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Byzantium and the Nomads Lecture at Dumbarton Oaks Oct. 13

September 25, 2016

Florin Curta, professor of medieval history and archaeology at the University of Florida, will be giving a public lecture October 13, 2016 from 5:30-7:30 pm on: An Uneasy Relation: Byzantium and the Nomads at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in the Oak Room, Fellowship House, located at 1700 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.


Although the relations between the nomads and Byzantium have been the subject of many studies, there is to date no comprehensive treatment of the topic. Byzantine sources provide abundant information about how the imperial government in Constantinople dealt with the peoples inhabiting the steppe lands north of the Black and Caspian Seas. Conclusions drawn on the basis of written sources, however, differ from those resulting from archaeological excavations. New evidence from excavations has enriched our understanding of relations between nomadic and settled communities and has questioned the pigeonholing of diverse communities into preconceived ethnic categories such as “Pechenegs,” “Oghuz,” and “Cumans.”


Recent research has moved beyond the study of burial mounds to focus on the cultures of those nomads who moved into areas neighboring the Byzantine Empire or into Hungary between the eleventh and the thirteenth centuries. These studies have emphasized the processes of sedentization, conversion to Christianity, and eventual assimilation. The study of local settlements in the Balkans has revealed great differences between their relations with sedentary populations north and south of the Danube. Pioneering research in bioarchaeology has only begun to enrich the already complex picture of the archaeology of medieval nomadism in Eastern Europe.


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Old Ebbitt Grill Kicks off DC Beer Week with BrewHaHa

September 13, 2016

Old Ebbitt Grill’s 4th Annual Craft BrewHaHa held on September 24, 2016 from 7:30 50 10:30 pm will feature ten local breweries and ten local chefs showcasing some of DC's best food and craft beer. Guests will enjoy unlimited tastings of 20 craft beers from local breweries alongside 20 terrific tastes from top restaurants.  Held in Old Ebbitt Grill's expansive atrium, the cocktail-style party features live music from opening band Crooked Angels and headlining band Only Lonesome.


“We have seen a tremendous amount of interest from locals and visitors about these great beers being crafted right here in the DMV” according to David Moran, Managing Director of Old Ebbitt Grill. “Ten great breweries paired with ten great chefs all backed by some awesome Americana music at the historic Old Ebbitt Grill - now that's a party...or in this case a BrewHaHa.”

Old Ebbitt Grill (Photo by: Old Ebbitt Grill

Participating breweries include DC Brau Brewing Company (Washington, DC), 3 Stars Brewing Company (Washington, DC), Right Proper Brewing Company (Washington, DC), Port City Brewing Company (Alexandria, VA), Old Bust Head Brewing Company (Warrenton, VA), Old Ox Brewery (Ashburn, VA), Mustang Sally Brewing Company (Chantilly, VA), Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, MD), Evolution Craft Brewing Company (Salisbury, MD), and Denizens Brewing Co. (Silver Spring, MD).

Participating chefs & restaurants include Nathan Anda (Red Apron Butchery), Mike Friedman (The Red Hen/All-Purpose), Kyle Bailey (Sixth Engine), Logan McGear (Smoke and Barrel), Alex McCoy (Alfie’s),  Gabe Thompson (RPM Italian), Jonatan Bohr (Shaw Brewpub & Kitchen), Zach Smith (The Hamilton), Jeff Eng (Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge), and Salvatore Ferro (Old Ebbitt Grill).

Tickets are priced at $75/ all-inclusive and can be purchased online here

Old Ebbitt Grill is located at 675 15th Street NW. 


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Verroneau Live at Blues Alley Sept. 12

August 24, 2016

International acoustic quartet Verroneau will be performing at Blues Alley on September 12, 2016


A delicious blend of bossa nova,  jazz, samba and swing performed in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, their CD releases, Joie de Vivre – Joy of Living, and Jazz Samba Project, both rose high in the US radio jazz and world music charts, earning rave reviews. Jazz Samba Project entered national and regional jazz top 10 charts in dozens of cities from Toronto to New Orleans and has gone on to inspire a music festival, documentary movie and stage play, all featuring the band. 


Based in Washington DC, Veronneau have attracted capacity crowds to venues such as the Kennedy Center, Strathmore, and Blues Alley. Featuring musicians from Canada, UK and USA, Veronneau's international tours, radio and internet airplay have won them world-wide fans.


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Blues Alley is located at 1073 Wisconsin avenue in Georgetown.


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