Clint Eastwood Receives Medal, Opens New Warner Bros. 3-D Theater at Smithsonian American History Museum (photos)

February 13, 2012

At a special ceremony marking the opening of the new Warner Bros. Theater at the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian presented Clint Eastwood with the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal in honor of Eastwood’s contribution to the American Experience through film. The Warner Bros. Theater is a modern facility with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, incuding 3-D capability, made possible by a $5 million donation by Warner Bros. Entertainmemt. Barry Meyer, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros., and US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) were on hand for the ceremony. View our photos of the ceremony by clicking on the photo icons below. (photos by Jeff Malet) [gallery ids="100482,117113,117105,117098,117089,117081,117070,117061,117053,117043,117035,117130,117026,117136,117142,117017,117148,117122" nav="thumbs"]

Hoyas Defeat Rutgers in Final Seconds (photos)

February 8, 2012

Otto Porter scored the final six points helping the 10th ranked Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team avoid an upset by the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in a defensive battle at the Verizon Center on Saturday, January 21, 2012. The Hoyas improved their record to 16-3. Porter’s pair of free throws with 8.5 seconds left sealed the victory. The Hoyas made only 12 field goals, which is tied for the fewest in a college basketball victory this season. The Scarlet Knights had one final chance, but freshman guard Eli Carter’s jumper hit the back of the rim and bounced out as a time expired. [gallery ids="100472,115957,115961,115965,115969,115973,115977,115981,115985,115989,115993,115997,116001,116005,116009,116013,115953,115949,115945,116026,115896,116023,116020,115901,115905,115909,115913,115917,115921,115925,115929,115933,115937,115941,116017" nav="thumbs"]

Chinese New Year Parade (photos)

February 2, 2012

The Chinese-American community celebrated the Year of the Dragon with a parade that attracted thousands to the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington DC. The celebration, which took place on Sunday, January 29, 2012, included a dragon dance, a lion dance, kung fu demonstrations and the lighting of a giant firecracker. View our photos of the event by clicking on one of the icons below.

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A Moving Birthday Celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr at the Strathmore, featuring actor “Gregg Riley” and excellent local talent (photos)

January 30, 2012

The Music Center at Strathmore was host to a moving celebration in honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 16, 2012. The highlight of the program was Dr. King himself, in the guise of Mr. Gregg Riley, a talented actor and a dead ringer for the noted civil rights leader. Riley, who began his oration offstage in a familiar baritone, had many in the packed house of nearly 2000 people convinced they were listening to a recording of Dr. King’s voice. When Riley, as King, did walk onstage, the audience at first seemed stunned into silence as if seeing a ghost, only to rise up to the strength of Dr. Kings powerful words, and end with a standing ovation for Riley’s riveting performance.

The event was presented by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Committee.
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Antiabortion protesters march to the Supreme Court Building for the annual March for Life rally (photos)

January 26, 2012

Thousands of abortion opponents marched to the Supreme Court on January 23, 2012, under rainy conditions to mark the 39th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. View our photo by clicking on the photo icons below.

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Let’s Cheer! Hundreds compete at the Live! DC Cheer and Dance Competion (photos)

January 13, 2012

What competitive activity combines precision dance, calisthenics, gymnastics, aesthetics, strength, teamwork, structural engineering, rhythm and pure fun? Hundreds of competitors from Virginia to Pennsylvania gathered on January 7-8, 2012 for the 5th annual Live! DC regional cheerleading and dance competition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the District. Participating teams competed in 5 class levels in a number of categories. The event was sponsored by The JAM brands (Louisville KY) which provides products and services for the cheerleading and dance industry. Successful teams will compete in the US Finals in Virginia Beach on May 5-6. It will be loud.

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National Menorah is Lit for Hanukkah (photos)

December 30, 2011

A special lighting ceremony took place for the National Hanukkah Menorah, the world’s largest, on the Ellipse, just across from the White House on the first night of the eight-day Jewish holiday. The first candle was lit on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by special guest, Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew. “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, and “The Three Cantors” performed. The national menorah lighting dates to 1979 when Jimmy Carter was president. Hanukkah celebrates the Jewish Maccabees’ military victory over Syrian oppression more than two-thousand years ago. A candle is lit each night of the eight-day celebration, commemorating the miracle of one day’s supply of oil lasting a full eight days in the lamp following the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. This annual event is sponsored by American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad). View all our photos by clicking on the photo icons below. [gallery ids="100446,114854,114767,114845,114777,114836,114787,114797,114807,114817,114757,114863,114717,114908,114899,114727,114890,114881,114737,114872,114747,114827" nav="thumbs"]

Santarchy Invades DC (photos)

December 22, 2011

If you saw dozens of Santas parading around the District on Saturday, Dec. 17, you probably were witness to Santarchy. This is an annual Christmas event held in major cities around the world where thousands of Santas visit major sites and spread their holiday cheer. Organizers describe Santarchy as “a non-profit, non-political, non-religious & non-sensical celebration of holiday cheer, goodwill, and fun.” They are also quick to add that they are not protestors. and will not be occupying anyting except the North Pole. As of last count, no Santas have been arrested. We caught up with them as they gathered near the National Mall Carousel. View our pictures by clicking on the photo icon’s below. [gallery ids="100442,114457,114476,114447,114485,114494,114437,114503,114512,114427,114521,114530,114417,114539,114548,114467" nav="thumbs"]

Caroling in the National Art Gallery Rotunda (photos)


Caroling in the Rotunda, surrounded by seasonal blossoms, has become a favorite family activity at the National Gallery of Art during the holidays. Guest choirs perform their own music as well as lead the audience in standard Chistmas Carols. View our photos of performances that took place on December 17 and 18 by the Annapolis Area Christian School Madrigal Singers (Leia Bennett, director); and the Central Bucks High School West Chamber Choir of Doylestown PA (Joseph Ohrt, director) by clicking on the photo icons below. [gallery ids="100443,114557,114696,114567,114577,114587,114597,114607,114617,114627,114637,114647,114657,114667,114677,114705,114547,114477,114768,114487,114759,114497,114750,114507,114741,114517,114732,114527,114723,114537,114714,114687" nav="thumbs"]

Wreaths Across America Honors Deceased Veterans at Arlington National Cemetery (photos)

December 19, 2011

Wreaths Across America volunteers laid over 90,000 wreaths on Saturday, December 10, 2011 to honor veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Founded in 1992 by wreath-maker Morrill Worcester of Harrington, Maine, the event helps communities recognize and remember the sacrifices of those who have served in America’s armed forces. Organizers said 15,000 people joined the effort at Arlington.
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