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Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition and Gala Concert at Kennedy Center

This story comes to us from Holly Wallace of the Monk Institute of Jazz:

The 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition and Tribute to the Great American Songbook Gala Concert will take place at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 4. 

A special feature of this year’s Competition, the Tribute to the Great American Songbook Gala Concert will bring together the biggest names in jazz, including Terence Blanchard, Terri Lyne Carrington, George Duke, Kevin Eubanks, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, T.S. Monk, Wayne Shorter, Clark Terry, and many others.  The concert will shine a spotlight on some of the most beloved songs and songwriters of all time.

President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama will serve as the Honorary Chairs of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition and Tribute to the Great American Songbook Gala Concert.

Free Evening At Kennedy Center Featuring Student Written Play

This Friday, October 1, VSA, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will present the world premiere of a play written by a student.  The play, The Marionette Effect, was written by 17-year-old Laura Hogikyan and was selected from hundreds of submissions as part of VSA's Playwright Discovery Program.

The Marionette Effect tells the story of Stella, a teenager whose musical dreams are derailed after having a stroke.  Starring Helen Hayes Award recipient Jenna Sokolowski, The Marionette Effect explores Stella's journey through imagery, humor, and poetry.

12th Annual Jewish Literary Festival To Feature Georgetown University Artistic Director

The 12th Annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival, presented by the Washington DC Jewish Community Center’s Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts, will celebrate the year’s best in Jewish writing. The festival features a selection of authors who have received national recognition for their works, including rave reviews from publications including The Washington Post and The New York Times. The Festival runs from October 17–27, 2010. A full list of events and descriptions can be found at washingtondcjcc.org/litfest.

Visit The Opening Reception of David Ivan Clark's Brand New Art Exhibit

This Friday, September 24th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be an opening reception held for David Ivan Clark's new exhibit at the Susan Calloway Fine Art studio. 

Clark's exhibit is named "Presence/Absence", and will run from September 24-October 23.  The studio is located at 1643 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007.

Georgetown's BID site describes Clark and his work as follows:

Shen Yun Performing Arts Dancing on Display at Kennedy Center

Shen Yun Performing Arts will have shows at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts from August 25-August 29.  Shen Yun features classic Chinese music and dance movements. 

Shen Yun is not affiliated with the Chinese government, and is based out of New York.  The company travels all over the world, and this D.C. visit is part of a twenty nation tour. 

Performances, which last about two and a half hours, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on the 25, 26, and 27.  On Saturday the 28, Shen Yun will have two shows, one at 1:30 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m..  Sunday the 29 will only feature one show, a matinee finale at 1:30 p.m..

Tickets to Shen Yun run from $79 to $150, and can be purchased on the Kennedy Center's website.


Wale to Perform at GWU in Foggy Bottom

Rap star Wale will perform on Saturday, September 4th in Foggy Bottom for GWU's Fall Fest. 

The DC area born and bred lyricist is already known throughout the District and continues to grow his name nationally.

After enduring disappointing sales for his CD Attention Deficit, Wale just released a mixtape entitled More About Nothing, which has had wild internet success.  The mixtape, which is available for free download online, is named More About Nothing because it incorporates soundbites from the sitcom "Seinfeld" on a number of tracks.

Wale's performance in Foggy Bottom will be free for any GWU student with valid student ID.

The concert will take place at 4 p.m. in GW's University Yard, located on H Street between 20th street and 21st street in NW.

Travie McCoy, the lead singer of the hip-hop band Gym Class Heroes will also be performing.