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2010 King Holiday Jazz at Howard University

January 15, 2010

2010 King Holiday Jazz at Howard University 

There will be many events commemorating the life and work of Dr. Marting Luther King, Jr. on this three-day holiday weekend. One of the warmest and most heartfelt will be the 24th annual music and poetry jam at Howard University’s Blackburn Center on Monday, January 18th, 12:30 pm to 10 pm, in the Ballroom and Hilltop Lounge (free; children welcome).


The Big One

March 2, 2009

The Big One

Every winter, Washington, DC area residents panic over snowflake sightings. Schools cancel classes;  businesses and government let employees work at home or take unscheduled leave. Nine times out of ten, people grumble about disrupted schedules because dire storm predictions do not materialize.

Today, DC is having The Big One.

Here is what Washington’s Howard University looked like this morning:


King Holiday Jazz at Howard University

January 17, 2009

King Holiday Jazz at Howard University

On Monday, January 19th, from noon to 10 PM,  musicians will celebrate the memory and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as they have for several decades, with an annual jam session at Howard University.  Blues and jazz musicians from the DC area and visitors on tour will stop by to perform, listen, remember, and share. This expression of energy and harmony is always one of the most profound musical experiences of this day.

This year’s historic inauguation means a change of venue from Blackburn Center to historic Rankin Chapel. The context and setting will both contribute meaning to this extraordinary, heart-felt event. Drop by this free event. Experience the living expression of Dr. King’s legacy and America’s cultural vitality.

King Holiday Jazz Jam Session
Monday, January 19, 2009, Noon to 10 PM
Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Howard University
2400 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20059



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Media Alert — Caution, Real News in DC This Weekend

January 16, 2009

Media Alert -- Caution, Real News in DC This Weekend

We hate to disturb working reporters covering the vital Celebrity Inaugural Ball lobster-booze-caviar beat, but real news may break in Washington this weekend. Okay, real political news, but that’s as close to “reality” as most remaining Washington scribes get these days.

Sleep-deprived, hung-over DC reporters should report to Howard University at 11AM Sunday for Chapel Call.  Stop groaning — it’s a story. The speaker will be Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ. 

The nondenominational Chapel Call will be held at Howard’s huge Cramton Auditorium to accommodate the expected crush of Fox News, National Review, and Washington Times reporters. Just joshing — the popular weekly event outgrew Rankin Chapel and moved to Cramton long ago.


Inauguration ‘Refresh’

January 16, 2009

One DC Inaugural Weekend event seems rather … effervescent; even a bit … gassy. It’s the Refresh the World Symposium  on January 19th, presented by Spike Lee, Howard University and PepsiCo.

The event at historic Cramton Auditorium (2455 Sixth Street, NW) is free to college students, and features Spike Lee (natch) with fave celebs Rev. Al Sharpton, Bay Buchanan, Sean Combs, Arianna Huffington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, Queen Latifah, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Michelle Rhee, Dr. Cornel West, and more. Pepsi says topics will include the economy, education, race, gender, hip-hop, carbonated beverages, and other vital national issues.