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NGA East Building 40th Anniversary Summer Lecture Series

July 5, 2018

Celebrate the East Building of the National Gallery of Art's 40th Anniversary with a Summer Lecture Series from July 8 through August 26, 2018.

The National Gallery of Art East Building, designed by architect I. M. Pei, first opened to the public on June 1, 1978. This innovative and remarkably adaptable building has hosted major national and international exhibitions over the past 40 years. The East Building is also home to the Gallery’s exceptional collection of modern art. The Summer Sunday lecture series celebrates 40 years of exhibitions and acquisitions in this iconic building.


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Women Restaurateurs Recognized at the RAMMYs

June 13, 2018

Zena Polin (Photo by: Zena Polin) Zena Polin

The Oscars of the local food scene took place on June 10 at the Washington Convention Center. Members of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington gathered to celebrate the winners at DC’s Food Prom.

Women winners were front and center. Amy Brandwein, chef/owner of Centrolina, won the coveted Chef of the Year award, Zena Polin, co-owner of The Daily Dish, won Favorite Gathering Place and Patricia Andres accepted the award for Exceptional Leadership & Impact along with Jose Andres who is in Guatemala helping earthquake victims. Scott Drewno, whose Chiko won New Restaurant of the Year, ended his speech with, “We should all be feminists.”


While there were serious moments, the room reflected on the influence of Anthony Bourdain and the loss to the industry, fun did abound. Polin, whose restaurant won in one of only four publicly voted categories, included her restaurant regulars in the festivies by Facetiming them from the podium. As NBC's Eun Yang handed her the award, Polin drew applause as she told the audience, "We're so happy the very people who voted for The Daily Dish are watching the RAMMYs with us live tonight."

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Roy Hargrove Live at Blues Alley June 5-10

May 17, 2018

Dallas born trumpter Roy Hargrove will be performing live at Blues Alley from June 5 through June 10, 2018.

Mentored as a teenager by Wynton Marsalis, he has a flaring tone and a lyrical warmth; his fusing of traditional and contemporary music turns his gigs into exuberant jazz history lessons.  Hargrove has firmly established himself as among the premier players in jazz and beyond. Ever-stretching into more challenging and colorful ways to flex his musical chops, Hargrove has left indelible imprints in a vast array of artful settings.  With a band including the formidable young drummer Quincy Phillips. Hargrove's snappy phrase turns and vibrato-laden long notes, pared with alto saxophonist Justin Robinson's fluent improvisations, embellish his usual selection of swingers and Latin shuffles.  The Grammy Award–winning trumpeter  has firmly established himself as among the premier players in jazz and beyond. 

Grammy Award–winning trumpeter Roy Hargrove has firmly established himself as among the premier players in jazz and beyond. The New York Times calls him an "often dazzling trumpeter with a gift for pithy soul."


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