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Wells Vows to Keep MLK Library Open on Sundays

September 23, 2011

Councilmember Tommy Wells has taken up the popular cause of keeping the downtown Martin Luther King Library open on Sundays, telling the Board of Library Trustees on Wednesday that he “will do everything in my power to get the $320,000 needed.”  The Ward 6 councilmember dropped by unannounced at the regular Trustees meeting at the new Deanwood Library in northeast.  

Marcia Carter of the Friends of the Georgetown Library is delighted: “Closing MLK on Sundays would be tragic -- not only for its effect on the general public -- but because of the many special needs students who rely on services available only at MLK.”

She was joined Ward 6 resident Wendy Blair, President of the Literary Friends of the DC Public Library. “How encouraging that the new chair of the Library Committee is standing up so forcefully for the Library,” she said.  The second term councilmember recently became the new head of the committee that oversees the DC Public Library as well as Department of Parks and Recreation and the Office of Planning.  


Without the money, the closing is to start October 1st.


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Cate Blanchett weathers storm in Georgetown

August 26, 2011

In a season of hurricanes and quakes, Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett sought out a bit of stability on the historic streets of Georgetown Thursday. St

Georgetown author Carol Joynt and actress Cate Blanchett (Photo by: Composite) Georgetown author Carol Joynt and actress Cate Blanchett
anding outside of Dean & Deluca, she discussed the streetscape with two companions with a cinematic look. Were they scouting a future movie?

The Georgetown Dish has suggested that Blanchett play the leading role in the film adaptation of Carol Joynt's Innocent Spouse.

Meanwhile, Blanchett is in town starring in a new adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya at the Kennedy Center by her husband and co-artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company, Andrew Upton. The production runs through Saturday, weather permitting.

Blanchett plays

Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in Uncle Vanya (Photo by: Kennedy Center) Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in Uncle Vanya
Yelena, wife of Professor Serebryakov who visit Uncle Vanya and his niece Sonya, setting off disarray and a few consuming love affairs, each of which withers in disappointment.

"I've always wondered what she did during the day," said a Washington theatergoer who recently saw the actress in Uncle Vanya. "Her role is so intense I would have to sleep all day to recover."

Blanchett looked rested and fresh, however. It is the second time in recent years she has spent time in Washington. The Sydney Theatre Company's production of A Streetcar Named Desire, which starred Blanchett as Blanche DuBois at the Kennedy Center, received rave reviews.

Blanchett hails a cab headed to Water St. (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Blanchett hails a cab headed to Water St.

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Georgetown's Tall Guys in China

August 12, 2011

Georgetown University’s men’s basketball team is in China for ten days of pre-season warm-ups – and, who knows, maybe inspiring the next Yao Ming to do his college work with John Thompson III.

The team will visit cultural sites, participate in basketball clinics with Chinese students and play four exhibition match-ups against teams of the Chinese National Basketball Association. The players also will participate in the first-ever Nike Festival of Sport in Shanghai.

On Thursday of last week, the team joined Georgetown Board of Directors Chairman (and former NFL Commissioner) Paul Tagliabue as well as Head Coach Thompson at the U.S. Department of State for a briefing with Kin Moy, deputy assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

The briefing helped prepare them for the trip to China.  The team learned what to expect in Beijing and Shanghai and more about the diplomatic relationship between the United States and China.

They will be visiting both Chinese cities as part of their first cultural and athletic tour abroad under Thompson.

“There are as many people playing basketball in China as there are in the United States and that's an amazing statistic,” Thompson said.  The best known is Yao Ming, the all-star center who recently retired from the Houston Rockets of the NBA.

Georgetown was a natural for the Nike event—JT III’s father and former Georgetown coach John R. Thompson Jr. is a Nike board member.  

“From an institutional standpoint, we're getting a chance to represent Georgetown and increase our reputation in China. President Jack DeGioia has focused reaching out to other countries as a global institution, and this trip is part of that work.”  Tagliabue, a GU alum, has international sports experience from his years at the NFL, marketing the brand worldwide.

The team left Saturday and returns to Georgetown Aug. 24.


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