I had the chance to see Jeffrey’s first show with “Exactly 67 minutes” last month and I loved it instantly: I enjoyed the music, I laughed out loud at his jokes, I appreciated his interaction and perfect sync with the three musicians that he has met few hours before the show. This is why I thought I should give Jeff a hand with his show to be more known and to you a chance to attend it, if you are in DC on May 19. But until that, let’s find out more about Jeff:
In the last four years, since I moved to America, I have met some great Romanian born artists living in the Unites States. This year I felt that is even more important to bring together artists to celebrate the annual Europe Day and its already traditional European Union Open House. This is the day when the European Union countries open their Embassies to the public. All the people that want to learn more about these countries are encouraged to visit. And so our exhibit will be in the heart of all these happenings. We will celebrate together unity, the achievements of Romanian Americans in a competitive world that strives for unity in its diversity. This is also my way of celebrating being an European.
"It is irrelevant if we come into history as barbarians," („Îmi este indiferent dacă în istorie vom intra ca barbari”) directed by Radu Jude, nominated Romania's proposal to compete for the "Best Foreign Language Film" award for the 2019 Oscar - The Academy Award. The full-length feature, rewarded with the Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary Festival 2018, received the majority of the votes of this year's Romanian Film Selection Committee's Best Film Award for Best Oscars.
Romanian Tiberiu Useriu (44, born in Bistrita Nasaud) won the ultramarathon Arctic Ultra 6633 for third time in row. Regarded by many as the toughest, coldest, windiest ultra distance footrace on the planet, Artic Ultra had 32 participants on the race, out of which 23 in the race of 350+ miles (560+ km). 174 miles (280 km) of them were on the Ice Road, a frozen river with extreme temperatures between -30C (-22F) and -50C (-58F). After the first day of the competition, eight participants dropped, among them 3 Romanians, Avram Iancu, Polgar Levente, and Florentina Iofcea.
I’ve met Andreia after arriving in DC, almost three years ago. We were friends on Facebook and I admired her work and her joie de vivre. When I came up with the idea of organizing and curating a collective exhibit of Romanian born American artists last spring at Artomatic in Crystal City, VA, I reached out to her, as well. I discover a complex woman, a loving mother and gifted art teacher, an artist in love with color and magic.
March 24 to May 6; Artomatic Crystal City, 1800 S Bell St, 9th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202, USA
This exhibit brings together Romanian-born artists based in Washington DC area and New York. The unique collection, curated by Daniela Kammrath, weaves together the Romanian spirit and the American experiences of the seven-featured artists: Sonia Coman Ernstoff, Pandi Dacu (debut), Doina Dascalu (debut), Andreia Gliga, Cristian Ianculescu, Michelle Marin (debut), Alin Tolea.
On March 9, Romanian Christians celebrate Mucenici, the feast of the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste, Roman soldiers in the Legio XII Fulminata (Armed with Lightning) whose martyrdom in 320 for the Christian faith is recounted in traditional martyrologies. They were killed near the city of Sebaste (present-day Sivas in Turkey), in Lesser Armenia, victims of the persecutions of Roman emperor Licinius, who after 316, persecuted the Christians of the East. Supposedly the Martyrs drown in a pond near Sebaste. Some believe that afterwards flowers rose to the surface of the water.