIME FRIENDS and guests gathered at Parish Gallery in Georgetown in Washington Friday evening, June 21, for the opening of an exhibition of Norman Parish's works titled "Norman Parish: The Artist," and for what was billed as a closing reception for the gallery. The gallery opened 22 years ago, and since then has featured more than 170 artists, showcasing primarily, but not exclusively, artists from Africa and the African diaspora. While there are plans to eventually close the gallery, no date has been set. Mr. Parish is ill, and his wife Gwen Parish is carrying on.
NORMAN PARISH, who spent his early childhood in New Orleans, is a fine artist graduate of The Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied under Briggs Dyer, John Fabian, Paul Wiegart and Leroy Neiman. For nearly three decades he exhibited his paintings in the Chicago area as well as internationally. Mr. Parish came to Washington in 1988.
THERE HAVE BEEN few exhibits with work by the Mr. Parish - only when celebrating the gallery's 5th, 10th and 15th anniversaries - and after many years visitors are now able to admire his recent work. Working primarily in oil on canvas, Mr. Parish paints recognizable subjects that he terms "Stylized Realism."
Parish Gallery is located at 1954 31st Street, N.W. in Georgetown.
Opening of the special exhibition -- 'Silence Exhibition' - and reception at the Embassy of Finland in Washington
Category: Design & Art
ON WEDNESDAY, June 19, the opening reception for the exhibition, "Silence Exhibition," was held at the Embassy of Finland in Washington.
IN 2011 the internationally acclaimed Finnish architect and teacher Juhani Pallasmaa spoke at the Finnish Embassy about the qualities of silence in Finnish architecture. "Silence Exhibition" continues the theme, and includes a selection of powerfully silent and not so silent works.
OVER THE centuries authors, artists, and spiritual leaders have spoken about the importance of silence. American composer John Cage created a work for silent piano, and German dramatist Bertolt Brecht famously described Finnish people as being able to be silent - in two languages.
PARTICIPATING artists and scholars are Simo Alitalo, Tuike Alitalo, David Carlson, Jocelyn Frank, Nundo Geraldes Friere, Seth Horvitz, Harri Huhtamäki, Betsy Stewart, Alex van Oss and Esa Vesmanen.