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The Ford's Theatre Society held it's annual gala to present the Ford's Theatre Lincoln Medal to NBA Legend Bill Russell and former Secretary of Stage Condoleezza Rice. The Lincoln Medal is presented to individuals "who through their body of work, accomplishments or personal attributes exemplify the lasting legacy, and mettle of character embodied by the most beloved president in our Nation's history, President Abraham Lincoln."
Summer sounds are all around us and the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Artsis a major contributor. A wonderful tradition continued with the annual Wolf Trap Blast Off starring "The President's Own" United States Marine Band with a rousing concert in the Filene Center followed by one of the most intimate fireworks displays you will ever see. Set off in the meadow with thousands of people sitting on the slope taking it all in.
Internationally celebrated tenor Anthony Kearns (YES, one of the original Irish Tenors) is inviting you to be part of his "Kearns Kick Off to the Memorial Day Weekend" evening. It is to honor those who have served and the defense community. It is this evening (5/24)in the Eisenhower Room of The Capitol Hill Club and is to support The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes" to help severely-wounded veterans and families of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom recover from their injuries and illnesses, and to inspire other organizations and the general public to participate in this effort. Click here for a link to the Eventbrite invitation The password: Heroes123 There are LIMITED tickets still available starting at $35.00. Capitol Hill Club, 300 1st St SE,DC
But a talented teen who writes and composes a full opera before graduating from high school IS NEWS! DC born and raised, Juan Amaya's first opera, Cinde'ella, had its world premiere this weekend at The Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Amaya has been diligently working on the score for more than two years. Cinde'ella was part of A Night At the Opera: The Many Faces of Cinderella. Four fully-costumed, staged operatic versions of Cinderella, all directed by Dr. Mary Jane Ayers. Check out this video from Bob Madigan
and listen to these two reports!
from performers and producers of the National Memorial Day Concert live from the West Lawn of the US Capitol televised on PBS tonight (Sun 5/26) at 8:00pm. Among the performers Chris Mann from The Voice and The newly crowned winner of the 12th season of "American Idol," Candice Glover But there is a lot more than than glitz, for instance the haunting story of twin brothers who joined the National Guard just two weeks before 9/11, never suspecting that they would fight in two of the longest wars in America's history. And of course remembering the fallen and the forgotten. This year is the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and the broadcast will honor the profound sacrifices of the proud veterans those who fought and died in what has been called "the forgotten war."
This weekend tens of thousands of motorcycles converged on DC for Rolling Thunder XXVI "Ride For Freedom" 'which pays homage to the Nation's Veterans, particularly those still Prisoners of War/Missing in Action from all Wars' The main event was Sunday but the kick start was a moving and solemn ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
A new scam in Fairfax County has some residents worried they better pay up or their electric meter might explode.
Because of the horrific scenes coming out of Oklahoma after the tornado, the members of the Havre de Grace Seventh-day Adventist Church, Rockville and the Pray at the Pump Movement (PAPM) are sponsoring a community musical fundraiser to secure funds for the victims of the Oklahoma tragedy. Outstanding Montgomery County artists such as trumpeter Dr. Rodney Charitable and other musical and dance artists from around the Washington metropolitan area will be on hand. PAPM is suggesting that the community stop by the event in between their shopping and running weekend errands and enjoy the music and leave a donation for the victims. The contributions will be sent to ADRA, Adventist Development Relief Agency. Saturday, May 25, 2013, 11 am to 1 pm Havre de Grace Seventh-day Adventist Church, 112 West Montgomery Avenue, Rockville, Maryland. For more information call 301-768-1076 or E-MAIL RLT5401@YAHOO.COM.
This is National Police Week. It pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial is centered in the 400 block of E Street, NW. Monday evening was the 25th annual Candle Light Vigil and the Roll Call of Fallen Law Enforcement Heroes added to the Memorial this year.
The Children's Chorus of Washington (CCW) "has taken its place among the finest children's choral ensembles in the country, and is recognized for its education program and artistic excellence. CCW represents over 100 public and private schools in the greater Washington, DC area." They also continue to practice cultural diplomacy with a trip to China! We have a taste with these two pieces below.
But that was OK at the Takoma Park Seventh-day Adventist Church Community Life Center's 10th annual Mother's Day Caribbean Connection Brunch/Vigil. Listen to the two reports..
The Takoma Park Seventh-day Adventist Church Community Life Center held its 10th annual Mother's Day Caribbean Connection Brunch/Vigil. It was a day for DC Metro Area Women and beyond who have endured and overcome tragedies. Please listen to these two reports.
It's the name of the Food & Friend's shuttle bus that ferried nearly a dozen drag queens around DC to some of the restaurants taking part in Food & Friend's Dining Out for Life. More than 100 restaurants throughout DC, Virginia and Maryland donated 25% -110% of their proceeds from lunch and/or dinner to Food & Friends helping to get daily nutritious meals to thousands of your neighbors facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. BTW, the thumb nail picture is of "all dolled up" Craig Shniderman, executive director of Food & Friends standing with NBC News National Correspondent Steve Handelsman (who just happened to be at La Tomate in DuPont Circle when Queen Force One landed.)
One of the main stays of Food & Friends Dining Out for Life "Queen Force One" brigade is Bambi. We spoke on the shuttle bus with her photo on the banner!
WTOP's Hank Silverberg reports
TheatreWashington's Helen Hayes Awards were handed out at the Warner Theatre. It was a terrific celebration of not just theatre in Washington but of audiences, too. Click here for the winners of the "Helens"! We have three clips below, one an indepth piece that includes parts of the other two and then some. Please enjoy them and as they say "Go See A Show"!
Ever played golf in the dark? Maybe it is time to see how a blind golfer does it. On Friday, May 10th, The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind is holding their first-ever "Shot in the Dark" Golf and Dinner Classic. Listen to the two clips below to find out how it will be done. Individual tickets ( golf & dinner) are $350, dinner only (with entertainment) $150.
Woodmont Country Club, 1201 Rockville, Pike Rockville, MD
This weekend is the 'VEEP'season premier. So, HBO and the Motion Picture Association of America hosted a reception and special screening of Episodes 1 and 2, Season 2 of the HBO series, starring Julia-Louis Dreyfus. Hear what she had to say in the two clips below.
It is more than just a saying as we learned watching HBO's documentary "50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus" . Check the HBO listings and if you have "On Demand". We have local reaction in the two clips below from people who watched a preview at the the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.