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Watch Sitka Piano Documentary

November 30, 2020

The Phillips Collection has been presenting concerts alongside its paintings since 1941. Some of the world's leading pianists have played its Steinway Concert D 542016, but they started hearing something wrong with it: the soundboard. This half-hour documentary — named for the spruce wood that replaced it — tells the story of tearing the piano apart, and bringing it back to life. Along the way, we learn how a piano works, and witness the consummate art of restoration by PianoCraft ( 


Rising international star Olivier Cavé puts it to the test, playing his specialty of Joseph Haydn, in this richly textured cinematic music documentary by independent filmmaker H. Paul Moon.


For best viewing, click here to watch full-screen, and if necessary, click the gear icon to select the highest quality that your speed can handle. Also, click the CC icon if you want to see English captions. 


It's also available via Amazon Prime at, on YouTube at, and on DVD or Blu-ray at

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1310 Kitchen & Bar's Chicken Pot Pie-athon

November 1, 2020

Although 1310 Kitchen & Bar isn't currently open, here's a special opportunity to snag some of Chef Jenn Crovato's beloved chicken pot pies. 


Between Wednesday, October 28th and Sunday, November 8th, you can pre-order Chef Jenn’s renowned chicken pot pie online by placing an order through the link at Each chicken pot pie sells for $20. The online order form also includes the option to purchase Chef Jenn’s Cookbook and bread and butter pickles.

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Buy to stock your freezer or give the gift of homemade comfort food to your friends and colleagues! Each 23oz pie is loaded with roasted chicken with peas, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, celery, spinach & butter crust and serves 1-2 or stays well in the freezer for a few months. The pies are sold frozen - bake for 1 hour at 350 & enjoy! Orders can be picked up on Sunday, November 15th or Monday, November 16th.


50% of all orders placed before November 8th will go toward supporting Georgetown Main Street’s programming, including holiday events, direct grants to businesses, and technical assistance workshops.


About Chef Jenn Crovato: Born and raised in the Washington DC area, Jenn Crovato grew up surrounded by food traditions. Her grandfather worked as baker in the mornings and cook at night, and her mother ran a catering company out of the house. After graduating from the Culinary institute of America, Chef Jenn worked in the acclaimed restaurant Galileo before spending a year cooking across Italy. After returning from Europe, she spent several years as an on-site and private chef in the DC area for high-profile clients. Today, Jenn is the owner and head Chef of 1310 Kitchen & Bar located in the historic Georgetown Inn where she thoughtfully combines her love of fresh Italian with comforting, eclectic American cuisine. Jenn recently joined the Board of Directors for the Georgetown Main Street program where she hopes to support the revitalization of the Wisconsin Avenue small business corridor.


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Dumbarton Oaks Hosts Webinar on Masculinity Oct. 30

October 6, 2020

Dumbarton Oaks is hosting a ZOOM conversation with four scholars about research on gender, sexuality, emotions, and devotion October 30, 2020 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Register here.


For the past five decades, Byzantinists have explored gender and sexuality. More recent work has turned to gendered emotions and religious devotion. While much of this research has its origin in women’s history, there has been an increasing interest in men, including monks and eunuchs, and in the articulations and performances of masculinity. 


This conversation brings together scholars across the globe who have actively promoted this research to reflect on their work and its evolving academic and nonacademic contexts.


Organizers: Claudia Rapp (University of Vienna and Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Derek Krueger (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)



Derek Krueger is the Joe Rosenthal Excellence Professor of Religious Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He serves as chair of the United States National Committee for Byzantine Studies (2016–2021) and as a senior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks (2015–2021). His current project is entitled “Monastic Desires: Homoeroticism in Byzantine Ascetic Literature.”


Mark Masterson is senior lecturer of classics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His major research interest is same-sex desire between men in classical antiquity and medieval Byzantium. His Between Byzantine Men: Desire, Brotherhood, and Male Culture in the Medieval Empire is forthcoming from Routledge.


Claudia Rapp is professor of Byzantine studies at the University of Vienna, director of the Division of Byzantine Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and scholarly director of the Sinai Palimpsests Project. She serves as president of the Austrian Association for Byzantine Studies and as a senior fellow at Dumbarton Oaks (2019–2021). Her research and publications (including Brother-Making in Late Antiquity and Byzantium: Monks, Laymen, and Christian Ritual) focus on social and cultural history, often from the angle of religious history and manuscript studies.


Shaun Tougher is professor of Late Roman and Byzantine history in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University. He works especially on Constantinian and Macedonian dynastic history and on eunuchs. His Roman Castrati: Eunuchs in the Roman Empire is forthcoming this autumn.

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