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Famed Choreographer Mats Ek Live at House of Sweden May 29

May 25, 2016

Mats Ek (Photo by: danceconsortium.com) Mats Ek

Swedish choreographer and director Mats Ek on 40 years as a Dance Rebel will give a talk at the House of Sweden on Sunday, May 29th. Doors open at 5:30 pm, talk starts at 6:00 pm.


Come listen to Mats Ek, one of the world's most renowned ballet choreographers and directors, as he talks about his 40 years as a dance rebel.  


Moderated by Sarah Kaufman, Dance Critic at The Washington Post.

RSVP to attend is required through this link.
The event will be LIVE streamed through the Embassy's YouTube channel.

More on the works by Mats Ek can be seen in the exhibition Mats Ek - A Dance Rebel on the Move for Forty Years, currently on display in House of Sweden. The exhibition will be on view during the event. 

The talk is hosted in collaboration with: International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography (ICONS)

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Hackensaw Boys Album Release Show at Gypsy Sally's May 19

April 19, 2016

Gypsy Sally's presents Hackensaw Boys' DC album release show on Thursday, May 19. Showtime is 8:30 pm, doors open at 7:00 pm. Charismo, ten years in the making, was recorded by DC record label Free Dirt located in Takoma Park, MD.


With feet firmly planted in the old-time song tradition, hands soiled by the dirt of rock n' roll and eyes fixed steadily on the future of real country music, the Hackensaw Boys are among the most exciting groups charting new territory in today's diverse Americana music scene. 


Charismo, the 11-track album feels like the zenith release of the band’s 17 years, gathering their diverse life experiences and myriad of roots influences, and crystallizing them into a magnum opus on the Hackensaw way of being. Traditional Appalachian and Delta music lay the groundwork, but it’s injected with a heavy dose of the contemporary, good-times-roll kind of spit and vinegar the band has become known for over the years.


Produced by Larry Campbell – who has lent his talents to Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, and countless others – Charismo sees the band reeled in and slightly refined, though still as spirited as ever. The songs (all written by longtime Hackensaws David Sickmen and Ferd Moyse) are tinged with an attitude of scrappy resilience, spinning tales and metaphors of everyday, working class struggles and triumphs. With Campbell’s production, the Hackensaw’s somewhat casual, porch-front aesthetic is sharpened around the edges, focusing in on the simple beauty of their melodies and the earnestness in their delivery.


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Gypsy Sally's is located at 3401 K Street in Georgetown. Tel: 202.333.7700


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Georgetown Weekend Sidewalk Widenings + Free Circulator Rides

March 31, 2016

The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) has announced beginning Saturday, April 2, 2016, the weekend sidewalk widening of M Street NW (from Wisconsin Avenue to 33rd Street) on every weekend through the fall, following a successful series of six pilots with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) from 2014-2015.

From 6:00 am – 6:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, the flexible sidewalks being implemented will offer an extra eight feet of space for an improved pedestrian experience for residents and visitors alike. In addition, a reduced parking rate ($6) at PMI’s 3307 M Street parking garage will be offered when the sidewalk widening is in effect.

M Street in Georgetown (Photo by: Sam Kittner) M Street in Georgetown

To complement the sidewalk widening, the Georgetown BID will also offer free, northbound DC Circulator rides on the Union Station-Georgetown route along Wisconsin Avenue NW from K Street stops in Georgetown to the top of Book Hill (30th/K, Wisconsin/K, Wisconsin/M, Wisconsin/N, Wisconsin/Q, and Wisconsin/R Street stops). This will allow pedestrians a chance to experience all that Georgetown has to offer, from the waterfront to the quaint small businesses on Book Hill, with greater ease.

Information and a map are available on the BID’s official Georgetown website.

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