February 24, 2015

Choral Arts & Dreams for Kids!

The Washington Humane Society presents the 9th annual Fashion For Paws runway show on May 2 at the Grand Hyatt, DC. Tickets and tables still available. Click here.

We celebrated Living the Dream…Singing the Dream, the 27th annual Choral Arts tribute concert at The Kennedy Center in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

The evening honored Dr. C.T. Vivian with the 2015 Humanitarian Award for his work, which began as an executive staffer for MLK Jr. and turned into a lifetime passion for civil rights, diversity and leadership advocacy. We snapped him flanked by Choral Arts Artistic Director Scott Tucker and Executive Director Debra Kraft; at left, his daughter Denise Morse and C.T. Vivian Leadership Institute SVP Don Rivers.

Hundreds of concert goers enjoyed over two hours of powerful music by the Choral Arts Society, the Washington Performing Arts Society, and Men, Women and Children of the Gospel Choirs, and a song and dance portion led by the artistic directors.

The Choral Arts MLK Community Initiative serves to unite the greater DC community in remembrance of the iconic leader's ideals of nonviolence, equality, peace and justice. Here, Margaret Washnitzer, Althea Bacon and Choral Arts Women's Committee member Claudia McKion.

Choral Arts supporters Dr. Debra Evans, Valoria Bayloredd, Marilyn Tyler Brown and Rachel Williams.

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Dreams for Kids Extreme Recess!

We were on the ice this weekend at the Ballston Kettler Complex for Dreams for Kids DC's fourth annual Extreme Recess: Hockey with the Washington Capitals. Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation partners with DFK every year to host children with disabilities and volunteers for some rink time. We snapped the Caps Aaron Volpatti and Andre Burakovsky flanking hockey player Hannah Diamond. She is one of just a few girls who play hockey on the DC Sled Sharks.

Caps coach Barry Trotz, father to a disabled child himself, is with DFK-DC founder Glenda Fu. He told us that as a special needs parent, he appreciates events like these to bring children out of their shell; the action stimulates creativity and confidence.

DFK hosts a number of Extreme Recess clinics with various area teams over the course of the year, creating life-changing and empowering experiences, always for free. Here, DC Sled Sharks coach Brian Dutton joined players Connor Delaney, John McGraw and Alex Green. By turning adversity into opportunity, the kids are given the confidence that they they can achieve their dreams

Dreams for Kids hosted close to 100 children for a day of fun, to play hockey and meet local sports heroes. Here, Caps player Karl Alzner with Mikaela Morris and her sister Kaitlin

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Laser Cat!

We went to Laser Cat at the Historic Mill Building at The Yards DC on Saturday. Laser Cat is a gigantic inflatable feline-shaped art installation that projects creative work crowdsourced from around the world through its laser-beam eyes. We snapped APCO Worldwide's Adam Williams with Christian Bazan.

Laser Cat was founded by Hungry Castle, the Barcelona-based creative duo featuring Dave Glass and Kill Cooper that specializes in creating "cool" public art and fashion. Their art inspires the fashion, but the fashion funds their art.


It was sponsored by The Yards DC, JBG and Washington Project for the Arts, the largest visual arts-based membership organization in the DC area; it serves as a catalyst for contemporary art. Here, The Huffington Post's Paul Blumenthal with Casey Trees' Alison Kim.

WPA presents 60 to 70 free workshops, exhibitions, artist education programs and contemporary art events annually, serving over 12,000 artists and art appreciators each year. Here, WPA's Samantha May and exec director Lisa Gold with Varsity's Gary McManus and BrandLink's Annie Perezchica. 

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One night earlier, Thievery Corp's Eric Hilton performed at Laser Cat. 

Merjan Bubernack, Heather Mahoney and Alfredo Flores contributed to this issue.

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Saturday, February 28, 6:00 PM, PBS superstar tenor Anthony Kearns performs at Irish-inspired cocktail reception to support US military families at Salamander Resort, 500 N Pendleton Ave, Middleburg, VA. Benefits Our Military Kids. Featuring Irish-inspired cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and specialty desserts; co-chaired by former VA First Lady Susan Allen and Martha-Ann Alito; emceed by voice of the 'Skins Larry MichaelVIP guests include Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, 'Skins president Bruce Allen, and Col. James B. Hickey. $100+per person. Info.

Tuesday, February 24

6:00 – 8:30 PM, Global Kids DC 2015, 1744 R St NW. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, benefits the German Marshall Fund of the United States. $75, info

7:00 PM, join author James McGrath Morris as he reviews Eye on the Struggle: Ethel Payne at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW. Free, info.

7:00 – 9:00 PM, lovers of Martial Arts flicks, the music inspired by the films, and everything else in between.... CAN I KICK IT, 2007 14th St NW. Screening Masked Avengers, drink specials, and music by DJ 2-Tone Jones. Free, info.  

6:00 – 8:00 PM, Nerds in NoMa, a speaker series of our favorite nerdy topics at The Lobby Project, 1200 First Street, NE. Free, must rsvp.

Wednesday, February 25

7:00 – 9:00 PM, The Hill Center & PEN/Faulkner Literary Reading Series at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE. Featuring authors Erika De Simone and Fidel Louis, editors of Voices Beyond Bondage… Free, info.  

7:00 PM, The Jete Society of The Washington Ballet invites you to Dine with the Dancers at Oya, 777 9th St NW. $95, info

6:30 – 8:00 PM, F*it : Female Leaders Tell Their Stories at iStrategyLabs Digital Agency, 641 S St. NW. Free, info.

Saturday, March 7, 7:00 – 11:00 PM, the Brewer's Ball is back again at The National Building Museum, 401 F St NW. Hand crafted beers from more than 30 breweries, cuisine of over 20 popular restaurants, live entertainment and silent auctions. Benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. $135, info.

Wednesday, February 25

7:00 PM, Discussion of Laura Lippman - Hush Hush, a Tess Monaghan novel at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW. Free, info.   

7:00 – 9:00 PM, Vinyasa to Vino at Hierarchy, 1841 Columbia Rd NW. $25, one-hour, mixed-level vinyasa yoga class followed by wine tasting, info.  

Thursday, February 26

6:30 – 10:00 PM, Bella Notte: An Evening to Benefit Pediatric Brain Tumor Research at the Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. $150, dining, cocktails, auctions, info.

6:00 – 9:00 PM, Vodka! Vodka! at Blind Whino Arts Club, 700 Delaware Ave SW.  Local mixologists compete for your vote for best cocktail, guests accurately naming vodkas in a blind taste test. $45, info.  

6:00 – 7:00 PM, Free Yoga Basics Class at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St NW.  Free 45 minute yoga class + complimentary glass of wine, info.  

6:00 - 9:00 PM, Bossed Up Power Hour at the Darlington House, 1610 20th St NW. Cash bar and complimentary light appetizers, info.  

7:00 PM, 5th annual Short Films Tour at Malmaison, 3401 K Street, NW. $15 admission includes free glass of champagne, info