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Nordic Jazz Festival 2012: June 22-30

June 18, 2012

For the sixth consecutive year, the Nordic Embassies are presenting a week-long music festival between June 22nd and June 30th called Nordic Jazz Festival 2012.

On June 26th, jazz bands from Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark will take to the rooftop stage starting at 6:00 pm.

Representing Norway will be the critically acclaimed jazz band IPA and the multi Grammy Award nominee Håkon Kornstad. From Sweden comes Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra, winner of the 2011 Nordic Music Prize. From Finland comes the award-winning Iiro Rantala, best known as the founder of and pianist for Trio Töykeät, Finland's most famous jazz group. From Iceland come two acts: Sunna Gunnlaugsdottir and one of Iceland's leading jazz guitarists, the award-winning Bjorn Thorodssen. And last but not least, from Denmark comes Søren Møller, hailed by All About Jazz as "as close to perfect as it gets."

Friday June 22 9pm & 11pm @ Twins Jazz

1344 U Street, N.W., Top Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009 

202-234-0072 

IPA (Norway)

Tickets are $15 each at http://twinsjazz.com/

 

Saturday June 23 9pm & 11pm @ Twins Jazz

1344 U Street, N.W., Top Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009 

202-234-0072 

Søren Møller (Denmark)

Tickets are $15 each at http://twinsjazz.com/

 

Sunday June 24 8pm & 10pm @ Twins Jazz

 

1344 U Street, N.W., Top Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009 

202-234-0072 

 

Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra (Sweden)

Tickets are $12 each at http://twinsjazz.com/

 

Tuesday June 26 6pm-11pm @ House of Sweden

2900 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20007

202-467-2600

Björn Thoroddsen -solo warmup (Iceland), Håkon Kornstad (Norway), Søren Møller (Denmark) and Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra (Sweden)

·      Tickets are $25 each or a 4-concert Jazz Festival Package (includes the rooftop concert at House of Sweden, two Twins Jazz concerts and The Finnish embassy concert*), $50: nordicjazz.eventbrite.com  The bundle option is the only public sale of tickets to the Finnish Embassy concert.  

 

Wednesday June 27 7pm - 10pm @ The Embassy of Finland

3301 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest  Washington, DC 20008

202-298-5800

Iiro Rantala - solo (Finland), Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio (Iceland)

·       4-concert Jazz Festival Package (includes the rooftop concert at House of Sweden, two Twins Jazz concerts and The Finnish embassy concert*), $50: nordicjazz.eventbrite.com
The bundle option is the only public sale of tickets to the Finnish Embassy concert.

 

Thursday June 28 8pm & 10pm @ Twins Jazz

1344 U Street, N.W., Top Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009 

202-234-0072 

Hakon Kornstad–solo (Norway)

Tickets are $12 each at http://twinsjazz.com/

 

Friday June 29 9pm & 11pm @ Twins Jazz

1344 U Street, N.W., Top Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009 

202-234-0072 

Björn Thoroddsen -Trio (Iceland)

Tickets are $15 each at http://twinsjazz.com/

 

Saturday June 30 9pm & 11pm @ Twins Jazz

1344 U Street, N.W., Top Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009 

202-234-0072 

Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio  (Iceland

Tickets are $15 each at http://twinsjazz.com/

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Nordic Jazz Festival 2012.

 


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A Rarity For Sale in Sheridan-Kalorama's Historic Neighborhood

May 31, 2012

Guests should be star-struck when they step into this home – a modern dazzler with a woman’s architectural touch now on the market at 2319 Bancroft Place NW.   As Washingtonians know, Bancroft Place is one of the most prestigious, sought-after streets in Kalorama.  

Originally built in 1978, the house is owned by internationally renowned architect Suman Sorg.  In 2006, she redesigned and renovated the exterior and interior to embody a truly awe-inspiring contemporary spin on luxury.

Various architectural journals and magazines have featured its clean, modern lines.

The spectacular kitchen (Photo by: Beasley Real Estate) The spectacular kitchen

The 5,149-square-foot luxury home, recently listed by Beasley Real Estate, has five bedroom, four full baths, a kitchen fit for a chef, a family room, a spacious library, a living area with a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling stone surround, glass doors leading to a terrace, and access to an attached garage. The master suite level includes a large bedroom with pivoting wall/door, a walk-in closet, and a light-filled master bath. 

The listing price is $3.29 million.

The main level entrance opens to a reception area large enough for guests to gather -- a practice popular in D.C. because people who aspire to network want to see who’s coming through the door.

For outdoor occasions, the house has professionally landscaped rear gardens, flagstone patio, a covered rear terrace, and custom lighting.

Patio & Pool (Photo by: Beasley Real Estate) Patio & Pool

What more could you ask for? An in-ground swimming pool, you say.  That’s there, too.

Sorg, chief architect at Sorg Architects, attended the School of Planning and Architecture in India and received her bachelor's degree in architecture from Howard University. She studied design and historic preservation at Cornell University.

chief architect, Suman Sorg (Photo by: Beasley Real Estate) chief architect, Suman Sorg

For a digital tour, go to Beasley Real Estate.
 


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Meet IPSA's New Rock Star Stylist

May 21, 2012

With his million dollar smile and twinkle in his eye, Anthony Alvarez greets every client with the same enthusiasm. Here at IPSA for three months now, this Texas native has been styling some of Washington's most stylish locks for six years.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

"Deciding not to go into the family business was difficult," said Alvarez. With his dad a vice president for Best Buy and his brother also working there, explaining that his passion was hair wasn't easy.  But supportive they were and after getting his license in Texas, coming to D.C. was the next step. "I love it here," says Alvarez. Grinning, he confessed, "All the different cultures, the international feel ... and I had never had Thai food before."

A precision cutter, Alvarez's specialty (and personal favorite) is curls, long layered "big Carmen Electra-hair." He's certified in Great Lengths extensions for those not born with volumious manes.

While preferring the subtlty of "sun-kissed caramel not so blonde "highlighting, pleasing his clients is always priority number one.

IPSA for Hair is at 1629 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel: 202.338.4100


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