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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.

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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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Meet Georgie, Fairmont's New Ambassador

November 12, 2018

 The Fairmont Hotel has a new canine ambassador.


While many upscale hotels have gone pet-friendly and let the dogs in as guests, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is taking canine care to a new level, by adopting a puppy from Guiding Eyes for the Blind to serve as the hotel’s Canine Ambassador.  Georgie, a 10-week old female Labrador puppy, was born at the organization’s Canine Development Center in Patterson, NY, with the aspiration of one day becoming a guide dog for a person with vision loss.


“Every Guiding Eyes dog is an extraordinary animal born with a purpose,” said Kathy Zubrycki, vice president of training programs at Guiding Eyes for the Blind. “Puppies receive a tremendous amount of early training and socialization during the first few weeks of life, and though not every pup is a suited for guide work, many go on to other exciting careers or may become exceptional companions and pets.  That’s how Georgie came to become Fairmont’s new Canine Ambassador, and we’re thrilled for her to join the Fairmont family.”

Georgie will have a comfortable part-time home in the hotel lobby, where guests can visit and assist her with her socialization.  Come evening, Georgie will head home with Dad, Mark Huntley, the hotel’s general manager and regional vice president.


Guests on the road with their own Rover can do even more to share the puppy love.  Every time they book the Puppy Love Package and check-in with dog in tow, Fairmont Washington D.C., Georgetown will donate $25 to Guiding Eyes for the Blind.


And Georgie is not the only canine that receives V.I.D. (Very Important Dog) treatment at Fairmont Washington D.C., dogs arriving at the hotel (with their owners of course) are greeted with healthy peanut butter treats handmade by the pastry team. 

Fairmont Washington D.C. Georgetown’s no-charge Pet Program includes lots of other practical items like walking maps to nearby parks, a list of nearby, pet-friendly restaurants and cafes.  The finishing touch, a special sign for your door – the green paw means, “please service room, animal companion exploring city.”  Flip sides to the red paw and Spot can slumber on, “do not disturb, animal companion napping.”

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