Hollywood on the Potomac

Cherry Blossoms ... Finally

April 11, 2013

It’s always easier to find the residence of the Japanenese Ambassador on Nebraska Avenue this time of year – just follow the cherry blossoms.

H.E. The Ambassador of Japan and Mrs. Sasae hosted a reception to celebrate The National Cherry Blossom Festival that has been taking place in Washington for several weeks.

“Today I am a happy man,” he joked.  “Do you know why? Because the cherry blossom is in full bloom. Two weeks ago I was very worried, there was snow outside.  I’m also a happy man because no other country has such an opportunity to celebrate its friendship with The United States like this.   The Irish Ambassador has St. Patrick’s Day, the Italian Ambassador has Columbus Day, the German Ambassador has Octoberfest, but I get three weeks of celebration.  I have to thank the cherry blossom god.”

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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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