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Bike to Work May 17

May 15, 2013

Save the date for Bike to Work Day 2013!

On Friday, May 17th, Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association invites you to join over 10,000 area commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work.

From 7:30 to 9:30 am, bike to Georgetown's pit stop at the Waterfront Park (K Street & Wisconsin Avenue NW) and receive a free t-shirt, enjoy refreshments and more. Click here to register, details and a map to Georgetown's pit stop. 202.298.9222

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Jackson Art Center Open Studios April 28

April 24, 2013

Jackson Art Center (Photo by: Jane Lepscky) Jackson Art Center

The artists of the Jackson Art Center will hold their Spring Open Studios, Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 12:00-5:00 pm.  This semi-annual and very popular event enables the community to drop in on 30-plus local artists who make the Jackson Art Center their workspace. 

Visitors enjoy complimentary refreshments and live music as they meander through artists’ studios and view works on paper, canvas and fabric, in oil, acrylic, pencil, and pastel, as well as photography, sculpture, ceramics and more.  This spring our hallways and stairwells will feature a special gallery of works with a unique spring theme based on various artistic aspects of the color green--check it out!

The Jackson Art Center is located at 3050 R Street in a former D.C. public school building directly across from Montrose Park in the heart of Georgetown, Washington, DC. The Spring Open Studios event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit Jackson Art Center.

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Promise of Freedom Concert at Washington National Cathedral April 21

April 10, 2013

The Legatum Institute and the City Choir of Washington will be presenting the world premiere of 'Three Hymns of George Herbert' at the Washington National Cathedral on April 21st at 4:00 pm.

Sir John Tavener's choice of three works by the early 17th century poet George Herbert take us back to an earlier chapter in the transatlantic story - the time when religious and political radicals fled the Church and State establishment of England in order to embrace the freedom promised in the new American colonies.

The City Choir of Washington will be joined by the Shenandoah Conservatory Choir, and the City Choir Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Robert Shafer.

The concert will also include compositions by Bernstein, Handel, Parry, Stanford, Vaughan Williams and Whitacre, pieces that were performed at the Queen's 1953 Coronation.

To purchase tickets and for further information, click here or visit the National Cathedral's website.

Sir John Tavener is one of the best known and regarded composers of his generation. He was knighted in 2000 for his services to music. One of Tavener's most popular and frequently performed works is his short unaccompanied four-part choral setting of William Blake's The Lamb, written in 1982. Later prominent works include The Akathist of Thanksgiving (1987, written in celebration of the millennium of the Russian Orthodox Church); The Protecting Veil (first performed by cellist Steven Isserlis and the London Symphony Orchestra at the 1989 Proms); and Song for Athene (1993, performed at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997). Following Diana's death he also composed and dedicated to her memory the piece Eternity's Sunrise, based on poetry by William Blake. For more information, please visit

About the Promise of Freedom Series

The Promise of Freedom is a series of lectures and events exploring the vital role liberty has played in British and American cultural and social thought. The Promise of Freedom marks the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty the Queen. The series also features events with Grey Gowrie, poet, former Cabinet Minister and company Chairman, Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery in London, Dame Harriet Walter, British actress, and Lieutenant-General Simon Mayall, Senior Advisor Middle East, Ministry of Defence.

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