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Karma by Erwin Gomez Opens

September 14, 2012

He’s back! Wednesday night marked the return of celebrity make-up artist Erwin Gomez. Popular with A-listers and prominent figures, Gomez has styled celebritiesincluding Eva LongoriaJennifer GarnerStevie WonderBarbra StreisandGarth BrooksKeyshia Cole and Maria Shriver among others.

Erwin Gomez and Lanmark Technology Inc.'s Lani Hay (Photo by: Joe Kast) Erwin Gomez and Lanmark Technology Inc.'s Lani Hay

Over 400 guests were invited to the launch his latest beauty lounge, Karma by Erwin Gomez. N.W). Among the notables: Top Chef's Spike Mendelsohn, Ambassador of Sri Lanka Jaliya Wickramasuriya, TV personality Paul Wharton, NBC 4's Angie Goff & Richard Jordan, ABC 7's Pamela BrownNatasha BarrettScott Thuman and Jummy Olabanji, Washingtonian's Kate Bennett, and FRESH FM's Tommy McFly

Guests sipped and mingled till 11:00 pm, making a toast to the beauty guru with Belvedere Lemon Tea cocktails and Terrazas wine. The high-profile soirée featured music by celebrity DJ, DJ Biks, passed hors d'oeuvres from RSVP Catering, and the new Fisker Karma luxury vehicle parked outside the salon.

Top Chef's Spike Mendelsohn and Karma partner Vinoda Basnayake (Photo by: Joe Kast) Top Chef's Spike Mendelsohn and Karma partner Vinoda Basnayake

Karma by Erwin Gomez is located at 1104 24th Street NW.  Tel: 202.293.3333


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Washingtonians To Be Honored at Mayor's Arts Awards

September 10, 2012

Four Washingtonians who have made significant contributions to the arts in the city will be among those honored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities at the Mayor’s Arts Awards at the Historic Lincoln Theatre on Thursday, September 13.

The honorees are former D.C. mayor, Anthony A. Williams and now CEO of the Federal City Council; writer, director and producer, George Stevens, Jr.; Melvin Deale, executive director of the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers; and lawyer, Paul C. Jorgensen, who provides ongoing pro bono legal services for community civic and arts groups.

George Stevens Jr. (Photo by: Alt Film Guide) George Stevens Jr.

“This year’s honorees are cultural icons in their own right. And we – the nation’s capital – are richer because of their commitment to excellence and the indelible impact that they’ve made,” said Judith Terra, chair of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH). “Their life’s work goes beyond the stage. They have spent years influencing lives through their contribution to the arts.”

In addition to revealing the winners in five arts and three teaching categories, the program will feature performances by acts including the Poem-cees, Nistha Raj,Christylez Bacon, Rev. Nolan Williams, National Hand Dance Association, and the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers.

The Mayor's Arts Award is the highest honor conferred by the District of Columbia in recognition of artistic excellence and service among artists, arts organizations, and arts patrons in the city.

 "The diversity of artistic excellence displayed in this year’s nominees highlights our city's rich artistic and cultural heritage," said Lionell Thomas, DCCAH’s executive director.

This year’s awards will be presented in these categories:

Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Excellence in Service to the Arts, Innovation in the Arts, Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education, Outstanding Emerging Artist and Mayor's Award for Arts Teaching (Visual, Performing and Language Arts). Finalists were chosen by the Mayor's Arts Awards Advisory Jury comprised of prominent members of the District's arts community with expertise in dance, music, theatre, literary arts, visual arts and arts education.

The event, which begins at 6:30 pm, is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required but encouraged. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. To reserve seats, visit www.mayorsartswards.eventbrite.com  Lincoln Theatre is at 1215 U Street NW.  For more information on the Mayor's Arts Awards or other DCCAH programs, please visit dcarts.dc.gov or call 202- 724-5613.

As an aside, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is moving on Friday, September 21 from Columbia  Heights to Canal Park in the Capital Riverfront neighborhood (200 I Street SE).

Finalists for the 27th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards:

  • Excellence in Artistic Discipline
    • DC Jazz Festival
    • Embassy Series
    • Step Afrika
    • The Phillips Collection
    • Thomas Circle Singers

 

  • Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education
    • Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
    • Capitol Letters Writing Center
    • Critical Exposure, Inc.
    • Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop
    • The Washington Ballet

 

  • Outstanding Emerging Artist
    • Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra
    • Cultural Development Corporation
    • DC SCORES
    • John Moletress
    • The Studio Theatre
    • Tommy Taylor

 

  • Excellence in Service to the Arts
    • Atlas Performing Arts Center
    • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
    • The Dance Institute of Washington
    • Washington Performing Arts Society
    • Washington Project for the Arts, Inc.

 

  • Innovation in the Arts
    • Art Enables
    • FotoDC
    • Life Pieces to Masterpieces
    • Post-Classical Ensemble, Inc.
    • Speakeasy DC

 

  • Mayor’s Awards for Arts Teaching
    • Daniel Foley
    • Dawn Johnson
    • Jennifer Sonkin
    • Jose Cuevas
    • Kenneth Dickerson
    • Koye Oyedeji
    • Miriam Cutelis
    • Premila Mistry

  

 

 


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Fashion's Night Out Georgetown September 6

August 30, 2012

From a pop-up disco outdoor dance floor to a stylish shopper's lounge, to designer trunk shows and community red carpets where everyone can be a star, Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) Georgetown offers over 100 ways to shop, play, and celebrate style.

Transforming  Georgetown into a fashion playground, it's Thursday, September 6, 2012, from 6:00-11:00 pm.

FNO Georgetown, fashion bash of the year, is presented by the Georgetown Business Improvement District. Check out FNO Georgetown's 2012 fashionable festivities here.


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