Stir It Up

Sousou & Maher Cissoko at Embassy of Sweden March 12

March 3, 2013

Swedish/Sengalese couple Sousou & Maher Cissoko share a destiny shaped by music. Sousou grew up in southern Sweden and fell in love with the kora, a West African stringed instrument when her father started playing with the Gambian griot Alagie Mbye. Maher Cissouko was born into a well-known griot family from Casamance, Senegal, and learned to play the kora at an early age.

West African music mixed with influences of reggae, mbalax, pop, folk, soul and blues has made this couple popular in Scandinavia and around the world.

Together they will share their musical story at Embassy of Sweden on March 12 at Embassy of Sweden.

Tickets $10

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Show starts at 6:30 pm.

Embassy of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street.


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Dr. Tina Alster to Address American Academy of Dermatology in Miami

February 27, 2013

This week, Dr. Tina Alster will be lecturing on the latest skin treatments at the 71st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in Miami. Directing the Fractional Laser and Light-Based Technologies course on Friday, March 1st, Dr. Alster will also be delivering three other lectures on laser resurfacing and cosmetic devices over the course of the weekend.

Dr. Tina Alster (Photo by: skinlaser.com) Dr. Tina Alster

There will be 2,000 dermatalogists from around the world in attendance.

Since 1990, Dr. Tina Alster, founding director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery (WIDLS), has represented the leading edge in laser technology.

The Institute was the first private practice in the nation exclusively dedicated to advanced laser skin treatments and, once again, is on the cutting edge with the recent launch of the first cosmetic dermatology center exclusively for men.

See the services and introductory specials offered at WIDLS and W Men.

WIDLS is located at 1430 K Street, 2nd Floor. Tel: 202.628.8855


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The American Grand Cru Society Hosts 'From Obscurity to Excellence' Wine Documentary

February 7, 2013

Maurice (Joe) Nugent (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Maurice (Joe) Nugent

For over 100 years, the lower Russian River was known as a foggy resort area for San Franciscans. How this area, now famous as a source of the world's best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, was transformed by pioneering winemakers is the subject of a documentary by filmmaker Maurice (Joe) Nugent

Gregoire Poirier and Winn Roberton, Bourbon Steak sommelier (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Gregoire Poirier and Winn Roberton, Bourbon Steak sommelier

Wednesday evening, Gregoire Poirier, founder of The American Grand Cru Society (and wine columnist for The Georgetown Dish) presented the east coast premiere of  “From Obscurity to Excellence - The Story of the Grapes and Wines of the Russian River Valley" at the Letelier Theater  in Georgetown.

Michel and Christina Poirier (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Michel and Christina Poirier

Following a pre-screening Russian River Valley wine and hors d'oeuvres party catered by the Poiriers, filmmaker Nugent introduced his inspiring film that began with the Italian immigration of the 1860's and included historic footage and interviews with wine industry legends of the Russian River Valley. 

"This film is a real gift. It documents the rich history and significance of this major American wine region," said Poirier. "As the national organization focused in identifying and recognizing best in class vineyards across the United States, it is a pleasure to share a documentary about the heritage of this important American wine region with local wine lovers."

As the wine business was devastated by prohibition, some of these families abandoned grapes and wine, while others continued as bootlegging flourished. After the Great Depression, as growers and winemakers continued to struggle, small, independent winemakers moved into Sonoma County and partnerships developed that led to the winemaking revolution.

(Photo by: Attie Poirier)

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Gregoire under sketch of Orlando Letelier (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Gregoire under sketch of Orlando Letelier


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