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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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Rosewood Named Best Hotel in DC

July 6, 2016

Travel + Leisure in its annual World’s Best Awards list, named Rosewood Washington, D.C. as number one in the category “Top Hotels in Washington, D.C.” for 2016.  The annual awards recognize the greatest travel destinations around the globe, from hotels and airports to cities and islands.  

 

"We are honored to be recognized with Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Award,” said Pascal Forotti, Managing Director of Rosewood Washington, D.C. “We are dedicated to providing unrivaled guest experiences that resonate with the capital’s rich culture and history, as well as unparalleled service, and this recognition is a true testament to our exceptional staff and their efforts.”

 

Situated alongside the C&O Canal in the heart of Georgetown, Rosewood Washington, D.C. is a charming urban oasis offering 49 guestrooms and suites featuring contemporary art and comfortable furnishings as well as the state-of-the-art technology and amenities.  The hotel boasts a number of dining options including seasonal dining at the Grill Room which overlooks the C&O canal.  The adjoining Rye Bar has a cozy atmosphere and serves one of the city’s finest selections of rare rye whiskeys and craft cocktails.  A rooftop lounge features an indoor/outdoor pool and panoramic views over America’s capital city including the iconic Washington Monument.

 

 


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