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  • Best Bets: Bluegrass, science and Mother's Day 
    Mary dePompa, WTOP News

    All Weekend:     

    • Bethesda Fine Arts Festival will feature more than 120 contemporary artists with music, kids activities, great food and more:
    • Heritage India Festival at the Dulles Expo Center celebrates South Asian culture with entertainment, cuisine and commerce. Kids under 5 are free
    • Greenbelt Green Man Festival is a family-friendly event celebrating the commitment to preserve the forest with activities that reconnect to folklore of ancient civilizations through science, music, art and more.
    • The National Theatre presents the Blue Man Group with various times throughout the weekend:

    Saturday, May 10:

    Sunday, May 11:

  • NoMa Summer Screen announces 2014 movies

    WASHINGTON -- As the region steams up, consider taking your movie-watching outdoors. 

    NoMa Summer Screen has announced this year's line up, and it's filled with old and recent classics:

    May 28: "Back to the Future"

    June 4: "Silver Linings Playbook"

    June 11: "Midnight in Paris"

    June 18: "Up"

    June 25: "When Harry Met Sally"

    July 2: "Clueless"

    July 9: "The Muppets"

    July 16: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

    July 23: "The Dark Knight"

    July 30: "Pitch Perfect"

    August 6: "Top Gun"

    August 13: "The Sandlot"

    August 20: TBD

    Remember, all screenings are free and seating is first come, first served. Blankets, snacks, beverages and dogs on leashes are welcome. Click here for more info.

    NoMa Summer Screen and NoMa Beer Fest 2013
    by NoMa BID via YouTube

  • Black Keys tickets for D.C., Baltimore dates on sale next week

    WASHINGTON -- Ohio darlings The Black Keys are heading out for a North American tour this fall in support of their forthcoming album "Turn Blue," which hits shelves May 13

    The tour kicks off in Columbus, Ohio, but will swing by the Verizon Center in D.C. Sept. 25 and Baltimore Arena Dec. 4. They will play Richmond Dec. 5. 

    From the news release:

    "Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Tuesday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m. local time to all fans pre-ordering the album at and to Citi® cardmembers in the U.S. through Citi’s Private Pass® Program ( Tickets go on-sale to the general public starting Friday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. local time."

     Courtesy Live Nation

  • Skip the TSA line: Travel to Europe without the hassle

    WASHINGTON -- This weekend, European Union embassies will host open houses from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. No passports required. 

    From the news release:

    "This popular annual event offers a rare look inside the embassies and provides a unique opportunity to experience the cultural heritage and national traditions of Europe. Free shuttle bus service will be provided throughout the day with stops at embassies and select Metro stations. The EU Member State Embassies and EU Delegation will offer authentic music, dance, food, film, art and fun for the whole family. "

  • 'Nashville' actor Charles Esten to perform Wednesday at Union Station

    WASHINGTON -- Calling all "Nashville" fans!

    Actor and singer Charles Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne on the ABC show, will perform at Union Station's East Hall at 6 p.m. Wednesday. 

    It's part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's conference "Leading The Way To a World Without Blood Cancers". Esten's 14-year-old daughter was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 2 years old. 

    The performance is free and open to the public:

  • Lady Gaga forced to reschedule Verizon Center show

    WASHINGTON -- Fans are not happy. 

    Her royal highness Lady Gaga is rescheduling her May 15 show at the Verizon Center to allow for a potential game six between the Wizards and Indiana Pacers. 

    She will now perform May 12. All original tickets will be honored:

  • Foo Fighters play not so secret show at 9:30 Club

    WASHINGTON -- Native son Dave Grohl surprised fans Monday night at the 9:30 Club when he and the Foo Fighters took the stage around 11 p.m.  after Trouble Funk.

    Rumors that Grohl would play a "secret show" had been circulating for weeks, and it turns out that all the gossip was true. 

    WTOP traffic reporter Reada Kessler was at the club Monday night. Read her review here.

    She also live tweeted the experience:

  • Weekend Best Bets

    Mary dePompa, WTOP News

    All Weekend:

    • Seventh Annual Wine and Food Festival at the National Harbor its an all you can taste affair with grillings, pairings, world renowned chefs and culinary pioneers, cooking demonstrations and craft beer garden. For info
    • Flower Mart at the National Cathedral is an annual spring event Friday and Saturday for the family. Shop and dine, listen to live music and ride carousel rides. For info
    • Southern Maryland Spring Festival at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds is great family fun, and includes a carnival, entertainment, games, rides, crafts, food and  more. For  info
    • Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival at the Howard County Fairgrounds is a family fun-filled weekend with animals, crafts, events and entertainment. For info
    • A-rts Rockville Arts Festival transforms the streets surrounding Rockville Town Square into an outdoor art gallery with various artists, music, food and more. For info
    • Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Va., is a weekend of family fun with crafts, carnival and even a fireworks display. For info
    • Stafford’s 350th Anniversary Founders Day Parade and Festival includes lots of family friendly activities, demonstrations and a fine arts festival. For info

     Saturday, May 3:

    • Solomons Maritime Festival at the Calvert Marine Museum is a family friendly event featuring antique boats, traditional Maryland cuisine, crafts, displays, music, rides and more. For info 
    • Funk Day Fair and Parade along U Street, NW is an all day street fair with performances, dance a family area and the afternoon parade with an evening music festival in area venues. For info 
    • The Neon Drink On Summer Beer Fest at The Yards Park in DC is the brightest beer fest in town! Featuring 50+ breweries and 100+ beers with a game zone, all day music and entertainment and DC’s favorite food trucks on hand. For info 
    • National Air and Space Museum - Family Day and Space Day is a traditional favorite for parents with activities geared for kids, from meeting astronauts and hands on activities, to learning about space from the experts. For info 
    • Multicultural Festival in Dumfries, VA at Garrison Park is a family friendly day of diverse entertainment, activities, vendors, games and a BBQ Battle. For info
    • Nats Park presents Opera in the Outfield a family friendly evening features Mozart’s "The Magic Flute" broadcast live from the Kennedy Center. For info 
    • Jammin’ Java presents the seamless close harmonies of the singer-songwriting duo of sister Lily & Madeleine. For info
    • The Hamilton Live presents singer-songwriter Priscilla Ahn with local favorites Naked BlueFor info 
    • Rams Head Maryland Live Casino presents country-rockers the Morrison Brothers  andFor info 
    • Gypsy Sally’s host the classic Americana, roots, blues of Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line. For info

     Sunday, May 4:

    • May Revels at the Strathmore in Silver Spring is a family festival celebrating  spring with music, dance, plays, kids activities, crafts and more. For info 
    • Riverdale Park Artfest in historic Riverdale Park, Md. is a family fun day of music, crafts, activities, workshops, shopping and more. For info 
    • Fairgrounds at Nat’s Park present a Cinco de Mayo celebration with food, art and lucha libre, Mexican professional wrestling at El Mundo de Los Luchadores. For info
    • First Sunday Arts Festival in Annapolis is the ultimate family friendly street festival with arts, crafts, music, entertainment, theater and more. For info 
    • Loudoun Earthday Family Festival at Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm, in Broadlands, Va., is free fun for all ages with music, dance, wildlife, arts and crafts exhibits and hands on activities. For info 
    • Rams Head Annapolis presents the dream pop of singer-songwriter Katie Herzig. For info 
    • The IOTA hosts singer-songwriters from Britian, David Ford with Brooklyn based Jarrod Dickenson
    • The Birchmere presents the Pat McGee Band Reunion Show. For info
    • Jammin’ Java hosts Owen Danoff’s Twelve Stories Album Release Show. For info 
    • Sixth and i presents the bluesy, soulful, singer-songwriter Sean Hayes. For info 

  • Backstage:  Aimee Mann and Ted Leo share the stage

    WASHINGTON -- This weekend's top concerts feature duets and trios from the '90s.

    Friday at the 9:30 Club, songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo perform with their shared project, The Both.

    Watch a live performance of "Milwaukee," from their debut album, below:

    Aimee Mann and Ted Leo - 'Milwaukee' - Wits
    by Wits APM via YouTube

    On Saturday and Sunday at the Birchmere, the Richmond-based Pat McGee Band performs.

    McGee emerged in the mid-1990s with a trio of independent releases that led to a major-label record deal in 1999.

    Watch a live performance of McGee's song "Runaway" below:

    Pat McGee Band : Runaway (Vintage Stages Live)
    by KirtlandRecords via YouTube

    On Sunday at the Hamilton Live, the Nels Cline Singers perform.

    Cline is best known as the lead guitarist in Wilco, but his side project showcases his avant garde, free jazz compositions.

    See more concert listings from Backstage.

  • Free Comic Book Day is upon us

    WASHINGTON -- Saturday is Free Comic Book Day throughout the country, which means heading out to your local store and digging through those shelves. 

    In Falls Church, Va., Victory Comics is celebrating by bringing in local artists and writers, members of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion and other superhero cosplayers, store manager Josh S. Talley says in an email. 

    "It's a great day for kids and adults alike to come out and
    enjoy the comic book hobby," he says. 

    Other stores throughout the region will also be participating, including:

    Big Planet Comics on U Street in Northwest D.C.
    Big Planet Comics in Bethesda, Md.
    Fantom Comics in Union Station (free costume contest from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., plus guest appearances by Troy Jeffrey-Allen and Matt Rawson)
    Alliance Comics in Silver Spring, Md. (20 percent off everything in the store)
    Hole in the Wall Comics in Falls Church, Va.
    Victory Comics in Falls Church, Va.

  • Opera in the Outfield kicks off this weekend at Nationals Park

    WASHINGTON -- The stadium isn't just for baseball games anymore. 

    This Saturday, Nationals Park will be transformed into an opera hall with a live broadcast of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Magic Flute," which is being performed at the Kennedy Center.

    The simulcast is free and starts at 7 p.m. Seating is available in the stands, but access to the outfield is limited to first come, first served. Gates open at 5 p.m.

    Click here for more details. 

    The cast of "The Magic Flute." (Courtesy Kennedy Center/Scott Suchman) 

  • 2014 NatsLive lineup revealed 

    WASHINGTON -- Announcement mania continues as the Nationals unveiling their 2014 NatsLive Postgame Concert Series

    Each concert is free and starts 15 minutes after select Nats home games. 

    This year's lineup:

    June 5 - Plain White T's 

    Two-time Grammy Award nominee Plain White T’s have come a long way since the group of
    high school friends formed the band in 1997.
    Known for the Platinum hits “Hey There Delilah,” which reached No. 1 on Billboard's country on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2007, as well as “Rhythm of Love” and “1,2,3,4,” the band will release their upcoming album  American Nights, featuring the hit song “Should’ve Gone to Bed,” later this year.

    July 19 - Austin Mahone

    At just 18 years old, singer/songwriter Austin Mahone is making his mark, having kicked off the year with an MTV VMA win for “Artist to Watch” and MTV European Music Award for “Artist on the Rise.” The teen sensation recently released “Mmm Yea” featuring Pitbull, which debuted on the Billboard Hot 100. His previous hit singles “What About Love” and “Banga! Banga!” can be heard on top radio stations across the nation. Mahone is currently on his first headlining tour, “MTV’s Artist to Watch Tour,” and is gearing up for the release of his new album The Secret in May.

    August 16 - Martina McBride 

    Over the length of her career, legendary country music artist Martina McBride has been recognized with 14 Gold Records, nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records and two Triple Platinum awards, and sold more than 18 million units. The Country Music Association  named her its Female Vocalist of the Year four times, while the Academy of Country Music has presented her with its Top Female honor three times. To date, McBride has recorded 20 top-10 hits and six number one hits, and was ranked the most played female vocalist on country radio between 1999 and 2010. Earlier this year, her new album Everlasting debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's country albums chart.                                                                 

    Event info here.

  • 5th annual GWAR-B-Q details announced

    WASHINGTON -- Surviving members of shock rock band GWAR have released details about this summer's GWAR-B-Q, which some speculated could be canceled following the death of founder and lead singer Dave Brockie.

    The fifth annual music festival will feature a public memorial service for Brockie, who died unexpectedly in March, and will take place at Richmond water park Hadad's Lake.

    From the organizers: 

    "In a celebration of the life of David Murray Brockie, a special memorial event will be held FREEto the public from 4:00 PM -7:00 PM ONLY on Aug 15, 2014 at Hadad’s Lake (located at 7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond,VA 23231). Fans, friends, family and bohabs will have the opportunity to pay their respects, as they drunkenly toast with a GWAR Beer in one hand, while wearing the commemorative Dave Brockie Fund vomit stained t-shirt as Oderus Urungus is set ablaze in a Viking Funeral Pyre on the lake."

    Bands slated to perform include "heavyweights such as Hatebreed, hometown heroes Kepone, with former GWAR member Beefcake, the infamous Meatmen,featuring the Dutch Hercules, Tesco Vee and a very special appearance by the Original Gangsters, Body Count, where TV executives were bribed and beaten to get Ice T off the set of 'Law and Order SVU.'" 

    Click here for event information.

    GWAR BQ 2014 Commercial - Dave Brockie Memorial Info
    by ScientificLens via YouTube

  • Oprah considers buying L.A. Clippers 

    WASHINGTON -- Oprah Winfrey is considering joining David Geffen and Larry Ellison in a bid to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers, CBS News reports.

    She is among a number of potential buyers for the team after owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for making racist comments. 

    Read more here.

  • Casa Fiesta hosts last DIY show 

    WASHINGTON -- Local punk rockers are lamenting the end of DIY shows at Casa Fiesta Mexican restaurant in Tenleytown.

    Casa Fiesta is hosting its last show tonight with Full Of Hell, Column of Heaven, Nyodene D, and D.O.C. (Disciples of Christ).

    The restaurant is coming under new management and is saying goodbye to punk and metal shows in the tiny space upstairs. 

    Fairwell, old friend. 

  • Daniel Craig, Steve Carell, Dule Hill join White House PSA 

    WASHINGTON -- Big Hollywood names teamed up with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to denounce sexual assault in a new PSA.

    "If I saw it happening, I'd never blame her. I would help her," James Bond star Daniel Craig says in the ad. 

    "Because one is too many," Obama concludes. 

    Watch the full PSA below: 

    1 is 2 Many PSA: 60 Second
    by The White House via YouTube

  • Chihuahuas race for a good cause 

    WASHINGTON - Few things are better than watching tiny dogs run around on a sunny afternoon. 

    This Saturday at the waterfront in Southwest D.C., chihuahuas will move those little legs as fast as they can for a good cause. The third annual Running of the Chihuahuas kicks off at noon and goes until 3 p.m. If the weather does not hold up, the race will be rescheduled for May 10.

    Participants could win up to $500 in cash prices. Space is limited to 96 dogs. Each entry is $20. The last day to register is Friday. 

    Click here for full details.

    Chihuahua Race
    by OnTapMagazineDC via YouTube

  • Beltane festivities on the National Mall 

    WASHINGTON -- Witches of Washington unite! Beltane is approaching, which means celebrating the halfway point between the spring equinox and summer solstice. 

    Historically, Beltane involves lighting massive fires and blessing the ground with fertility rituals, but local pagans are planning a more demure celebration Thursday. 

    From the organizers:

    "Part holy procession, part art happening, part flash mob, part magical intervention.

    Calling all nature nymphs, silly satyrs, fabulous faeries, gregarious greenmen, devoted drummers, kazoo kings, divine dancers, and willing worshippers to help us welcome in the gods and goddesses of summer and infuse the capital city with laughter, vitality, joy, and whimsy.

    We will meet just north of the National Mall entrance of the Smithsonian Metro station between 11:30am and 12:00pm, then process around the National Mall, ending back where we started.

    Come in costume or bright colored clothing. Bring wands and ribbons to wave, bubbles to blow, and fresh-cut flowers to give to passers-by. Bring instruments to play. If it rains, bring a brightly colored umbrella. No dark colors or black, please!"

    Watch the video below to see how Beltane is celebrated in Europe:

    Beltane Procession
    by sailfishon via YouTube
  • Monday Night RAW heads to Verizon Center

    See your favorite WWE superstars June 23 at the Verizon Center in Northwest D.C. 

    John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Daniel Bryan, The Shield, The Wyatt Family and The Big Show will take the ring at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 3 , at 10 a.m. 

    Check out WWE online for more ticket info.

  • Beyonce and Jay Z hit the road

    WASHINGTON -- Beyonce and Jay Z are going on tour together, and they'll be in Baltimore on July 7 at the M&T Bank Stadium.

    Tickets for the "On the Run" tour go on sale at 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 29.

    Click here to see more dates. 

    I believe in fairytale endings. Together for 10+ years, strong, successful, happy and in love as ever. 🙏🙏🙏 #PerfectRelationship #Perfect #Couple #BeyonceJayZ #Envy #Respect #Beautiful #QueenB
    by speedy_gibbs via Instagram
  • National Archives launches jazz series        

    WASHINGTON -- From April through August, enjoy live performances, panel discussions and film screenings during Jazz at the National Archives. 

    The series coincides with 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival. 

    See below for a list of events:

    Film: A Great Day in Harlem

    Friday, April 25, noon
    This 1994 documentary (60 minutes) highlights a remarkable moment in the history of American music when dozens of America’s jazz legends unexpectedly gathered for a photograph that would become emblematic of the Golden Age of Jazz.

    Film: Ken Burns’s Jazz Episode One – "Gumbo"
    Friday, May 9, noon

    Jazz is born in New Orleans during the 1890s, at the height of the Jim Crow era. It is the creation of the African American community but incorporates every kind of music heard in the streets of the country’s most cosmopolitan city. (90 minutes.)

    Film: Ken Burns’s Jazz Episode Two – "The Gift" 
    Friday, May 16, noon

    During the uproarious “Jazz Age” of the 1920s, the story of jazz becomes the story of two great cities, Chicago and New York, and of two extraordinary artists, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. (120 minutes.)

    Film: Ken Burns’s Jazz Episode Three – "Our Language"
    Friday, May 23, noon

    As the stock market soars to record heights, jazz is played in dance halls and speakeasies everywhere. For the first time, improvising soloists and singers take center stage. (120 minutes.)

    Film: From the Vaults: Jazz Diplomacy
    Friday, May 30, noon

    Today we present a selection of short films from the holdings of the National Archives related to the U.S. Government’s use of jazz as a diplomatic tool during the Cold War era. (60 minutes.)

    Family Day: Jazz Family Day and Performance by the Jazz Academy of Music
    Saturday, June 7, noon–2 p.m.

    Get ready to get in the groove with the Jazz Academy of Music! Bring your family to enjoy an afternoon of jazz including a performance by an ensemble from the academy. Learn what jazz has to do with the National Archives, meet the youth musicians, visit an instrument petting zoo, and try other hands-on activities. The noon performance in the McGowan Theater is followed by activities in the Learning Center.

    How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement
    Thursday, June 12, noon (available live on the National Archives UStream channel)

    Author Ruth Feldstein explores the little-known but central role played by black women entertainers—like Lena Horne, Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln, Diahann Carroll, and Cicely Tyson—in helping communicate and shape the civil rights movement. A book signing follows the program.

    Film: Ken Burns’s Jazz Episode Four – "The True Welcome"
    Friday, June 13, noon

    With America mired in the Great Depression and the economy in tatters, jazz is called upon to lift the spirits of a frightened country. (120 minutes.)

    Film: Jazz on a Summer’s Day
    Thursday, June 19, noon

    In 1958, photographer Bert Stern produced and directed this chronicle of the Newport Jazz Festival. Featuring performances by Louis Armstrong, Anita O’Day, Mahalia Jackson, and Thelonious Monk, the film is filled with illuminating images of late 1950s America. (84 minutes.) George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, will introduce the screening.

    Discussion: Jazz in the USA: On the 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival 
    Thursday, June 19, 7 p.m. (available live on the National Archives UStream channel

    Celebrate jazz as an American art form in the context of the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival. Journalist Soledad O’Brien, a member of the Foundation for the National Archives Board of Directors, moderates a panel discussion with George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, Dan Morgenstern, author, archivist, Grammy Award-winner, and NEA Jazz Master; and celebrated jazz musicians Jonathan Batiste and Christian McBride. Film clips of the 1960 festival from the holdings of the National Archives will accompany the discussion.

    Film: Ken Burns’s Jazz Episode Five – "Swing: Pure Pleasure"
    Friday, June 20, noon

    In the mid-1930s, jazz has a new name—swing—and for the first time musicians become matinee idols. (90 minutes.)

    Concert: Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in Concert
    Thursday, June 26, 7 p.m. (available live on the National Archives UStream channel

    Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Ensemble will feature songs performed by composers and musician ambassadors who presented American jazz to international audiences.

    Film: Ken Burns’ Jazz Episode Six – "Swing: The Velocity of Celebration"
    Friday, June 27, noon

    In the late 1930s, commerce sometimes leads to compromise, and the heart of jazz is often kept under wraps. But in the middle of the country a new kind of music is incubating. (105 minutes.)

    Film: Ken Burns’s Jazz Episode Seven – "Dedicated to Chaos"
    Friday, July 11, noon

    During WWII, Swing becomes a symbol of democracy at home and bandleaders enlist and take their music to the armed forces overseas. The new style called “bebop” begins to spread, altering the course of jazz forever. (120 minutes.)

    Film: Ken Burns’s Jazz Episode Eight – “"Risk"
    Friday, July 18, noon

    In the postwar years, the nation’s musical tastes are changing, as young people turn to sentimental singers and rhythm and blues. A devastating narcotics plague sweeps through the jazz community. (120 minutes.)

    Film: Ken Burns’s Jazz Episode Nine – "The Adventure"
    Friday, July 25, noon

    Post-war prosperity continues but beneath its placid surface there is a growing demand for civil rights. Duke Ellington experiences a rebirth after a triumphant appearance at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival. (120 minutes.)

    Film: Ken Burns’s Jazz Episode Ten – "A Masterpiece by Midnight"
    Friday, August 1, noon
    In the 1960s, Miles Davis joins forces with rock musicians and creates Jazz Fusion. As it enters its second century, jazz is still alive, still changing, and still swinging. (120 minutes.)

  • USA Science Festival Expo kicks off this weekend

    WASHINGTON -- Scientists, futurists, authors and technology fans will gather this weekend at the third annual USA Science and Engineering Convention Expo Saturday and Sunday at the Convention Center in Northwest D.C.  

    The weekend will be filled with interactive exhibits, guest speakers and live demos. 

    Celebrities scheduled to appear include basketball legend Kareen Abdul-Jabbar,  Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” (Discovery Channel), Bill Nye the Science Guy, Grammy Award-Winners They Might Be Giants, Miss California Crystal Lee, Illusionist Apollo Robbins, Chris Hackett of “Stuck with Hackett” (Science Channel) and "Super Woman of Big-Wave Surfing" Maya Gabeira.

    Click here for a complete schedule and ticket information. 

  • Ridley Scott and HBO create new alien series

    WASHINGTON -- HBO is teaming up with director Ridley Scott, the genius behind "Alien" and "Gladiator," to create a new show about ancient aliens in Egypt.  

    The premise calls to mind the 1994 film "Stargate" staring Kurt Russell and James Spader. It was not directed by Scott. 

    A.V. Club reports the new series, titled "Pharaoh," "will focus on aliens having some kind of influence on the development of ancient Egypt."

    Read more about the series here and relive some memories from the original "Stargate" below:

    Stargate Trailer 1994
    by ClipsFever via YouTube

  • Chris Brown heads back to L.A., trial delayed for months 

    WASHINGTON -- Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge in Washington has been delayed for months.

    Lawyers returned to court Wednesday for what had been set as the start of Brown's trial. But prosecutors have told a judge they won't grant Brown bodyguard Christopher Hollosy immunity to testify at his boss's trial.

    Hollosy was convicted Monday as part of the same October incident in which both men are accused of punching someone outside a Washington hotel. Hollosy had said he wouldn't testify unless granted immunity or until his own appeal is concluded, which will take months.

    Read the full story here.

  • Turkey Hill Disc Golf Course grand opening

    WASHINGTON -- A new activity park is opening this weekend, just in time for another sunny couple of days away from work. 

    The 18-hole frisbee golf course in La Plata, Md., will be open daily between 8 a.m. and dusk. It is free to the public.

    The official ribbon cutting ceremony is Saturday, and will include prizes and lessons throughout the day. 

    Click here for more information. 

    2013 Disc Golf Hall of Fame Classic: MPO Final 18 (Feldberg, Gurthie, Locastro, Wysocki)
    by McFlySoHigh Video via YouTube

  • Smithsonian hosts city's biggest sleepover        

    WASHINGTON -- It's like a scene out of the "Night at the Museum" movies. Kids between 8 and 12 can bring a chaperon this summer and stay overnight in either the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum, or new this year, the American History Museum.

    In the American History Museum, kids will be charged with solving a mystery of historical proportions -- finding the items that museum-created character Miss Rose says she stole.

    Before an IMAX movie, evening snacks and crafts, kids will roam the museum galleries and collect clues to figure out which items are missing. They might even sleep near the Star Spangled Banner.

    The tickets start at $135 each, which includes a breakfast, after visitors roll up their sleeping bags.

    In the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, just feet from the giant Woolly Mammoth in the museum's atrium, kids and their chaperons will close their eyes beneath a giant whale in the Sant Ocean Hall.

    Before that, kids will go on an interactive exploration of the museum, make crafts and watch "The Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D" in the IMAX theater. There are snacks and breakfast provided as well.

    Tickets start at $135 and two dates are already sold out. It should be noted that the museum's dinosaur hall will be closed for renovation by the time the sleepovers are held.

    Adults cannot attend by themselves, and there is a kid-to-chaperon ratio that must be met as well as a lot of other other rules and regulations.

    Read the full store here

    Night At The Museum (2006) HD Trailer
    by MovieZya | Movies Inf... via YouTube

  • Chris Brown bodyguard found guilty 

    WASHINGTON -- Chris Brown's bodyguard has been found guilty of a misdemeanor assault charge in a skirmish where a Maryland man accused bodyguard Christopher Hollosy and the singer of punching him outside of a D.C. hotel.

    He will be sentenced June 25. 

    Read the full story here

  • National Theatre to bring 'Newsies,' 'Pippin'

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Theatre is planning four Washington premieres for its 2014-2015 season of Broadway shows.

    The theater announced Monday that the Tony Award-winning productions of "Pippin" and "Newsies" will play multiple-week engagements. The season will also feature the start of the North American tour of "Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage."

    The theater also will host the Washington premiere of "Donny and Marie: Christmas at the National" with Donny and Marie Osmond.

    The season also includes "Chicago the Musical" and the return of Dame Edna Everage in "Dame Edna and Barry Humphries' The Final Farewell Tour."

    Read the full story here.

    Newsies: King of New York
    by rook88 via YouTube

  • Kevin Spacey at the Avalon

    WASHINGTON -- Frank Underwood fans rejoice. Kevin Spacey will be appearing in D.C. for a one-night only event at the Avalon Theatre in Northwest. 

    The Oscar-winning actor will be introducing and talking about his new film "Now: In the Wings of a World Stage," which follows the "House of Cards" star and director Sam Mendes as they take their stage production of "Richard III" around the world. 

    Tickets are only $20 for the May 1 event. Click here for more information. See a trailer for the film below:

    NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (Official Trailer)
    by Kevin Spacey via YouTube

  • Backstage: All-female country-rock band at Jammin Java

    WASHINGTON -- The all-female country-rock quartet Antigone Rising performs Saturday night at Jammin Java.

    The band is promoting its latest release, "Whiskey and Wine," which features their signature three-part harmonies and excellent alt-country chops.

    Watch the video for "That Was the Whiskey" below:

    Antigone Rising - That Was The Whiskey Official Video
    by Antigone Rising via YouTube

    See more of our weekend picks here.

  • Where to get your Record Store Day releases

    WASHINGTON -- This weekend is filled to the brim with spring events. Make sure to squeeze in some time between checking out superheroes at Awesome Con and riding around the cherry blossoms to shell out money on new music. 

    Saturday is Record Store Day, the happiest day of the year for audiophiles. This means spending too much of that hard earned paycheck on things like reissued Creedence Clearwater Revival, Nirvana and Flaming Lips records. 

    Check below for a list of participating stores in your area. And click here to see all the Record Store Day releases:


    KA-CHUNK!! Records - Annapolis 

    Black Mess - Baltimore

    Celebrated summer records - Baltimore

    Dimensions In Music - Baltimore

    El Suprimo Records - Baltimore

    JOJOSOUTH Record Shop - Baltimore

    Protean Records - Baltimore

    Sound Garden - Baltimore

    CDepot - College Park

    Memory Lane CDS & Records Inc. - District Heights

    Blinding sun records - Frederick

    The Record Exchange - Frederick

    Joe's Record Paradise - Silver Spring

    The Record Exchange - Silver Spring

    TUNES - Towson


    Crooked Beat Records - Adams Morgan

    Hill & Dale - Georgetown

    Joint Custody - U Street

    Red Onion Records - Adams Morgan

    Smash! Records - Adams Morgan

    Som Records - U Street


    Blue Groove Soundz - Arlington

    Record & Tape Exchange - Faifax

    Vienna Music Exchange - Vienna 

  • Wolf Trap announces 22 new summer shows

    WASHINGTON -- Dust off those picnic blankets, it's time to enjoy music in the great outdoors. Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va., is adding 22 concerts to its summer series. 

    General sales start May 3, but members can buy tickets now. See the full line up below:

    May 2014

    A Prairie Home Companion
    with Garrison Keillor and Special Guests
    in association with Minnesota Public Radio & WAMU 88.5 FM
    Friday, May 23 at 8 pm
    Saturday, May 24 at 5:45 pm
    The nation’s favorite radio host leads an ensemble cast through his variety show featuring comedy sketches, musical guests, and Keillor’s signature monologue, “The News from Lake Wobegon.”

    2014 Summer Blast Off!
    “The President’s Own”
    United States Marine Band
    with Fireworks!
    Sunday, May 25 at 8 pm
    "The President's Own" United States Marine Band will launch Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts' 2014 Summer season with a program of concert band favorites. A fireworks display will follow the concert. Free and open to the public.

    Under the Streetlamp
    Gentleman’s Rule
    Friday, May 30 at 8 pm
    Slick dance moves and tight harmonies from the retro-inspired Jersey Boys quartet and an eight-man a cappella powerhouse produced by the founder of Straight No Chaser.

    June 2014

    Beauty and the Beast
    Friday–Sunday, June 6–8 at 8 pm
    Saturday & Sunday, June 7 & 8 at 2 pm
    “Be Our Guest!” Belle and her enchanted entourage prove love conquers all in this family-favorite musical with an Oscar-winning score, featuring “Something There” and “If I Can’t Love Her.”

    Trey McIntyre Project
    Wednesday, June 11 at 8:30 pm
    In its final D.C. performance, this inventive and bold contemporary ballet company performs to Queen’s glam-rock stylings.

    Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
    Featuring Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Mark Rivera, and Gregg Bissonette
    Thursday, June 12 at 8 pm
    Celebrate an era with a band of rock ’n’ roll virtuosos from The Beatles, Santana, Journey, Toto, and more!

    Il Volo
    Friday, June 13 at 8 pm
    Pop-opera trio of Italian teen heartthrobs combines soaring voices with playful charm in a multilingual “mixture of Andrea Bocelli and the Jonas Brothers” — The New York Times

    Wolf Trap’s 25th Annual
    Annual Louisiana Swamp Romp™

    Big Sam’s Funky Nation
    BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
    Stooges Brass Band
    Saturday, June 14 at 2 pm
    The Big Easy party is back! Dance to Louisiana’s hottest Cajun, zydeco, and brass bands and jump in the second line parade.

    John Butler Trio
    Special Guest:
    Allen Stone
    Wednesday, June 18 at 7:30 pm
    There’s nothing “Better Than” acoustically driven roots-rock and reggae ballads from heartfelt Australian multi-instrumentalists.

    Daryl Hall & John Oates
    Thursday, June 19 at 8 pm
    Still making your dreams come true with unforgettable soul and rock anthems, these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are the most successful pop duo of all time.

    Pixar in Concert
    National Symphony Orchestra
    Emil de Cou, conductor
    Friday, June 20 at 8:30 pm
    All of your favorite animated Pixar films on the big screen, including Finding Nemo, Up, Toy Story, and Monsters, Inc., paired with memorable scores played by the National Symphony Orchestra. Pixar in Concert © Disney/Pixar

    Saturday, June 21 at 8:30 pm
    Rev up your vocal chords for an ultimate summer night with the Rydell High gang! Sing along with the hits you’re hopelessly devoted to as the original 1978 film is projected in-house and on the lawn, with lyrics on screen.

    Ben Folds
    National Symphony Orchestra
    Steven Reineke, conductor
    Wednesday, June 25 at 8:15 pm
    Front man of Ben Folds Five and judge of NBC’s The Sing-Off showcases his new piano concerto and orchestral arrangements of pop hits with the National Symphony Orchestra.

    The Philadelphia Orchestra
    Beethoven’s 9th
    Bramwell Tovey, conductor
    The Choral Arts Society of Washington
    Wolf Trap Opera Soloists
    Saturday, June 28 at 8:15 pm
    Triumphant performance of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” masterpiece and more by preeminent singers and one of the world’s leading orchestras in its only 2014 D.C.-area appearance.

    Diana Ross
    Sunday, June 29 at 8 pm
    Motown’s supreme legend has inspired generations of singers with her endless stream of No. 1 hits from “You Can’t Hurry Love” to “I’m Coming Out.

    June at The Barns at Wolf Trap:

    Handel’s Giulio Cesare
    Wolf Trap Opera
    Antony Walker, conductor
    Friday, June 27 at 7:30 pm
    Sunday, June 29 at 3 pm
    Handel’s most popular opera focuses on Julius Caesar’s visit to Egypt in 48 BC and his encounter with the exotic Cleopatra.

    July 2014

    Tuesday, July 1 at 8:30 pm
    Wild creativity and daring, athletic modern dance that “makes dance lovers do a double take—and non-dance lovers ooh and ahh.” — Dance Magazine

    Crosby, Stills & Nash
    Thursday, July 3 at 8 pm
    Folk royalty of Woodstock reunite in musical celebration of one of the most creative supergroups in rock ’n’ roll history.

    Counting Crows
    Toad The Wet Sprocket
    Saturday, July 5 at 7 pm
    “Accidentally in Love” with a melodic alternative lineup headed by “one of the finest American rock bands of the past 20 years.”—The Washington Post

    American Idol Live! Tour 2014
    **On Sale for the public May 9 at 10 am**
    Sunday, July 6 at 8 pm
    You loved them on primetime, now see them live! The top 10 finalists from this season come together again for a star-studded showcase of crowd-pleasing songs.

    Rewind America 2014
    The Go-Go’s
    Scandal featuring Patty Smyth
    The Motels featuring Martha Davis
    Cutting Crew
    Naked Eyes featuring Pete Byrne
    Tuesday, July 8 at 8 pm
    An all-star lineup of ’80s New Wave, punk, and rock ’n’ roll hit makers who helped define an era.

    Matthew Morrison
    National Symphony Orchestra
    Steven Reineke, conductor
    Thursday, July 10 at 8:15 pm
    Glee and Broadway sensation performs romantic standards and hits from musicals.

    Disney Fantasia Live in Concert
    National Symphony Orchestra
    Emil de Cou, conductor
    Friday, July 11 at 8:30 pm
    Saturday, July 12 at 8:30 pm
    Experience Disney magic on the big screen when the National Symphony Orchestra casts an enchanting musical spell on sorcerer Mickey and other cherished characters from the animated masterpiece. Disney Fantasia Live in Concert © Disney

    Jennifer Nettles
    Sunday, July 13 at 8 pm
    Grammy-winning country pop queen of Sugarland fame carries her powerful voice and honest lyrics into the solo spotlight.

    Sara Bareilles
    Monday, July 14 at 8 pm
    “Brave” singer-songwriter infuses her piano-based pop rock with sincerity and moxie from breakthrough “Love Song” to romantic ballad “I Choose You.”

    The Fray
    Oh Honey
    Wednesday, July 16, at 7 pm
    Piano-driven pop-rock quartet with impassioned smash hits such as “How to Save a Life” and “Over My Head.”

    Straight No Chaser
    Thursday, July 17 at 8 pm
    Raise your glass! Ten a cappella innovators are here to get the party started with an upbeat collection of medleys and pop covers featuring Michael Jackson, Adele, and Dolly Parton.

    Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
    National Symphony Orchestra

    Andrew Litton, conductor
    Friday, July 18 at 8:15 pm
    “One of the best pianists in the world” (The New York Sun) showcases poetic musicality in dazzling interpretations of Tchaikovsky, Ravel, and Rossini.

    2001: A Space Odyssey
    National Symphony Orchestra
    Emil de Cou, conductor
    Woodley Ensemble, Frank Albinder, Music Director
    Saturday, July 19 at 8:30 pm
    Journey through time and space with Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar-winning sci-fi epic played on huge screens with its breathtaking score performed by a full orchestra.

    Huey Lewis & The News
    Special Guest:
    Marc Broussard
    Sunday, July 20 at 8 pm
    Return to “The Heart of Rock ’n’ Roll” with infectious Grammy-winners whose chart-topping, horn-driven hits unleash “The Power of Love.”

    Lionel Richie
    Special Guest:
    CeeLo Green
    All the Hits All Night Long
    Monday, July 21 at 8 pm
    Tuesday, July 22 at 8 pm
    Multiplatinum R&B icon and a fresh hip-hop hit-maker will have you “Dancing on the Ceiling” like “Crazy.”

    Bizet’s Carmen
    Wolf Trap Opera
    National Symphony Orchestra
    Grant Gershon, conductor
    The Washington Chorus, Julian Wachner, Music Director
    The Children’s Chorus of Alexandria
    Friday, July 25 at 8:15 pm
    Wolf Trap Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra in a thrilling tale of love, lust, and desire–fully staged and costumed with custom video projection design.

    Sarah McLachlan
    Saturday, July 26 at 8 pm
    With emotional ballads and ethereal vocals, this Grammy-winning “Angel” has become “pop’s voice of compassion and consolation” – The New York Times

    Darius Rucker
    Sunday, July 27 at 7:30 pm
    Trailblazing country singer and acclaimed Hootie & the Blowfish front man shines on earnest hits such as “Alright” and “Wagon Wheel.”

    Tuesday, July 29 at 8 pm
    Power ballads and melodic hard rock—including “Barracuda” and “Alone”—from ultimate “Magic” women who’ve released 20 unforgettable Top 40 singles.

    Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
    Wednesday, July 30 at 8 pm
    Jive with Grammy Award-winning jazz master Wynton Marsalis and the all-star orchestra hailed as the “finest big band in the world today” – The Daily Telegraph

    Rodrigo y Gabriela
    Thursday, July 31 at 8 pm
    Nimble-fingered Mexican guitar duo presents rhythmically supercharged instrumentals, with influences ranging from heavy metal to salsa.

    July at The Barns at Wolf Trap:

    Handel’s Giulio Cesare
    Wolf Trap Opera
    Antony Walker, conductor
    Tuesday, July 1 at 7:30 pm
    Handel’s most popular opera focuses on Julius Caesar’s visit to Egypt in 48 BC and his encounter with the exotic Cleopatra.

    Aria Jukebox
    Puccini, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Gershwin, Mozart...
    The audience gets to choose!
    Special Guest:
    Eric Owens
    Kim Pensinger Witman, pianist
    Sunday, July 13 at 3 pm
    Filene Young Artists and special guest Eric Owens sing your favorite opera highlights, with Kim Witman at the piano. Ticket price includes a wine and cheese reception beginning at 2 pm. Come early and put your quarters in the jukebox to vote for the arias of your choice!

    Houseful of Song
    Songs for Every Room of Your Home
    Featuring Steven Blier
    Saturday, July 19 at 3 pm
    Sunday, July 20 at 3 pm
    Steven Blier and a trio of Filene Young Artists get domestic as they perform songs for every room of the house!

    August 2014

    Mary Chapin Carpenter: Songs From The Movie
    National Symphony Orchestra

    Vince Mendoza, conductor
    Friday, August 1 at 8:15 pm        
    Captivating orchestral arrangements from an intimate country/rock Grammy winner’s new album, Songs From The Movie.

    Yo-Yo Ma
    National Symphony Orchestra

    Thomas Wilkins, conductor
    Saturday, August 2 at 8:15 pm
    World’s most famous cellist stirs the imagination with expressive performances that have earned him more than 15 Grammy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

    Dark Star Orchestra
    Continuing the Grateful Dead Concert Experience
    Sunday, August 3 at 7 pm
    With a “fanatical attention to detail” (Rolling Stone), this ultimate Grateful Dead tribute band has been “Truckin’” on a long, strange trip to resurrect the spirit and sound of psychedelic rockers.

    Pat Metheny Unity Group
    Bruce Hornsby
    Campfire Tour 2014
    Wednesday, August 6 at 7:30 pm
    Boundary-pushing jazz quintet meets genre-hopping pop pianist and songwriter behind ’80s hit “The Way It Is.”

    Classic Albums Live Presents
    Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
    Friday, August 8 at 8 pm
    World-class musicians take one giant leap through the entirety of Pink Floyd’s concept album and other hits from the seminal band.

    Jim Gaffigan
    Saturday, August 9 at 8 pm
    Hilarious observational riffs on food, fatherhood, and everything in between from “the king of (clean) comedy.”—The Wall Street Journal

    Gavin DeGraw
    Matt Nathanson
    Special Guest:
    Andrew McMahon
    Sunday, August 10 at 7 pm
    Irresistibly catchy and chart-topping jams by three princes of pop rock.

    Noche Flamenca
    Tuesday, August 12 at 8:30 pm
    Spellbinding live music with song and dance reveal the essence of flamenco at its most authentic.

    Nickel Creek
    Josh Ritter
    Wednesday, August 13 at 7:30 pm
    “Hard-charging bluegrass with sweetly sung acoustic pop” (The New York Times) by a Grammy-winning trio and a singer-songwriter’s heartfelt Americana.

    Boney James
    Eric Benét

    Thursday, August 14 at 8 pm
    Smooth, soulful hits from genre-busting saxophonist Boney James and sensual R&B crooner Eric Benét.

    Friday, August 15 at 8 pm
    Globally acclaimed composer whose epic orchestrations fuse otherworldly synthesized sound with gorgeous instrumentation.

    ABBA–The Concert
    Saturday, August 16 at 8 pm
    “Mamma Mia” here they go again! Take a chance on this ultimate tribute band that recreates the look and sound of the world’s most phenomenal pop ensemble.

    Sarah Brightman
    Sunday, August 17 at 8 pm
    The world’s best-selling soprano, a classical crossover superstar, and the originator of The Phantom of the Opera lead with a remarkable three-octave vocal range.

    Josh Groban
    with Wolf Trap Orchestra
    Tuesday, August 19 at 8 pm
    Wednesday, August 20 at 8 pm
    Multiplatinum vocalist charms with inspirational pop ballads and lush arias such as “You Raise Me Up,” “You’re Still You,” and “You Are Loved.”

    Robyn + Röyksopp
    Thursday, August 21 at 8 pm
    Supercharged pop vocalist won’t be dancing on her own when she’s joined by a hypnotic synth duo for an electric evening of hard-hitting beats.

    Lyle Lovett & His Large Band
    Friday, August 22 at 8 pm
    Texas’s beloved “Cowboy Man” and his all-star band blend wry humor with blues, gospel, and swing for an eclectic alt-country songbook.

    Sound of Music
    Saturday, August 23 at 7:15 pm
    Maria, the Von Trapp family, and even the lonely goatherd are back to bring you a few of your favorite things: the beloved sing-a-long to the classic film shown on huge screens with lyrics and an unforgettable costume contest.

    Heaven on Earth Tour
    Sunday, August 24 at 8 pm
    Extraordinary “Rock and Roll Band” with enduring guitar-driven anthems and “Smokin’” harmonies that spark “More than a Feeling.”

    Pacific Northwest Ballet
    Band of Horses

    Oregon Ballet Theatre
    A Face of America™ Production

    Wednesday, August 27 at 8 pm
    Contemporary ballet, indie rock, and stunning film. A Wolf Trap Foundation commission with Pacific Northwest Ballet and performances by Band of Horses and Oregon Ballet Theatre. 

    The Band Perry
    Thursday, August 28 at 8 pm
    Country-pop trio with a fiery rock ’n’ roll edge whose streak of No. 1 singles includes “If I Die Young” and “Better Dig Two.

    The Fresh Beat Band
    Live In Concert!
    Saturday, August 30 at 2 pm
    It’s a “Great Day” to sing and dance “Just Like a Rockstar” with Kiki, Marina, Twist, and Shout from Nick Jr.’s sensational TV band!

    George Benson
    Special Guest:
    Andreas Varrady
    Sunday, August 31 at 8 pm
    “On Broadway” icon, jazz guitarist, and silky-smooth singer jams on funky favorites ranging from pop to bebop.

    August at The Barns at Wolf Trap:

    Le pauvre matelot
    Les mamelles de Tirésias
    The Barns at Wolf Trap – New Production
    Timothy Myers, conductor
    Friday, August 8 at 7:30 pm
    Sunday, August 10 at 3 pm
    Saturday, August 16 at 7:30 pm
    In their company premieres, Wolf Trap Opera pairs two rare 20th-century French one-act operatic gems.

    September 2014

    Gipsy Kings
    Special Guest:
    Ole’ Noys
    Thursday, September 4 at 8 pm
    Get ready to rumba to the explosive guitar rhythms of flamenco’s reigning royal family!

    Cirque Dreams – Jungle Fantasy
    Friday, September 5 at 8 pm
    Saturday, September 6 at 7:30 pm
    Animalistic acrobatics abound in a musical jungle adventure hailed as “the grandest circus spectacle east of Vegas.”—New York Magazine

  • Best. View. Ever. Tickets to go on sale for reopening Washington Monument

    WASHINGTON -- After $15 million in repairs and a shutdown of some 32 months, the Washington Monument is reopening May 13 — and you can start reserving your tickets Wednesday.

    The National Park Service will make tickets available on a first come, first served basis starting at 8:30 a.m.,  according to NBC4 and The Associated Press. Tickets are available at the Washington Monument Lodge, on 15th Street, between Madison and Jefferson drives. Tour tickets are also available online at  the National Park Service's reservation page, beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m.

    Read more here.

  • 'West Side Story' returns to D.C. for final run 

    WASHINGTON -- "West Side Story" is returning to its theatrical home in D.C. this summer after nearly 60 years. 

    The American musical premiered at the National Theatre in 1957 before heading to Broadway. It comes to the District June 3 through 8 before stopping its run indefinitely. 

    Tickets start at $48 and are now on sale. Click here for more information. 

    West Side Story - Touring Production, 2013-2014 - ATG Tickets
    by ATGTickets via YouTube

  • Dress up like your favorite comic book character 

    WASHINGTON -- How many superheroes does it take to conquer the capital? Awesome Con and the Museum of Science Fiction are teaming up to answer that very question Friday at noon

    Cosplay aficionados will gather at the Reflecting Pool in an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people dressed as comic book characters. The gathering comes just hours before Awesome Con kicks off at the Convention Center in Northwest D.C. 

    “On April 19, 2011, World Joyland in China set the current Guinness World Record title with 1,530 people dressed as comic book characters,” Awesome Con co-founder Ben Penrod says in a statement. 

    “I know we can break that record and mark Washington, D.C. as the capital city of cosplay.

    Penrod encourages parents to bring their children to the Friday event. After all, kids count towards the goal. 
    Click here for more information and to see a list of approved characters.
  • Sean Combs to deliver Howard commencement speech

    WASHINGTON -- The graduating students at Howard University are in for a real treat this year.

    Sean Combs aka P. Diddy aka Puff Daddy will be delivering the commencement speech at the May 10 ceremony. Combs attended Howard in the late 1980s and will receive an honorary doctorate in the humanities. 

    Other honorees include CNN's Wolf Blitzer, jazz legend Benny Golson, Pepsi chairman and CEO Indra K. Nooyi and Dr. Clive Callender, professor of surgery at Howard University College of Medicine.

    Puff Daddy/Faith Evans/112 - I'll Be Missing You
    by EKWvids via YouTube

  • Test your aviation knowledge with new Smithsonian book

    WASHINGTON -- Only those with out-of-this-world interests could possibly score well in answering the questions posed in "The Smithsonian Book of Air & Space Trivia." And such buffs would probably chafe at the suggestion that this informative little book, edited by Amy Pastan, is filled with unimportant details.

    These days the excitement once generated by astronauts and spaceships is easier to find in video games and in movies like "Gravity" than in headlines and TV news. Lest we forget, this book shows us how far we have come -- and suggests how far we have yet to travel.

    See how well you know some of the key names in aviation history (the answers are below):

    1. What daring aviator flew solo around the world in the Winnie Mae?

    2. Who was the first woman to fly solo and nonstop across the Atlantic?

    3. What flamboyant pilot briefly flew with a pet lion?

    4. Who was the first woman to fly solo around the world?

    5. What was the name of the first chimp in space?

    6. Which Hollywood film producer set a world speed record in 1935 and broke the record for flying a transcontinental route in 1937?

    7. Who earned the nickname "Muttnik"?

    8. Who was the first pilot to fly at twice the speed of sound?

    9. Who was the first African-American woman to be a licensed pilot?

    10. Who was the first person to dine in space as well as the first to photograph the Earth from space and was also the oldest space traveler?

    The answers:

    (1) Wiley Post made only 11 stops in his nearly eight-day trek in 1933.

    (2) Amelia Earhart made her 15-hour flight in 1932, five years after Charles Lindbergh did it in twice the time.

    (3) Roscoe Turner flew with a lion cub in 1930 while working for Gilmore Oil Co., which used a lion's head for its trademark.

    (4) Geraldine Mock piloted the Spirit of Columbus from Ohio's capital on a 29-day flight in 1964.

    (5) The trained chimp named Ham was place inside a Mercury spacecraft in 1961 to test whether humans could fully function in space.

    (6) Howard Hughes not only set fight records, he also produced the 1930s movies "Hell's Angels" and "Scarface."

    (7) A mixed-breed stray dog named Laika went into space in 1957 as the Soviets studied the effects of space flight on mammals. During the flight of Sputnik 2, "Muttnik" died from stress and an overheated cabin.

    (8) Scott Crossfield, in 1953, beat the record of Mach 1 set six years earlier by Chuck Yeager.

    (9) Bessie Coleman, a native of Texas, was licensed in France in 1921. She later performed stunt flying in the U.S. until she died in an accident in 1926.

    (10) John Glenn was also the first American to orbit the Earth, in 1962. He returned to space at age 77 in 1998.

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  • After Masters win, Watson goes to Waffle House

    Bubba Watson won the Master Sunday.
    .. and he celebrated by going to Waffle House!

    The two-time Green Jacket winner tweeted a picture with friends and family from a Waffle House early Monday morning.

    He is shown sitting at the table with his wife Angie and best friend Judah Smith, a pastor from Seattle, according to ESPN.

    Watson won $1.62 million from his Masters win.

    Read more about Watson's win on
  • Liberty University to open new music, arts center in 2015

    Liberty University plans to open a new Center for Music & the Worship Arts in 2015.

    The 144,-square-foot building will house a 1,600-seat fine arts auditorium, two student recital halls and classrooms, practice rooms, teaching studios, and piano, songwriting and music computer labs.

    Liberty officials broke ground for the project on Friday. It's part of the Lynchburg school's $500 million campus rebuilding phase.

    Read more about the center on

  • Tom Petty-inspired event to raise money for musicians in need

    Non-profit Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians is hosting an event where musicians play Tom Petty songs and other pieces inspired by Petty as a way to raise money for its mission to help musicians in need.

    Read more about the event and some of the musicians who are participating on

  • Increase seen in ‘Games of Thrones’-based baby names

    WASHINGTON -- HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is a popular fantasy TV show -- and now it’s becoming popular with baby names, too.

    Fans are giving their babies “Game of Thrones”-inspired names such as “Daenerys” and “Khaleesi.” In fact, there were 21 newborns in 2012 named “Daenerys,” according to data from the Social Security
    The last available top baby names list from Social Security is from 2012.

    In the past, there were not enough children named Daenerys to show up in official counts, according to Vox.

    Khaleesi, on the other hand, had quite a showing with 146 newborns with the name in 2012 -- that’s more than the name “Betsy,” Vox notes. In 2010, less than five newborns had the name Khaleesi.

    “Game of Thrones” isn’t the only sci-fi or fantasy show to influence baby names.

    "Hermione," "Draco," and "Sirius" all gained popularity after being featured in the Harry Potter books. Also, Katniss from “Hunger Games” became popular in 2012.

  • Weekend Best Bets:
    By Mary DePompa

    All Weekend:

    • The National Cherry Blossom Festival is DC’s greatest Springtime Celebration with numerous activities all around town throughout the weekend, including the parade and Japanese Street Festival, for info
    • Patriot Center presents the greatest show on earth, Ringling Brothers: Built to AmazeVarious times all weekend, for info
    • Kennedy Center Family Theatre presents, One Mic. Fresh Noise: A Mashup of Youth Voices - Game ON! Hip-hop theatre work created the middle school students and performed by adults. Various times this weekend, for info
    • Smithsonian Craft Show at the National Building Museum is an all weekend event with dazzling exhibitions in creativity, innovation and technical mastery. Multi-day passes available with lectures, parties, auctions and more, for info
    • Fell’s Point in Baltimore it’s the annual Privateer Festival with ships and a full scale invasion of living history with music, arts, crafts, kid’s activities, food and libations. For info
    • The Bay Bridge Boat Show is an event with fun for the whole family with demo boat rides, music, bbq, with a Chesapeake Bay research vessel available for tours, for info

    Saturday 4/12:

    Saturday night:

    Sunday 4/13:

    Sunday night:

  • D.C.'s Spy Museum eyes fact, fiction of 'The Americans'

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Museum visitors in Washington are getting a look at real Soviet-era spy gear compared with props from TV's spy drama "The Americans."

    The International Spy Museum has a new exhibit about the Soviet Union's intelligence services during the Cold War. "The Americans: Fact and Fantasy" includes real spy gear recovered from missions similar to the story depicted on TV. The exhibit runs through May.

    In the show, two Soviet KGB officers pose as a suburban family on an undercover mission. Such Soviet spies were known by the Russians as "illegals."

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    Read more about the exhibit on the museum's website.

  • Berlin Wall panels at U.Va. focus of installation

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- The wraps are coming off an unusual art installation at the University of Virginia.

    Called "Kings of Freedom," the graffiti artwork is on panels of the Berlin Wall. The artwork will make its debut Friday.

    Portions of the wall were installed on the grounds last month as part of a U.Va. celebration commemorating the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. The panels are on loan to U.Va.

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