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and so do music and video game lovers! Two fun NSO@Wolf Trap programs this week. Friday night with soaring singing with Emil de Cou, conducting "Carmina Burana" and "Pictures at an Exhibition"
Then on Saturday night it's NSO at Wolf Trap: Emmanuel Fratianni, conductor with "Video Games Live: Bonus Round!"
With it's new energy saving lights illuminating the immense scaffolding needed to repair the damage caused by the 20-11 earthquake. It took a few minutes from when the switch was thrown and you can see the lights climbing the Monument and go from green, to yellow and then white.
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No! Neil Diamond has the pop scene covered and now "Madison Rising" is grabbing the patriotic heavy rock n roll scene. Philadelphia based Madison Rising promotes the principles of liberty, independence and personal responsibility. They have a Facebook page which is offering a Fourth of July free download of their song "American Dream".
The 12th DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival is underway until Sunday July 12th. Filled with lots of Theatre, Dance, Art & Music. Hip-hop is not ONE thing! It is music and rhythms and rhymes that have given birth to dozens of sub-genres with roots in reggae, disco, funk and of course.. rapping. The Festival kicked off on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage with a family friendly program starring DC's own Grammy Nominated ChrisSTYLEZ Bacon giving a kind of how-to beat-box for kids. Here is a link to the really fun Millennium Stage video.
Farm To Freezer -- "Preserving Fresh Food to Nourish the Hungry" is expanding its program this year and is looking for volunteers each weekend, through rest of the summer and into the fall. You can help wash, chop, cook, package, weigh and label as they process fresh vegetables into "Farm to Freezer" tomato sauce, ratatouille, and mixed vegetables for the freezer to feed the hungry. Saturdays 1:45pm to 6:30pm and Sundays 2pm to 6:30pm. Click here to pick the dates that are best for you. Its in the kitchen of The Woodside United Methodist Church, 8900 Georgia Ave. Silver Spring.
It's from Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, PAUL and Mary fame as well as a solo) about his recent CD One & Many and one of its cuts "The Connection". He was inspired to write it because thru his son-in-law he made "The Connection" between drugs in the US and the Taliban.
It's going to happen when the Children's Chorus of Washington(CCW) Ensemble sets off for China on a 10‐day tour with concert activities scheduled in Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, and Tianjin. The tour marks the world premiere of a work by Emmy Award-winning composer Nathan Wang (DreamWorks, Jackie Chan, Disney film scores) commissioned by CCW. The new piece will have its World Premiere on Friday, July 12th at the Children's Chorus of Washington's China Tour Special Send-off Concert at 7:00pm at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW,. Concert is FREE and open to the public.
It's 4th of July fireworks watched from a very special perch overlooking the White House. The Top of the Hay, the roof of the Hay Adams Hotel. What do these lucky folks feel about the view?
Have you thought about how you might mark your next "significant" birthday? Deb Fiscella of Montgomery County didn't just think about it, she did it! The Penn Stage grad created 50K for the Kids for the Four Diamonds Fund fighting childhood cancer.
The recent SkateFest Fairfax was a weekend of skate board events. More than 200 skaters competed for cash prizes. It was the 7th SkateFest Sk8 for a Cause to raise money for Children's National Medical Center. This year a reported $11,500. We have two audio stories below and video of the SkateFest Fairfax event below:
Many chefs shop at a local Farmers Market for fresh locally grown produce. But how many also take a trip to their roof to pick really fresh herbs, flowers and produce? One is Chef Aaron McCloud of Cedar DC who has created a roof garden on the top floor of the Penn Quarter building that houses his restaurant. We took a trip up the elevator see his green thumb in action.
Every year for the past 28, there has been a special reception on Capitol Hill. It is hosted by the Blinded American Veterans Foundation (BAVF). Among those honored are always two members of congress (a Republican and a Democrat) find out why and who this year by listening to these two clips.
Not since prohibition has DC had a legal distillery until New Columbia Distillers came along. Now they are making "Green Hat Gin" named after the "not quite official" bootlegger for Congress.
New Columbia Distillers LLC
1832 Fenwick St. NE
Hear some of how this new distillery came about by listening below.
A world premier international classical piano competition was held this weekend at the Kennedy Center. Twenty-four top classical pianists from around the world, ages 6-29 were competing in The World Pianist Invitational. Only two were from this area. Meet these very talent youngsters: Samuel Howard Huie of Rockville & also from Maryland, Evan Xue of Damascus in the clips below.
High School Theatre's where it's at! And the 14th Annual Cappies Gala celebrated the fact. The Critics and Awards program awarded winners in 40 different categories and produced a night filled with fun, world class entertainment and surprises. Click here for a list of the Cappies winners and listen below to our two reports.
Especially for the "little ones". The Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic pays for the wishes it grants to children with life threatening conditions by raising money with what some might call "small" fun fundraisers. Case in point is the the 10th Annual Mother/Daughter Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show, highlighting Lilly Pulitzer fashions from the Pink Palm Bethesda Row, at the Fairmont Washington DC Hotel
Thanks to the Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts you can see a live performance of the world's favorite musical, Les MisÚrables for only $15. It is the area's first non-union production of the Broadway edition of Les Miz in the heart of Penn Quarter. As one rehearsal audience member said, "$15? It's worth may more than that. It gave me chills." June 6-8, 13-15 at 7:30 pm. 733 8th Street NW (in the Calvary Baptist Church 2nd floor). 202.824.0449
Listen to the two files below. Also the June 15 performance of Les Miz is a benefit for the Theatre Labs annual Send a Kid to Drama Camp campaign. Tickets for that evening are $40 and include a reception after the show.
As The Rev. John Beddingfield, rector of All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, wrote in the 'All Souls Weekly': "Since this is also the first Sunday after Memorial Day, at All Souls, we also take a lighter approach to giving thanks for the material world and celebrate the beginning of summer with our Third Annual Blessing of the Seersucker. This brief service is our take on the "kirking" or blessing of the tartans, celebrated by Washington National Cathedral, the City of Alexandria, VA, and others. While tartans may represent ancestral links for some, we think that seersucker might better represent our clan, especially as we struggle through a hot D.C. summer and still try to look nice." All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008-1505; Phone: 202-232-4244
Angelia Jolie recent revelations about having a double mastectomy because she tested positive for BRCA 1. It has triggered a call for proactive BRCA testing in women AND men. Listen below to two reports about one local man, teacher Shawn Gardner, who was tested even before Jolie made her announcement. BRCA genes are types of tumor-suppressing genes and they can be damaged leading to certain cancers. Click here for a BRCA genetic testing fact sheet.
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