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Swedish Film Screening May 5

April 25, 2019

House of Sweden hosts Eat, Sleep, Die, a film directed by Gabriela Pichler tells the story of a young Eastern European immigrant, working in Sweden, faced with a painful choice when she's laid off from her factory in the name of efficiencies.

 

The screening is Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

 

Tickets are free. Register here.

House of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street in Georgetown.


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Arturo Sandoval Live at Blues Alley April 18-21

April 3, 2019

Cuban-American jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval will be performang live at Blues Alley April 18 through April 21, 2019.

 

Granted political asylum in July 1990 and US citizenship in 1999, Sandoval and his family now call Miami, Florida home. A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the World’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugel horn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

 

“Born into poverty in Cuba and held back by his government, he risked everything to share his gifts with the world. In the decades since, this astonishing trumpeter, pianist and composer has inspired audiences in every corner of the world and awakened a new generation of great performers. He remains one of the best ever to play.”

Barack Obama (presenting Arturo Sandoval The Presidential Medal of Freedom 

 

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International Spy Museum Moving to L'Enfant Plaza

February 5, 2019

The International Spy Museum is moving to L’Enfant Plaza this spring.

 

"The District of Columbia is very pleased to bring an expanded Spy Museum to L’Enfant Plaza—permanently. We are fortunate to be able to retain this important resource that was such a catalyst for new investment in Penn Quarter.” -DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.

(Photo by: spymuseum.org)

 

At 140,000 square feet, the new Museum will provide more than double the floor space of its former building, at 800 F Street NW, and will include new resources for educational programming, a lecture hall/theater, and multifunction event space with sweeping views of DC.

 

The Malrite Company and JBG collaborated on plans for the new facility, which will sit directly in front of the glass atrium on the Plaza. 

 

Renowned London-based architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners created a design for the iconic building that will have a distinct and dynamic identity, and Washington-based Hickok Cole Architects is the architect of record for the project.

 

Visitors will have the opportunity to discover how the work of real spies shaped world history and continues to play a role today and hear real stories from real spies. The Museum works closely with former international intelligence leaders to deliver an authentic, unbiased experience about tradecraft, motivation, tools, evolution, and the impact of espionage throughout history and across the globe.

 

Historic tradecraft tools include “The Kiss of Death” lipstick pistol (pictured above) employed by KGB operatives during the Cold War. A 4.5 mm single shot weapon disguised as a tube of lipstick could be easily hidden in a purse. This weapon was first detected at a border crossing into West Berlin.

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