WTOP's Bob Madigan
Bob Madigan has been with WTOP Radio for 20 years. For most of that time, he has been covering the "Good" "Positive" news of Washington. Here is a chance to listen to some of his most recent pieces and you may even download if you wish. You can email Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter.
The American Boychoir, based in Princeton, NJ.,is regarded as one of the best vocal ensembles of its kind in the world and will perform a FREE concert Wednesday, December 4th, at 7pm.
This special performance, which will be held at the Temple of the Scottish Rite, ushers in the holiday season and includes songs from the release of the Boychoir's new recording "I Hear America Singing", inspired by Walt Whitman's iconic poem of the same name. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten's birth, the American Boychoir will also perform Britten's beloved "Ceremony of Carols" as well as holiday selections by Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Rutter and traditional favorites. The concert has been made possible by the generous support of the Freemasons of D.C. and the Alexandria Harmonizers. The Temple of the Scottish Rite is located at 1733 16th Street NW (near the intersection of Sixteenth and Columbia Road). The event is FREE and not ticketed,and seating is on a first come, first serve basis. For further information, please contact email@example.com, (202) 232-8155.
You can buy a gift for someone you DON'T know but who could really use it. YPT, Young Playwrights' Theater which inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices hopes in 2014 to provide hundreds of new students with free in-school and after-school arts education programming and performances of their OWN original plays. Click here to donate:
$10 buys a writing portfolio and writing supplies - helping one student to develop her very first play and discover the power of her own stories.
$25 provides a local student with his very first playwriting workshop - showing him the value of his dreams and ideas.
$50 supports the performance of one student-written play - bringing a student's words to life on a professional stage and showing her that her voice matters.
Also, YPT says that "through a generous matching gift from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, all donations received by December 31st will be DOUBLED in size and impact. No matter what you choose to give, your gift will go twice as far as YPT works to bring arts education to every kid."
This Thanksgiving and a chef and his restaurateur wife are sharing the best of two holidays with their customers with a local dash of oysters mixed in for good measure.
The hot ticket for this weekend seems to be for "Hunger Games - Catching Fire."
Saturday (11-23) is National Adoption day. There are hundreds of thousands of children waiting to be adopted in this country alone. On Saturday Conquered By Love is holding an Adoption Awareness Open House 10am-2pm
Events throughout the day including activities and discussions:
Children's activities, Meet adoptive families, Find adoption resources and lots of fun as well as special discussions:
11 am - Clearing Roadblocks to Adoption
12 pm - Healing from Traumatic Backgrounds
1pm - Adopting Older Children
At the home of the Razvi family (founders of Conquered by Love), 22101 Slidell Road, Boyds, MD
Listen to the two reports below.
Thanks to the Reston Players another high caliber reasonably priced version of Les Miz is coming to town. The Washington community theatre premier of the Tony-award winning Les Miserables opens January 17th. Tickets are on sale NOW starting at $18. All Reston Players mainstage productions are performed at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA. CenterStage is handicap accessible and offers listening devices for the hearing impaired. Tickets can be purchased through restonplayers.org or by calling the CenterStage box office at 703-476-4500 x 3
MoverMoms is once again collecting leftover Halloween treats to send the candy and snacks to U.S. troops serving overseas.
Mix the Redskins & Dallas with a holiday the following day and you have a prescription for fun! But Andy Duffy wanted to be sure so he came up with a promotion for his Duffy's Irish Pub across from the 930 Club.. and it worked.. he filled the place. His offer?? "Everyone wearing Skins gear gets a free shot of Jameson each time Tony Romo throws an interception!" There was only one, but the shots went over very well with patrons David and Sabrina Poms of Bethesda. They are brother and sister who have been Skins fans since birth. Their father was so obsessed with the team that before Super Bowl XXVI he bought both toddlers Redskin Onesies. Of course, the Skins won that year beating the Bills 37-24. We won't talk about Sunday's loss to Dallas. Here are photos of David and Sabrina in 1992 and last night at Duffy's Irish Pub.
Here are David and Sabrina Poms today, all grown up and still proud Skin's Fans! Sabrina is hold her father's sweat shirt from the 1992 Superbowl win. Hear more of their story and Duffy, too by clicking on the audio files below.
The first annual UMTTR ("you matter") 3 vs 3 Basketball Tournament was held September 15th in Memory of teen suicide Evan Rosenstock of Potomac. He was not bullied but the 16 year old Churchill HS sophomore star athlete suffered depression triggered by a sports injury. He killed himself in May. Proceeds from UMTTR will support forming the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance and to Support Research on Teen Depression and Suicide Prevention. The event was held at The Bullis School. No matter what problems you are struggling with, hurting yourself isn't the answer. Talk to someone. YOU MATTER Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to a counselor at a Lifeline crisis center near you. To learn more about Evan Rosenstock click on the two audio clips below.
Forty-four teenagers all severely burned and scarred are visiting the nation's capitol from all over the U.S. and Canada this week for International Burn Camp.
Coming up THIS Saturday morning September 28th at National's Park! The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind's 3rd Annual Light The Way 5 K. And this year in addition to runners and walkers being invited to take part -- so are those in wheelchairs. Light The Way 5K is a family friendly event. It's a competitive timed 5K USATF certified course or, you can walk or roll on the same scenic 5K route. You also have the opportunity to guide someone who is blind or visually impaired as they run or walk. And you can enjoy a victory lap on the warning track of Nationals Park. Competitive TIMED RUN (Chronotrack B Tag) - $60 WALK - Free Kid's Race- $5
A 30 year old Frederick, MD native is going to have a special night tonight (Friday 07/19) on stage at Wolf Trap with the NSO. Corrine Winters will sing her USA debut perfomance of Violetta in the Wolf Trap Opera's La Traviata.
Men can be caregivers! One message from the organization Men Against Breast Cancer. A message supported by 60+ Newzdudes who celebrated their 2nd fund raiser for MABC at Redline Gastrolounge in Penn Quarter.
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.