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Come for Free Popcorn at Free Summer Movies

July 16, 2014

Your friends at Beasley Real Estate invite you to join them for their free, outdoor summer movie series.  Bring your friends, a picnic and come have fun.

Complimentary gourmet popcorn and bottled water provided by Beasley.

July 17 in Woodley Park

Woodley Park—Embassy of Switzerland

2800 block of 29th St., NW (west side of street)

Screening: Homeward Bound


July 23 on Capitol Hill

Lincoln park –SW corner of the park

East Capitol & 11th, NE

Screening: Airplane


August 7 in Logan Circle

St. Lukes Episcopal Church

1514 15th St NW

Screening: Pitch Perfect


August 14 in Bethesda

4800 Hampden Land, Bethesda, Md.

Screening: Transformers


August 21 in Palisades

Palisades Park – Palisades Field 1

5200 Sherier Place NW

Screening: The Sandlot


August 28 in Georgetown

Rose Park – Baseball/Softball Field

2609 Dumbarton St., NW

Screening: Frozen


September 4 in U Street Corridor

Harrison Playground – basketball court

1330 V Street NW, between 14th & 13th

Screening: The Money Pit


September 19 in Old Town Alexandria

John Carlyle Park

300 John Carlyle St., Alexandria, Va.

Screening: The Lego Movie

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What A Swell Party: Italian Style

April 27, 2014

Rosalia Acampora & singer Pasquale DePandi (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Rosalia Acampora & singer Pasquale DePandi

The 350+ partygoers at Celebrazione della Cura, a party and elegant Italian market to benefit the Washington Home & Community Hospices, were greeted by a fun cool guy – sprayed in gold glitter and dangling bunches of golden grapes.  He set the atmosphere for the rest of the evening: upbeat and joyful.

He didn’t say a word and barely moved on his pedestal, but he didn’t need to. (see photo above)

The gala, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the organization in northwest DC, was held at the Italian Embassy Saturday evening. About $100,000 is expected to benefit the hospices once the final figures come in, said Tim Cox, chief executive officer. 

Attending were many familiar social faces.  To name a few: Singapore's Ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri; Netherlands' Ambassador Rudolf Bekink,  Esther Coopersmith, Aniko Gaal Schott, Didi Cutler, Marlene

Tim Cox & Esther Coopersmith (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Tim Cox & Esther Coopersmith
Fred Malek, Donna Shor, Judith Terra, Alexandra Villard De Borchgrave, Barbara Hawthorn, Christine Warnke, and Sharon Collins Casey (chair of the board).

Although he didn’t make it because of prior campaign commitment on educational issues was mayoralty candidate, Councilmember David Catania, who was on the honorary host committee along with Councilmember Mary Cheh.

Part of the proceeds from the sales of elegant jewelry, women’s clothing, and men’s ties and shirts will go to the hospices, which provides care for patients. Eduardo DePani Napoli in Chevy Chase displayed gorgeous men’s ties and shirts. Also displaying upscale merchandise for the cause were Neo Shop, Rome; Melitta Paterni; Vivian Cavalieri; D & M Design; Francesco Marra (pizza); and Paul’s Wine & Spirits.

Donatella Verrone (Italian embassy social secretary) left, & Barbara Hawthorn (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Donatella Verrone (Italian embassy social secretary) left, & Barbara Hawthorn

As guest arrived in the main ballroom, they were greeted silently, although with a mischievous grin, by the hulk in gold paint, a Romanesque fountain in room-center which was surrounded by dish after dish of catered cuisine, and an Italian band featuring upbeat songs played by pop/rock band i-Talians.

Opera singers Chrissellene Petropoulos and Rolando Sanz, with violinist Rafael Javadov, filled the huge room with jubilance. Taking the stage to give a talk about her native Italy was Rosalia Acampora, hostess at il Canale restaurant in Georgetown.

Highlighted in the program booklet were words of wisdom gleaned from residents and patients of The Washington Home & Community Hospices.  A sampling;

Wear lipstick every day.

Clap for others.

Hold hands.

Sleep less.

See the world.

Don’t get crotchety.

Be around children.

Stay curious.

Plant a garden.

Bake from scratch.

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Night of Broadway Stars Goes to Arena; Honoring Paul Cohn, Ford's Theatre Society

March 30, 2014

For the first time, Covenant House Washington, a non-profit organization that helps homeless youth, will hold its annual gala fundraiser A Night of Broadway Stars Gala at Arena Stage and will honor restaurateur Paul J. Cohn for his help to local communities, businesses and residents.

Individual tickets are $250, with several tiers of sponsorship available. The event will be Tuesday, June 17 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth Street SW.

Gala co-chairs are David and Elizabeth Carmen, Linda Mercado Greene, and Mimsy and Rusty Lindner.

For the evening, Broadway composer Neil Berg along with some of New York’s most talented performers created a show featuring an collection of memorable show songs.

Berg’s credits include The Prince and The Pauper, Grumpy Old Men and 100 Years of Broadway.

The performers participate in an After Party to meet and greet attendees. Slated to sing are Rita Harvey who was in  Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera; Capathia Jenkins, whose credits include Broadway's Newsies; Stephanie J. Block, appearing in Off-Broadway's Little Miss Sunshine; Alan H. Green of Broadway's Sister Act; and Tony Vincent who was in Broadway's Rent and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Several awards will be given to people who have distinguished themselves with their philanthropic efforts and contributions to humanity. 

Covenant House's Dove Award will go to The Ford's Theater Society. This honor recognizes an individual or entity that has made significant financial contributions to support the work of Covenant House Washington.

Cohn will receive The Lizzie Award, which is the highest recognition within Covenant House International and honors an individual who has made significant philanthropic efforts and contributions to humanity.

Cohn is known to some as D.C.'s ambassador of hospitality. He is the heart and soul behind many of the District's most landmark restaurants, bars and clubs that have employed hundreds of residents.   He is the original owner and operator of J. Paul's which opened in 1980 in Georgetown.  He is the co-founder and visionary behind Creative Eats Restaurants whose newest concept, Boss Shepherd's, is set to open in late spring at 13th and Pennylvania near the Warner Theatre. (Alexander Robey Shepherd was governor of the territory of the District of Columbia D.C. 1873-1874.)

Before forming his latest venture, Cohn was a co-creator of Old Glory BBQ, Paolo's Ristorante, Georgia Brown's, Neyla, The River Club, Club Zei, among others.

Originally, he got his start in the music world as an artist's manager and promoter.  His most well-known achievement in that field was taking the singing duo Peaches & Herb to the top with their first album, "2 Hot," which sold over 5 million albums worldwide in 1978.

Through the years, as a force behind behind preserving and protecting the welfare of the District's people and businesses, he has served on many official commissions and boards. He is a past member of the board and executive committee of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival and a past member on the board of directors of the Howard Theatre Restoration.

One new Covenant award is the Virginia E. Hayes Williams Award.  Former DC Mayor AnthonyTony” Williams, will accept the honor on behalf of his mother who passed away earlier this year.  Mrs. Williams was known for her work in helping young people through education, financial aid, spiritual guidance, and building opportunities for jobs.

At Mrs. Williams’ memorials, it was stipulated that all expressions of sympathy be made in the form of contributions to Covenant House Washington.

Covenant House Washington, located at 2001 Mississippi Ave., SE, is the largest non-profit organization serving homeless, disconnected and at-risk young people between ages 18 to 24.

Previously the event was held East of the Anacostia. Arena Stage is more centrally located in the city for those wanting to attend the gala, said event organizers.

Contact: Alexis Lindsay, 202.610.9602 or

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