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New Years Eve with Monty Alexander at Blues Alley

December 15, 2014

Legendary Jamaican pianist will be performing at Blues Alley from December 26th through New Years Eve.

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe: Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Sly & Robbie Shakespeare, among many others.

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Blues Alley is located at 1073 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.

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Georgetown GLOW Dec. 12-14

December 2, 2014

Experience the sparkle of the season at Georgetown GLOW - the region's only curated outdoor exhibition of modern light art installations - set against the historic backdrop of D.C.'s oldest neighborhood. Stroll throughout Georgetown to see the work of local, regional and international artists in public and privately-owned spaces--including M Street, Washington Harbour, and more! The best thing? It's all FREE. Artworks will be lit nightly between 6:00-10:00 pm.

PLUS, check out uniquely decorated windows as part of the 3rd annual Holiday Window Competition (voting on Facebook starts December 3--are you following Georgetown?), enjoy carolers, ice skating at the city’s largest outdoor ice rink at Washington Harbour, and much more. Many merchants and restaurants will be running promotions and perks-with-purchase throughout the weekend.

Help GLOW shine by volunteering! Work alongside an international artist to realize her project, and more.

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GU Research Shows Menthol Cigarettes Desensitize Lungs

November 17, 2014

Neuroscientists at Georgetown University (GU) say menthol and nicotine work together to desensitize receptors in the lungs’ airways, possibly encouraging people to inhale menthol cigarettes more deeply and exposing them to more toxins. 

Restrictions on menthol cigarettes by The U.S. Food and Drug Administration are being considered because of the likely association with increased initiation of smoking, greater dependence and reduced success in smoking cessation.

“The issue may be that menthol in the presence of nicotine may reduce the irritation enough that a smoker can inhale more deeply, bringing not just nicotine but toxic smoke products farther into the lungs,” says co-investigator Gerard Ahern, an associate professor of pharmacology at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). “While beyond the scope of this study, it is possible that such deeper inhalation of menthol cigarettes, to the extent it occurs, increases the already substantial health harms from smoking.”

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