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Fete Des Lumieres Georgetown Will Light Up Holiday Season December 13-20

November 25, 2013

International festival makes U.S. debut in Georgetown with public art and light installations. Four international artists will bring their public art displays, using lights as their medium, to Georgetown for a week-long festival  inspired by the world-renowned Fete des Lumieres, or Festival of Lights, in Lyon, France.

The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Alliance Francaise, Art Soiree Productions, SPAIN Arts & Culture, The JBG Companies, Wallonie-Bruxelles International and EDF (Electricite de France) will sponsor the light installations that will be positioned in several locations in Georgetown.

Fete des Lumieres in Lyon, France (Photo by: Luisa Alvarez) Fete des Lumieres in Lyon, France

Fete des Lumieres Georgetown coincides with the second annual Georgetown Holiday Window Competition, where a variety of neighborhood merchants create holiday-themed window displays using only four different materials. This year’s competition will add lights as a fifth element in honor of the week-long festival.

“Georgetown is a premiere destination for the holidays and year-round with more than 450 restaurants, shops, galleries and other merchants,” says Joe Sternlieb, Georgetown BID CEO. “We are thrilled that Fete des Lumieres will make its U.S. debut in Georgetown, and this is a tremendous opportunity to showcase public art in Georgetown’s public spaces,” Sternlieb adds. “We look forward to expanding this festival into one of Georgetown’s premiere events.”

Sylvain Cornevaux, Cultural Director for Alliance Francaise, says “We are delighted to partner with so many wonderful organizations to bring a representation of this beloved, innovative and historic French tradition to Georgetown.”

Featured artists and installations, previously on display at the Lyon festival, include Luisa Alvarez presenting Cuidad Habitad, a collection of lit mannequins in whimsical poses. Alvarez will also exhibit Floating Lights, an interactive light wall. Both of those installations will be displayed throughout the festival. On December  13 and 14 only, a duo of artists known as Theoriz Crew will create Larsen 3G, a collection of interactive video projections, and Chloe Yaiche will present Zodiac, an artistic display of constellations inspired by  NASA satellite imagery.

Throughout the week, Art Soiree, local artists and merchants will host individual festival events, parties and promotions. For updated Fete des Lumieres Georgetown information and a complete listing of events, visit www.georgetowndc.com, Events, Holiday Happenings.

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Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle Commemorates JFK

November 21, 2013

The Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle is observing the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy throughout the month of November. The significance of this anniversary for the Cathedral lies not only in Kennedy’s distinction as the nation’s first Roman Catholic president, but also in that his Funeral Mass was celebrated at this site on November 25, 1963.

Choral Mass of Remembrance Friday, November 22, 2013, 5:30pm  

The Cathedral will mark the anniversary of the day of President Kennedy’s death with a Eucharistic celebration including choral music. A musical prelude will begin at 5:10pm.

Reverend Monsignor W. Ronald Jameson, Cathedral Rector, will be the presiding celebrant, and Reverend Bryan Hehir will be the homilist at this Eucharist. Father Hehir is the Professor of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Parking will be available in the garage adjacent to the Cathedral as well as in the commercial lot across Rhode Island Avenue.

The Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle is located at 1725 Rhode Island Ave NW.

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Eric Gray Small Paintings at Gallery Chez M

November 20, 2013

(Photo by: chezmdc.com)

Visit Gallery Chez M through this Saturday, November 23rd to see Eric Gray's Small Paintings.

Gray's work is mainly oil on canvas and is equally influenced by having spent his formative years in Japan and the aesthetics of Western painters such as Cezanne, Matisse, and Diebenkorn. Abstracted landscapes and interiors, sometimes with figures, constitute his subject matter.

52nd City Magazine describes his work as "pure emotion displayed with sophisticated compositions and interesting color schemes." For more information about the exhibit as well as a preview of the artist's work, visit Gallery Chez M.

Gallery Chez M is located at 1039 33rd Street.

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