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Tudor Nights: The Desk Set Oct. 13

October 4, 2016

Tudor Place hosts Tudor Nights: The Desk Set on Thursday, October 13 from 6:30-8:30 pm. 

 

Travel back to a time when "Office" meant a physical space and "desktops" were desktops, hard surfaces covered in wood and leather rather than blinking icons. Those desks and the objects that adorned them tell us volumes about their users, and nowhere more than in the richly outfitted early 20th-century Office at Tudor Place. From crystal and silver keepsakes to humble working tools, they show us how differently we lived and worked in the pre-digital age.

 

Join Tudor Place for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a close-up interaction with objects both functional and handsome and the stories they can tell us.

 

This event is for ages 21+. Admission is $20 for non-members (or FREE for Tudor Place members) and includes wine, beer, soft drinks, and appetizers. For more information, or to register online, click here

 

Tudor Place is located at 1644 31st Street in Georgetown


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The Taj Mahal Trio Live at Blues Alley

September 7, 2016

The Taj Mahal Trio will be performing live at Blues Alley September 29- October 2, 2016. 

 

In September 2014, some 50 years after moving to Los Angeles to form the band Rising Sons with fellow blues musician Ry Cooder and Jessie Lee Kincaid, Taj Mahal hightailed it to Nashville to receive an honor he called “one of the most powerful and wonderful things that could ever happen in my life.” Celebrating decades of recording and touring that have nearly singlehandedly reshaped the definition and scope of the blues via the infusion of exotic sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and South Pacific, the two-time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist was feted with the Lifetime Achievement for Performance Award at the 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards.

 

“I’ve been performing for over 50 years, and to be recognized for the road I’ve traveled means the world to me, says Mahal, who during the show performed “Statesboro Blues” – which he first recorded on his eponymous 1968 debut album – on dobro with a band that included Cooder and Don Was. “I could not have done this without the audience that has been so supportive of me throughout my musical journey. It was a fantastic night and I was thrilled to be there and celebrated among such other outstanding American musical treasures like Jackson Browne and Flaco Jimenez, whose music and talent I am a fan of. It certainly represented a diversity of musical styles and culture. That’s what I’m talking about!”

 

“I’ve been performing for over 50 years, and to be recognized for the road I’ve traveled means the world to me, says Mahal,  “I could not have done this without the audience that has been so supportive of me throughout my musical journey."

 

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'Six Degrees of Francis Bacon'

August 29, 2016

Georgetown University reported Monday that "Six Degrees of Francis Bacon, which recently received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is a digital project established by Georgetown and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) that recreates the British early modern social network."

 

 

Daniel Shore, a Georgetown English professor along with Christopher Warren and Jessica Otis at CMU have mapped the network by mining 62 million words in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

 

"Like Facebook, you enter a name such as William Shakespeare in a space on the website and up pops that person and all his or her “friends.”

But since this is serious scholarship, there are no selfies or videos of kittens attacking balls of yarn."

 

“Six Degrees is, naturally, aimed at academics, scholars of the literature and historians of the period,” Shore says, “but also we have quite a few of what we call citizen scholars, who are, for example, interested in the court of Henry VIII and are able to take advantage of our site and contribute knowledge.”

 

The site is already being used in classrooms at both universities.

 

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