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Party Pics – Scenes from NYE Gala at Kennedy Center

There are hundreds of options for New Year’s Eve – from Embassy-themed soirées, black-tie hotel ballrooms balls, sit-down pre-fixe all-you-can-hog, to plain and simple microwaveable celebrations in your PJs at home.

But when it comes to picking the best venue, ambience, budget, parking, dose of culture, and a true red carpet, nobody could beat the evening hosted by the Kennedy Center.

Our evening, generously hosted by Sam the GM of the rooftop restaurant and Rachael Stambaugh of the Kennedy Center, started with a richly-paired 3 course menu dinner followed by an amazing tribute to Aretha Franklin, a roarous sell-out crowd in tow.

Following the glowing performance, the evening spilled into the grand foyer where an exclusive collection of local gliterati filed in to live bands performing past three balloon drop making dressing to the hilt yet another memorable exercise reminding everyone that over-extended, over-priced libations elsewhere was not the only way to ring in a new century in a posh, affordable and refined way and that we were in the right place at the right time. The complimentary professional photo booths set up as guests were departing was the perfect goodie bag gift one could ever receive and cherish.

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New Year’s Eve Grand Foyer Party

Tuesday, December 31 at 10:00 PM to Wednesday, January 1 at 12:30 AM
Grand Foyer, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC

Ring in the new year (and a new decade) at the Kennedy Center New Year’s Eve Party in the Grand Foyer. Admission to this event is FREE with your ticket to a December 31 evening paid Kennedy Center event (New Year’s Eve at the Kennedy Center: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin, Come From Away, My Fair Lady, A Jazz New Year’s Eve) or with your receipt from a December 31 dinner at the Roof Terrace Restaurant. The night is packed with festive dancing to performances by Brianna Thomas and Zach Cutler and the D.C. Soul Allstars, plus champagne bars, photo booth, a countdown to midnight, a big balloon drop, and more!

Heralded by the Wall Street Journal as the best young straight-ahead jazz singer of the new generation, Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead alum Brianna Thomas dazzles audiences with arrangements of old favorites and original compositions. She performs at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage and again at 10:30 p.m. Wear your dance shoes to join Zach Cutler and the D.C. Soul Allstars for sets at 9:45 & 11:30 p.m. Cutler is known around D.C. for his Trifling Tuesday and Misbehavin Monday musical jams, and will inspire you to groove with your favorite people into the New Year.

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International Saxophone Symposium

Friday, January 10 to Saturday, January 11
George Mason University Fairfax, Va.

The International Saxophone Symposium, hosted by the United States Navy Band, is held each year in early January. The two-day event, first hosted by the Navy Band in 1978, features a mix of performances, masterclasses and lectures designed for musicians of all ages.

The symposium highlights the prominence of the saxophone in both classical and jazz literature through the two marquee concerts on Friday and Saturday nights, which feature a number of guest artists. Traditionally, Friday night’s concert presents the U.S. Navy Concert Band with a mixture of band pieces and classically-oriented saxophone solos. In previous years, soloists with the Concert Band have included Vincent David, Claude Delangle, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Timothy McAllister, Otis Murphy, Quatuor Habanera, Donald Sinta and many others.

Saturday night’s concert presents the Navy Band Commodores jazz ensemble and guest soloists in an evening of big band and jazz music. Past soloists with the Commodores have included Eddie Daniels, Branford Marsalis, Donny McCaslin, Chris Potter and Grover Washington Jr.

In 2003, the Navy Band established the symposium’s College Quartet Series as a way to feature college and university performers. Throughout the symposium, student quartets are featured in their own recitals. Additionally, the High School Honors Recital was established in 2015 to provide an opportunity for high school-aged saxophonists to perform at the event.

The U.S. Navy Band, based in Washington, D.C., is the Navy’s premier musical organization. Staffed with some of the finest musicians in the nation and performing 1,700 times each year, the band represents Sailors deployed around the world and around the clock.

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DC Tattoo Expo

Friday, January 10 to Sunday, January 12
Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA

DC Tattoo Expo is back, January 10-12, 2020, and celebrating 10 years of bringing the best tattoo artists to the DC area. More than 400 tattoo artists, including stars of Ink Master, Tattoo Nightmares and for the first time ever, Ink Master Judge Chris Nunez.

If you’re looking to get your next– or first – tattoo or body piercing, don’t miss DC Tattoo Expo #10. The weekend will be filled with incredible art, our crowd-favorite Miss DC Pin-Up Contest, Burlesque performances, a beard contest, live entertainment and as always, a nonstop party! We’ll see you in 2020 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington. Tickets $30 for a day, $40 for Saturday & Sunday or $60 for a three-day pass. Tickets on sale at the door all three days. #dctattooexpo

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Girls Gotta Eat

Friday, January 10 to Saturday, January 11
Lincoln Theater 1215 U St NW, Washington, DC

Why do guys just want to f*ck you once then stalk your Instagram forever? Should you ditch the apps and meet people in the wild? How do you get over a breakup when you feel like you’re gonna die?

These are all topics discussed on Girls Gotta Eat — a hilarious podcast from Rayna Greenberg (@Rayna.Greenberg) and Ashley Hesseltine (comedian + creator of @BrosBeingBasic).

The live show is coming to DC in January. First night sold out so they added a second, which may or may not also be sold out! Hot tix!

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Living the Dream…Singing the Dream

Sunday, January 26 at 7:00 PM
Kennedy Center Concert Hall

The Program:

The Choral Arts Chorus and the Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs come together in a concert showcasing the powerful music that has given voice to the voiceless for generations in this 32nd annual choral tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The collaboration of styles, music, ages, and cultures provides a moving performance that will inspire the spirit.

Featured Artists:
Choral Arts Chorus; Scott Tucker, Artistic Director

Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs
Theodore Thorpe, III, Artistic Director, Men and Women of the Gospel Choir
Michele Fowlin, Artistic Director, Children of the Gospel Choir
Stanley J. Thurston, Artistic Director Emeritus, Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs

Ralph Alan Herndon, Piano and Vocals

Save with a Season Ticket Package or a group of 10 or more!

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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.

Shereen Ahmed and Laird Mackintosh.jpg
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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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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