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Zack Smith & The Dixie Power Trio at Volta Park June 15th

June 4, 2014

Come celebrate Summer 2014 with Concerts in the Parks! 

Calling all dad’s for a special Father’s Day celebration. Dads and their families will enjoy chilling out with the southern funk sounds of Dixie Power Trio.  This concert will feature special chair messages for dads plus a father and child dance contest.  In addition to cupcakes and ice cream, the Surf Side food truck will be serving up tacos and other mexi-cali morsels, and there will be many other fun activities for all ages.

This event, hosted by the Citizen's Association of Georgetown, will be held Sunday, June 15 at 5 p.m. at Volta Park at 34th and Q Streets.

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Tari Showcases Alexa-Li Pop-Up Boutique

June 1, 2014

When Alisa Pereira was searching for the perfect spot to "bring LA and NY edgy to DC," she had to look no further than Tari.

Sara Mokhtari and Alisa Pereira (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Sara Mokhtari and Alisa Pereira

For three-and-a-half years, Georgetown boutique owner Sara Mokhtari has been offering the city's chicest clients a treasure trove of designer fashion and accessories for both men and women.

Tari (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Tari

Whether it's a new Hermes satchel or vintage Chanel pumps, she's always on the look-out for something special for her discriminating clients. Sara explains, "As a Fashion Foundation member,we're always excited to promote emerging business owners and designers. Fortunately, we had extra space in the rear of our boutique and thought it would be a great opportunity to expand our client base by offering more trendy and playful clothing through Alexa-Li's Pop-Up."

Mrs. DC 2014Meredith Egwuatu and model Dakota Ross-Cabrera (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Mrs. DC 2014Meredith Egwuatu and model Dakota Ross-Cabrera

With an average price of $50 per item, Alexa-Li offers "amazing style, affordable quality," says owner Alisa Pereira. This business consultant-turned fashionista sells her day-to-evening styles directly through her website and at Tari now but only for a limited time.

Dakota Ross-Cabrera, Sara Mokhtari, Alisa Pereira and Meredith Egwuatu (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dakota Ross-Cabrera, Sara Mokhtari, Alisa Pereira and Meredith Egwuatu

Tari is located at 1525 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel: 202.621.7500

Kurt Snyder and Dakota Ross-Cabrera (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kurt Snyder and Dakota Ross-Cabrera

Tari's menswear (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Tari's menswear
Tari (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Tari

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A Summer Camp for Italian-Minded Kids

May 15, 2014

With the school year winding down, families are search for summer activities that are fun and enriching. One of the newest and most interesting offerings for the youngest DC residents this summer is the Giro Girotondo Summer Camp. Born out of the enthusiasm and commitment of a group of parents, the camp is taught exclusively in Italian and offers a well designed combination of high-level theatre classes, dance, arts and crafts, reading and culinary experiments.

The camp is run by the non-profit association MAPACI (MAmme e PApa per le Cultura Italiana, or Moms and Dads for the Italian Culture) - established about a year ago with the goal of creating a medium through which children can learn and immerse themselves in the Italian language and culture. In the past year, the association offered drawing and art classes and a chorus, and new classes, including theatre, will be offered in the fall.

“The idea is to create a fun environment for serious learning”, says Marina Galvani, art curator at the World Bank, mom to Camille, 6, and co-founder of MAPACI (together with Claudio Bazzichelli, dad to Ginevra, 5). “It’s a space for children to explore a new culture through some of its greatest expressions – language, music, theater, storytelling”.

The camp will be held at Hardy Middle School (just in front of the Georgetown Safeway on Wisconsin Avenue), for two weeks, June 23-27 and June 30-July 3.

It welcomes children age 5 to 12, native Italian speakers as well as those just starting to learn the language.  Children will be led by two professional actress, specialized in children theater instruction:   Simona Rodano, known as the Italian Fairy, is an artist and instructor who lives and works in NY, and has performed in DC several times; Vivian Alvin is a DC actress and children’s theatre instructor, who trained in Italy and the US. Together with the children, they will bring to life the magical musical theater workshop “Hip Hop Pinocchio,” a journey celebrating, staging and rehearsing the iconic Italian character in a contemporary key. Children will work with their voices, bodies and imagination through improvisational exercises, simple scene work, lazzi and exploration of archetypes. “Classes are structured in a way that allows children to free their artistic expression, while learning to control their impulses by building a group synergy”, says Marina. 

Several local businesses support the program. The Italian restaurant il Canale in Georgetown and Pitango Gelato donated scholarships to allow deserving students of Hardy Middle School to participate to the camp. “Our philosophy is to bring Italy to life in every dish we serve,” said Joe Farruggio, il Canale owner.  “So, it just makes sense that we support activities that bring Italian culture to children.”

In addition, Pitango Gelato, maker of a superb Italian gelato made with the best organic and locally sourced ingredients, will supply gelato to participants during the camp’s Pitango Day.

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