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Events This Week


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
DOUG MOHR from Country Vintner pours holiday reds. These are wines to take to a party or enjoy with holiday dinners. Doug shows us red wines that are fun, delicious and not too serious to enjoy throughout the holiday season.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
ROBERT MCFARLANE from RVDC and CHARLES SCHNEIDER from Bacchus take us on an international tour of sparkling and red wines that make the perfect gifts this holiday season. Wines that are perfect host gifts, crowd pleasers for dinner parties and special wines to celebrate the season's momentous occasions.

These tastings are complimentary and guests will receive special discounts on wines tasted.

1805 14th Street NW Washington DC (202) 265-2674


Little Black Dress Party
Friday, December 3 10:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Sign up to be a VIP and get drink specials and a complimentary appetizer buffet for you and all your friends! *$3 Bud Lights, $4 Kamikazes, $5 Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Specialty Cocktails* Don't miss an appearance by the Belvedere Pink Ladies from 11pm-1am. And ladies, get ready to impress in your favorite little black dress! There will be prizes and giveaways all night! Contact Kalen at to get on the list.

BlackFinn American Saloon 1620 I Street NW Washington, DC 20006 (202) 429-4350

BYT PRESENTS: NEWSEUM: All Access, a holiday party

Newseum and partner up and bring you NEWSEUM: ALL ACCESS, the holiday party to start all 2010 holiday parties. Tickets will be available for $15 in advance (ready for purchase here: and $20 at the door and will include: * Exclusive after-hours access to the Newseum -- a dazzling, high-tech roller-coaster ride through 500 years of headline history including Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalism, the Berlin Wall and exciting galleries, theaters and interactives * Autorock DJ * Cash bar with specialty cocktails and holiday treats available for purchase— all provided by Wolfgang Puck Catering, featuring Smirnoff cocktails and vitaminwater hydration * An unveiling of a very special photo installation by BYT photographers featuring some of our favorite D.C. faces and characters of 2010 * SILENT DISCO ROOM ON THE 6th Floor featuring SMUDGE * Christmas At Ground Zero - A book talk from Tad Daley, author of Apocalypse Never: Forging the Path to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World. Wait, did I say Tad Daley? I meant his alter ego Tito, you know, that weird old guy with the bunny ears at our pool parties. * Exciting films, merriment, mistletoe and more! * And most importantly, FULL ACCESS TO THE FOLLOWING NEWSEUM EXHIBITS: * Berlin Wall Gallery * Athlete: The Sports Illustrated Photography of Walter Ioss * G-Men & Journalists: Top News Stories of the FBI’s First Century * Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery * Interactive Newsroom and Ethics Center

The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

invites you to the performance of the University Orchestra of Latin American Instruments from the Bolivarian University of Venezuela in celebration of Cultural Diversity. Friday, December 3, 2010 Embassy of Venezuela Bolivarian Hall 2443 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008 Presented by CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Gifts for the Homeless Annual Used Clothing Drive
Event Date: Friday, December 3, 2010 (All day) - Sunday, December 5, 2010 (All day)

The Portals III
Venue Address: 1200 D Street SW Washington, DC 20024-2149 United States See map: Google Maps Gifts for the Homeless, Inc. (GFTH) is a non-profit corporation comprised of lawyers and staff from area law firms and other legal organizations that has been serving the homeless of Washington, D.C. since 1986. GFTH holds a used clothing drive each December to serve area shelters and also raises money used to purchase new clothing for homeless men, women and children. Every dollar GFTH receives from donors is used to purchase essential clothing for the homeless in the DC metropolitan area. The 2010 annual Used Clothing Drive will be held on December 3-5. We will again sort donated clothing and other items (i.e., shoes, small toiletries, bedding, housewares, toys, luggage, etc.), at The Portals III on D Street between 12th and 13th Streets SW. We hope you can participate -- either by volunteering, donationg used clothing and other items, or making a monetary donation of any amount. Non-legal volunteers are welcome, including people of all ages and kids (who absolutely love pitching in). This event typically attracts a lot of young DC area professionals. GFTH has held a used clothing drive every year since 1989. Over the years, the drive has expanded exponentially – with fewer than 1,000 bags of clothing distributed the first year to more than 4,500 large bags distributed to more than 60 area shelters in 2006 and thousands of more bags since that time, and from a handful of volunteers to several hundred volunteers!

This is a fun, rewarding, low time-commitment event over one weekend and a chance to do something good and meet other people in the community. Click here for more information and materials on the 2010 clothing drive: We also encourage volunteers to collect used clothing, etc. in their own homes, from their families, at work, and in their communities. The more used clothing the merrier. Donations ONLY can be accepted during the weekend of the event, so please bring any with you when you volunteer. If you can't volunteer, you can still drop them off at the "drive-thru" at the site during the weekend of the event.

Upcoming Shows and Events at Studio Gallery

November 24 - December 23, 2010 First Friday Reception December 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Studio Gallery 2108 R Street NW Washington, DC 20008

Winter Group Show All Members A Group Show Featuring Members of Studio Gallery. In works both large and small, painted and sculpted, drawn and pressed, installed and collapsed, functional and frivolous, the members of Studio Gallery explore the diversity and breadth of art and its possibilities. All works are by artists working in the DC metropolitan area and include several emerging artists.

100 Years of Mexican Music by Vitali String Quartet Friday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. The Mexican Cultural Institute 2829 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20009 Blocks from Columbia Metro Station (Map location) | Street parking available after 6:30 pm Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Performing music by distinguished Mexican composers Manuel Ponce, Miguel Bernal-Jiménez, Silvestre Revueltas, Carlos Chávez and Arturo Márquez. Four young Mexican musicians--Enrique Reynosa (viola) , Cynthia Saucedo (violin), David Pedraza (viola) and Alan Saucedo (cello), with one goal: to promote chamber music by Mexican composers.

In 2004, the group won first place in the MTNA Virginia Chamber Music Competition and later performed at The White House and The Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C. They have also performed in Los Angeles; Blacksburg, Virginia; Azusa, California; Mexico City and Monterrey.

Improv Duo Rafael Sudan & Olivier Stritt Friday, December 3, 2010 7:00 p.m. Raphael Sudan (Piano) & Olivier Stritt (Drums & Percussion) are influenced by different music styles such as jazz, electronic music, rock, classical, contemporary or latin american music, they through improvisation found a central point that allows them to explore all these kinds of music. Based in Fribourg, Switzerland, where they recorded their first live album in may 2010, they are building up a reputation that brings them to perform all over Europe. Beside this duo project, they both have an important solo career, and together with saxophonist Frederic Zosso play together in the "Square Glasses Trio." They offer a surprising musical trip full of madness, passion and furious rhythms. Their inspiration will be the only limit! Embassy of Switzerland 2900 Cathedral Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008 To RSVP, please send an email to

Washington Project for the Arts presents

December 3 - December 23 Opening Reception Friday, December 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Washington Project for the Arts 2023 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington Project for the Arts is pleased to announce the opening of our second annual holiday gift shop, IceBox. The shop will feature a wide variety of artworks and other handmade goods by WPA member artists. Participating artists include Double A Projects (Athena Robles and Anna Stein), Denee Barr, Sandy Gold, James Halloran, Linda Hesh, Ellen Hill, Rebecca Kallem, Alice Kress, Laurel Lukaszewski, Susana Raab, Amy Carmichael Smith, John Totaro, Katharine Watson and Claudia Vess. Featuring jewelry, small works of art, household goods, totebags and greeting cards, IceBox offers a great selection of creative, unique holiday gifts! images: upper left:bracelets by Alice Kresse; upper right: greeting card by Rebecca Kallem; lower left: Chance Meeting card by Linda Hesh; lower right: necklace by Laurel Lukaszewski.

Michael Enn Sirvet

Michael Enn Sirvet New Sculpture (December 3, 2010 - January 8, 2011)lpture December 3, 2010 - January 8, 2011 Opening Reception Friday December 3, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Reyes + Davis Gallery 923 F Street NW #302 Washington, DC 20004 (202) 255-5050

The Young Consultants of DC invite you and your guest(s) to join them for their annual Holiday Party at Midtown Lounge. Come enjoy this extremely popular venue, meet up with friends or work on your networking skills and make some new ones! Drink specials include $3 drafts, $4 bottles, $5 rails,and specialty holiday cocktails. There will be a guest DJ and charity raffle. Raffle items include Capitals tickets, 50-yard line club level Redskins v. Tampa Bay tickets and gift certificates to DC's best restaurants, bars and clubs. We'll see you there! This event benefits One Warm Coat, DC Village Shelter and Facilitating Leadership in Youth (FLY). Bring a coat to donate and you get in free! Date: Friday, December 3rd, 2010; beginning at 7pm Location: Midtown Lounge (1219 Connecticut AVE, NW, Washington, DC); closest Metro: Farragut North & Dupont Circle (Red Line) RSVP here!

Training Tomorrow's Leaders Today

Join us for the Washington Scholars Fellowship Program Fall Graduation and Reception
Friday, December 3rd, 2010 6 - 8PM at The Capitol Hill Club
300 First Street, SE Washington, DC 20003 (202) 484-4590

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beer & wine.

Please CLICK HERE to RSVP to this special event! Make a Difference: Become a Sponsor!
We ask that you consider becoming a sponsor of this fall's graduation at one of the following levels. Of course, a contribution in any amount will support our talented young leaders to embark on careers of national impact in Washington. Donate as a:

- John Paul Jones Sponsor ($250). Donors at this tier will receive a set of exclusive Washington Scholars cufflinks. - George Washington Sponsor ($150). - Thomas Jefferson Sponsor ($100).

- Or, as a James Madison Sponsor ($50). Will you make a difference today by becoming a sponsor? Thank you for your support of Washington Scholars!

Washington Scholars could not make an impact in the District without your support.

The Washington Scholars Fellowship Program is one of the premier internship programs in the Nation's Capital. Each year, approximately thirty outstanding undergraduate and graduate students are selected to participate in one of our 10week programs. The Washington Scholars Fellowship Program is operated by Future Leaders for America Foundation. The Foundation is a public charity exempt from tax under Internal Revenue Code § 501(c)(3). The Foundation is nonpartisan and does not participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. No substantial part of the activities of the Foundation's activities involve the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation. Chairman & President Brian C. McManus Chairman, Board of Trustees Rear Admiral James J. Carey Executive Director of Washington Scholars Program Fernando Cortes

Future Leaders for America Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity. Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. EIN No. 22-3917652

Washington Printmakers Gallery
Upcoming: "Two Artists, Many Journeys" (November 30-January 2)

Two-person exhibition featuring woodcuts by Carole Nelson and etchings by Margaret Adams Parker, a result of the two artists' separate world travels.

Opening Reception Friday, December 3, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Artist Talk and Reception with Carole Nelson Saturday, December 4, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Artist Talk and Reception with Margaret Adams Parker: Saturday, December 11, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Washington Printmakers Gallery Pyramid Atlantic Art Center 8230 Georgia Avenue, 2nd Floor Silver Spring, MD 20910

By metro: Take the Red line to the Silver Spring stop. From the station, follow Wayne Ave to Georgia Ave. From Wayne Ave and Georgia, the red Pyramid Atlantic building is 2 blocks to the right, on the right-hand side of Georgia at Ripley Street. Driving: The red Pyramid Atlantic building is on the South Bound (West) side of Georgia Avenue at Ripley Street, 2 blocks south of Wayne Avenue. A small parking lot in front of Pyramid Atlantic offers free parking, and there are several public garages within walking distance.

First Friday Opening Reception
Friday, December 3, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Hillyer Art Space 9 Hillyer Court NW Washington, DC 20008 (202) 338-0680

Hillyer Art Space Upcoming Exhibitions
EXHIBITION: Bill Moore: Fictions of Nature
December 3-23

Hillyer Art Space is pleased to announce Fictions of Nature, an exhibition of work by Bill Moore. Moore produces giant bronze sculptures which portray insects, fish, and birds in unatural and fantastic situations. The sculptures featured in the exhibition will be a collection both of Moores' surreal fantasies of insects, such as Tiger Beetles as seen in Knight in Shining Armor (above left) and of his beautiful industrial designs such as Crosshead (above right).

EXHIBITION: Selections from International Arts and Artists' Hechinger Collection

December 3-23
The complete Hechinger Collection, featuring nearly 400 works of art, was donated to IA&A in 2003 by hardware-industry pioneer John Hechinger, Sr. The collection's contemporary prints, drawings, paintings, and sculptures represent a variety of 20th-century art which uses tools as art, exploring the line between utility and artistry. Come see a special selection from the Hechinger collection at International Arts and Artists' Hillyer Art Space. Like the larger collection, this special exhibition celebrates the ubiquity of tools in our lives with art that magically transforms utilitarian objects into fanciful works of beauty, surprise, and wit. The exhibition will be on view from December 3rd through December 23rd and features work by internationally renowned artists Arman, Jim Dine, Fernand Léger and many others.

This month we are having a special First Friday opening party in celebration of Bill Moore's exhibition Fictions of Nature.
Come along and "get your bug on", drink beetlejuice and have a jungle boogie! First Friday Openings are a collaborative effort to strengthen arts and culture in the beautiful, multi-cultural neighborhood that is Dupont Circle. On the First Friday of every month galleries in our community open their doors to multitudes of art enthusiasts from all walks of life for simultaneous openings. We encourage all to join us for our openings and to circulate between our neighboring galleries, which host an ever-changing array of styles and media. Gallery Hours: 10am - 5pm Monday, 10am - 7pm Tuesday - Friday, 11am - 4pm Saturday. Otherwise by appointment

ARTWORK BY TRACY'S KIDS December 3, 2010 – January 7, 2011

Opening Reception Friday, December 3 6:00-8:00 p.m. Carroll Square Gallery 975 F Street NW Washington DC 20004 Gallery Open During Business Hours Monday through Friday, 8 am – 6 pm Tracy's Kids Art Therapy Program helps young cancer patients and their families cope with the emotional stress and trauma of cancer and its treatment. Our mission is to ensure that the children and families we serve are emotionally equipped to fight cancer as actively as possible—and prepared for the time when they are cancer free. Tracy's Kids uses art therapy to engage with young patients, their siblings and parents so that they can express feelings and reflect on their treatment experiences. The program—which began at the Lombardi Cancer Center in 1991 and is based on the model developed there—employs Master's trained, Board Certified art therapists to address the multi-faceted needs of children with cancer through art and play therapy. The Art Therapists work directly with physicians, nurses and other medical personnel and are integrated as members of each child's treatment team. Today, well over 70% of children diagnosed with cancer will beat the disease and live the overwhelming majority of their lives cancer free. Tracy's Kids is dedicated to helping to ensure that the children we serve are ready to live full, happy and healthy lives. The program—which is offered at no charge to the patient and his or her siblings— works in hospitals, freestanding clinics and other appropriate settings. Our goal is to provide a child-centered, open studio approach for inpatients and outpatients and to interact with the children while they are receiving infusions and other treatments. We welcome the chance to work with siblings and parents because we know that the entire family is affected when a child has cancer. Our program locations are: Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University Children’s Medical Center, Children’s National Medical Center, Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders of Northern Virginia, and Inova Fairfax Hospital’s Life with Cancer Center.
Image: Bridget Ibid, Age 17, Untitled, 2010, acrylic on ceiling tile

You are invited to celebrate

The 10th Anniversary of Sustainable Jewelry Designs

by Architect-Designer

Sylvia Gottwald

Location: 2550 28th Street NW Washington, DC 20008

or vehicular access through alley of McGill Terrace (2831)

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2010 and Sunday, December 5, 2010

Time: A Reception from 2:00-6:00 p.m. RSVP & INFO

CITY Gallery Presents Wally Szyndler, a Retrospective
Opening Reception Saturday, December 4, 6:00-9:00 p.m. City Gallery

804 H Street NE Second Floor Washington, DC 20002 (202) 468-5277

Szyndler became interested in gourd art after finding a book on gourds in a local bookstore. Mostly self-taught, Szyndler learned much of his craft from books but also travelled the country to take workshops. Early on, he often went on scouting trips to find "diamonds in the rough” at a farmer’s market near Annapolis, MD. In Szyndler's words "my many years of living and working in other countries sparked an enthusiasm for the use of masks in other cultures, especially those of Africa, India and the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Gourds appealed to me because they are a gift from nature just waiting to be carved and chiseled into a beautiful mask. It is interesting that from the inception of an idea to the creation of the final product is often very different from what I have visualized, often in my dreams." Szyndler's skill and talent evolved rapidly and he was soon invited to show his work in solo shows. He often won first place and best in show when participating in national and international art competitions. He won first place so often that a second place ranking would become an actual irk to him, according to his friends. But being a master of his craft was not enough for Szyndler. A veteran and innovator in the rehabilitation field for decades, he also took to inspiring local artists with disabilities to use gourds as a three-dimensional medium. Wally passed away on July 10, 2010, which came as a surprise to his family, his friends and the Capitol Hill community. This retrospective will offer the community at large an opportunity to celebrate his life and his passion.

You are cordially invited to our premier art show celebrating renowned French artist

Jean Duquoc
A beautiful collection of his original paintings will be available for this event.
Opening reception with the artist Saturday, December 4, 6:00-9:00 p.m. in our Georgetown gallery
P&C Art 3108 M Street NW Washington, DC 20007 (202) 965-3833

Please RSVP Kei at (703) 698-8452


Give the Gift of Art this Holiday Season
Yuletide marks the 1st year-end art festival at Project 4 Gallery. The exhibition features a selection of small works by artist who frequently collaborate with Project 4. Yuletide offers an opportunity to find unique works of art during the gift-giving season without breaking the budget. All works of art are priced between $10 and $1,000. Feature Artists: Margaret Boozer Beau Chamberlain Justin Gibbens Kate Hardy Tricia Keightley Laurel Lukaszewski Thomas Müller Foon V. Sham Erwin Timmers

Paul Villinski

Project 4 1353 U Street NW, Suite 302 Washington, District of Columbia 20009 Project 4 will have special hours during Yuletide: Monday to Saturday 12 to 6pm

Native Music with Dawn Avery
Saturday, December 4, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Potomac Atrium National Museum of the American Indian Fourth Street & Independence Avenue SW Washington, DC 20560 Composer, cellist, vocalist, educator, and Grammy-nominated performer, Dawn Avery (Mohawk) presents new works from her latest CD release, Our Fire: Native American Contemporary Songs.

Linda M. Vitello Marketing & PR Manager Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center NOVA, Alexandria Campus 3001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria VA 22311 (703) 845-6156

CULTURE: Swedish Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 4th, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. St. Lucia procession performing holiday songs at 4:00 p.m.

Embassy of Sweden 2900 K Street NW
Welcome to the Swedish Holiday Bazaar hosted by SWEA Washington DC and supported by Embassy of Sweden. Festivities include: Children's activity room with Swedish craft, Swedish artwork, crafts, crystal, textiles, books, glögg, and much more. Raffle with prizes and the popular Swedish Café with home baked goods and traditional Swedish delicacies. For more information, please contact Pernilla Jonsson at or Visit SWEA DC's website

Antonio Giuliano concert Saturday, December 4, 1:30 p.m. Anderson House ballroom Society of the Cincinnati 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is free.

Antonio Giuliano, tenor, performs sacred and romantic songs by Schubert, Bellini, Liszt, and others.

JOSEPH SHEPPARD (December 4-31) Opening Reception Saturday, December 4, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Marin-Price Galleries 7022 Wisconsin Avenue Chevy Chase, MD 20815 Joseph Sheppard has been painting and sculpting for over 50 years. Sheppard's versatility allows him to paint landscape, still-life, and figurative compositions with equal aplomb. His figurative sculptures have brought him great notoriety - he was recently named best Sculptor in the World by the city of Pietrasanta, Italy. The University of Maryland Univeristy College (UMUC) has just opened a museum dedicated to displaying the works of Sheppard over his long and productive career.


OPENING RECEPTION AND 2nd ANNIVERSARY PARTY DETAILS Sunday, December 5, 5:00-10:00 p.m. Design Studio Art Gallery 5702 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781 (301) 779-4907

Design Studio Art Gallery welcomes you to celebrate our 2nd anniversary party and winter holiday party! Exhibit Dates: November 22-December 28

We will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and celebrate local artists and their works in a cozy environment. Let the warmth and holiday cheer of the season be alive! The physical space of the gallery will be transformed into a shopping destination for local residents to purchase one-of-a-kind pieces by local artists and artisans, offering holiday shoppers new gift-giving ideas! Items will range from pottery to limited edition photograph prints to handcrafted bowls, jewelry, and more at affordable prices! Stop by and find a unique gift in time for the holidays at Design Studio Art Gallery!


69th SEASON OF CONCERTS Poulenc Trio
Sunday, December 5, 6:30 p.m.

National Gallery of Art 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC 20565
Music by Jakov Jakulov and other Jewish composers

For the convenience of concertgoers, the Garden Cafe remains open until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Concerts at the National Gallery of Art are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis. For evening performances held in the West Building, seating begins at 6:00 p.m. and concerts start promptly at 6:30. The entrance to the West Building at Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW remains open until 6:30 p.m. There is no entry or reentry to the building after 6:30.

It's hard to believe the year is almost over. With Thanksgiving out of the way, we can focus on the upcoming holiday season. This month, the Fairfax Art League presents their annual Holiday Show at Fairfax Old Town Hall and small works at the Fairfax Village Gallery. Our annual Holiday Party will be Sunday, December 5, 2010 from 5 - 7pm at Fairfax Old Town Hall. Soir O'g will be playing traditional Irish music during the reception We invite all our friends to join us as we

Galleries Fairfax Old Town Hall (2nd Floor) 3999 University Drive Fairfax, VA 22030 Mon-Thurs. 10 am - 2 pm

celebrate the season and the wonderful year. If you're looking for that perfect gift for someone special, why not give the gift of art. This month only, the Fairfax Art League offers 10% off any artwork over $50 (see coupon below). Just bring the coupon with you to either of our galleries, choose your favorite piece, and voila, the perfect gift!

Nancy Whitfill and Ruth Bailey Co-Presidents

Holiday Party

Come and join us for our anuual Holiday Party December 5, 2010 from 5 - 7 pm!
Applause! Applause!

People's Choice Award

Village Gallery October Pam Pavord

Fairfax Old town Hall November Atti Vakili Wheeler



Meena Gupta

Nancy Whifill won an Equal Merritt Award for her painting at Lorton Workhouse Art Gallery

Holiday Party: Sunday December 5, 2010, 5 - 7pm, Fairfax Old Town Hall, Second Floor, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. Village Gallery will also be open.

Our Holiday reception will be on Sunday, December 5th, from 5 - 7P. We are delighted to announce that Sior Og will be playing for us at that reception. Please invite your friends and family to come enjoy this event with us.

The Fairfax Art League (FAL) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. Started by six artists in 1986, the FAL was incorporated in 1988 and became a non-profit corporation in 1989. Since then, the membership has risen to approximately 100 members. The mission of the league is to provide visual arts education to the community. We do this in four ways, best described as DEEP: Demonstration, Education, Exhibition, and Promotion. We schedule demonstrations by local art professionals which are open to the public, provide education to children in the classroom and to adults through a lecture series, hold monthly exhibitions at two gallery spaces, and promote the arts through events and monthly receptions in which the public and artists can interact.

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Say you saw it first! World Premiere @
Actors Repertory Theatre 2010

Gett ing It
By Richard C. Washer Directed by Leslie A. Kobylinski
Stage Management by Mallory Shear

All Performances are Free! Performance Dates:
December 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 at 8:00 pm December 5, 11, 12 at 3:00 pm
One ghost; two vodkas; three couples and a beach house. Getting It is the hilarious new comedy of romantic errors by First Draft Playwright-in-Residnece, Richard C. Washer. Don't miss this world premiere commissioned for Actors Repertory Theater 2010.

The 2010 Actors Repertory Theatre Ensemble:
Christian Beltran, Ronald Brown, Elizabeth Dutton, Vanessa Escorcia,

Ekaterina Korotkikh, and Tre Wheeler. With special guest artist Ray Ficca.

Reserve your seat now!
Please use the link above to make your reservation. It's our new reservation system!

Leontyne Price Honored at 34th Presentation of Handel's Messiah A gala cast of soloists and a special Award to invited guest legendary soprano Leontyne Price will be featured when Handel’s Messiah is presented at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 1518 M Street NW on Sunday, December 5 at 5:00 p.m. Ms. Price, who rose to international fame during a period of racial change in the 1950s and 60s, and was the first AfricanAmerican to become a leading prima donna at the Metropolitan Opera, will be presented with Metropolitan AME Church‘s ―Living Legacy Award.‖ Featured soloists include Michele Gutrick, Keith Craig, Sylvia Twice, and Jarrod Lee, will serve as moderator of the beloved oratoria by George Frideric Handel. Rev. Ronald E. Braxton, senior pastor at Metropolitan, said the entire Washington community is invited to this annual event. ―Over the past decades, Metropolitan has helped to usher in this highlight of the Christmas season and we look forward to persons from across the Greater Washington area sharing this spectacular joy with us.‖ The production will feature Metropolitan‘s Cathedral Choir, along with local high school and college talent, singing this quintessential musical crown of the holiday season. Dr. Lester S. Green, Jr., who has performed with the Washington National Opera and is Minister of Music at Metropolitan A.M.E., will conduct the performance. The performance is free and free parking is available.

Washington Milliners: A look at Past and Present Sunday, December 5, 2:30 p.m. Historical Society of Washington DC 801 K Street NW (202) 383-1800 Gallery Place/Convention Center Metro Join us to meet Vanilla Beane, Andrea Bray, and Gaston DeVigne share their Washington Hat stories, the 1950 to the present.We'll have a short hat fashion showing., Donna Limerick, a former NPR on air talent will moderate. Wear your hat!!, Note...Two of the the panelists are over 75-85 years old..they will be bringing their hats.. doing an informal show, etc.

"The purpose of life is undoubtedly to knowoneself. We cannot do it unless we learn to identify ourselves with all that lives." - Mahatma Gandhi The Gandhi Memorial Center Invites you to

Meet the authors of

Sunday, December 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Gandhi Memorial Center 4748 Western Avenue Bethesda, MD 20816 (301) 320-6871

RSVP Here by 12-3-10

Opening remarks by Srimati Kamala President of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Foundation Discussion by authors: Dr. Karen Shanor and Dr. Jagmeet Kanwal Concluding remarks by Carrie Trybulec Director of Gandhi Memorial Center Reception and Book Signing to Follow Drawing upon the very latest scientific research, Drs. Karen Shanor and Jagmeet Kanwal show how animals build, create and entertain themselves and others; how they express grief, joy, anger, and fear; how animal "friends" keep in touch; and how some animals problem solve even more effectively than humans. The result is the thrilling scientific exploration which unlocks for the first time the secret lives of the animal world.

Winter Open Studios Sunday, December 5, 12:00-5:00 p.m.

The Jackson Art Center
3048 ½ R Street NW (just opposite Montrose Park)

The Art and Soul of Georgetown Creativity

Featuring: The Artists of Jackson in Georgetown Free to the Public

Special symposium co-presented with the Washington Jewish Film Festival

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Theater United States Holocaust Memorial Museum 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW Washington, DC 20024-2126 Seating for the symposium is first-come, first-served. This program is free and open to the public. Why do today‘s films about the Holocaust continue to engage and fascinate us more than 65 years after liberation? Will Holocaust cinema change when the eyewitness generation is no longer with us? Who defines the genre of "Holocaust film"? Please join us for a compelling exploration of these questions with four filmmakers from around the world who continue to find new stories about the Holocaust and new ways to tell these stories. Through a panel discussion and film clips, they will consider the themes and techniques of 21st-century Holocaust films, if and how they differ from the past, and what audiences they attract. Moderator Raye Farr, Director, Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Panel of Directors Rex Bloomstein, United Kingdom—KZ Radu Gabrea, Romania—Gruber’s Journey Yonathan Levy, France—Das Kind Malte Ludin, Germany—2 or 3 Things I Know about Him The panelists’ films listed above will be screened during the festival.

The MidCity Business Association Invites you to a Holiday Party & Silent Auction on Monday December 6th, 2010 at

1602 U Street 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Enjoy food and open bar while being entertained by DJ's and the fabulous Special Agent Galactica! Join MidCity shop owners, restaurateurs and friends for a special holiday celebration with wonderful food, an open bar and a Silent Auction. Proceeds to benefit MidCity BA's programs. Free for MidCity Business Association Members and a suggested $20 donation from friends and allies. Please RSVP by Wed. Dec 1, 2010 Click here to RSVP, make a donation or purchase tickets

(Please note, be prepared to submit payment at auction closing) MidCity Business Association 920 U Street NW Washington, DC 20001

One: An Anniversary Event
Tuesday, December 7, 6:30-10:30 p.m. One Lounge 1606 20th Street NW Washington, DC 20009

On Tuesday, December 7, Washingtonians and local celebrities will celebrate the one-year anniversary of One Lounge with owners Niko Papademetriou, Seth McClelland, Filipp Zeldin and Daniel Kramer. Guests will experience One Lounge's cozy sophistication with appetizing hors d'oeuvres and a complimentary open bar with a selection of One Lounge's winter-inspired cocktails, crafted by Wes Arthur. One Lounge's first-year anniversary party is sponsored by Perrier-Jouet, Red Bull, Svedka and Voss Artesian Water. This is a guest list-only event. Guest list will be closed once RSVP limit is reached. RSVP to required for entry. Thanks!

The Ambassador of Australia HE The Hon Kim Beazley AC and Susie Annus invite you and a guest to the opening of Gregory Pryor: Vapour Trails Curated by Melissa Keys Tuesday, December 7, 6:30-8.30 p.m. Embassy of Australia 1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington DC 20036 RSVP required: (202) 797 3025 or Dress: Business Attire/Service Dress

Photo ID essential for entry No parking at the Embassy Metro: Dupont Circle

This exhibition is on display until 28 January 2011 Gallery hours 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. weekdays or by appointment: (202) 797 3383

Gregory Pryor is a close observer and sensitive recorder of the world. An artist, historian, writer and traveller, he is fascinated with both natural and cultural systems: natural sciences, faith traditions, languages, art and poetry all absorb him. His paintings and installations evoke sweeping vistas of history and geography while serving as archives of things momentary and fleeting. Arrayed en masse, these works register at once the minute and the monumental.

Negotiating Salary and Benefits 12/7/2010 6:30 PM to 12/7/2010 8:00 PM How much do you think YOU are worth? Learn how to advocate for the salary and benefits you deserve. Join us for the second part of our three part career series sponsored by Opportunity Knocks. (#ynpncareer)

Secrets to a Stress Free Life 12/8/2010 6:30 PM to 12/8/2010 8:30 PM Join our two-hour workshop to build your inner calm and joy even in a stressful work/life environment and walk away with your action plan. Speaker Atieno Bird has over 15 years experience helping people create lives they love. (#ynpnPE)

Holiday Party Wednesday, December 8, 4:00-10:00 p.m. Bluemercury 3059 M Street NW Washington, DC 20007

Sales, samples, sweets, champagne, and more

Google and YouTube hold REPLAY: Philanthropy, culture, and entertainment in 2010 Wednesday, December 8, 6:30-10:00 p.m. Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (enter on Sixth Street)

Alexandra Phillips High Notes CD and iTunes Release Reception Wednesday, December 8, 2010 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. performance at 7:30 p.m. Hemphill 1515 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20005 Refreshments provided by Figs Fine Foods CD $10 HEMPHILL is pleased to present High Notes featuring Alexandra Phillips, Soprano. High Notes includes operatic arias from some of the most lively, dramatic, and playful heroines in operaincluding the crazy Lucia from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor; a wind up doll Olympia from Les Contes D'Hoffmann; Bernstein's desperate Cunegonde from Candide, Strauss's flirtatious Zerbinetta from Ariadne auf Naxos; and Mozart's dignified but love stricken Kostanze from Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail. This evening of art and opera celebrates the CD and iTunes release of High Notes amidst Hemphill's current exhibition, Julie Wolfe. Alexandra Phillips, Soprano, is a classically trained opera singer and performer, who loves to explore the collaboration and fusions of different genres and techniques. She has soloed at such venues as the Kennedy Center, the Folger Theatre, The White House and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Alexandra has recently returned from a three month performance tour in Italy. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, and received a Master’s Degree in vocal performance from The University of Tennessee. Operatic roles she has performed include "Olympia' in Les Contes D'Hoffmann, 'Lucia' in Lucia di Lammermoor, Thais in Thais, Die Koenigen der Nacht, in Die Zauberfloete, 'Amy March' in Adamo's Little Women, and Mabel in Orlando Ballet’s production of Pirates of Penzance. Alexandra has been a soloist with the Washington Arts Club, the Great Noise Ensemble, Congressional Chorus, Interact Theatre, Washington Savoyards, Washington Choral Ensemble, Friday Morning Music Club, the Paul Hill Chorale and the Master Chorale of Washington, and has been a guest singer/speaker on NPR. Oratorio highlights include Bach’s St. John’s Passion, Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, Haydn’s Creation, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Messiah, Poulenc’s Gloria, and

Schwantner’s Sparrows. As an educator, Alexandra holds a private voice studio in DC, and holds an adjunct faculty position at Montgomery College in Rockville. She encourages singers of all ages and levels to explore their voice, and helps them expand their potential.

New Jersey State Society Annual Holiday Reception Wednesday, December 8, 6:00-8:00 pm. Phoenix Park Hotel 520 North Capitol Street NW Washington, DC 20001 Join us in the ballroom of the beautiful Phoenix Park Hotel on Capitol Hill (and near Union Station) for our annual Garden State Holiday Reception. Appetizers and first two cocktails are complimentary. Special thanks to the NJ Group for once again cohosting and helping us with the expense of this popular event. Our other sponsors include BAE Systems PSEG Prudential Financial Merck HealthCare Institute of NJ MWW Group Winning Strategies Edison Electric Institute MBI-GluckShaw Princeton Public Affairs Group The Phoenix Park Hotel is a short walk from Union Station METRO Red Line and the US Senate Office Buildings. There is metered parking on the surrounding streets.

"Architecture in Nature" lecture Thursday, December 09, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Abramson Family Recital Hall Katzen Arts Center American University 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 (Free parking under the Katzen Arts Center) RSVP by December 3rd: Following the program, we will gather for drinks and light hors d’oeuvres in the lobby. Janike Kampevold Larsen (Oslo School of Architecture and Design) and Craig Dykers (co-founder of Norwegian architect firm Snøhetta) speak on the topic of architecture in nature. The event is hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Innovation Norway. Speakers Janike Kampevold Larsen is a post doctoral fellow at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, where she works with the relationship between architecture and nature. Larsen is currently writing a book about the ongoing Tourist Route Project which comprises 18 ―scenic byways‖ throughout Norway. Mountains, fjords and coastline frame the travel experience. Bold architecture placed in magnificent natural scenery gives the attraction its special character. Craig Dykers received his Bachelors in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985, and co-founded the transdisciplinary architecture, landscape and interiors company Snøhetta in 1989. Since then, he has worked to create several regional offices for Snøhetta in Egypt, England, and New York City. Most notable of Snøhetta‘s projects are the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway, and the soon to be completed National September 11th Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center site in New York City.

Girls' Night Out Thursday, December 9, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Saks Fifth Avenue 5555 Wisconsin Avenue Chevy Chase, MD 20815 (301) 657-9000 Join PopSugar's FreshGuide and Saks Fifth Avenue for a Girls' Night Out. Enjoy 15% off*, free makeovers and manicures, Sugar-inspired snacks, giveaways, and refreshments. *Some restrictions apply.

Film: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" Thursday, December 9, 6:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & F Streets NW Archeologist Dr. Indiana Jones battles snakes, Nazis, and supernatural forces on a mission to find the Ark of the Covenant, a sacred box that contained the stone tablets bearing the Ten Commandments. Starring Harrison Ford and Karen Allen; directed by Steven Spielberg. Rated PG (115 minutes, 1981)

You are cordially invited to the:

Center for a New American Security's 2010 Holiday Party

We cordially invite you to celebrate the holiday season with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) on Thursday, December 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in our office located at 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 403. Cocktails and light fare will be served. Business, casual or festive attire is welcome.Please RSVP by Friday, December 3. If you plan to bring a guest, please RSVP separately for him or her. CNAS also invites you to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. CNAS is proud to help the Marine Corps Reserve in their long-standing tradition of delivering toys to children in their local communities during the holiday season.

Date & Time Thursday, December 9, 5:30-8:00 p.m. Location Center for a New American Security 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 403 Washington, DC 20004 RSVP RSVP Online Or by phone: (202) 457-9427

We appreciate your continued interest, friendship and support and hope to see you on December 9.


The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is an independent and nonpartisan research institution that develops strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies. CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow.

In celebration of the Bicentennial of Chile,


IDB Cultural Center and the Embassy of Chile
cordially invite you to attend an illustrated lecture by

Samuel Salgado Tello
Director of the National Center of Historical Photography in Santiago

The History of Photography in Chile 1842-2010
Thursday, December 9, 6:30 p.m.

The lecture will be in Spanish, with photo captions in English for non-Spanish speakers. Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center Inter-American Development Bank 1330 New York Avenue NW (202) 623-3558 Free and open to the public. Photo ID required.

The lecture will illustrate the history of photography in Chile, from its early beginnings in the nineteenth century, to its systematic use for historical documentation through present day.

This compilation of photographs is the result of twenty years of research and collaborative methodologies developed by the National Center for Historical Photography (CENFOTO) to preserve and present the photographic patrimony of Chile in its archives.

CENFOTO is a nonprofit cultural corporation dedicated to the rescue, identification and preservation of Chilean and Latin American photography, offering exhibitions, books, classes, and archival materials.

Approach the IDB from the east to avoid traffic from the White House Xmas tree lighting ceremony.

Paula Crawford
New Work
December 9, 2010 - January 16, 2011

Opening Reception
Thursday, December 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Long View Gallery
1234 Ninth Street NW Washington, DC 20001


By Wednesday, December 6th or (202) 232-4788
Several years ago, on the threshold of an unusual sickness, Paula Crawford began painting walls of spherical forms. When she was finally diagnosed with Hepatitis C, her doctor showed her an image of the cells causing the disease. They were clustered spheres-almost identical to what she had been painting. Whether this was a case of tuned inner eye or pure chance we will never know.

Crawford's call to paint these forms has remained after a yearlong treatment and final cure. In the beginning, the forms in the paintings appeared as cellular walls, dense and impenetrable. Still, they seemed beautiful like river rocks under rushing water, or an infinite array of candy coated gumballs. Slowly, alongside her recovery, the wall of cells broke down, folding away towards a horizon. As if laying out the path to recovery, the cells became land or seascape, floors rather than walls, like stones paths-easily passable, creating distance rather than confinement.


E-News from Carnegie
Carnegie Capital Science LectureAndrea Ghez
University of California, Los Angeles Department of Physics and Astronomy

The Galactic Center: Uncovering the Pulse of our Galaxy
Thursday, December 9, 6:45 p.m. Carnegie Institution 1530 P Street NW This program is free and open to the public

Lurking at the center of our galaxy is its most massive object—a supermassive black hole. More than a quarter century ago, astronomers first imagined that galaxies such as our own Milky Way might harbor massive, though possibly dormant, central black holes. Definitive proof lay in assessing the distribution and motion of matter at the center of the galaxy. Based on 15 years of high- resolution imaging, Dr. Ghez’s team has moved the case for a supermassive black hole at the galactic center from a possibility to a certainty. Although the stars orbiting close to the black hole appear to be

massive and young, their origins are difficult to explain. Understanding them may provide key insights into the black hole’s evolution.

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy invites you to celebrate the holidays! Please join us:

Current Lounge
1215 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, DC Friday, December 10 7 p.m.-11 p.m. 7-8 p.m. Open Bar

Washington Studio School proudly presents works by Graduating Certificate Student

Lynne Van Dyke
Please join us for the Artist's Reception Friday, December 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Washington Studio School 2129 S Street NW Washington, DC 20008 (202) 234-3030

Work on view: December 6-31, 2010. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. This is a free event. RSVP NOT REQUIRED. WSS will be closed for the Christmas holiday, work on view by appointment only during that time.

Sabeel DC Metro and the Church of the Reformation proudly present:
A new film about Bethlehem as fresh as our 21st Century headlines

"Little Town of Bethlehem"
The explosive new documentary compelling you to hear and understand the people living in Jesus’ birthplace today in a brand new, never-to-be forgotten way
Starring three unforgettable young veterans of the struggle for justice and peace Sami Awad, Palestinian Christian Ahmad Al’Azzeh, Palestinian Muslim Yonatan Shapira, Israeli Jew Your understanding of the Middle East conflict, and your appreciation

for the people of today’s Holy Land, will never be the same DISCUSSION WITH REFRESHMENTS FOLLOWING THE FILM
(free-will offering to cover expenses)

3:00-4:45 p.m.

Fellowship Hall, Lutheran Church of the Reformation
212 East Capitol Street NE Washington, DC 20003 (across from the Folger Shakespeare Library, two blocks east of the U.S. Capitol) Fellowship Hall entrance is via sidewalk around right side of the church. Enter through the side doors and proceed downstairs to the Hall. Metro access: 4 bl. from Capitol South (Orange/Blue), 5 bl. from Union Station (Red)

Human Rights Day Celebration Saturday, December 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Busboys and Poets 14th and V Streets NW

SHINE A LIGHT ON HUMAN RIGHTS Celebrate Human Rights Day by taking action and gathering for a night of letter-writing while enjoying food, drink and live music at Busboys and Poets on 14th and V – accessible by the U St Metro. The night will shine light on violence against women of Congo, with guest speakers Sadia Hameed and Irene Safi Turner. SHINE A LIGHT ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ...The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been called the rape capital of the world. Every year, thousands of rapes are reported. Many more rapes go unreported, because of the personal risk and shame associated with being attacked. A central problem is the use of rape as a weapon of war by all sides in the Congo wars. However, the frequency of rape as a weapon, and the almost total impunity for perpetrators of these atrocious crimes, have led to an increase in the incidence of rape in all corners of the country. The perpetual cycle of violence against women in the DRC must end. Contact Kaitlin Savage or Emilia Gutierrez for details:

Women of Courage: The Art and Stories
of Entrepreneur Artists and Change Makers

Original Art by Artist, Elena Nolan

Saturday, December 11, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
1801 N. Quaker Lane Alexandria, VA 22302 Free Parking, Complimentary Appetizers, Wine and Refreshments

Free of Charge. RSVP Required
(let us know how many people will attend) Please share this invitation with your friends!

Sydnei Smithjordan, Body Map, Mixed Media 4ft x 11ft

Join us for a multicultural celebration of art, music and entrepreneurship. Meet Empowered Women International's (EWI's) 12 graduates from our 2010 Entrepreneur Training for Success program, learn about their new businesses, art and journeys, and celebrate EWI's empowering work in the community.

Graduate Amy Odean presents her new "nice hat collection" from Loose Thread Productions


4-5 pm, Meet the Artists & Holiday Gift Shopping
Do your holiday gift shopping at EWI and support our local women artists! During the month of December our office at Convergence will be totally transformed into a holiday boutique,

that features quality handmade art and goods by EWI artist members. Stop by and shop unique hand-painted silk scarves, knitted scarves, fashionable handcrafted jewelry, original fine art and prints, notecards, journals and handmade books, a natural line of bath and body products, and more... Cash, Checks and Credit Cards are accepted! Proceeds from sales benefit our women members and EWI.

Starting at 5 pm ...
Jimena Ryan, Entrepreneur
Keynote Speaker Director of Marketing & Community Affairs RAFFA, P.C.
Jimena Ryan

Jazz by Artist Graduate, Tacha Coleman Parr & Scott Giambusso, Acoustic Guitar
Tacha Coleman Parr

Graduation Ceremony:
Meet EWI's 2010 Graduates of the Entrepreneur Training for Success Program
Read the stories of women graduates

Jameela Alter, Author "On Clipped Wings"
Book Presentation
Jameela Alter "On Clipped Wings" is about the physical, spiritual, and intellectual metamorphosis of a rootless, Hindu beggar girl whose personality is molded by people from different religions and cultures, spanning India, England, Colonel Gaddafi's Libya, and the United States of America.

The main character's unorthodox opinions and cultural conflicts with Hindus, Muslims, and Christians, all of whom firmly believe that they alone hold the key to a better afterlife, make the book provocative, enlightening, and poignant. The author and book artist, Jameela Alter, will sign books during the reception. She will also be raising funds to support EWI's cause by selling handmade book angels, which she and a group of talented women volunteers have crafted for this special event.

6-7 pm, Reception & Holiday Gift Shopping
This program is co-sponsored by:

AAUW Mt. Vernon Branch Alexandria Business and Professional Women Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Alexandria
Funding for this program came in part from: Giving Circle of Hope, Reston, Washington Forrest Foundation and The Alexandria Commission for the Arts Thank you to our dedicated donors who contributed scholarships for our women in need: Giving Circle of Hope Reston, AAUW Mt. Vernon Branch, Jay (Jizeng) Chen, Publisher of Asian Fortune Newspaper & Asian Fortune Foundation, Sunanda K. Holmes, Esq., Mihaela and Iulian Nistor, Bruce Steinhardt and Dienna Howard.

Entrepreneur Training for Success 2010: What we've accomplished together
Graduates after presenting their business plans on Nov 29, 2010

On October 7, 2010 twelve immigrant and American-born women joined EWI's intensive two-month Entrepreneur Training for Success program. Each woman was focused on starting up a small business or social venture using her talents, skills and creative capital.

Women worked together in a peer-learning model guided by EWI's trainers and marketing coaches, Marga Fripp and Sharmila Karamchandani, to develop the business acumen, confidence and leadership skills they needed to turn create viable businesses. Graduates are listed below along with their businesses and projects.

Adela Poudratchi - Business Entrepreneur: Middle Eastern Jewelry Adelina Perez del Castillo Mena - Event, Portrait, and Fine Art Photographer Amy Ruth Odean - Women's Apparel Designer Brigitta Kral - Creator of All-Natural Bath and Body Products Elena Nolan - Fine Art Painter Elleni T. Ashine - Social Entrepreneur: Ethiopian Fair Trade Kim M. - Collage Artist and Card Maker Kwanele Ndlovu - Social Entrepreneur: Girls' Education in Zimbabwe Paula Margus - Art Promoter Sydnei Smithjordan - Visual Artist and Painter Tacha Coleman Parr - Jazz Singer and Songwriter Yarmila Aragon - Business Entrepreneur: Scandinavian Bar and Restaurant

Each woman in training benefited from 20 hours of class training and experiential learning in entrepreneurship, marketing, legal and financial aspects of running a business, and an average of 2.5 hours of one-on-one marketing and business coaching. Women in training also participated in a Web design boot camp presented by our AmeriCorps Volunteer, Juliana Kerrest, and a loan seminar from the Latin Economic Development Council.

In addition to in-person training classes and coaching services, each woman received EWI's entrepreneur workbook and additional reading materials and resources to help them conduct research and build a solid business plan. Eleven volunteer guest speakers, all business professionals and accomplished artists and entrepreneurs, met with our students and shared their business stories and strategies for success.

Thank you to all of the EWI volunteers who made this program possible.

Volunteer Guest Speakers: Eric Nelson, Joanne Clark, Hal Novick Esq., Karen Waltermire, Michelle Somerday, Nina Tisara, Rabia Naeem Pervez, Roman Corpuz, Sharon Burton and Sushmita Mazumdar.

Legal, Financial and Support Services Volunteers: Sunanda Holmes Esq., Wendy Lesko, Josie Thompson and Roman Corpuz, ECDC

Volunteer Writers: Brigitta Kral, Dienna Howard, Kaylee Kebort, Nicole Young and Paula Margus interviewed our students and helped us document the program and write women's stories.

Empowered Women International (EWI) is an award-winning non-profit organization that creates jobs, leadership skills and economic opportunities for low-income immigrant, refugee and other women struggling to integrate or transition from very difficult life circumstances into the community and marketplace.

EWI helps women rebuild their lives and livelihoods by starting up new careers, social ventures and small businesses. Member beneficiaries are women artists, artisans, and micro-entrepreneur working in various craft, food, beauty and other creative industries. Programs include entrepreneurial training, workforce and career mentoring, marketing and business coaching, and supplemental income through art and retail sales. To learn more or make a donation, visit

The Jerusalem Fund presents

Annual Souk and Olive Harvest Celebration
Saturday, December 11 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Jerusalem Fund 2425 Virginia Avenue NW Experience the ambience of a Middle Eastern souk right here in Washington, DC . Enjoy music, coffee, food and the sales of textiles, pottery, jewelry and gifts from the Middle East. Celebrate the annual olive

The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that does educational and humanitarian work on behalf of Palestinians, particularly those living in the Occupied Territory and surrounding refugee camps.

harvest in Palestine by purchasing bottles of fair-trade extra-virgin olive oil imported from Palestine. This event is free and open to the public. Families welcome!

The Palestine Center is an independent think-tank committed to communicating reliable and timely information about the Palestinian political experience to American policy-makers, journalists, students and the general public. Established in 1991, it is the educational program of the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development.

SilverWorks Holiday Open House

You are invited to SilverWorks first annual Holiday Open House. Enjoy some wine as well as find that one-of-a-kind gift in silver.

December 11, 6:00-9:00 p.m. SilverWorks 7300 MacArthur Boulevard 2nd floor of the Yellow Barn Building Glen Echo Park, MD 20812

Steinway Series: Covalence Sunday, December 12, 3:00 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & F Streets NW Come home for the holidays with Covalence, a trio featuring Mark Clodfelter on trumpet, soprano Melodie Galloway, and pianist Rebecca Wilt. Compositions include: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “I Wonder as I Wander,” “Go Tell it on the Mountain” and selections adapted from Händel’s “Messiah.”

Hosted by:'s FishbowlDC editors Betsy Rothstein and Matt Dornic and NPR's business development specialist Marc Allon Pultuskier

Fashion for Paws Holiday Shopping Event Thursday, December 16, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Vineyard Vines 1225 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20007 RSVP: Please join Friends of Fashion for Paws for a special holiday shopping benefit and Santa Pet Photo Event for the Washington Humane Society (WHS) at Vineyard Vines in Georgetown! Guests will enjoy complimentary champagne and hors d'oeuvres while they shop, receiving a 10% discount on purchases and Vineyard Vines will donate 10% of the revenue from the shopping benefit back to WHS! Well behaved dogs are welcome to attend and dog photos with Santa will be a $20 donation to WHS. Get your holiday shopping done knowing that 10% will be donated to help homeless animals in the care of WHS!

Film: It’s a Wonderful Life Thursday, December 16, 6:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th & F Streets NW Contemplating suicide on Christmas Eve as he faces bankruptcy and jail, George Bailey meets a guardian angel who shows him how valuable he is to his community and family. Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, and Lionel Barrymore; directed by Frank Capra (129 minutes, 1946).

POGO Holiday Party Thursday, December 16, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Project On Government Oversight HQ 1100 G Street NW Suite 900 Washington, DC Enjoy a cold one and celebrate the holiday season with your friends at POGO. We can't promise caviar or foie gras, but can guarantee good times and good cheer with journalists, investigators, and other NGO do-gooders.


December's Spotlight Jewelry Artist : Eric Burris

Constructing small sculptural jewelry; influenced by

nature, architecture, travel, materials, improvisation, and much more. Combing wood with mokume gane; the two materials compliment each other visually, but contrast in terms of natural material versus man-made material.
Eric's Jewelry is currently on show and for purchase at Poppy.

Come and meet the designer during our Artist Reception Friday, December 17, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Poppy 3235 P Street NW Washington, DC 20007

Greetings Friends!

Shea Yeleen invites you to a Cultural Celebration for the Holidays! Join us for a festive occasion of live performances and food. Learn about Fair trade and support women owned Shea butter producers in West Africa through your holiday gift shopping. Shea Yeleen will be offering special holiday pricing on all gift packages! When: December 18th, 2010 Eastern Market North Hall (indoors) 225 7th Street, SE. (1.5 Blocks North of Eastern Market Metro on 7th Street). Festivities begin at 11am until 3pm. This is a FREE public event. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day in the form of African Drumming, spoken word artists, dancers, and other performs. Enjoy a selection of food vendors and fresh natural juices by Air Juice will be available for purchase.

Shea Yeleen International’s mission is to empower women producers of Shea butter in West Africa to achieve economic independence. We organize women owned cooperatives to produce, market, and sell high-quality Shea butter while providing them with production, finance, and business training. In addition, we work to educate US consumers about the importance of buying fair trade Shea butter products and the critical impact of their purchases on West African women. Support fair trade by purchasing high quality Shea butter personal care gifts for the holidays!

I look forward to seeing you then!

Warm regards, Rahama

Please Join Us

Saturday, December 18, from 8:00 p.m.-Midnight NEW LOCATION

Art Whino Gallery 122 Waterfront Street National Harbor, MD 20745 Down the block next to Elevation Burger Show end date: January 21st Musical Performances by Tabi Bonney and Phil Ade The event is FREE and open to the public.

Tagür Tagür a dynamic sneaker company that allows the consumer to become the producer. Any artist whether internationally renowned or novice can have a shot of having their own sneaker line. Custom shoes are placed in events and online and are open to voting. Shoes that get significant votes have the opportunity to become mass produced and sold around the world, giving full credit to the artist. YOU are the artist, you are the market, you deem what is legit.

Kicks for Kids v4 The Sneaker Suite, for a fourth year in a row, will host their annual Charity Shoe Drive 2010 entitled Kicks for Kids v4 at the Art Whino space in the National Harbor. The Kicks for Kids program is a collaborative community effort to help support children less fortunate in the Washington DC Metropolitan areas. This year, Kicks for Kids v4 affords children (4-12 years old) spending the Christmas holiday in Childrens National Medical Center an opportunity to receive a fresh new pair of shoes to walk out in with once healed! The Sneaker Suite will partner up with a local retailer, a local radio station and 3 year supporter of our charity program Scion to help us reach our community goals and expand our community efforts during the 2010 holiday season. By engaging individuals and organizations that share similar missions within the region, we plan to create a unique appreciation incentive to those who donate. Each individual that donates $10-$20 dollars towards the purchase of a brand new pair of shoes will receive a special swag bag courtesy of Scion and a complimentary friends and family discount at our local retailer partner. In addition, each individual that donates will receive complimentary food and an open bar on CIROC Ultra premium Vodka

Musical Performance by Tabi Bonney Tabi Bonney is a rising star out of D.C. by way of the African nation of Togo. Tabi’s drive and talent are unparalleled; he secured regular video rotation on MTV and national radio play with his hit singles “Nuthin’ But A Hero” and “The Pocket,” all without an official record label or distribution deal. Tabi managed to do all this while running a successful clothing line (Bonney Runway) and his own video production company (Cool Kids Forever Films). His new album “Fresh” is his most anticipated work yet, with tracks drawing influence from everything from r&b to indie rock, and that span the gamut from hard street anthems to ethereal synth-pop driven ballads. Featuring production by Kokayi, Jon Redwine, Nesby Phips and guest appearances from Pusha T, Wale, Raheem DeVaughn, Curren$y & more, "Fresh" is set to satisfy. Two singles come in advance of the album, the first features one half of the acclaimed rap duo Clipse: Pusha T. On this instant head-nodder; “Make A Killin,” Tabi and Pusha let the fans know what their grind is all about. The second is an up-tempo electro influenced track called “Galaxy”. These two records showcase Tabi’s amazing diversity and give a taste of what is to come. “Fresh” drops November 22nd on iHipHop Distribution/FRANKRADIO.

Musical Performance by Phil Adé Born Philip Adetumbi, Phil Adé comes from an interesting mix of wordly culture. His Grenadian mother and Nigerian father made sure to keep him close to his strong family heritage. Before settling in the DC metro area, Phil Adé lived in California, Alabama and Florida while his father took various positions in different cities. These experiences, matched with the cultural influences that his parents made sure to incorporate in his life, gave Phil Adé a valuable and international outlook on the world around him.

Alex Aviles Elstabo is a product of Brooklyn New York. His professional career Started when he first saw one of his logo designs displayed on a Highway bill board. His experience flourished while picking up varies jobs with-in the Commercial and Fashion art fields. Designing anything between Cd music covers to childrens clothing. The Fashion Institute of Technology was where he acquired his BFA, and shortly after he dives into the Fine arts field showing in such places like CBGB Gallery & music scene to Art@large (Pet Silvas) Erotic art gallery. In 2006 he moved to Northern Virginia where he balances a fine arts and commercial artist career. He has affiliated himself with such places like Artwhino located in Maryland at the National Harbor. His most recent publicized works can be found in “Aphrodisia: Art of the Female Form book” Aristata Publishing, The World's Greatest Erotic Art of Today" by Erotic Signature and his Self Published work " Elstabo's Spanish Fly series" on

Angry Woebots Aaron Martin was born on the island Oahu 1977, Hawaii. Most of his childhood was spent growing up and moving from Southern California to Nevada before finally landing back into Hawaii during his Junior year in high school. In 1999 a car accident changed everything; this life-threatening experience inspired him to leave the island once again, this time to Seattle, Washington. Inspired by the rain and being indoors, he started playing around with different art mediums again. He then left back to Hawaii with a new perspective, Aaron had his first show in 2002 and has not stopped. He has showed in galleries up and down California, the east coast, and even in shows that have traveled from the U.S. to Hong Kong. His focal medium is acrylic paintings on wood and canvas. Using minimal colors and detailed character design, these paintings are usually comprised of stressed out emotional pandas. The pandas tend to represent the story of struggle.

Brian Robertson Brian Robertson was born in 1978 in Alb. N.M. Over the past several years Brian has been showing his artwork around the U.S. with various galleries, collectives & other art organizations. His work is the product of a restless brain attempting to make sense of the world it finds itself in. Brian currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. with his loving girlfriend Sydney & their cat Physics.

Charlie Immer Charlie Immer, born 1983, lives in Maryland with a collection of skeletons and candy. Charlie enjoys dissecting his subjects which creates a contrast between colorful simple characters and the beauty of the anatomy within them.

Dave Chung Dave Chung's (aka The Chung!!) work of cute and colorfully vibrant creatures is an observation of the awkwardness and humiliations we experience as we age and live as human beings. Due to his father's job, the Chung family was always moving around. Having grown up in fast paced brightly colored cities such as those found in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and then spending the later years of his childhood in Upstate New York and the Midwest, Dave was always new to every town he moved to. And being the new kid to every town and city meant many awkward and humiliating experiences. Although the stories that embody his paintings are generally reflections of his own unique personal experiences, many people are able to relate and laugh along with them. Dave has had his work shown in galleries world wide and is currently living in Los Angeles, California as an illustrator/Fine Artist.

Joey D Joey D. is a Chicago-based artist and animator. Growing up he watched a lot of television and played lots of video games. Reading comic books and eating tons of junk food has also messed up his brain. Trying to make sense of it all, he escapes into his world of imaginary friends and other made-up things.

Jophen Stein Jophen Stein is a graduate of the Laguna College of Art and Design. After establishing the Snootson family showcase in 2004 his distinctive style has gained national recognition over the past couple of years. Despite the minor set backs of being banned from Idaho and Iowa Jophen Stein continues the SFSC series from his studio in Pomona.

Josh Taylor JOSHUA TAYLOR was born in New Jersey and continued his downward trajectory in hellish locales in up-state New York and North Carolina before honing his art skills at Pratt Institute. Upon earning his degree, he traversed the country, from California to Vermont, pursuing his art career. His fine art has appeared in galleries in LA, NY, Europe, and the Philippines, and has also been featured in various publications worldwide. Taylor's current body of work focuses on the history, myths and legends of his "Gastonian Multiverse", an odd ancient doppleganger reality where the laws of physics and the very fabric of time and space are falling apart at the seams. He currently resides in Baltimore where he paints, pays for parking, and works on a series of graphic novels and web comics entitled Bird & Girl.

Mary Spring Mary Spring’s figures are at once both self portraits of the present and projections of internal hope for the future. Each representation depicts the panoptic range of mental, emotional and physical conditions experienced in a mere snapshot of time, enabling the observer to merge silently into the psyche of the artist. From ultimate pleasure to unbearable sadness, each expression communicates the profound casualties of insight. The integration of medium and mechanics with design and spirit, lead to the paradoxical enlightenment and anguish portrayed at the moment each stroke is applied. Self-realization emerges from the artist as the feminine heart, the kinesthetic demands of performance and dedication, and the consequential strength are unveiled in each expression. Pain synthesized into passion. Time united with eternity.

Melanie Pruitt I find solace in studying the beauty of human history. The details of its emotional complexity to the organic patterns of the Rocky Mountains that surround me inspire an obsessive love of line, form, and movement. These intricacies translate both realistically and abstractly into my creative process.

Paul Chatem Paul Chatem was born in 1974 in Bellevue, Washington. He grew up in La Crescenta, CA, a foothill town that kept itself apart from the city of Los Angeles it looked down on. This separation between rich and poor, the lucky and the down-and-out, has always been a connecting theme and influence in his paintings. After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1997, Paul showed his work in coffee shops and group shows around Los Angeles. At that time Paul had two bodies of work, clean lined ink work and surreal oil paintings. Both were ambitious but seemed to be disconnected from the other. In 2001 Paul backed off from showing to develop his work. What came from this was a new style that combined aspects of those earlier works, taking the narrative aspects and clean lines of his comic book influences, mixed with more painterly aspects he developed his first solid body of work.

Paul Shih Paul Shih is an artist / designer in New Zealand, originally from Taiwan, where culture is a heady mix of diverse influences. Paul was educated in New Zealand, he graduated from AUT (Art and Design) in 2004. His work is about events, characters, and is inspired by his surroundings to create a visual world that tells the story. Throughout the time, Paul has developed a unique style called 「Paper Diorama」, which combined illustration and photography techniques.

Peabe Born and raised in chicago and now living in oakland. peabe started drawing at a young age due to his grandfathers influence. as he grew, the still life wasnt exciting to him and having drawing wars with friends is what led to the nonsense of today. His early inspirations were from riding the "el" as a youngling to and from school and noticing the awesome graffiti around him. Annoyed at how the other train riders were ignorant of the awesomeness around them, he began to observe everyone was pretty much in a "zombiotic" state. this led to the early sketches of his zombies. his characters are emotionless zombies surrounded by a beautiful world that he hopes they will eventually wake up to, and some do.

Sue Works and HermLife! Like Batman and Robin, they speaks strictly in clipped, short, powerful expressions of wonderment written large in neon letters across a perpetually hazy backdrop of pop culture references and cheap beer. They are a neo-absurdist, a post-sodapop burp upon the scene who mixes and marries humor, intellectual hypochondria and classical thought.

Tony Philippou Tony Philippou’s work centers on the juxtaposition of conflicting stereotype’s. To create a sense of harmony in a world that shouldn’t be possible. His body of paintings is based on figurative forms of Iconic personalities that are then tightly rendered in very loose or controlled environments. A blend of Art Nouveau, figurative, abstract, and surrealism are fused for a more dynamic composition. Recently, Tony has completed a longstanding series on the religious figures of Jeezus Piece, Judas Piece, and The Vixen Mary. A complete remix on the Iconography and ideology of these characters, Intending them to be as far away from what you would expect. They are everyday people looking fly in different stylized settings. The halo and sacred heart symbolizing their divinity was individualized for each character. Mary has her heart adorned with flowers, Jeezus Piece has thorns and Judas Piece has a snake. All halos were meant to be design elements with contrast in color and dynamics. His new body of work centered off of Greek Mythology, Roman art, and New York ideology. In which a variety of Mythic super heroes from huge civilizations can exist in a retroactive lifestyle battle to see who is the Flyest.

Ursula X. Young Over the past fourteen years Illustrator, Painter and Designer Ursula Xanthe Young has become known for her unique flowery urban fairytale illustrations. Graduate of Parsons School of Design (Illustration, BFA, New York 1996) Ursula exhibits frequently in the bay area and has sold paintings in New York, London, Singapore, Manila, Hong Kong and all across the U.S. Ursula finds inspiration in the organic yet urban landscape of San Francisco and its surrounds; the crossed wires, victorian buildings and fog-filled horizons, that are oft backdrop to her brightly painted doe-eyed flower girls. She is also highly influenced by her frequent travels to the far-flung reaches of the globe and the variety of colorful characters that she encounters - both real and imagined - along the way. Due to her love of electronic music since the early 90’s, and the culture that surrounds it, Ursula’s art can be seen on CD & record covers of dance music labels including Om records, Safe In Sound Music, Loveslap recordings, 2 Block Radius & Panhandle records. Along with murals, apparel & club flyers, her art can be spotted in magazines & ipod covers and in boutiques across the city of San Francisco and beyond. Originating from the green rural dales of Northern England, Ursula has spent much of her time since then traveling and has studied art in New York City, Florence, Vermont, Oslo, and London. After ten years making her mark in the Lower Haight neighborhood of San Francisco, she recently relocated to the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California - this time to a remote spot in the forest - where she’s busy finding a whole host of new inspirations.

Walt Hall Walt Hall was born and raised on the mean streets of kilaminjaro. at the age of seven he stowed away onboard the hms mcguillicuty, whose privateers had sworn a blood oath to seek and destroy the barbary pirates. after twelve years at sea he bid farewell to his comrades and joined up with a series of leftist guerilla movements in the jungles of peru. although the liberation front hated to lose his contributions, three years into the struggle he was secretly extracted, via the underground pipeline of jesuit missions and chinese yo-yo distribution centers, and given a new secret mission. a mission from the very top. the objective- the elusive double agent marco. marco was a worthy adversary indeed, constantly slipping away just when he finally seemed within reach. but in the end he was no match for walt hall. Aided by his superior horsemanship and vast knowledge of local cossak customs, he finally trapped marco once and for all inside of a creaky church copula somewhere in south west ukbekistan and promptly turned him over to the turnip police for a lengthy internment on a secluded penal island thirty two minutes north west of guam. In his spare time Walt Hall enjoys weaving over sized afghans from the wool of his prized llama, Freddie. He also fancies painting.

Art Whino joins forces with Tagür Footwear once again for their third edition of Inked Souls, an exhibition featuring customized sneakers and fine art by local, national and international leaders in

the Pop Surrealism/Urban Contemporary art movement. The Inked Souls exhibit will spotlight the art of individual customization. Each invited artist will be given a pair of blank AKA Tagür sneakers to bring to life with their unique style and perspective, which ranges from urban graffiti to traditional oil on canvas, and from abstract to figurative interpretations. Their broad spectrum of chosen technique and adaptation, contrasted with the blank sneaker canvases promises to deliver an exciting look at the different artistic perceptions of these talented artists. As a part of the final exhibition, the artists will also complete a canvas piece to be exhibited above their customized sneakers so that the audience can see how they successfully bridged the gap between 2-D artistry and the third-dimension. Among the sneakers being exhibited some of them will have an opportunity to become mass produced by Tagür which will be carried Nationwide in the Finishline retailers and Footaction stores. Many household name celebrities wear Tagür and support the brand. The more support Tagür receives from consumers through purchased products, the more we can support the arts.

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National Urban Fellows' leadership development program is a rigorous, 14-month, full-time graduate degree program comprising two semesters of academic course work and a nine-month mentorship assignment. Fellows receive a $25,000 stipend, health insurance, a book allowance, relocation and travel reimbursement, and full payment of tuition, in addition to their ongoing personal and professional development. The program culminates in a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the City of New York's Bernard M. Baruch College, School of Public Affairs. During the mentorship, Fellows complete course work via distance learning. An MPA degree is awarded to Fellows upon completion of all academic and program requirements. Following graduation, Fellows become part of a prestigious group of well over 1,000 multicultural, multiracial alumni who are graduates of the National Urban Fellows program and who are effecting positive changes in communities nationally and internationally. Individually and collectively, they are helping to create an equitable and just society while serving as role models for future generations. Fellows apply their expertise in the public sector, contributing their newly acquired leadership skills to public service for the betterment of their communities and the nation. They return to their former or new occupations more experienced in public policy decision-making and are better prepared to make a strong commitment to equity and social justice, thereby fulfilling the mission of the program. Finally, Fellows give back to the organization that supported them, recognizing that their ongoing commitment, engagement and involvement and/or annual giving will help to secure the future of National Urban Fellows.

To all our partners in the DC region -

Thanks again for your support of StreetWise Partners' programs over the last 12 months. We are excited about further developing and improving our Career Ventures program, as well as our Alumni workshops over the next year, to better help motivated low-income individuals. Currently 77% of participants have a job, a promotion or pay-rise, or are enrolled in a career advancing education program within 6 months of starting our Career Ventures program. We want to get this up to 100%!

I hope you will continue to support our efforts as a volunteer, and we have a new Mock Interview Day on July 13th (downtown Washington, D.C., 6:30pm - 9:00pm) that we're offering to individuals who are applying to participate in our Fall

program. Volunteers will conduct three mock interviews in different interviewer ‗roles‘ - CEO, Line Manager, HR Manager – to give the experience of different types of interviews. Volunteers then give feedback about their performance and their resume. You can RSVP to volunteer at this event by responding to this email!

If you're interested in helping us with our current challenge campaign to raise $100,000 by the end of June (last day of the campaign today!), then you can text the word ‘partners’ to 20222 now to donate $10 to support our incredible programs. An easy way to make a difference, without even leaving your desk! (more details below).

Thank you so much for your ongoing support.

Best wishes,


-Lauren Libera Director, Washington, D.C. Region StreetWise Partners, Inc. email: