Runaway Spoon

Come One, Come All to Canal Square's Celebration April 19

April 14, 2013

Spring’s arrival will be celebrated Friday, April 19 from 6 pm-8 pm on Georgetown’s Canal Square courtyard at 1054 31st  Street NW with interesting art, spectacular jewelry, delicate food and good cheer.

A Bracelet, part of the Azza Fahmy collection shown at the reception (Photo by: Azza Fahmy Jewelry) A Bracelet, part of the Azza Fahmy collection shown at the reception

Come take a load off your feet, mingle with your neighbors after a long wind-tossed winter, and nibble on tasty comp’d appetizers. Artists and galleries will show their work.  

The Sea Catch restaurant hosts six Galleries 1054 openings per year.

The restaurant will provide hors d’oeuvres, including crab melt, coconut shrimp, Thai chicken skewers and an assortment of French mini pastries.  Sea Catch will provide a cash bar in the courtyard.

Among the Canal Square merchants participating will be Syra Arts displaying new  Egyptian collections from Azza Fahmy Jewelry at the Alla Rogers Gallery, Parish Gallery, Winter Palace Gallery and Mocha DC Gallery.

This will be the first of a series of such receptions at Canal Square every third Friday of the month through October, with a hiatus during July and August.  Mark your calendars and come on down to Canal Square, Georgetown's oldest enclave of art galleries located along the historic C&O Canal.

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CAG Wins Georgetown Iron Chef Cook-Off

April 9, 2013

Cooks for the Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG) won the cook-off championship Monday night at the new Capella Hotel Georgetown on 31st Street.

On the winning team were CAG President Jennifer M. Altemus, John Girouard, Colleen Girouard, Kallie Seniff and Betsy Cooley.

Capella Chef Jakob Esko displays ingredient (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Capella Chef Jakob Esko displays ingredient

The Capella reception for the Georgetown Business Association, Georgetown Business Improvement District and CAG featured a Georgetown Iron Chef competition on the patio right next to the C&O Canal. The ingredients were supplied by the hotel’s restaurant. The expertise was by the participating competitors.

Among the judges were Sonya Bernhardt, publisher of the Georgetowner newspaper, Jakob Esko, executive chef at the hotel, and hotel GM Alex Obertop.  Or at least we think so, because judging was done behind closed curtains in an interior dining room, although the cooks did their slicing, dicing, frying, and whatever out on the patio for all to see on a beautiful night. The winning dish was a yummy combo of fish and vegetables, said Esko.

The Capella has been doing a series of events to celebrate its recent opening.

Better luck next time: Bill Starrels, Janine Schoonover, Cecilia Browning, Riyad Said, Rokas Beresniovas (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Better luck next time: Bill Starrels, Janine Schoonover, Cecilia Browning, Riyad Said, Rokas Beresniovas

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If Shakespeare Had A Camera....

March 10, 2013

Chateau de Chambord (France) in the clouds (Photo by: Nina Dunn) Chateau de Chambord (France) in the clouds

The Shakespeare Theatre Company will exhibit a selection of images created by world-travelling photographer Nina Dunn, who brings 24 works from her European collection to the Sidney Harman Hall from March 28 through June 2.  

Dunn’s photographs will be displayed and offered for sale during the run of the company’s Hero/Traitor Repertory featuring the productions Coriolanus and Wallenstein. Sidney Harman Hall is at 610 F Street NW.

Dunn’s work translates the beauty and spirit of Shakespeare’s Europe through vivid photographs taken from unconventional perspectives, said a Shakespeare Theater Group statement.

St. Petersburg skyline (Photo by: Nina Dunn) St. Petersburg skyline

“I am excited to use this exhibition to help the Shakespeare Theater Company and honored to have my work shown in this spectacular venue,” said Dunn who resides in the DC Palisades neighborhood.

Dunn has a fine artistic eye which it comes to highlighting light, color and shape to create graphic details with show-stopping results. 

Ed Zakreski, STC’s chief development officer, says, “the passion Nina has for her photography is clearly visible. We are thrilled that she has chosen to generously use her talent to benefit the theater.”

Amalfi Coast beach (Photo by: Nina Dunn) Amalfi Coast beach

All proceeds from the purchase of the framed photos and acrylics will benefit the artistic and education programs of the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Dunn is a STC patron and Bard Association member.

Dunn has practiced her photography alongside her practice of law, which includes a range of international trade and investment, securities law and national security matters.

She has traveled the world for her legal work and to pursue her devotion to photography.

For additional information on the photographer and her work, visit

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