Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Come and meet Sarah, Duchess of York, at the British American Business Council's annual Christmas luncheon in Santa Monica.
There will be a hosted champagne reception, traditional British Christmas luncheon, entertainment, silent auction with great prizes and a grand raffle with spectacular trips.
Single tickets: $140 members, $160 non members
Starlight ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica
101 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA. 90401
Friday, December 13, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.
Visit: www.babcla.org for further information.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Meet the "Arab," Coachella Valley High's mascot. He wears a smirk, has a hooked nose, and in some depictions has just one tooth. In a letter to the school last week, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee slammed the "orientalist" stereotyping. Even the school's superintendent, acknowledges some reservations.
"When I first came here, I raised an eyebrow," says Darryl Adams. "Being an African American from the Deep South, I'm sensitive to stereotyping."
The mascot was picked in the 1920s and the school's alumni association says it was inspired by local similarities to the Middle East, including the importance of date farming and a local town called Mecca.
"It was totally an admiration of the connection with the Middle East," Adams tells the Desert Sun. "But times are changing and we have to understand that."
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
American Indian singers, drummers and dancers will gather at California State University Northridge for the 30th Annual Powwow on Saturday, November 30th. The event will include a variety of arts and crafts booths, along with a children's activity table.
"Powwows are cultural and social events that are important to the American Indian community in Los Angeles," said Dr. Scott Andrews, the director of the American Indian Studies Program at CSUN. "And the CSUN powwow is an important way of sharing American Indian music and culture with all of the people in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles."
The county has about 200,000 American Indian residents, according to the last federal census, and about 70% of American Indians in the U.S. live in urban centers.
"Since many of the American Indians who live in urban centers are not close to geographic homes of their tribes, they gather in a variety of inter-tribal formats," Andrew said. "The powwow is one of the ways American Indians in the Valley and LA keep their communities and cultural identities thriving."
The powwow will be held on the north side of the CSUN campus, visitors should enter campus on Plummer Street from Reseda Blvd. Signs will direct them to the event.
For more information call (818) 677-5030.
The world premiere of Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel," will open the 64th Berlin International Film Festival in 2014.
The "Grand Budapest Hotel" a U.K./German co-production recounts the adventures of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and a lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
Shot on location in Germany, mainly in Gorlitz and other parts of Saxony, and also at Babelsberg in Potsdam, the movie stars Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton and Paul Schlase.
The cast also boasts F. Murray Abraham, Adrien Brody, William Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Owen Wilson.
The movie will unspool in the festival's traditional home for galas at the Berlinale Palast on February 6, 2014.
The "Grand Budapest Hotel" is produced by Grand Budapest Limited ( U.K.), and Neunzehnte Babelsberg Film (Germany).
The film is scheduled to toll out across Europe in February and March 2014.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Opening the 17th U.K. Jewish Film Festival in London, Ilan Duran Cohen's film "The Jewish Cardinal," which dramatizes the story of Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger (1926-2007).
Born in Paris to Polish-Jewish immigrants, for his own part, Lustiger proudly maintained his cultural identity as a Jew, even after converting to Catholicism as a teenager and later joining the priesthood. Pope John Paul II, a close confidante, appointed him Archbishop of Paris in 1981. He was made cardinal two years later.
For French director Duran Cohen, Lustiger's life and work--a story imbued with conflict and complexity- "had all the ingredients for a great movie."
"I kept asking, 'How can it be possible? How can you be a Jew and a Catholic? To me it was a total enigma," he says.
Lustiger, however, was always emphatic about his dual identity. In an early interview as Archbishop, he said, "I was born Jewish, and so I remain, even if that is unacceptable for many."
Lustiger was a champion of interfaith dialogue and "The Jewish Cardinal" explores these concepts of balancing faith, family and identity. Central to the film's narrative is the close relationship between Lustiger and Pope John Paul II. Lustiger's family told Cohen that they held much love and mutual respect for one another.
Archbishop Lustiger soon earned the nickname "the bulldozer" for his energetic, impulsive, sometimes authoritarian spirit. He built new churches and founded a Catholic radio station, Radio Notre Dame.
Like John Paul, Cardinal Lustiger was a conservative. He opposed abortion and the ordination of women and married men to the priesthood and he sought to preserve the priestly vow of celibacy. He was accused of replacing older, liberal clergymen with younger, conservative successors.
He was also amiable and often informal. He would wear loafers and black corduroy suits with stylish cuts and sit on the edge of a desk, legs dangling, as he talked to students in a packed church hall.
Countering those who said that European youth were not receptive to religion, Lustiger in 1997 organized a World Youth Day which was held in Paris and attended by more than a million people, including John Paul.
For a film made for French-German TV network, Arte, Duran Cohen says that he was amazed at the positive responses. It is being sold outside France and recently won the grand prize at a film festival in Korea.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
When coming up with the best countries in terms of gender equality, think Nordic. Iceland again leads the annual list put out by the World Economic Forum. The top 10:
7. New Zealand
The United States came in at #23.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Ireland's newly appointed Ambassador to Washington, Ann Anderson, attended the Third Global Irish Economic Forum in Dublin Castle on October 4 and 5th, 2013.
The two day event focused on the theme of 'Making Ireland the best small country in which to do business, get a job, raise a family and grow old.'
(You can watch some of the sessions and speeches at http://www.rte.ie/news/2013 global irish economic forum).
Anderson, 60, is Ireland's first female ambassador to Washington D.C. She's also been Ireland's first female in all of her prior postings, including her time as the Irish Permanent Rep to the United Nations in Geneva in 1995 and the European Union in Brussels in 2001 and as Ambassador to France in 2005.
Born in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Anderson graduated from the University College in Dublin when she was 19 with a degree in history and politics.
"I feel a tremendous sense of privilege in representing Ireland abroad," she said in an interview. "At the United Nations, there is real respect for what we stand for. Ireland is seen as a country that struggled, survived, prospered and understands the imperative to give back.
We are a strong and principled voice on all big issues--development, disarmament and human rights. When I was working at the United Nations, I was proud to sit behind the Irish nameplate."