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  • Join NPR’s Audie Cornish, host of All Things Considered, as she sits down with creatives for intimate, long-form conversations about their projects and process, how they stay inspired, and what it means to be creating work in conversation with American culture in 2018.

    In the aftermath of a tense build up to November’s midterm elections, Audie will speak with the screenwriters behind the new movie The Front Runner: Matt Bai and Jay Carson. Together, we’ll take a step back and reflect on the role of media in American political life. 

    The Front Runner is based on a book written by Matt Bai, a former New York Times political correspondent.  The story traces the tumultuous fall from grace of Colorado Senator and presidential hopeful, Gary Hart. Over the course of one week in 1987, rumors of his marital infidelity resulted in a media frenzy unlike anything American politics had seen before. Bai argues that Hart’s story marked a critical turning point in the nature of political media – setting new norms for politicians and others in the public eye – and in the very values that drive American politics. 

    Please join us for an interactive discussion in NPR’s Studio One.

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    Doors: 6:30PM

    Event: 7:30PM

    This event is in partnernship with NPR station WAMU. 

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  • At the age of 19, Leonard Sax MD Ph.D. graduated from MIT. He has earned his MD and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. In his presentation, he will draw upon his 26 years of clinical experience, as well as his visits to over 400 schools in the past 17 years, to share his recommendations with us. He has been a guest on the TODAY Show, CNN, Headline News, Fox, NPR, and BBC. Dr. Sax has written four books, including the New York Times bestseller The Collapse of Parenting.

    ◈Book Signing
    ◈Three Course Meal - Vegetarian Options Available
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    ◈*General Tickets (Ages 12+): $80
    ◈Childcare Available (Ages 2-11): $40

    *If you are interested in a table (8 people) please contact the main office for a discounted rate. (301-340-6713)

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  • Charles Lloyd and the Marvels and special guest Lucinda Williams
    Featuring Bill Frisell, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland and Greg Leisz


    ABOUT THE CONCERT
    NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd travels to the Library with his great band of troubadours and companions, The Marvels, plus an artist he dubs “a poet…an authentic American voice:” singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams.  You hear the elation of terrific musicians in the groove of a longtime partnership, performing “music that evokes an uncommon state of grace” (NPR). Their new album Vanished Gardens displays an easy mastery of styles and shows that “the many currents of American music all flow into a single stream” (Rolling Stone).




    Additional Ticketing Information
    Reserved seats not claimed by five minutes before the scheduled start of the event will be distributed to RUSH patrons. For more information about RUSH visit www.loc.gov/concerts/tickets.html

    For patrons unable to obtain a reservation, we still encourage attendance—while there is no guarantee of seating due to the intimate size of some spaces, patrons are almost always able to be accommodated.

    Children must be at least 7 years old for admittance to concert events.

    Please request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance by contacting (202) 707-6362 or ada@loc.gov.




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  • Soul food. We know it and love it for its comfort and depth of flavors, but beneath its steamy-hot surface is a complicated, brilliant, and often overlooked history. Carla Hall is bringing this story to life. You’ve probably seen Carla co-hosting ABC’s “The Chew” or rooted for her on “Top Chef." Now she’s reimagining and redefining what soul food really means in her newest book, Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration.

    Join pineapple DC and Politics & Prose (in collaboration with Squarespace, our conversation partner and the all-in-one website-building platform) for an intimate discussion with Carla Hall moderated by NPR’s Melissa Block as we trace the culinary history and evolution of soul food — from its African roots, to slavery in the Deep South, to its modern day interpretations. We’ll look beyond the plate to dive into the cultural complexities of soul food, shatter misconceptions about the cuisine, and explore ways to bring its glorious dishes to your table.

    Of course we’ll have noshes from puddin'a woman-powered soul food restaurant on Caviar, and lots of Mountain Valley Spring & Sparkling Water. And don’t worry, you can buy the book with your ticket or at the event and get it signed!


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  • Alonzo’s material is “cynically good natured.” Well, the older he gets, the less good natured it’s gonna be. “‘What can I say? The stupid out there is wearing the man down.” 

     
    Bodden, who won Season 3 on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, is a regular on NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”bio_smpix and “Comedy Congress,” as well as being a panelist on the Game Show Network’s “Mind of a Man.” 
     
    In 2011, he starred in the comedy special “Who’s Paying Attention” on Showtime, released a DVD, and hosts a podcast of the same name. That same year, he was a panelist on the syndicated show “Inside the Vault,” and voiced the character of Thunderon in the Power Rangers movie. 
     
    Bodden has also hosted Speed Channel’s “101 Cars You Must Drive” and “America’s Worst Driver” on Travel Channel. Alonzo’s first big comedy break came when he was on the “New Faces of Comedy” showcase at industry festival, Just For Laughs in Montreal.

    Alonzo has made the rounds on the late night television circuit including appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” and “The Keenen Ivory Wayans” show. His film credits include “Scary Movie 4,” “The Girl Next Door,” and “Bringing Down the House” starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah.

    Alonzo has traveled around the world entertaining USO troops from Iraq to Greenland.

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  • Alonzo’s material is “cynically good natured.” Well, the older he gets, the less good natured it’s gonna be. “‘What can I say? The stupid out there is wearing the man down.” 

     
    Bodden, who won Season 3 on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, is a regular on NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”bio_smpix and “Comedy Congress,” as well as being a panelist on the Game Show Network’s “Mind of a Man.” 
     
    In 2011, he starred in the comedy special “Who’s Paying Attention” on Showtime, released a DVD, and hosts a podcast of the same name. That same year, he was a panelist on the syndicated show “Inside the Vault,” and voiced the character of Thunderon in the Power Rangers movie. 
     
    Bodden has also hosted Speed Channel’s “101 Cars You Must Drive” and “America’s Worst Driver” on Travel Channel. Alonzo’s first big comedy break came when he was on the “New Faces of Comedy” showcase at industry festival, Just For Laughs in Montreal.

    Alonzo has made the rounds on the late night television circuit including appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” and “The Keenen Ivory Wayans” show. His film credits include “Scary Movie 4,” “The Girl Next Door,” and “Bringing Down the House” starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah.

    Alonzo has traveled around the world entertaining USO troops from Iraq to Greenland.

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  • Alonzo’s material is “cynically good natured.” Well, the older he gets, the less good natured it’s gonna be. “‘What can I say? The stupid out there is wearing the man down.” 

     
    Bodden, who won Season 3 on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, is a regular on NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”bio_smpix and “Comedy Congress,” as well as being a panelist on the Game Show Network’s “Mind of a Man.” 
     
    In 2011, he starred in the comedy special “Who’s Paying Attention” on Showtime, released a DVD, and hosts a podcast of the same name. That same year, he was a panelist on the syndicated show “Inside the Vault,” and voiced the character of Thunderon in the Power Rangers movie. 
     
    Bodden has also hosted Speed Channel’s “101 Cars You Must Drive” and “America’s Worst Driver” on Travel Channel. Alonzo’s first big comedy break came when he was on the “New Faces of Comedy” showcase at industry festival, Just For Laughs in Montreal.

    Alonzo has made the rounds on the late night television circuit including appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” and “The Keenen Ivory Wayans” show. His film credits include “Scary Movie 4,” “The Girl Next Door,” and “Bringing Down the House” starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah.

    Alonzo has traveled around the world entertaining USO troops from Iraq to Greenland.

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  • Alonzo’s material is “cynically good natured.” Well, the older he gets, the less good natured it’s gonna be. “‘What can I say? The stupid out there is wearing the man down.” 

     
    Bodden, who won Season 3 on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, is a regular on NPR’s “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”bio_smpix and “Comedy Congress,” as well as being a panelist on the Game Show Network’s “Mind of a Man.” 
     
    In 2011, he starred in the comedy special “Who’s Paying Attention” on Showtime, released a DVD, and hosts a podcast of the same name. That same year, he was a panelist on the syndicated show “Inside the Vault,” and voiced the character of Thunderon in the Power Rangers movie. 
     
    Bodden has also hosted Speed Channel’s “101 Cars You Must Drive” and “America’s Worst Driver” on Travel Channel. Alonzo’s first big comedy break came when he was on the “New Faces of Comedy” showcase at industry festival, Just For Laughs in Montreal.

    Alonzo has made the rounds on the late night television circuit including appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” and “The Keenen Ivory Wayans” show. His film credits include “Scary Movie 4,” “The Girl Next Door,” and “Bringing Down the House” starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah.

    Alonzo has traveled around the world entertaining USO troops from Iraq to Greenland.

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  • Join the Airmen of Note for the return of the 2019 Jazz Heritage Series featuring GRAMMY award-winning bassist Christian McBride. This performance will feature big band classics and original jazz compositions.

    This concert it FREE and open to the public, tickets required. Ticket​s will be available starting January 22, 2019 at 8 a.m.

    All unclaimed seats will be released to non-ticket holders 15 minutes prior to the performance. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. FREE parking in the garage across the street from the performance hall.

    Upcoming Jazz Heritage Series Concerts:

    All concerts begin at 8 p.m. at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall in Alexandria, VA

    Mar 22, 2019 - guest artist TBD

    Six-time GRAMMY®-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride can be likened to a force of nature, fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman. Powered by a relentless energy and a boundless love of swing, McBride’s path has described a continuous positive arc since his arrival on the scene. With a career now blazing into its third decade, the Philadelphia native has become one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in the music world today.

    Raised in a city steeped in soul, McBride moved to New York in 1989 to pursue classical studies at the Juilliard School. There he was promptly recruited to the road by saxophonist Bobby Watson. Call it a change in curriculum: a decade’s worth of study through hundreds of recording sessions and countless gigs with an ever-expanding circle of musicians. He was finding his voice, and others were learning to listen for it.

    Currently he hosts and produces “The Lowdown: Conversations With Christian” on SiriusXM satellite radio and National Public Radio’s “Jazz Night in America,” a weekly radio show and multimedia collaboration between WBGO, NPR and Jazz at Lincoln Center, showcasing outstanding live jazz from across the country. With his staggering body of work, McBride is the ideal host, drawing on history, experience, and a gift for storytelling to bridge the gap between artist, music, and audience. He brings that same breadth of experience to bear as Artistic Advisor for Jazz Programming at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC).

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  • Saturday, December 8th, 2018

    Songbyrd Presents 

    Vinyl Lounge, All Ages

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    Bernice, the project of Toronto-based vocalist/songwriter Robin Dann, blends "melodies reminiscent of artists like Sade with the playful sounds of artists like Deerhoof and Dirty Projectors” (Pigeons & Planes). Dann, the daughter of two symphony orchestra performers, is a trained vocalist with a Masters in Music from Goldsmiths, University of London, and her band - Thom Gill (keyboards/samples), Felicity Williams (vocals), Phil Melanson (percussion), and Dan Fortin (bass) - features active members of Bahamas, Owen Pallett, Leif Vollebekk, and DIANA.

    Formed in 2010, the band’s first release, What Was That, landed in 2011 and saw critical praise from Exclaim Magazine and Globe & Mail. Bernice performed shows with Colin Stetson and supported Tegan & Sara on tour.

    In 2016, the band returned from a residency at the Banff Centre, and supported the release of two singles, “St Lucia” and “Don't Wanna Be European”, with a series of performances at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

    Bernice started 2017 by supporting Martha Wainwright on tour across the UK before returning to Toronto for the Toronto Dance Theatre’s production of NOISY where the band performed a bespoke composition for the show. The band was then invited to Miami to support Angel Olsen for Red Bull Sound Select’s 3 Days In Miami festival.

    Puff, a 5-song EP, was released in June ‘17 to resounding critical acclaim from Pitchfork, NPR, Zane Lowe, and The Fader. Stereogum and Exclaim named the release as one of the 'Best EPs of 2017. Puff was produced by Grammy Award-winner Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Lucius) and Matt Smith (Owen Pallett). The release was supported on tours with Charlotte Day Wilson and The Weather Station.

    Bernice followed the maximalist EP with minimalist sophomore album Puff: In The Air Without A Shape released in May '18 on Arts & Crafts. Continuing their enigmatic exploration of pop, jazz, and R&B, the new album attempted to mimic the playful intimacy of the band’s live show. The album was called “a monument to ephemerality” by the New York Times and received a long-list nomination for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.

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    Performing with a rotating lineup of musicians, Peaer is an object set in motion, staying in motion. Songwriter Peter Katz (formerly of Fugue, Poverty Hollow, Suns) has an understanding of dynamics, amplitude, and melody as they interact as physical bodies, pushing, pulling, peaking and falling. Consequently, Peaer produces songs about communication as a force on a linguistic and kinetic level communication between individuals, between yourself and other self, between your heart and your brain.

    Peaer Self-Titled is Peaer’s second record, following the release of the home recorded debut the eyes sink into the skull in September of 2014. the eyes sink into the skull offered songs ranging from contemplative, melancholic slowcore to sparkling and intricate math rock. Peaer Self-Titled, however, recognizes and references these motifs, but pushes them further. Performed and recorded with the help of Max Kupperberg (Bruise, ex-Palehound) on drums and Michael Steck on bass guitar, Peaer offers higher energy, shorter form, stronger hooks, with emphasis on economy, cohesion and balance.

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  • For four decades, PLEN has been preparing women for public policy leadership. Whether this means opening up their eyes to possible careers, training them to negotiate their first salary, or helping them build the networks and confidence to get ahead, PLEN has been there to help young women forge their own path as leaders. Our year-long celebration will highlight PLEN’s rich history within the women’s movements for equality, showcase prominent alumnae, and look back at the impact we’ve made while continuing to break down barriers for future women leaders. Learn more about PLEN's 40th Anniversary.



    Honorary Host Committee (In Formation)

    Nancy Dietz, Former Senior Consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates, co-chair • Lynn Smith Fox, Former Senior Adviser, Federal Reserve Board, co-chair •  Carmen Twillie Ambar, President, Oberlin College, co-chair
    Allison Aubrey, Correspondent, NPR* • Esther Barazzone, President Emerita, Chatham University • Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, Senior International Partner, WilmerHale • Lara Brown, Director, George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management • Susan Carroll, Professor, Rutgers University • Carol T. Christ, Chancellor, UC Berkeley • Julie Conway, Executive Director, VIEWPAC • Kathee Facchiano, Chief of Staff, Office of Congressman Clay Higgins* • Laurie Halverson, Assistant Minority Leader, Minnesota House of Representatives* • Allison Herwitt, Chief of Staff, Office of Senator Chris Murphy* • Mary Hinton, President, College of St. Benedict • Valerie Jackson, Senior Advisor to the Management Committee and Firmwide Director of Diversity and Inclusion, K&L Gates • Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners • Cherylyn Harley LeBon, Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice-President, Seraphim Global • Meaghan Lynch, Communications Director, Representative G. K. Butterfield • Ruth Mandel, Director, Eagleton Institute of Politics • 
    Diana Marrero, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Foreign Policy • Veryl Miles, Professor of Law, Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America • Ambassador Constance A. Morella, Ambassador in Residence, American University School of Public Affairs • Georgia Nugent, President Emerita, Kenyon College • Kristy Pagan, Member, Michigan House of Representatives* • Anna Palmer, Senior Washington Correspondent, POLITICO • Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation • Luiza Savage, Editorial Director of Events, POLITICO • Linda Soto-Harmon, CEO, Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capital • Caryl Stern, CEO, UNICEF USA • Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Distinguished Resident Fellow in African Studies, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University


    Platinum Sponsor ($25,000+)

    Exelon Corporation


    Silver Sponsor ($5,000-$9,999)

    American Express • Beekeeper Group • Mary Kay • State and Federal Communications


    Bronze Sponsor ($2,500-$4,999)

    AARP Foundation • PASS


    Role Model ($1,000-$2,499)

    Lisa Kaenzig* • Sheree Anne Kelly • Wells College


    Leadership Circle ($500-$999)

    Carol T. Christ • Lynn Smith Fox  • Sally McDaniel • Mount Saint Mary's University • Heidi Schoenberger-Cobert • Barbara A. Shailor • Ellie Shaw† • Vivint Solar


    *denotes PLEN alumna
    †denotes PLEN Board Member

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    PLEN is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your contribution above the $40/person cost of the reception is tax deductible.


    We have designed this event to fully comply with US Senate Rule 35.1(d)(1), US House Ethics Manual pp. 41-47, and the U.S. Executive Branch Gift Rules regarding the “widely attended event” exception to the gift rules.


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  • Soteria Fall 2018 Semester Courses:

    Soteria Community School, a program of The Festival Center, provides political and theological education by drawing on the wisdom of community members. This semester we are offering four classes, each running for 6 weeks. Each class costs $25. All classes are held at The Festival Center in Adams Morgan on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening from 7pm to 8:30pm (note: each ticket, regardless of the class, will say "Tuesday"). We can't wait to partner and learn with you!

    *Please never let money prevent you from taking a course with us, email us at info@festivalcenter.org for scholarship inquiries.


    Title: Telling Our Stories: Learning and Sharing DC Oral History

    Instructor: Katie Davis, journalist, broadcaster and oral historian. Her work has aired on NPR, This American Life. She recently finished an indepth project collecting oral history interviews in Anacostia.

    Dates: Tuesdays from 7pm - 8:30pm, Nov. 6th - Dec. 11th

    Telling stories is central to being human; it's a powerful tool to connect with our neighbors. In a community where many people do not know each other, oral history will open a way to connecting to each other,learning about our histories, and even identifying ongoing conflict.

    We will dig into the history of Adams Morgan, DC, including the Church of the Savoir and other groups that contributed to the neighborhood as we know it. Over the course of the class, we will learn to conduct an oral history interview and will invite at least one person from the neighborhood to come and tell their story. Through the art of deep listening and knowing when to interject, we will learn how to use audio equipment and prepare for an interview.


    Title: Place in the Imaginary: Space and Time in the Writing Process

    Instructor: Kangsen Wakai, MFA, Author and Poet

    Dates: Tuesdays from 7pm - 8:30pm, Nov. 6th - Dec. 11th

    This course aims to explore how place can inflect the writing process. Participants will engage with poetry and nonfiction that highlight ways in which actual or figurative location can liven ideas and experiences during the creative process. Weekly discussions and workshops will provide tools to help the writer situate themselves/ideas/experiences in space and time. 

    This workshop is accessible for all writers, including beginners. This is a creative writing course for those interested in flash fiction and non-fiction, poetry, and memoir. Participants will also find a supportive space to give and gain feedback about the piece they’ll develop during the course.


    Title: Decolonizing Dominant Christian Theology and Practice

    Instructor: AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez, Venezuelan IndoLatinx mujerista who has worked as a faith-based organizer. She is a consultant, speaker, writer, and visual artist. Her column, Brown Eyed Amazon, can be found at Patheos and she is the co-host for the Mystic Soul podcast. Twitter: @brwneyedamzn Pronouns: she/her/hers

    Dates: Wednesdays from 7pm - 8:30pm, Nov. 7th - Dec. 12th

    How do we bring the principles of anti-racism and anti-oppression into the church? We will explore the systemic, cultural, and historical forces that produce and sustain dominant Christian theology and practice in the U.S. We will also explore the role of scripture, language, power, and storytelling in working for justice, lamenting, and healing. Special attention will be paid to race, colonialism, and gender/sexuality.


    Title: Sacred Gathering: Contemplative and Meditative Practices in Community

    Instructor: Anna Franklin, Organizer, teacher, and consultant. Anna strives to create a warm and welcoming community while drawing upon the rich and universal spirituality that yoga, meditation, and contemplative practices offer. She is currently studying with Richard Rohr, Barbara Holmes, and other wisdom teachers at the Living School at the Center for Action and Contemplation.

    Dates: Wednesdays from 7pm - 8:30pm, Nov. 7th - Dec. 12th

    Based on the model of Satsang, this will be a safe and supportive space in which to discuss key but often difficult life topics such as desire, suffering, solidarity, nonviolence, and community. We will draw on a multiple religious and philosophical traditions (e.g. Christian, Vedic, Sikh, Sufi, Buddhist). Led by the instructor, we will also explore contemplative and meditative practices including yogic chanting, breath exercises, meditations, and prayer. Students will gain insight and tools for navigating the difficult and murky areas their lives.

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