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Duke Ellington Students Treated to John Legend Concert at Kennedy Center

February 1, 2012

Grammy winning singer, John Legend surprised Duke Ellington School students practicing at the Kennedy Center Tuesday morning.

Legend was there to participate in the launch of “What’s Going On…Now,” a Kennedy Center project to inspire youth to engage in their communities through the arts and to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”

Read the entire Washington Post article here.

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Top Chef All-Star Comes to Georgetown

January 18, 2012

An unfortunate fire led to the birth of what is predicted to be one of Georgetown’s new hot spots. Hook Restaurant fell victim to the flames, but in its place will rise Bandolero, a small-plate Mexican restaurant run by celebrity chef Mike Isabella.

Bandolero is set to open in March 2012 with a much different feel than the previous establishment in its place.

In a press release Isabella uses words like “high-volume” and “high-energy” to describe his vision for his newest project. He wants to keep the people of Georgetown on their toes with frequent changes to the menu, and a cocktail menu that will incorporate inventive ingredients. We can expect to see small-plate versions and creative twists on his menu items that will include tacos, fajitas, vegetables, and salsas.

Top Chef fans know that Mike Isabella is known for blending all types of cultures and flavors into his food, so we are sure this restaurant will be anything but conventional.

We asked around Georgetown to see if people were excited about the arrival of the Mexican restaurant and the Top Chef star, or if his presence was going to ruin the small-town feel Georgetown has going for them. The response was overwhelmingly positive.

“I’m excited about a place like that opening up here,” says Georgetown resident Will Weeks. “My friends and I are always looking for new places to try and I think that vibe would fit in great here.”

Mary Kelley says, “Georgetown is in need of a little flavor. I think a new Mexican restaurant would be a great way to spice us up a little.”

Bandolero will open in early March at 3241 M Street, NW.

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Observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15, 2012

January 15th marks what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 83rd birthday, but an observance of the work he accomplished takes place on Monday January 16th.

In addition to government agencies including the D.C. Department of Public Works and D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles closed for the day, local venues are doing their part to remember the civil rights leader:

1) Let Freedom Ring tribute concert at the Kennedy Center with Bobby McFerrin at 6:00 pm. See article on the concert here

2) Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade starting at 645 Milwaukee Place SE, and ending on 4201 M.L. King Ave., SW. The parade begins at 11:00 am.

3) The National Museum of American History is holding a Family Festival that will include educational activities, interactive playing, discussions, and a musical performance from the Freedom Singers.

4) Washington National Cathedral will present the 14th annual concert and presentation of “King in Our Midst.” Expect performances by School Without Walls Choir, Tony Keith, St. Augustine Gospel Choir, CityDance Conservatory Dancers, Malcom X Dancers & Drummers, Urban National H.I.P.-H.O.P. Choir, and WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir. Admission is a new children’s book to benefit local charities.

5) At 8:00 am, the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation will remember M.L.K Jr. by laying a wreath on the Stone of Hope at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Harry E. Johnson, president and CEO of the Foundation, Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, and Robert G. Stanton, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar will speak at this ceremony.

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