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This Week in the DMV 2/20/17

LTC Grand Opening

Monday to Wednesday.  LTC Language Solutions is excited to announce their expansion to Washington, DC! We would like to invite you to join us in celebration during our grand opening. For details, visit: https://ltctakesdc.eventbrite.com. All are welcome!  LTC Language Solutions is a full-service language company that has been offering premiere language services since 1993. Services include language training, cross cultural training, interpretation, translation, and executive coaching. LTC has gained a reputation for high-quality, customized services provided through long-term partnerships.

We look forward to celebrating this exciting venture over food, drinks and giveaways!

Family Day:  African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space

Saturday.  Each February, the Museum celebrates the significant contributions African Americans have made to flight and space exploration despite the overwhelming obstacles they had to overcome. Enjoy presentations, hands-on activities, and stories. Learn about African American astronauts, pilots, and scientists of the past and present and their accomplishments.

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator

Saturday.  Bring your creative ideas to life with Adobe Illustrator, the industry-standard vector graphics software, used by designers and illustrators who want to create digital graphics, logos, illustrations, and original typography. This workshop is designed to get you up and running with Adobe Illustrator in just one day. The focus will be on step-by-step instruction leading students through the most important tools and concepts in Illustrator.

Digital Marketing Bootcamp

Saturday.  This interactive, activity-driven class will enable you to reach and engage your audience in your organizational space. You will then identify how to track and drive them toward relevant conversion points and KPIs.

Cooking Up History: Food and the Great Migration

Saturday.  This free monthly cooking series at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History features a guest chef and Smithsonian Food History host Jessica Carbone preparing a meal and discussing the history behind the ingredients. For this month’s event, Jerome Grant from the National Museum of African American History and Culture joins to cook up dishes that signify the culinary changes that came about due to the Great Migration of African Americans in the early to mid-20th century.

Silent Disco Saturday

Saturday.  Silent Dance Society is bringing the Silent Disco experience back to Station Kitchen and Cocktails! Gather up your friends for the ultimate dance experience. Get your wireless headphones and switch between 3 Different Music Channels by 3 Live DJs. Join the silent dance movement by reserving your wireless headphones in advance for $15 online (reserve online), or $20 at the event.

Kim Waters (Sax/Smooth)

Sunday.  Kim Waters has enjoyed a career longevity that is rare in the music business. For close to two decades the saxophonist, composer and producer has been one of the premier architects of Urban Smooth Jazz and a beacon of light in contemporary jazz. He has garnered praise from critics and fans alike, amassing record sales of over a million albums and ranks among the top five best-selling instrumentalists in jazz. Kim Waters’ music has fine-tuned the perfect combination of sensitivity and brawn, intellect and emotion and technique and soulfulness.

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This Week in the DMV 2/6/17

King Charles III

Starting Feb 7th.  The Queen is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles ascends the throne with Camilla by his side. As William, Kate and Harry look on, Charles prepares for the future of power that lies before him…but how to rule? Written primarily in Shakespearean blank verse, this modern history play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of Britain’s democracy and the conscience of its most famous family.

Intro to Google Analytics

Feb 8th.  Google Analytics is an incredibly robust, free tool for measuring web traffic data. In this class, you’ll get to know the basics of using Google Analytics to track and evaluate performance and draw insights to improve your business. Starting with basic terminology and key metrics, you’ll build a foundation of knowledge before diving deeper into more complex analytics techniques, including advertising tracking and custom segments. You’ll walk away with a fundamental understanding of Google Analytics’ role in running and operating your business.

Intro to User Design

Feb 8th.  UX designers are in great demand these days. Why? What is UX design? Why is good UX design important? What skills are required of a good UX designer? There is much confusion about what good UX designers do and the roles they should play in organizations. This panels aims to demystify UX design by giving a practical introduction to what good UX design and UX designers are all about.

Silent Disco Saturdays

Feb 11th.  Silent Dance Society is bringing the Silent Disco experience back to Station Kitchen and Cocktails! Gather up your friends for the ultimate dance experience. Get your wireless headphones and switch between 3 Different Music Channels by 3 Live DJs. Join the silent dance movement by reserving your wireless headphones in advance for $15 online (reserve online), or $20 at the event.

Cupid’s Undie Run

Feb 11th.  This February, be part of something great. Cupid’s is a “brief” fun-run that takes place in the middle of a BIG party. That’s right: party, run (a mile-ish, and at your own pace), party—all in benefit of Children’s Tumor Foundation, and all to #EndNF.

Marion Meadows

Feb 12th.  “Not long after I finished school, (drummer) Norman Connors recorded one of my songs, “Invitation” and then asked me to join his band. I later produced his Passion album with my colleague Jacques Burvick (Aquarium Dream) . Things just fell into place. Meadows first hit the airwaves in 1991 with “For Lovers Only”, but his career really began one day in the late ‘80s at New York’s Grand Central Station. He had been a sideman with Connors for three years, with only vague notions of eventually going solo. One day, while waiting for a train, he pulled out his horn and began playing under the huge dome. His sweet sound caught the attention of fellow traveler, producer and TV composer Jay Chattaway, who happened to be passing by on his way to the train. Chattaway was so impressed with Meadows’ sound that he hooked Meadows up with legendary keyboardist Bob James. Meadows and James collaborated on a recording which unfortunately went unreleased.

Christian Finnegan

Feb 12th.  One of the nation’s leading stand-up comedians takes the stage at DC Improv throughout the coming weekend (Sunday night marks the final show). You may recognize Christian Finnegan from his numerous turns on Comedy Central programs, his appearances on Countdown with Keith Olbermann and in his role as co-host of A&E’s Black & White. The New York-native’s fiery brand of humor will light up DC’s most popular comedy club. Prepare for hilarity.

This Week in the DMV 1/29/17

DC Cool Night

February 3rd.  The Washington Auto Show hosts this special evening event to honor the coolness of the District. DJ Dimmy will be on the ones and twos. Attendees can also enjoy a cash bar with drink specials, a photo booth and plenty of socialization and networking. You gain access to the event simply by paying admission to the show.

Baby Screams Miracle

Starting January 20th.  Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company stages this apocalyptic play that will leave audiences both questioning and appreciating blind faith. When a torrential storm tears through a family’s home, their extravagant daughter watches as her religious relatives attempt to pray their way out of the situation. You’ll be thrust into the storm, both physical and metaphysical, in this engrossing production.

Trilogy & Alexander Gurning

February 4th.  Founded in 2011, Trilogy is made up of violinists Hrachya Avanesyan, Lorenzo Gatto, and Yossif Ivanov, each a soloist in his own right. As Trilogy, their aim is to present new and exciting arrangements for three violins that range from the classics to recent popular music. In this program, Trilogy will play unique versions of music from the 18th to the 21st centuries—from Vivaldi to Daft Punk.

Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions

February 4th.  Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions is the must-see video game concert of the year. All-new orchestral arrangements and carefully timed visuals draw from recent and classic Pokémon video games. Gamers of all ages will enjoy the rare opportunity to hear live renditions of the tunes that have soundtracked their favorite Pokémon hunting expeditions and battles through every generation of the beloved Nintendo series—starting with “Red” and “Green” from the original GameBoy and building up to “X” and “Y” for the 3DS. Cartoon fans are also in for a treat, as the performance includes an orchestral arrangement of the Pokémon television show theme song. Gotta hear ‘em all!

Silent Disco Saturday

February 4th.  Silent Dance Society is bringing the Silent Disco experience back to Station Kitchen and Cocktails! Gather up your friends for the ultimate dance experience. Get your wireless headphones and switch between 3 Different Music Channels by 3 Live DJs. Join the silent dance movement by reserving your wireless headphones in advance for $15 online (reserve online), or $20 at the event.

This Week in the DMV 1/15/17

The Hard Problem

Opening this weekend and going until February 19th.  Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard brings his newest work to the illustrious Studio Theatre this January. The Hard Problem concerns Hilary, a young psychology researcher who is attempting to define consciousness in her latest project. A past decision haunts Hilary, causing her to make new, perhaps dangerous choices, leading the audience to contemplate the difference between science and actual living, and how belief affects us.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 16th.  The nation’s capital is a great place to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., especially during the holiday held in his honor. Visit the majestic Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall before or after you attend the 11th Annual MLK Peace Walk & Parade, a festive community gathering that Dr. King would love. The Washington Wizards also celebrate his memory with a matinee game against the Portland Trailblazers, an annual occasion that makes for a perfect day-off activity.

Shen Yun Performing Arts 2017

January 17th to 22nd.  One of the world’s foremost classical Chinese dance and music companies, Shen Yun Performing Arts, will transport you to the Land of the Divine this January. China was once known as the Middle Kingdom, and Shen Yun will bring this ancient world to life through dance, an orchestra and incredible backdrops. All of these elements come together to reveal 5,000 years of awe-inspiring Chinese stories and history.

 

This Week in the DMV 1/8/17

Travel & Adventure Show

January 14th – 15th.  Looking to get inspired for your next adventure? Mark the calendar for the only travel show in the DC area, which features thousands of experts doling out info on top destinations and must-know travel tips. You’ll be immersed in cultures from around the world and can hear from other globetrotters to help you live out wildest travel dreams. This year, keynote speakers include Peter Greenberg, an Emmy Award-winning reporter and CBS News travel editor, and Travel Channel host Samantha Brown.

Bold Broadsides and Bitsy Books

Starting Monday and going until March.  From the public nature of broadsides to the intimacy of a tiny handmade book, the Library and Research Center revels in contrasts of delightful collection items. The “Dead Feminists” broadside series presents eye-catching typography and layouts profiling international feminist heroes, while miniature artists’ books demonstrate intricate, hand-held craft, meant to be easily carried and privately enjoyed.

In the Tower : Barbara Kruger

Open until January 22nd.  Barbara Kruger has a style all her own, making this exhibit a perfect fit to reopen the National Gallery of Art’s reimagined East Building. In the Tower displays Kruger pieces that feature images of figures in profile overlaid with impactful figures of speech. Often times, the figures shown are passive, making the words that much more intense. Don’t miss this installation that showcases one of the most distinctive voices in art.

From Royal Mail to Public Post

Open until January 16th.  Royal Mail celebrates its 500th anniversary as the United Kingdom’s postal service this year, and DC’s National Postal Museum presents this display of original documents dated from 1635 to 1840 in honor of the incredible milestone. During the period at hand, the Royal Mail developed extensively, and you will be able to view important artifacts that chronicle the postal reform of the time, which saw the system go from one available only to high-ranking officials to one available to the public.

Happy New Year!

Happy new year from the Discover DMV family.  While you are busy with your new year’s resolutions, here are a few events that are closing out early this year.  So if you missed out on them in 2016, let 2017 give you a second chance.

Muppets & Puppets

Ending January 8th.  This exhibit at the National Museum of American History will be an outstanding family activity during the holiday season. Muppets & Puppets gathers Muppets and marionettes that date as far back as 1900, as well as Mr. Moose and Bunny Rabbit from Capitan Kangaroo and the first Kermit created by Jim Henson.

NO MANS LAND: WOMEN ARTISTS FROM THE RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION

Ending January 8th.  Large-scale paintings and sculptural hybrids by 37 contemporary artists from 15 countries appear in this exhibition, organized by the Rubell Family Collection (RFC), Miami. Centering on images of the female body and works that explore the physical process of making, NO MAN’S LAND imagines a visual conversation between women artists new to the Rubell Collection and those whose works they began collecting decades ago. The exhibition presents a highly focused selection of paintings and sculptures often using unconventional materials and unexpected formats by women artists who are generationally, intellectually and politically diverse. RFC collaborated with NMWA to realize a new vision for the exhibition, which premiered in RFC’s space in Miami in Dec. 2015.

INTO THE WOODS

Ending January 8th.  The Stephen Sondheim classic that intertwines numerous fairy tales into one glorious story comes to the Kennedy Center this December. Reimagined by Fiasco Theater, Into the Woods is an enthralling musical featuring wolves, witches and wishes that is sure to satisfy the entire family. Expect unforgettable songs like “Children Will Listen” and “No One Is Alone” during this refreshing rendition of a timeless play.

WICKED

Ending January 8th.  The Broadway smash that tells the tale of the Witches of Oz calls the Kennedy Center home throughout the holiday season. The prequel to Dorothy’s adventures in Oz follows a young woman born with green skin who possess great talents. Her friendship with an enthusiastic blonde goes well into the world decides to label one “good” and the other “wicked”. With outstanding and original music, expect to be wowed by this new classic that has captivated audiences everywhere.

Christmas at Mount Vernon

Ending January 6th.  George Washington’s estate knows how to celebrate the holiday season like few other locales in the DMV area. During daylight hours, tour the gorgeous mansion, witness chocolate-making demonstrations and hang out with the estate’s favorite pet, Aladdin the Camel. At nighttime, tour the estate by candlelight and on Dec. 16 and 17, enjoy an incredible fireworks display along the Potomac River. Mount Vernon stays open every day of the year.

This Week in the DMV NYE 2017

This is a special New Year’s Eve post.  Sunday is Christmas and we will be celebrating at home with the family, but in one week we ring in the new year.  Here are some fun ways to get into 2017.

Attend a First Night Event

All around the DMV there are family friendly, first night events.  These can involve fireworks, music, and even running events.

Take in some fireworks

If you are looking for the classic NYE celebration, then check out the various public fireworks displays happening around the district.

Enjoy a Dining Special

Restaurants around the DMV are offering special deals for customers who ring in the new year with them.  See if any of your favorites have something going on.

Party at a Nightclub

Check out the guide for DC nightclubs if you want to dance your way into 2017.

Live it up at the MGM

Check out the recently opened MGM and party the night away in a casino.  They will have a live viewing of the ball drop in New York as well as great dining options.