Hollywood on the Potomac
by guest contributor Dimitrios Machairidis
“My first time in Greece was in December 2015 in order to visit the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). I was overwhelmed. It was much more than I expected. Everything was extraordinary: The use of the land, the orientation of the park, its canal, the buildings of the National Opera and the National Library and of course the relation of the SNFCC with the sea,” said Limor Tomer, General Manager of Concerts and Lectures of the Metropolitan Museum of New York. Here in Athens she will be the Events’ Performance Curator of “Metamorphosis” – the four-day event taking place from the 23rd to the 26th of June that will transform the SNFCC into an open space of encounter, exploration and experimentation.
“Where did those years go? I don’t know, but I’m proud of myself now and I’m so glad … that God gave me another chance,” keynote speaker Lolita Mitchell said at the 10th Annual N Street Village Empowerment Luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC. “I was accepted in a recovery program, and I was welcomed by the staff and my other peers. I just had to give myself a chance.” She did and she won her battle against drugs.
“N Street Village is a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women in Washington, DC. With comprehensive services addressing both emergency and long-term needs,they help women achieve stability and make meaningful gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery.” Mission Statement
We don’t usually cover birthday parties, but if a famous political satirist shows up and gives an impromptu performance, you go with it. Such was the case at a birthday party for journalist and author Myra MacPherson. The satirist in question was Mark Russell, a comedian best known for his parody music which he performs while accompanying himself on piano. Like all comedians, he is an equal opportunity offender, as they say. We’re hoping this rendition on the presumptive nominees is not a spoiler for his upcoming performance at National Theatre on September 19th.
“While Russell’s humor is known for skewering Democrats and Republicans alike, his humorous tirades have also poked fun at third party, independent politicians and other prominent political (and sometimes non-political) figures.