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Dante's Shadow in Petrarch's Canzoniere

March 19, 2012

Princeton University professor Simone Marchesi will give a lecture on how Dante appears in Petrarch's most famous work, The Canzoniere this Thursday, March 22, 2012 starting at 6:00 pm at Reiss Science Building 112 on the campus of Georgetown University. This event is open to the public.

Born in Arezzo, as he writes, in the days in which the exiled Dante was passing through that city, and devoting a significant portion of his intellectual energy to writing lyrical poetry in the vernacular, Petrarch felt (as he had throughout his life) the need to address a fundamental question: how not to be Dante. Petrarch's describes his non-Dantean treatment of time and space in his collection of lyric poetry.

Simone Marchesi is Associate Professor of French and Italian at Princeton University. His main research area is the dialogue with classical and late-antique texts engaged by Italian medieval writers, especially Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio. Most recently, he has edited and translated into Italian Robert Hollander's full commentary to Dante's Commedia (Olschki, 2011).


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BLOSSOM DC Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Japan's Gift

March 5, 2012

A special exhibition of artwork called BLOSSOM DC at The Old Print Gallery is inspired by the 100-year anniversary of Japan's gift of cherry trees to Washington, D.C.

This group show, celebrating the beauty and  elegance of spring blossoms, features a large number of prints from local D.C. artists Marti Patchell, Phillip Bennet and Susan Goldman, as well as a selection of works by New York contemporary artists and several early 20th century printmakers.

BLOSSOM DC opens on March 16 with a nighttime reception at the gallery from 5:00-8:00 pm and runs through May 11, 2012.

The Old Print Gallery is located at 1220 31st Street. Tel: 202.965.1818


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Celebrating Fat Tuesday

February 20, 2012

Ada Polla got us in the Mardis Gras mood. Here are some local ideas for celebrating Fat Tuesday.

  1. Clarendon Mardis Gras Parade: Known as the biggest Mardis Gras celebration in Washington, the parade includes live music, beads, and floats decorated by local stores. It starts at 8:00 pm at the intersection of Wilson Blvd, and North Barton Street.
  2. Bayou Bakery: The first New Orleans style restaurant in Washington D.C., Bayou Bakery will offer Beignets, beads, and King Cake by the slice until 5:00 pm. From 5:00 pm-11:00 pm choose of three Mardis Gras tickets (depending on how many drinks you want). Rappahannock River Oysters will be available for free, and a celebrity mixologist will be mixing the drinks. 1515 N. Courthouse Road. Tel. 703.243.2410.
  3. Central Michel Richard: Live music from 7:00-10:00 pm, with traditional New Orleans food, cocktails. Free beads are also included. 1001 Pennsylvania Ave, NW. Tel. 202.626.0015.
  4. Clyde's of Georgetown: Expect beads, masks, specialty cocktails, and Cajun-inspired twists on Clyde's favorites. 3236 M Street. Tel. 202.333.9180. 


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