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Hillwood Presents Inspired Table Settings

February 15, 2018

Contemporary tastemakers present inspired table settings at Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens from February 17 through June 10, 2018.


The Artisitc Table exhibition includes designs by Timothy Corrigan, Barry Dixon, Charlotte Moss, Alex Papachristidis, P. Gaye Tapp, Hutton Wilkinson and Josh Hildreth work with Hillwood curators to create table displays inspired by Marjorie’s exceptional flair for entertaining to explore the concept of artistically set tables, past and present. 


Hillwood’s remarkable collection will be the source for a display of historic tables, designed by Hillwood curators and inspired by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French and Russian models, on view in the forty-four foot dining room and the enchanting adjacent breakfast room. The special exhibition space in the dacha will house the tables fashioned by renowned interior designers to generate a conversation between past and contemporary design. Drawing from the many and varied table wares at Hillwood or their own sources, designers will draw from the elegance of the European courts, Marjorie’s exceptional style, and their own modern aesthetic, as inspiration for beautiful and refreshing takes on setting an artistic table.


Entering the grand entry hall at Hillwood, guests to the Washington home of Marjorie Merriweather Post in the 1950s and 1960s received an impressive welcome fit for diplomats, socialites, politicians, and other worldly guests. Exquisite furnishings and objects introduced the dual interests that guided Marjorie’s passion for art collecting: the decorative and fine arts of imperial Russia and eighteenth-century France. With this blend of historical styles and her personal refined aesthetics, the magic of an evening at Hillwood became renowned.


The enchantment of her remarkable collection didn’t stop with the display. The opulent dining services  of the tsarist and French courts on display throughout her mansion were also used to serve and dazzle Marjorie’s dinner guests. In addition to the delightful fare, guests at her table enjoyed a visual feast created by sumptuous Sèvres services, glistening sterling silver, Russian imperial services, and lace tablecloths, among many other items from her collection.


Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens is located at 4155 Linnean Avenue NW.



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Marion Meadows Live at Blues Alley Valentine's Day

January 31, 2018

American saxophonist, composer, and contemporary jazz recording artist, Marion Meadows will be performing live at Blues Alley February 14, 2018. Meadows has released a total of 13 albums.


Born in West Virginia and raised in Stamford, Connecticut, Meadows began playing the clarinet and studying classical music at the age of nine. He started playing tenor sax in high school, and then migrated to soprano sax. His passion for various types of music led him down an eclectic musical path. He was intrigued by the styles of jazz musicians, like Stanley Turrentine, Sidney Bichet, Johnny Hodges, John Coltrane, Sonny Stitt, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Adderley, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Fortune, Joe Henderson, Grover Washington and many others.


Meadows’ first RCA release “For Lover’s Only” was a huge success and was followed by his ground breaking “Keep it Right There” album. He became a staple of the contemporary jazz format with his subsequent recordings, which include Body Rhythm (1994) and Forbidden Fruit (1996), Passion (1997), Another Side Of Midnight (1999), Next To You (2000), In Deep (2002), Players Club (2004), Dressed To Chill (2006), Secrets (2009) Whisper (2013) and Soul Traveler his current release on the New York based Shanachie Label. Meadows is a semi-pro cyclist, graphic artist and designer. Marion received a doctorate from Wilberforce University in 2016.

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'On Your Feet!' at Kennedy Center Now

January 9, 2018

On Your Feet! will be at the Kennedy Center from Tuesday, January 9 through Sunday, January 28, 2018


From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything.

From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, On Your Feet! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys), and an original book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), On Your Feet! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter century—and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.


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