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Getting Around the City Inauguration Week

January 17, 2017

If you're in or around Washington, DC this week, be sure to check on street and bridge closures. Parking restrictions will take place as early as Wednesday.


Officials will begin building the security perimeter along Pennsylvania Avenue at 3:00 am Thursday. They will start at Third Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW and work west throughout the day, about a block per hour. All streets in the Red Zone, which stretches from 18th Street NW to Second Street NE, and from Eye Street NW to the National Mall, will be closed by 3:00 am Friday.


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'In A Perfect World'

January 10, 2017

Judith Terra, Manuela Testolini and Barbara Hawthorn (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Judith Terra, Manuela Testolini and Barbara Hawthorn

Musician and actor Eric Benet and his wife Manuela Testolini mingled with 90+  invited guests at Georgetown's il Canale pizzeria this week to promote "In A Perfect World," a foundation that supports children's education and arts education for economically challengd populations.

Testolini, the foundation's founder and president, has been expanding her philanthropic efforts to the DC area. Already support has been given to children in the DC area at THEARC and Horton's Kids. (www.iapw.org

The celebration also was to honor her "Fearless Woman" award from the Women's Leadership Group of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

Former Platters lead singer Joe Coleman (left) & Joe Farruggio (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Former Platters lead singer Joe Coleman (left) & Joe Farruggio

The event also featured a couture trunk show by DiDomenico Designs, art and photography by Jason Kampf, and jewelry by Ingrid Slavin of Avanti Designs. 

So far, Benet has received four Grammy nomination for his music work.  His work includes mega hit "Spend My Life With You." He has produced a series of successful albums.

He made his film debut with Mariah Carey in Glitter and has appeared in a number of popular television shows. 

Hosting the evening were Barbara Hawthorn, IAPW advisory board, and il Canale owner Joe Farruggio, as Giorgio Greco, a manager, did details.



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Soirée Galette des Rois Jan. 6

December 14, 2016

Every year on January 6th, the French celebrate Epiphany with this delightful cake! Join the fun at Alliance Française de Washington  from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.


French boulanger Fresh Baguette will discuss the tradtion, how to make the King Cake and its cultural significance.

A glass of Cider will be offered with the Galette des Rois!


The Alliance Française is the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world. Founded in 1949, they offer French classes for all levels, more than 80 cultural events throughout the year.


AFDC and Cultura Pass member: $7

General Admission: $12


Register here.


Alliance Française of Washington DC is located at 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW.


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