Free Humanities Council Event

Community Historians to Display Work at John Eaton Elementary School

Who: Washingtonians interested in neighborhood history, preservation, and culture.

What: A demonstration of projects funded as part of the DC Community Heritage Project.

When: Thursday, December 8th, 2011 6:30PM-9PM

Where: John Eaton Elementary School, Cleveland Park, 3301 Lowell Street, NW Washington, DC 20008

Join the Humanities Council of Washington, DC and the DC Historic Preservation Office at John Eaton Elementary school in Cleveland Park as this year’s DC Community Heritage Project grantees showcase their efforts to research, interpret, and publicize the history of their communities. You are guaranteed to learn something new about Washington, DC!

This year’s projects include: Voices on Fourteenth Street: Columbia Heights in the Sixties, an oral history project exploring urban policy changes in one of DC’s fastest changing neighborhoods; DC Authors’ Houses: a Web Exhibit, an online tour combining history, architecture, and literature; Preserving LeDroit Park: An Historical Community in Washington, DC, a film documenting an important part of DC’s African American history and an iconic neighborhood; and many more (check our blog for a full listing)! Light catered refreshments will be served during the exhibition portion of the event.

Funds for the DC Community Heritage Project are provided by a partnership of the Humanities Council of Washington, DC and the DC Historic Preservation Office, which supports people who want to tell stories of their neighborhoods and communities by providing information, training and financial resources. This DC Community Heritage Project has been also funded in part by the US Department of the Interior, the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund grant funds, administered by the DC Historic Preservation Office and by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

This is a free event. Please register by visiting

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Hillyer Art Space Screening of Life as a Collage – Monday, November 21, 2011

Hillyer Art Space Screening of Life as a Collage

Life as a Collage Trailer

Life as a Collage (Trailer)

Pablo Picasso Still Life with Chair Caning

Pablo Picasso Still Life with Chair Caning,1912

1912 marks the 100th year anniversary of collage as an art form. In celebration of this momentous occasion Hillyer Art Space will be collaborating with Meridian Hill Pictures and Sitar Arts Space to screen the new, youth-made documentary Life as a CollagePlease join us on Monday, November 21, 2011 from 6-9pm for an evening of local film and art appreciation.   

Created while artist and longtime Sitar volunteer Tim Gabel was struggling with liver cancer, the film captures one teacher’s dedication to his students and art, as he reflects during the final stages of his life.

Following the screening, Hillyer will host a panel discussion with Brandon and Lance Kramer, executive producers of Life as a Collage and co-founders of Meridian Hill Pictures; and Forrest Penrod, student director of the film.  Pablo Picasso’s Still Life with Chair Caning was completed in 1912 and is widely considered by art historians to be the first collage; the 100th anniversary and our celebration of collage is fast approaching!

Monday, November 21, 2011


Runtime: 24 minutes

$5 Suggested Donations

Proceeds go to IA&A and submission fees to show Life as a Collage at film festivals.

For more information contact:

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AXÉ (ah-SHAY) Afro-Brazilian / African Dance Party

Afro-Brazilian / African Dance Party 

Axum Etthiopian Restaurant
(near 9th St. + U St. NW, U Street Metro)
Friday, November 18th
Doors @ 9  –  $10 Cover

Blessings Fans of PartyAxe,
We’re back with our latest edition of Axe’ (ah-SHAY)
Come move your body to the infectious sounds of
live African Drumming and Brazilian Percussion.
Get a FREE African dance lesson starting at 9pm.

Free Ethiopian Buffet starts @ 8pm
$5 Ethiopian Honey Wine until 10pm!
$5 Heineken until 12am

RSVP to Friday’s party on Facebook.
You can also sign up to get PartyAxé updates and
info on ticket, music, and merchandise giveaways.

Spinning Brazilian sounds and African rhythms

Live African drumming from the djembe orchestra

Live Batucada and Afro-Brazilian percussion

Instructed by the dancers of Farafina Kan

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Volunteer illustrator needed this Friday morning at 826DC

 We’re looking for someone to help out with a field trip this Friday morning at 826DC/The Museum of Unnatural History on 14th and Kenyon from 9:30 til noon.

We’re hosting our weekly book writing field trip that morning, so a class room of elementary students come in and collectively write 3/4 of a story together, and then each student writes and illustrates their own ending. We print and bind the books that morning so each student goes home with a printed copy of a book that they authored.

While the kids are coming up with their story as a group, the illustrator draws pictures for the book as the story is being written. The volunteer illustrator doesn’t have to be a professional artist by any means, just someone who can draw quickly and would enjoy a creative project and a quirky morning with elementary school kids.
Would you or anyone you know be interested in helping out this Friday?

Please contact me if you have any questions or are available.

Dillon Babington

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Vocal Workshop with Alexandra Phillips @ HEMPHILL, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011

Vocal Workshop with Alexandra Phillips
Saturday, November 19, 2011

Practical Tools for Singing: Find your Voice.

This fourth workshop in a series with Alexandra Phillips, soprano, includes demonstrations of breathing and vocal techniques applicable to all. Participants will receive hands-on singing instruction, or can participate as observers. No prior vocal experience is required.

Hemphill Fine Arts
1515 14th Street NW
Washington DC 20005

For more information on Alexandra Phillips visit

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Sulu DC (AAPI Arts Organization) celebrates its 2nd Annviersary!

Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Arts Organization, Sulu DC,

Celebrates its 2nd Year Anniversary

November 19, 6:30 PM, Artisphere, $20

Recognized as “The Face of DC Poetry” by The Washington Post, Sulu DC will celebrate its second year of presenting high-quality showcases of Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) performance artists at a special fundraiser Anniversary & Awards Show on Saturday, November 19 at Artisphere in Arlington, VA.

This special night of performances from AAPI artists will be hosted by critically acclaimed spoken word pioneer, Regie Cabico and will feature:

  • A screening of “Wedding Night” and other short films by deaf filmmaker Sabina England;
  • Keva I. Lee, a professional dominatrix and former counselor for sex workers in the criminal justice system;
  • Chip Han, Virginia-based beat boxer and winner of the 2010 Kollaboration DC talent showcase;
  • J Pharaoh & the Manhattan Project, a hip-hop/soul/rock band out of Virginia Beach
  • DJ Boo, a Filipino-American DJ and musician based in New York

The show will also celebrate and recognize members of the local and regional AAPI community by presenting the following awards: Artist of the Year, Community Contribution, Community Partner, as well as the Sulu DC Audience, Star, and House Awards.

Sulu DC’s 2011 accomplishments include presenting its first College Show at Georgetown University, receiving the Outstanding Program Award and Commitment to Diversity in the Arts Award from Georgetown University, producing a show for INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival, continuing its monthly showcases of AAPI artists and being highlighted by the National Endowment for the Arts during National Arts and Humanities Month.

“Sulu DC has grown so much during its second year, and we are excited to share our accomplishments with our community,” says Jenny Lares, Executive Director of Sulu DC. “We hope that in 2012, Sulu DC will have the capacity and resources to further fulfill our mission to strengthen the AAPI artist community by expanding our arts education programming and inspiring the next generation of AAPI artists.”

The 2nd Anniversary and Awards Show will take place on Saturday, November 19 at 6:30 pm at Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209. Tickets are available online for $20. To purchase tickets, visit The show is supported in part by Toki Underground, DC APA Film, Ichiban Sushi in McLean and Artisphere.

More information about the show’s artists, Sulu DC and donating to Sulu DC is available at

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Today is Give to the Max Day

November 9 isn’t just another Wednesday. It’s Give to the Max Day: Greater Washington. For 24 hours, more than a thousand local nonprofits will be participating in a first-of-its kind online fundraiser. Nonprofits, like The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF), are being challenged to raise as much money as possible in a single day. Every donation counts – the more individual donations we get ($10 and up!), the better our chances of winning a $25,000 grand prize!

And what will NCCF do with $25,000? We will help people transform, from the 15-year-old boy healing from abuse and neglect to the 45-year-old mother of three escaping domestic violence. We will fight to make sure children do not linger in foster care, but are placed in permanent, safe, and loving homes.  We will inspire homeless families with the hope they so often need. We will continue to be a force for human change.

How can you help?

Go online and make sure to use this giving link

Give to the Max on November 9, and keep NCCF’s mission in your community!

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