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Roy Ayers Live at Blues Alley Jan. 19-22

January 11, 2017

Vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers will be performing live at Blues Alley from January 19 through 22, 2017.


Among the best-known, most loved and respected jazz/R&B artist on the music-scene today, Ayers, now in his fourth decade in the music business, known as the Godfather of Neo-soul, continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers.


In the 60’s he was an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, and transformed into a popular R&B band leader in the 70's/80's. Today, the dynamic music man is an iconic figure still in great demand and whose music industry heavyweights, including Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, 50 Cent, A Tribe Called Quest, Tupac and Ice Cube.  Ayers recently recorded with hip hop artist Talib Kweli (produced by Kanye West) and jazz/R&B singer Wil Downing.


Roy Ayers could very well be the best jazz/R&B artist you don’t know. In his 40-plus years as a vibraphonist, he has produced a string of soul and funk classics, like “We Live In Brooklyn Baby” and “Everybody Loves the Sunshine,” that has arguably made him the second-most sampled musician in hip-hop, after James Brown.


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Jacob Lawrence's Toussaint L’Ouverture Series at The Phillips Collection

January 9, 2017

Now throught April 23, 2017, visit The Philips Collection to see15 rarely seen silkscreen prints created by American artist Jacob Lawrence (1917–2001) between 1986 and 1997.


The series portrays the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture (1742–1803), the former slave turned leader of Haiti’s independence movement. L’Ouverture led the fight to liberate Saint-Domingue from French colonial rule and to emancipate the slaves during the 1791 Haitian Revolution, the first successful campaign to abolish slavery in modern history. Lawrence had explored the same subject more than 40 years earlier—when he was only 20 years old—in a series of paintings of the same title (now in the Amistad Research Center, New Orleans). The celebrated paintings, which were featured prominently at the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1939, laid the groundwork for Lawrence’s lifelong interest in the human quest for freedom and social justice.


While he based these later prints on the earlier 11 x 19-inch paintings, Lawrence distilled the story to 15 works from the original 41 panels and significantly expanded their scale. He worked closely with DC-based master printmaker Lou Stovall to translate the colors and fluid movement of the original tempera paint to each composition. In the print series, the narrative follows L’Ouverture from his birth to his rise as the commander of the revolutionary army to his eventual capture by Napoleon’s men. In the original painted series, Lawrence continued the story through the death of L’Ouverture as a prisoner of war in 1803, just one year before Haiti declared independence with the crowning of Emperor Jean-Jacques Dessalines. In highlighting the life of the courageous leader Toussaint L’Ouverture, Lawrence invites us to reflect on Haiti’s transformation from an enslaved French colony to the first black Western republic. At the same time, the series reminds us of the country’s ongoing struggle to overcome poverty and political instability.


Since acquiring 30 panels of Lawrence’s epic Migration Series (1940–41) in 1942, the Phillips has been dedicated to sharing the life and legacy of the artist and his work. The Phillips is excited to present this exhibition—on loan from the collection of Di and Lou Stovall—while The Migration Series is on view at the Seattle Art Museum for an exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lawrence’s birth. Learn more about The Migration Series—including video interviews with Lou Stovall discussing working with Jacob Lawrence—on the Phillips’s online resource

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The Washington Harbour Ice Rink Opens for Season

November 10, 2016

The Washington Harbour Ice Rink opens November 11th for recreational skating every day, including all holidays through mid-March.


Whether you’re new to skating, brushing up, or wanting to take your skating to the next level, you’ll love their Learn to Skate classes. Enthusiastic instruction along with an unbeatable view of the Potomac River from the Washington Harbour Ice Rink will make your skating lessons an experience to remember! 


They teach all ages (3 and up, including adults) and skill levels.  The program stresses a skating environment that is exciting, rewarding, safe, and fun.

The Washington Harbour Ice Rink is located at 3050 K Street in Georgtown.

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