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March 12, 2020

Put the kettle on.

Not in any particular order, here are some of my current favorite series and films, all available for streaming.


The last three are all-time favorites, which, if you haven’t yet watched, please do. 


Let me know what you think.


MI-5 (a.k.a. Spooks)  Britbox


The Best Offer Netflix

(Photo by: imdb.com) "The Best Offer"

Foyle's War Amazon Prime

(Photo by: liverpoolfilmoffice.tv) "Foyle's War"

The Street Britbox 

(Photo by: bbc.co.uk) "The Street"

The Detectorists Acorn 

(Photo by: radiotimes.com) "The Detectorists"

Watch these two back to back: 

The Great Train Robbery Acorn 

Mrs. Biggs Acorn 

(Photo by: telegraph.co.uk) "Mrs. Biggs"

Alibi 2013 Amazon Prime  

(Photo by: intheseats.ca) "Alibi"

And these two versions together: 

Maigret 2016 Amazon  

Maigret 1960 Britbox 

(Photo by: express.co.uk) "Maigret"

The Americans Amazon Prime 

(Photo by: variety.com) "The Americans"

The Crown Acorn 

(Photo by: wallpaperhook.com) "The Crown"

Mad Men Netflix

(Photo by: medium.com) "Mad Men"

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Marie Cuttoli's Modernist Tapestries Dazzle at the Barnes Foundation

March 1, 2020

On a recent visit to Philadelphia, I stumbled into an amazing exhibition: “Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray,” at the Barnes Foundation.

Marie Cuttoli by Man Ray (Photo by: © Man Ray 2015 Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris) Marie Cuttoli by Man Ray


Algerian-born French entrepreneur, Marie Cuttoli was an important patron of modernist textiles in the 1920s and 1930s building a series of businesses that combined fine art and fashion with the ancient craft and French national industry of tapestry weaving. 


Cuttoli began by making high-fashion garments, and later moved to commissioning key modernist artists to design tapestries, produced mostly in Aubusson, a center of tapestry production since the 17th century.

(Photo by: © 2020 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris) "Personages with Star", 1933 oil on canvas

During her frequent travels to Paris and the south of France, she assembled an extraordinary collection of avant-garde art, including works by Pablo Picasso, Léger, Raoul Dufy, Le Corbusier and George Braque.


Introducing her many artist friends, primarily painters, to the art of tapestry, she encouraged them to reimagine their work from small-scale easel paintings to large scale, mural-like graphic compositions. 


This show, organized by Barnes associate curator Cindy Kang, brings together a dozen tapestries Cuttoli commissioned and sold, along with the cartoons or paintings on which they were based.

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Meet Brooke Pinto, She's Running for D.C. Council

February 19, 2020

Brooke Pinto, the former Assistant Attorney General for Policy and Legislative Affairs in the D.C. attorney general’s office (OAG), believes she’s the best candidate to represent Ward 2 on the D.C. Council and is the only candidate who can hit the ground running on day one. Pinto explained, “I’m the only candidate with the practical business education as well as the relevant professional experience to be the most effective advocate on behalf of Ward 2 residents and businesses. This seat will have been vacant since January, and we need someone to get in there who is not learning on the job.”


Having announced her candidacy on February 13, Pinto is the eighth candidate who has entered the Democratic primary for the D.C. Council seat vacated by Jack Evans, who resigned last month before he could be expelled for repeated ethics violations.

Brooke Pinto in Georgetown (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Brooke Pinto in Georgetown


I had a chance to sit down with the 2017 graduate of Georgetown University Law School at The Wing in Georgetown to learn more about her vision for Ward 2 and the city.


She recently resigned from her work on behalf of District residents as a Assistant Attorney General for the OAG in order to focus on her campaign full time.


In this role, Pinto worked on a broad array of issues plaguing the city, including “to advance workers’ rights, improve environmental justice, and expand civil rights and consumer protections through everything from data breach to hate crime legislation.” She has also represented the DC community on issues including DC statehood, decriminalizing cannabis, and data privacy legislation. Her priorities, if elected will be to “provide exacting oversight to the various District agencies by making sure agencies are not working in silos, reduce crime by commons sense measures such as more lighting and early educational outreach to our youth, and protect small businesses by giving them the tools they need to expand.”


A Connecticut native, she attended Cornell University, and earned her undergraduate degree in Business & Hospitality Administration. During an internship at a New York senior living community, Pinto explained, “It was because I was feeling frustrated on behalf of my clients and wanted the tools to thoroughly coach them through their healthcare options that I decided to pursue a law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center.”


During law school, she served as the Executive Articles Editor for the Journal on Poverty and Public Policy and volunteered at the Landlord Tenant Resource center providing advice to displaced tenants and aggravated landlords. She then advocated for seniors and advanced women’s health issues on Capitol Hill for Senator Blumenthal as his Health and Aging Fellow. Knowing that she wanted to commit her career to public service, she worked for a federal judge after graduation before going to the OAG. 


The filing deadline to submit signatures to qualify for the ballot is March 4. 


Visit Brooke Pinto For Ward 2 for more information.

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