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Especially when one is speaking of an ARTINI! This spring, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design's 1869 Society presents the fifth annual ARTINI. This special March long event celebrates the 20th year of ArtReach, the Corcoran's community art program providing high-quality visual arts education for local community youth. Throughout the month of March, 12 of the city's most creative mixologists compete to make the most artistic martini inspired by works in the Corcoran collection. The celebration culminates at the ARTINI cocktail party on Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are on sale now.
The winners of this year's Draper Prize (engineering's equivalent to the Nobel Prize) are the inventors of the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). LCDs are the interface between people and many of today's modern technologies. Engineer speak for the way information is presented on smart phones, computer monitors, clocks, calculators, TV screens and more. The engineering profession's highest honors for 2012, presented by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
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Theatre critics may not often be bowled over by new young playwrights, but that is different in the case of dctheatrescene.com's Larry Bangs and what he experienced recently thanks to YPT: Young Playwrights' Theatre.
Just the right size and color. The Trust for the National Mall is thanking the Akridge Family Foundation for making the Trust's first $1 million Founding Investor donation to support the Trust's Campaign to help restore, revitalize and preserve the National Mall. John E. "Chip" Akridge, III is the Founder of the Trust for the National Mall, and serves as Chairman of the Board. His wife, Sally Akridge, is the Founding Chair of the Trust's Women's Committee.
Part of the long holiday weekend was the 26th Annual WAMMIES! from the Washington Area Music Association. The most diverse musical event of the year in DC was Sunday night at the Stage Theatre in Falls Church.
Veronica Robinson discusses the breakfast bowl that "Eat This, Not That" recommends for its high ratio of fiber to sugar. It provides half the fiber adults need in a day without the sugar.
Ford's Theatre will celebrate Presidents' Day and the opening of the Center for Education and Leadership with a day of free programming and activities. Over the course of the day, visitors can attend an author discussion by Tony Horwitz (Midnight Rising and Confederates in the Attic), ranger talks, and performances of Papa Day, Tales of the Lincoln with storyteller Jon Spelman and One Destiny. Visitors can also view the Center's new exhibits, participate in workshops with the Education Department and enjoy scavenger hunts and prize drawings. The Ford's Theatre Museum will be open for visits on the hour beginning at 9 a.m. Tickets are free and available at the box office beginning at 8:30 a.m. on February 20. 202.638.2367
The historic reconstruction of George Washington's Distillery spawned more than just the 1st President's Rye Whiskey, there is also a new book. "Founding Spirits: George Washington and the Beginnings of the American Whiskey Industry" has been written by Dennis J. Pogue,PhD, Vice President for Preservation at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum and Gardens. Where there is free admission on Monday Presidents' Day.
And it is the subject of a new exhibit at President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers Home where the Emancipation Proclamation took form 150 years ago. The exhibit titled: "Can You Walk Away? Modern Slavery Human Trafficking in the United States" was created in concert with Polaris Project, a non-profit, non-governmental organization working exclusively on the issue of human trafficking. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. 1.888.3737.888
The Pew study, released Thursday, says Virginia now leads the nation in percentage of marriages between blacks and whites, which until 1967 had been a criminal offense in the state. The study finds the children of interracial unions are challenging the typical notions of race.
It can happen!! At this year's BLUES FEST: A TRIBUTE TO ROBERT JOHNSON as The Levine School of Music celebrates a uniquely American art form: The Blues. February 24-26 at various locations. Tickets range from free at some events to a top of $25 at others including GRAMMY award winning blues legend, John Hammond.
Sponsored by the Harry and Lea Gudelsky Foundation in memory of Paul Gudelsky.
The David Lynch Foundation held a symposium for mental health professionals on the real possibility of there being an actual addiction to food. Among the speakers "my fitness doc" Pamela Peeke, MD on how Transcendental Meditation may be one way to break that cycle of addiction. 301.770.5690
The much-anticipated Girl Scout Cookies arrive Friday, February 17, at RFK Stadium. Girl Scout volunteers from the District of Columbia drive-through and pick-up their troop's cookie order. This is just one of 60 deliveries scheduled for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital. It is expected that over 4 million boxes will be distributed. You can still purchase Girl Scout Cookies at a booth sale from February 24 - March 25 outside local supermarkets and businesses. ATo locate a Girl Scout Cookie booth by zip code go online here; or download the free mobile app for your iPhone or Android device by calling **GSCookies (**472665437) from your mobile phone.
It really shouldn't be a surprise because most DC Government employees do NOT live up to the terrible stereotype often bandied about. Mayro Gray honored them for doubling the funds generated from this year's DC One Fund workplace giving campaign which is administered by United Way of the National Capital Area and the United Black Fund. In all raising more than $1 million for area nonprofits. And find out who gave the most with the second audio cut.
A Maryland man faces more than 300 sex charges in West Virginia stemming from incidents in the 1980s and 1990s.
Here is a romantic idea for anytime of year but especially for Valentine's. At trip to The National Gallery of Art's 19th-Century French Galleries recently reopened to the public after two years of repair, restoration, and renovation. The National Gallery of Art, located on the National Mall between 3rd and 7th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
A brand new was to see how the 16th president of the United States spent his last few hours and how we have spent ever since learning more about him. In the new Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership, visitors will explore the lasting effect Abraham Lincoln's presidency—and its untimely end—have had on our country.