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29th Annual Kalorama House and Embassy Tour

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Long the home of diplomats, congressmen, and “Captains of Industry”, the Kalorama neighborhood offers a mix of many cultures and architectural gems.  The tour features several of Kalorama’s most beautiful homes, including the elegant Embassy of Luxembourg, the Embassy of Latvia (historically known as the Alice Pike Barney Studio House), the bright and modern Embassy of Slovenia, the Korean Cultural Center, and the President Woodrow Wilson House among others.  Tickets include a self-guided map detailing the architecture and history of each stop.

Proceeds benefit The President Woodrow Wilson House, a National Trust Historic Site.

Tour tickets, $35 in advance; $40 at the door.

Please note that due to security restrictions, some embassies will only admit advance ticket holders.

Metro: Dupont Circle Red Line

For tickets or more information, visit www.woodrowwilsonhouse.org/events

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CHAMBER DANCE PROJECT ANNOUNCES TANGO WITH THE STARS GALA APRIL 10

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Washington Notables Headline Argentine-Themed Gala for Contemporary Dance Company

New to The District

Contemporary ballet company Chamber Dance Project, dancers & musicians, announces Tango with the Stars on April 10 at One Metro Center. The Argentine-themed gala will include a seductive tango dance competition featuring D.C. celebrities partnered by professional tango dancers, an Argentinean dinner, and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the dancers’ selected charities and Chamber Dance Project’s upcoming season and debut, June 26-28, at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, sponsored by the Embassy of Argentina.

“We are thrilled to make D.C. our new home. The gala reflects our new partnerships here with the Embassy of Argentina, our sponsors and the many fabulous people who are dancing and judging in this fun evening,” said Founder and Artistic Director, Diane Coburn Bruning. “Our Kennedy Center season June 26-28 will present a new tango ballet by the acclaimed Argentinean choreographer, Jorge Amarante, so it seemed natural to have our gala reflect this. We are pleased to have celebrities dance for their charities and our artists.”

The gala will start at 6pm with a VIP Champagne reception on the rooftop terrace, offering sweeping views of the city and the opportunity for guests to mingle with the dancers and judges. The gala will be held in the spectacular seventh floor atrium of One Metro Center and include cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and two exciting rounds of tango competition. After the winning dancers are announced, the evening will continue with music and dancing for all guests.

The line-up of celebrity dancers will include:

  • Francisco López Achaval: First Secretary at Embassy of Argentina in Washington, Secretary Lopez is no stranger to tango. His charity of choice is Autism Speaks.
  • Renato Miracco: Cultural Attaché at the Italian Embassy in Washington, Miracco is dancing for Martha’s Table.
  • Kelly Muccio: Dubbed the “menswear maven” of D.C., Muccio is the proprietor of Lost Boys and The Black Room menswear clothiers. Muccio is dancing for Opera House Arts (Stonington, ME).
  • Doron Petersan: Owner of Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, cookbook author and two-time winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Petersan will support the Washington Humane Society.
  • Jennifer Resick Williams:  Principal of Know Public Relations, Resick Williams is dancing for the Broad Horizons Scholarship Fund.
  • Michael Seaton:  As a Forward for DC United, Seaton has moves on and off the field. He will be dancing for United for D.C.
  • Roger Yoerges: CEO and agent at Capital Talent Agency, Yoerges runs the area’s premier talent agencies. Proceeds from Yoerges dancing will go to Chamber Dance Project.
  • Federico Barttfeld, Cultural Attaché at the Argentina Embassy, is the honorary chair of the gala; he will head up the panel of judges for the tango competition. The judges will include:
  • Michael J. Bobbit, Producing Artistic Director of Adventure Theater MTC and director, choreographer and performer, will serve as MC for the event. The judges will include:
  • Phillipa Hughes: Founder of The Pink Line Project and evangelist for all things “arty” in DC.
  • Bob Levey: Long-time Washington Post Metro columnist and constant champion of children.
  • Nycci Nellis: Foodie and the Beast co-host and always in the know publisher of The List Are You On It?

Dancers will be competing for the titles of “Judges’ Favorite” and “Audience Favorite.” Guest voting will be in dollar donations in advance online, in mail-in donations and at the gala. Half of all funds raised through guest voting will be donated to the dancers’ charities of choice with remainder going to fund the artists of CDP. The voting and silent auction will be conducted via Smartphone and online bidding (biddingforgood.com) with the auction including a wide array of items and experiences, including dining, travel, performances and classes.

Tango with the Stars Event Details:

Thursday, April 10, 2014; 6pm VIP reception; 6:30 – 11pm

Additional gala information available at http://chamberdance.org/gala/.

Tickets are available for purchase at http://chamberdance.org/gala-tickets/.

Silver Patron Tickets: $250 per person

Includes admission to gala and a pass to a Chamber Dance Project studio rehearsal and reception with artists in June.

Gold Patron Tickets: $350 per person

Includes invitation to 6pm rooftop Champagne reception with the gala’s celebrity dancers and judges; admission to gala with reserved seating; two passes to a Chamber Dance Project studio rehearsal and reception with artists in June.

Platinum Patron Tickets: $500 per person

Includes invitation to 6pm rooftop Champagne reception with the gala’s celebrity dancers and judges; admission to gala with premium reserved seating; four passes to a Chamber Dance Project rehearsal and reception with the artists in June; two passes to a private company preview performance event at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on June 10.

About Chamber Dance Project, dancers & musicians

Chamber Dance Project is a company of professional artists dedicated to redefining contemporary ballet in partnership with live music in intimate settings. Their work is devoted to creating new choreography and musical scores to include in their performances. Chamber Dance Project uses an array of intimate and interactive settings, from the rehearsal studio to the classroom, to share their creative expression and expose a diverse audience to their original work. The company relocated from New York City to Washington, D.C. in 2013.

For their 2014 season and debut, June 26-28, at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Chamber Dance Project will bring together six principal dancers from major ballet companies, Argentina’s acclaimed choreographer Jorge Amarante, and a superb string quartet. The season is sponsored by Embassy of Argentina; it will feature Amarante’s first work created for an American company, infusing tango and ballet, and unveil new works by Artistic Director Diane Coburn Bruning. An award-winning choreographer, Bruning has worked with dance, theater, and opera companies throughout the U.S. and abroad, receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship, a two-year fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Sundance, Yale School of Drama, as well as a McKnight National Fellowship, Dewar’s Young Artist Award, a 2013 Strauss Fellowship, and most recently a 2014 Choreography Fellowship from the Virginia Commission on the Arts. In keeping with their dedication to performance in intimate settings, the company will host a series of events throughout the Washington Metro Area between March and their Kennedy Center debut.

 

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SAVE A CHILD’S HEART GALA

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SACH DC Young Professional’s Committee invites you to:

“Give Your Heart Out”!

You, and your significant others are invited to Save a Child’s Heart on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Guests will be invited to the exclusive Embassy of Ethiopia for a special evening of cocktails, music and Caring Hearts. Join us and be a part of SACH and their new partnership with Black Lion Hospital in Ethiopia.

March 8, 2014

Embassy of Ethiopia

3506 International Dr . NW,

Washington, DC 20008

Doors open at 8:30 PM / Dress to impress

Tickets Available

Mix and mingle while saving children’s lives.  Anticipate the thrill of victory at our exclusive luxury raffle, including two round trip tickets with Ethiopian Airways, a leather bag from Zaaf Collection and more!!

www.saveachildsheart.com

Event sponsors:

Danya and Globalnet Services. Ethiopian Airways, Bete Ethiopian Cuisine & Café, Neb FotoZAAF Collection bag and Aveniu Brands.

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The Weekly Round-up: November 20th-27th

Friday

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18th Annual Evening With the Stars Gala

An evening of cocktails, dining and an auction of unique sports memorabilia at the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC.

Auction highlights include an all expense-paid trip for two to Super Bowl XLVIII in New York City and a Pro Bowl package to Hawaii. Proceeds from Evening with the Stars will benefit NativeVision’s Sports and Life Skills
program.

For more information please contact: NFLPA: Erin Rynn @ (202) 756-9122 | email: erin.rynn@nfl players.com

ANNUAL SPORTS & LIFE SKILLS CAMP
The hallmark of the year-round NativeVision program is an annual NativeVision camp that attracts native youth from across the country. The camp is held each June and is hosted by a selected tribal nation. the camp rotates to a different reservation every two to three years. Professional athletes representing the NFL, NBA, U.S. soccer, volleyball, track and Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse interspersed with breakout sessions that promote discipline, teamwork, the pursuit of education and healthy lifestyles. In addition, Johns Hopkins health experts facilitate computer training sessions, parenting and cooking workshops, community service projects and arts and life skills workshops. The host tribes of the annual camp organize cultural events, health fairs and community feasts to promote native pride and traditional strengths for native youth. The next camp, slated for June 2014, will mark the 18th year of the program.

 

Beaujolais and Beyond Wine Harvest Celebration

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Growing in popularity, this year’s Alliance Française Beaujolais Nouveau gathering for the annual wine harvest in France will take place at La Maison Française at the Embassy of France onNovember 22 at 8pm. This adored French fête will be nothing less than a joyous, elegant evening featuring light fare and diversions from leading members of DC’s culinary and social circles.

In addition to a selection of French breads, cheeses, pâtés and pastries, small plates will be provided by restaurants such as The Caucus Room and Paul Bakery. Guests will be treated to free-flowing Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, in addition to a selection of wines from France, Italy, Spain and California (see list below).

To complement the libations, festivities will include a local DJ and dancing, a blind tasting contest, trivia quiz, silent auction and a raffle for round-trip tickets to Paris from Air France. Guests are encouraged to dress according to the Roaring 20s theme of the evening.

From 7:00 to 8:00 prior to the party, VIP ticket holders will enter the heart of the Embassy to enjoy a private tasting event with respected members and personalities from Washington’s political and professional circles. A jazz band will provide live music to set the ambiance.

Saturday
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Capital City Ball

Join us at the City Tavern Club for an elegant and fun black tie gala with a silent auction and a great band for dancing.

Proceeds will benefit Courtney’s House, Global Centurion and Urban Light to support their work fighting human trafficking and modern-day slavery.

For tickets, sponsorships and more information about our charity partners, visit www.capitalcityball.org

Visit our website for more information. www.CapitalCityBall.org

DC Young Professionals Council Gala
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Join the DC YPC in a fabulous fundraiser to benefit Starlight Children’s Foundation® MidAtlantic.

The evening begins at Sequoia, with scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, unlimited beer and wine, dessert, great company, and a grand prize drawing

Guests who pay in full by October 15 will be entered into a raffle for a 19 inch LCD TV! The winner will be announced at Sequoia on November 23rd.Guests who pay in full by October 15 will be entered into a raffle for a 19 inch LCD TV! The winner will be announced at Sequoia on November 23rd.

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Weekend: Friday-Sunday
THINK: An Evening of Mind Reading and Magic
For a truly magical evening in the Dis-trick, say abracadabra to this event at LivingSocial’s 918 F Street: a two-hour mind reading and magic show with Max Major, a magician of national stature who was voted DC’s Best Performing Artist by The Washington City Paper in 2011 and 2013. Catch his spellbinding interactive performance starting September 13. Grab this deal before it disappears for good. 
Wednesday
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Strip The District
Join us for a special night of burlesque Wednesday, November 27th at POV Rooftop. Performances by the renowned Matthew Holtzclaw, Evelyn Vinyl, Hazel Honeysuckle and Penny Wren. Doors open at 8pm Shows at 9pm and 11:30pm Limited seating is available with bottle service, please contact Andrea Cathey at Andrea.Cathey@WHotels.com RSVP To: WHappenings@BrandLinkDCRSVP.com #WDCStrip

Arts for Aging Gala

Washington notables gathered at the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to celebrate Arts for the Aging’s (AFTA) 23rd annual gala. A VIP reception was held to start off the evening, with passed hors d’oeuvres characteristic of Luxembourg and festive champagne toasts.

Both silent and live auctions were held to raise money for the non-profit, which describes itself as a “pioneering organization that provides outreach programs specially designed to engage older adults in health improvement and life enhancement through the arts.” Accordingly, the silent auction featured many impressive art, jewelry, and decorative pieces, in addition to experiences like a bridge class and a golf outing.

The short program included the presentation of the 4th Annual Lolo Sarnoff Award to Dr. Dorothy Kosinski, Director for The Phillips Collection. A dinner buffet featuring an eclectic and multicultural array of cuisines concluded the evening, though guests lingered well into the evening enjoying the beautiful Embassy and mingling with one another.

Photo credit: Mandy Holcomb