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ArtRave ART MEETS FASHION in Washington

Saturday, December 28 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
ArtRave 1514 -1518 P St NW Washington

ARTRAVE ART MEETS FASHION

ArtRave an art and fashion collective operating in DC, supporting artists locally will be kicking off its 9th annual ensemble of both emerging and established artists, designers, handmade crafts, unusual finds & now the addition of farm fresh products, hot & cold menus, gourmet products & a test kitchen free sample area.

Categories: Kids & Family | Festivals | Art Galleries & Exhibits

This event repeats weekly on Saturdays until Dec 28, 2019: Dec 28

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My Fair Lady

Friday, December 20 at 7:30 PM to Sunday, January 19
Kennedy Center – Opera House – Washington, DC

The North American tour of Lincoln Center Theater’s My Fair Lady revival officially opens at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., December 19, following an initial kickoff in Syracuse, New York. Check out highlights in the pictures below (click a pic to view larger size).

The production, directed by Barlett Sher, stars Shereen Ahmed as Eliza Doolittle and Laird Mackintosh as Professor Henry Higgins. “Shereen Ahmed is a luminous and revelatory Eliza who, with Laird Mackintosh, a witty and happily misogynistic Higgins, make for an electrifying evening,” Sher says.

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Shereen Ahmed and Laird Mackintosh
The cast also features Leslie Alexander as Mrs. Higgins, Adam Grupper as Alfred P. Doolittle, Wade McCollum as Professor Zoltan Karpathy, Kevin Pariseau as Colonel Pickering, Gayton Scott as Mrs. Pearce, and Sam Simahk as Freddy Eynsford-Hill.

Rounding out the cast are Mark Aldrich, Rajeer Alford, Colin Anderson, Polly Baird, Mark Banik, Michael Biren, Shavey Brown, Anne Brummel, Henry Byalikov, Mary Callanan, Jennifer Evans, Nicole Ferguson, Kaitlyn Frank, Juliane Godfrey, Colleen Grate, Patrick Kerr, Brandon Leffler, Nathalie Marrable, William Michals, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, JoAnna Rhinehart, Sarah Quinn Taylor, Fana Tesfagiorgis, Michael Williams, and John T. Wolfe.

This revival draws heavily on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, which inspired the Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe musical.

The Broadway production earned five Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Revival of Musical. It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival; five Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical Revival; and three Drama League Awards, including Best Musical Revival. After opening at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in 2018, My Fair Lady played 548 performances, closing July 7, 2019.

The revival features choreography by Christopher Gattelli, sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, and sound by Marc Salzberg. Music supervision is by Ted Sperling, featuring the musical’s original musical arrangements by Robert Russell Bennett and Phil Lang, and dance arrangements by Trude Rittmann. Orchestration adaptation is by Josh Clayton and music direction is by John Bell.

Subsequent stops through August 2020 include Nashville, Minneapolis, Chicago, Orlando, Los Angeles, Denver, and San Francisco.

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God Wants You to Get the Most out of Life Before It Gets the Most out of You!: Conquering Life’s Challenges… by Marty Ritzke

“God Wants You to Get the Most out of Life Before It Gets the Most out of You!: Conquering Life’s Challenges…” by Marty Ritzke is a motivational, Christian book that encourages readers to overcome life’s challenges and maintain a strong connection to God. Ritzke presents this in a unique manner by including both Scripture along with her own photography of God’s creations (animals). She also includes an order form so readers can enjoy her photography as artwork that they can display in their own homes.

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How to be a Legendary Teacher by Adam Prociv

Adam Prociv, who spent almost 15 years in early childhood education and a further 8 years in primary education, recently wrote: “How to be a Legendary Teacher.” This entertaining guidebook includes advice for teachers and those interested in becoming teachers as well as personal stories from his teaching experience. In his book, Prociv discusses essential teaching tips such as: having positive energy in the classroom, challenging yourself as a teacher, providing students with the opportunity to speak when they have been in trouble and many more insightful topics that will successfully prepare readers for careers as teachers. He also touches on the challenges he faces as a male teacher and provides advice for other males in his field.

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Sunshine by Jesse Bennett

Jesse Bennett recently published her latest picture book, “Sunshine.” This cheery, colorful children’s book inspires self-love and confidence for young readers. Bennett utilizes a family of owls to present that there will not always be “sunshine” moments in life. This will help parents teach their children how to endure life’s challenges and remind them that the sun will eventually come out! It also expresses the importance of kindness in the meditation practice for kids at the end of the book.

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Thou Art the Christ by Jonathan Jenkins

“Thou Art the Christ: A Devotional on the Life of Jesus” by Jonathan Jenkins is a thought-provoking devotional that provides readers with an easy-to-follow explanation of the life of Jesus Christ. This book can be utilized as a daily devotional as well as in Bible study groups. At the end of each story, there are questions or truths to consider, so the reader can easily complete one story and thought-provoking exercise per day to connect with teachings from the Bible on a regular basis.

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The Yankee Present by Philip Ross Chadwick

Inspired by his passion for the Civil War and a member of his family who was in Company B of the Tennessee 14th Infantry, which was part of the Stonewall Brigade, Philip Ross Chadwick wrote “The Yankee Present.” This novel follows the main character, Thomas, and the intensity of his life as a confederate soldier. Thomas’ strong Christian values and farming background are presented in various flashbacks throughout the novel.

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Wake Up Your Fairy Grandmother Within!: You’re Never Too Old to Be Young at Heart – by Jacqueline Thea, Ph.D.

Jacqueline Thea, Ph.D., L.M.F.T., who is a licensed psychotherapist and dream counselor, wishes to bring joy to those in the autumn and winter of their lives! With her background in mental, physical and spiritual health paired with her extensive life experiences, she developed her book, “Wake Up Your Fairy Grandmother Within!: You’re Never Too Old to Be Young at Heart,” to help spark joy in their lives of others. This spirited fantasy book was written to encourage readers to continue to find joy and connect with their youthful spirit. Thea’s goal is to use this book to help her travel to various retirement and nursing communities and bring joy to residents’ lives as the Fairy Grandmother.

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We Meet

WeMeet Washington, D.C. is one of the best ways to get out and meet new people in your area. WeMeet is on a mission to bring social back to networking. We aim to bring communities closer together through live networking events. We meet every month and admission is free. You don’t want to miss the most active networking group in Washington, D.C.

Live networking events are a great way to meet new people, make new friends, and grow your social or professional network. Professionals of all industries are welcome to attend. Our events attract a diverse group of people of all backgrounds.

If you live or work in the area, come out and meet other community members. Networking is always more fun with more people so bring a friend or colleague and let’s get together. You never know who you are going to meet. Join the most vibrant professional community in Washington, D.C. Happy networking!

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Christmas Light Maze and Market – The Great Search

Friday, November 22 to Sunday, December 29
Nationals Park, Washington

An All New Adventure Awaits
Unwrap new traditions and make memories big and small as you wind your way through a luminescent land of beautiful arches, larger-than-life sculptures and decadent delights. Welcome to Enchant. Where magical memories are made.

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Step Afrika! Magical Musical Step Show

Thursday, December 12 to Sunday, December 22
The Paul Sprenger Theatre, 1333 H Street NE, Washington

If you don’t have tickets you’re going to miss a fantastic show – it’s sold out.
Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is the most vibrant holiday celebration in town! This fun, family-friendly performance will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands to energetic beats from Step Afrika! and special guest, DJ Frosty the Snowman. Over the last eight years, this internationally-renowned percussive dance company has created a contemporary holiday tradition at the Atlas, featuring friendly, furry characters, pre-show instrument-making workshops, photo ops, and even a dance party. Why celebrate the holidays sitting still when you can step with Step Afrika!
Step Afrika!’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show is suited to adults and kids age four and up. Join us in the lobby 30 minutes before show time to decorate your own musical instrument so you can make music with Step Afrika! during the performance.

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Wine Veil

Tis the Season to entertain! This is the time of year when being a little “extra” is fine. Whether you need a hostess gift, a gift for someone you don’t know very well…or to just dress up your holiday gathering the Wine VEIL® is a perfect choice! These beautiful veils elegantly lay over a wine glass, bottle or any beverage glass and will add color and sparkle to any holiday party this season. The soft and simple 5” x 5” squares are made with high-quality organza in a variety of exquisite color swatches (we love the holiday color set) and each one is weighted with beautiful silver charms of dragonflies and grape leaves. The result is a shimmery, sheer drape or VEIL over each wine glass, decanter, bottle or any glass giving a little “extra” special look to your gathering. Also, great in the summer for “al fresco” gatherings, because they keep flying leaves, bugs and dust out of your glass!

Available at www.wineveil.com or on Amazon. PRICE: $24.99

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