Dance Extravaganza at the Turkish Festival (photo gallery)

Washingtonians gathered for the annual Turkish Festival on Pennsyvania Avenue to enjoy delicious Turkish food and traditional Turkish coffee, to browse and shop at the Turkish Bazaar, and to watch mesmerizing stage performances featuring the Ankara Folk Dance and Music Ensemble (FOMGET) on Sunday October 2, 2011. (Photos by Jeff Malet) Click on photo icons below for our slideshow of the event. View additional photos by clicking here. [gallery ids="100307,107902,107907,107912,107917,107922,107927,107932,107937,107942,107947,107952,107897,107892,107887,107852,107973,107969,107857,107965,107961,107862,107867,107872,107877,107882,107957" nav="thumbs"]

Daytime Television’s Susan Lucci, Alex Trebek and Barney Objects Added to Smithsonian Collection (photos)

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History added artifacts from daytime television programming to its national entertainment collection in a special ceremony May 9 to mark a new partnership with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The donation from "All My Children" actress Susan Lucci, "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek and Barney creators Kathy and Phil Parker represent three of the primary Daytime Entertainment Emmy categories: daytime dramas, game shows and children’s programming. The objects range from show scripts and original art to set props and other memorabilia, including a pink gown and shoes worn by Lucci when she appeared on a national magazine cover after winning her 1999 Daytime Emmy, a 1984 "Jeopardy!" script with handwritten notes by Trebek and a script from the first video to be released in the "Barney & the Backyard Gang" series along with a plush toy of the purple dinosaur. The ceremony officially launched a three-year collecting initiative by the museum in partnership with NATAS to help the museum expand its capacity to tell the story of daytime television and the Daytime Emmys. View our photos of the ceremony at the Smithsonian with Susan Lucci, Alex Trebek, the creators of Barney and the head of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences by clicking on the photo icons below. [gallery ids="101291,149713,149706,149697,149690,149683,149675,149668,149661,149653,149644,149727,149636,149732,149630,149738,149622,149744,149720" nav="thumbs"]

Halloween Fun in Georgetown

From 9 p.m. until midnight, M Street was gridlocked with pedestrians dressed as (and cars full of) pirates, ghosts, witches and zombies.

D.C. Celebrates Chinese Year of the Rat (photos)

Crowds lined the streets surrounding the Chinatown neighborhood in Washington, D.C., to usher in the Year of the Rat at the Chinese Lunar New...

Inside the Confirmation Hearing for AG Nominee Barr (photos)

Nominated by President Donald Trump, William Barr previously served as U.S. attorney general under President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993.

D.C. Festival Showcases Turkish Culture, Cuisine (photos)

This year’s theme was "Antioch: Mosaic of Cultures, Land of Tolerance." The city of Antakya, known as Antioch in ancient times, has long been a place where Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities have peacefully coexisted.

Smithsonian Receives John Coltrane Saxophone to Kick Off Jazz Appreciation Month (photos)

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History kicked off the 13th Annual Jazz Appreciation Month with donations from the family of the late jazz great John Coltrane and from notable jazz photographer Chuck Stewart at a special donation ceremony in the museum's Warner Theater on March 26. The date also marked the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme," widely considered one of the greatest jazz albums of all time. John Coltrane's Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone, made in Paris about 1965, the year "A Love Supreme" was released, will join the Smithsonian's jazz collection. The saxophone was one of three principal saxophones that Coltrane that (1926-1967) played and will be on view in the "American Stories" exhibition at the Smithsonian starting June 17. The museum will also be displaying Coltrane's original score of his masterpiece. The Smithsonian's jazz collection includes such treasures as Dizzy Gillespie's trumpet and Herbie Hancock's cordless keyboard, currently on display. The museum also houses 100,000 pages of Duke Ellington's unpublished music. “Today, a cherished and beloved Coltrane family heirloom becomes a national treasure and through Stewart’s never-before-seen images, our view of Coltrane expands,” said John Gray, director of the museum. “These generous donations help us preserve not only the legacy of individual artists, but of jazz music as a whole and its integral role in the history of music in America.” Jazz photographer Chuck Stewart was on hand to personally sign over some of his rare photographs from the "A Love Supreme" recording session. These come from recently discovered long forgotten negatives. Stewart is best known for his photographs of popular jazz artists, such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald. This year's Jazz Appreciation Month programs include free talks, workshops and performances. During the donation ceremonies, visitors were treated to a live performance from the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Quintet and a discussion workshop on the life and meaning of John Coltrane led by Cornel West with educator Christine Passarella. A full schedule of JAM 2014 events at the Smithsonian and links to resources are available online at The Smithsonian Museum of American History is located at 14th Street and Constitution Ave., N.W., in Washington, D.C., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.. View our photos of the March 26 donation ceremony by clicking on the photo icons below. [gallery ids="101686,144099,144092,144087,144083,144078,144074,144069,144064,144059,144055,144050,144044,144040,144035,144030,144024,144019,144096" nav="thumbs"]

Your Guide to Summer Military Band Concerts in the District

Many of our armed forces’ “elite” musical units are based in the D.C. metro area, where you can see a high-quality, family-oriented performance on virtually any day during the summer months.

‘We Choose to Go to the Moon’ at the Portrait Gallery (photos)

The final performance of the dance piece, choreographed by Dana Tai Soon Burgess, will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 pm.

Actor Gary Sinise Made Honorary Chief at Navy Memorial Ceremony (photos)

Actor Gary Sinise, a long-time supporter of the military, was honored by the U.S. Navy as an Honorary Chief Petty Officer in a ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington on Friday, Aug. 24. Gary Sinise is best known for his role as Lt. Dan Taylor in the 1994 blockbuster movie "Forrest Gump." In that movie he portrayed an Army officer who loses both legs in Vietnam, a character that made Sinise something of a patron saint to real-life amputees. Sinise co-founded the Lt. Dan Band, in which he plays bass guitar, to entertain U.S. troops and raise money for gravely wounded warriors. The Gary Sinise Foundation was officially formed in 2010 and is dedicated to serving the United States by honoring its defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Taking part in the ceremony were Fleet Master Chief Mike Stevens; Cindy McCalip, executive vice president of the U.S. Navy Memorial; and Sinise's daughter Ella who took part in the pinning ceremony. View our photos of the ceremony at the Navy Memorial by clicking on the photo icons below. [gallery ids="100954,130584,130590,130597,130604,130612,130619,130626,130634,130641,130649,130657,130665,130576,130568,130698,130497,130691,130685,130507,130680,130516,130525,130533,130543,130553,130561,130672" nav="thumbs"]