The British Are Coming … so are other Europeans as well Asian and Middle Eastern folks looking for safe investments.
With that in mind, Jim Bell, founder and managing partner of Beasley Real Estate, recently travelled across The Pond to spend a week in London to expand the company’s reach into the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
Meetings included with Knight Frank, Savills, Candy and Candy, and One Hyde Park, all property-related businesses.
And The Pond can be crossed both ways.
“Many Washingtonians own property and work between DC and London,” explains Bell. “We feel that a direct person-to-person relationship between Washington and London clients is the most effective way to service our and their needs.”
Throughout his career, Bell has maintained clients and business contacts in Great Britain.
“My continued relationship with London is to connect a trusted relationship between luxury firms in London and with our firm,” stated Bell.
He points out that the British and European economy is in recession, “and we are a safe haven for property investors.”
Not to mention that Qatar Investment Authority is in talks to buy Neiman Marcus, according to the New York Post.
In other news, realtor Jan Evans has joined Beasley Real Estate.
She is licensed in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia, and is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors.
She is formerly of Washington Fine Properties.
Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., interim president of the University of the District of Columbia, was introduced to a gathering of alumni and supporters at a Sunday brunch where university leaders pledged to “nurture the next generation” of leaders.
Lyons, a respected educator and decision-maker, came out of retirement to take the interim post, effective March, 2013. “I’ll do all I can on my watch to continue this great legacy” at the university, promised Lyons in his talk before 122 attendees at the Mayflower Hotel.
The Alumni Legacy Brunch, honoring the Golden Jubilee Class of 1963, received a welcoming letter from Mayor Vincent Gray. He was unable to attend, so Patricia Elwood, head of Protocol and International Affairs in the Executive Office of the Mayor, presented the congratulatory document.
Presiding over the program was UDC’s Lee Brian Reba, executive director of corporate relations and special events.
Among the participants were Judith Terra, chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and member of the UDC Foundation, Inc., board of directors; Felicia Murphy-Phillips, UDC Foundation’s executive director; Donnel Jones, president of the Undergraduate Student Government Association, Dr. Alton B. Byrd, president of the UDC National Alumni Society; Jerome Shelton, member of UDC’s board of trustees;
Nigel Parkinson, president and CEO of Parkinson Construction which is building the new student center; and Jay Narain, president of CONSYS construction which built the business school and renovated the new UDC plaza deck.
Others included Virginia Ali, owner of Ben’s Chili Bowl; DC Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Barbara Lang and her husband, Gerald; DC Democratic Party leaders Christine M. Warnke and Virginia E. Hayes Williams; PR expert Jan DuPlain; and Diana Mayhew, president of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Jane Fonda’s funky “Barbarella” outfits, Elizabeth Taylor’s elaborate gowns and exquisite wigs worn in the film “Cleopatra,” and much more, are on display at the Italian Embassy as part of the celebration of the 2013 Year of Italian Culture in the United States.
The handmade costume and wig creations by Italian craftspeople for the film industry are the real icons, not reproductions.
The exhibition – “Star Wigs: La Mano Italiano Crea” is open for public viewing until May 7 at the embassy, 3000 Whitehaven NW, DC.
Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero introduced the opening night show at an invitational reception that drew several hundred guests. The Dress in Dreams show by Elisabeth Cantone and Francesca Silvestri is a tribute, as stated by the event promotion, “to one of the most important cultural and historial heritages that is not well known abroad and even in Italy: how to create a character in the film industry.”
A purpose of the exhibition is to showcase the intricate skills of the craftsmen and women whose excellence, devotion to details and loving work accomplished in their shops greatly contribute to making certain films works of art.
The exhibits consist of wigs and theatrical costumes from films such as The Leopard, Casanova, Marie Antoinette, Barbarella, Moulin Rouge, Cleopatra and others, created by the Laboratory Rocchetti & Rocchetti, Costume Maison Farani, Peruzzi and The One, with their skilled artisans.
At the embassy reception, Laura Delli Colli, journalist and author of several cinema books, presented the documentary Handmade Cinema, directed by Guido Torlonia and Colli, which includes interviews with famous figures of the Italian film industry.
After the embassy opening, there was a private reception at Cafe Milano.