Hollywood on the Potomac

Sweet Serenity

April 7, 2013

“The new Capella Hotel, a sweet spot between K and M Streets, combines traditional comforts like a curved wooden desk and swooping free-standing bathtub and tech amenities like bedside outlets for electronic devices. Pleasant thoughts after a night in a spacious, king deluxe suite overlooking the canal: dark, gleaming wood floor, luxe thread-count bedding, contemporary (German-design) furnishings plus touch pad controls for illumination and opening/closing the curtains. Samples of chef Jacob Esko’s handiwork promise fine dining in The Grill Room.” Jean Cohen

Legendary Hotelier Horst Schulze unveiled the new Capella Hotel in Georgetown, one of Washington’s most anticipated hotel openings..
Horst Schulze, Chairman & CEO of Capella Hotels and Resorts and Bruce F. Bradley of Castleton Hotel Partners I, LLC, the hotel’s owners celebrated the opening of Capella’s first U.S. branded hotel.

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April 4, 2013

You may be able to see Russia from your house if you live in Alaska, but you could hear visiting artists from the Bolshoi at The Russian Federation on Monday night right off of Wisconsin Avenue.

Washington National Opera (WNO) and its Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program celebrated their annual cultural and musical exchange with Moscow’s prestigious Bolshoi Theatre Young Artists Opera Program with a joint concert for more than 200 guests of Ambassador amd Mrs. Kislyak.

Since they arrived in the United States two weeks ago, the visiting young artists from the Bolshoi trained alongside their peers and worked with WNO music staff on current projects and upcoming roles, participated in Italian language classes, took stage combat lessons, prepared for competitions, and received advice on repertory selection.

They sang an audition for Domingo – Cafritz Young Artist Program founder Plácido Domingo and had a house audition for future casting consideration at WNO. WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello, who has a long history as a director at the Bolshoi and is fluent in Russian, led a roundtable discussion on career planning and audition techniques.

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Sniff ... Sniff

March 31, 2013

“I have a long bio here that I have created which I am not going to read to you,” said Richard Rymland, co-host with wife Catherine Wyler at a book party in their home for Jim Conaway’s “Nose”: A Novel.

“I have a great affection for his work.  Usually people invite you to a book party so you’ll buy the book.  I feel like Cathy and I invited you here tonight because this book is really fun and a great read, so this is a treat for all of you.  If you don’t buy this book, you’ll be missing a fabulous laugh. 

In Jim’s earlier books, of which there are many, one sticks in my mind, “Memphis Afternoon,” which was the first time reading a book where I found myself sobbing in my bathroom.” 

“That is about the best thing you could say about an author,” replied Conaway.

“It’s hard to know what to say about the subject matter of the book. We all think we know what Napa Valley is about and it’s often obnoxious. 

The two ways of thinking about it is … it’s sort of helpful if you’re going to read my novel to know … one is that Napa and places like it are really big hot tubs stuffed full of naked little Gatsby’s who are all trying to stand up and shake it and be noted.

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