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Mayor Joins SRO Crowd to Celebrate Martin's 80th B'Day

April 4, 2013

Standing Room ONLY it was on Wednesday evening for Billy Martin's Tavern 80th birthday.  Mayor Vincent Gray brought a proclamation, making it Billy Martin's Day in the city, the camera lights flashed and people fell of the chairs they were standing on to get a better view of the ceremony. "Same family, same location.  The city's changing, but we're not," said Billy. 

Billy Martin with Commissioners Ron Lewis, Ed Solomon, Jennifer Altemus of the Citizens Association, Mayor Gray and Commissioner Bill Starrels (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Billy Martin with Commissioners Ron Lewis, Ed Solomon, Jennifer Altemus of the Citizens Association, Mayor Gray and Commissioner Bill Starrels


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Parables, Poetry and Czardas at Italian Embassy April 3

March 25, 2013

Celebrate 2013, The Year of Italian Culture on April 3 with an eclectic musical evening at the Embassy of Italy.

The program will include the telling of stories through music, the conjuring up of poetic images through sound and the call to dance through infectious rhythms. Music by P. Maurice, C. Chaminade, L.A. Smith, V. Persichetti and P. Iturralde.

The first two pieces were written by Paule Maurice and Cécile Chaminade, two ground-breaking and accomplished female composers from France who lived and worked during the first half of the 20th century. Each movement of the two works bears a title, and the descriptive music will evoke very vivid images for the listener.

More recent pieces by Italian-American composers Larry Alan Smith and Vincent Persichetti follow. Both composers have family roots in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Larry Alan Smith studied with Vincent Persichetti at The Juilliard School.

Although there will be other opportunities to "dance" because of music in the first four pieces, Pedro Iturralde’s Pequeña Czarda will bring the evening to a fitting conclusion. A czarda (czardas) is a national Hungarian dance in two sections with the first generally being slow and sad, and the second being fast and fiery. Spanish composer and saxophonist Pedro Iturralde has added his own special touch.

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Doors open at 6:15 pm. Program begins at 7:00 pm.

Embassy of Italy is located at 3000 Whitehaven Street, NW.

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Georgetown University Celebrates Election of First Jesuit Pope

March 13, 2013

Georgetown, the nation's first Catholic and Jesuit university, is celebrating the election of the first Jesuit pontiff, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., of Buenos Aires, who will be known as Pope Francis.

“We received the news of Pope Francis’ election with great joy made all the deeper because he is the first Jesuit pope and first pope from South America,” said Rev. Kevin O’Brien, S.J., Georgetown’s vice president of mission and ministry. “We pray for him and our church.”

Francis I, the first pope to be known by that name, was elected after only two days and five rounds of voting during the conclave convened by the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel of St. Peter’s Basilica.

University President John J. DeGioia issued this statement:

“On this joyous day, we offer our prayers of thanksgiving and celebration for the new Holy Father, Pope Francis.

"This is an historic moment for our Church and for our community that the first Jesuit and the first Cardinal from the Americas has become Pope, the leader of our global community of believers.

"Our work at Georgetown is informed by the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order. This very same tradition played an essential role in the formation of our new Pope, and we have seen it expressed in his preference and care for the poor, his vow of poverty, and his ministry as Archbishop of Buenos Aires. We are grateful to share this spiritual affinity with our new Pontiff.”

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