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Weekend Best Bets: Maryland Seafood Fest, Jazz Fests, Takoma Folk Fest and Marvel Live
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"It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.
Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated.
My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon." - Melissa RiversJoan Riversvia Facebook at 3:24 PM
According to his artist’s statement:
"This triptych invokes the past and present of Georgetown via its C& O Canal. At center is a digitally-altered blow-up of a fanciful, obsessively detailed, pen-and-ink aerial drawing of modern Georgetown, bustling with cars, people and commercial activity. With M Street on one side and the Potomac on the other, the canal wends its way gently across the composition, marked by bright red and blue lines that encourage the viewer to inspect its reach across and away from the urban landscape. This central panel is flanked by two red-toned period photos—one showing the distinctive arched bridge that crosses the canal at Wisconsin Avenue (purported to be the oldest bridge in Washington), and the other of mules tugging cargo boats further up the waterway. I would like this triptych to work as a reminder of how the C&O Canal offers both a sanctuary from urban bustle and a window to the past, not just a picturesque past, but a past with some heft. Georgetown was a working, industrial port. Its canal went inland with cargo boats powered by mules, and a stone bridge was erected to keep this activity uninterrupted.The canal and its boats, which seem so antique to us today, actually kept this city
Survivor singer Jimi Jamison dies at 63
WASHINGTON -- Jimi Jamison, lead singer of the rock band Survivor, died Sunday. He was 63.
Rolling Stone reports that Jamison joined the group in 1984 and left in 1988, but not before singing on such hits as "The Moment of Truth," from the movie "The Karate Kid"; "Is This Love"; and "Burning Heart," which was featured in the soundtrack to "Rocky IV."
His solo song "I'm Always Here" was the theme song for the TV series "Baywatch."
Jamison succeeded original lead singer David Bickler, who sang on the band's biggest hit, "Eye of the Tiger," Rolling Stone says.
In the 1990s, there was conflict over who owned the rights to the name Survivor, Rolling Stone reports, but all parties eventually made up and recently the band performed with both singers.
Read more here.
Labor Day Entertainment Best Bets
By Mary DePompa
Weekend Best Bets: Foodies Unite at Epicurience, Electric Run, Patsy Cline & DC Blues
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Mini 'Friends' reunion on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'
WASHINGTON -- Fans of NBC's "Friends" don't have to wait for a reunion show -- they got a snippet of one thanks to Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday.
Jennifer Aniston appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Wednesday night, but it turned into a mini-reunion for "Friends" co-stars, complete with the famous kitchen set.
Aniston played her sitcom character, Rachel, while Kimmel played Ross, who was portrayed by David Schwimmer on the show. Aniston was joined by fellow "Friends," Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow.
Read the full story here.
Weekend Best Bets: County Fair, Wine, Music & BBQ fests and Racing
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Her career in television began with HBO’s critically acclaimed 'Chris Rock Show.' As a performer and writer on the program, she was nominated for three Emmys and in 1999 won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. In 2001, she won the American Comedy Award for Outstanding Female Stand Up Comic. She won three more Emmys, in 2002, 2004, and 2005, for her work on 'Inside the NFL.'"
Tickets are $39 to $129. Click here for more info.
Oct. 9-12. Directed by M.F.A. directing candidate Orion Jones.
Through an experimental exploration of Sophocles’s tragedy, this production reveals that the classic story of one man’s ambition and downfall is frighteningly contemporary.
Nov. 20-23. Directed by M.F.A. directing candidate Elena Velasco.
An adaptation of Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale set in colonial Mexico, La Perdida incorporates magic and music to offer a new vision of the classic romance.
Conversations I’ve Never Had
Feb. 13-22. Written by M.F.A. playwriting candidate Kathleen Burke.
Newlyweds Ruth and Brad’s happy life is disrupted by a mysterious figure from Ruth’s past. With the help of her sister Amy, Ruth and Brad struggle to find a way to save their marriage from each other.
The Mage Knights of Eternal Light
Feb. 14-21. Written by M.F.A. playwriting candidate Amanda Zeitler.
After the death of her father, the power of Dawn’s grief pulls fantasy characters, both heroes and villains, out of her father’s favorite book. Their appearance jeopardizes her already crumbling relationship with her family and friends.
April 23-26. Directed by Eleanor Holdridge, director of the MFA Directing program.
A new work by Lauren Gunderson, the award-winning playwright of I and You, The Revolutionists is a brutal comedic quartet about four very real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror.
Doughty is reaching out to fans to help support his new solo record, to be called "Stellar Motel," by offering to make them part of the experience -- for a price.
"At its best a pledge campaign is people feeling like they really joined a team and making this record with me is a cause," Doughty says on his website.
To raise money for the new project, he's offering to sell the guitars with which he's recording the album, put on a private concert, list fan names in the credits, even type out the lyrics to one of his songs and sign it.
The donation options range from $18 to $20,000.
Weekend Best Bets: Fairs, Cultural Festivals, Gamers Unite and Music Galore
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Robin Williams was in early stages of Parkinson's disease
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease and was sober at the time of his suicide, his wife said Thursday.
In a statement, Susan Schneider said that Williams, 63, was struggling with depression, anxiety and the Parkinson's diagnosis when he was found dead Monday in his Northern California home.
Schneider did not offer details on when the actor comedian had been diagnosed or his symptoms.
Williams' death shocked fans and friends alike, despite his candor about decades of struggle with substance abuse and mental health. With Parkinson's, Williams faced shouldering yet another challenge.
Parkinson's disease is an incurable nervous system disorder that involves a loss of brain cells controlling movement. Tremors, sometimes starting out in just one hand, are among the early symptoms.
It can also cause rigid, halting walking, slowed speech and sometimes dementia. Symptoms worsen over time and can often be treated with drugs.Read more here.
Michael Jackson's new music video released on Twitter
WASHINGTON -- The King of Pop is ruling Twitter.
The Twitter account for Michael Jackson, who died more than five years ago, released a “short film” for his posthumous single on the social network. The video was released exclusively on Twitter at 10 p.m.
The song, “A Place With No Name,” is the most recent single from Jackson’s posthumous album “XSCAPE.”
Since the link was tweeted at 10 p.m. Wednesday, there have been more than 44,800 retweest and more than 44,200 favorites, as of 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
The debut of Jackson’s video on Twitter is one of the first times a major music video has premiered on the social media platform.
"Music is the No. 1 most-discussed subject on Twitter in the U.S., and 50 percent of all of our users follow at least one musician," Shavone Charles, a Twitter spokeswoman, said to USA TODAY. "Music fans from around the globe flock to Twitter to discover and discuss new music in the moment."
The video was posted on YouTube Thursday morning:
Robin Williams movie tributes kick off this week
WASHINGTON -- No doubt Robin Williams fans will be dusting off old DVD's and replaying the gifted performer's greatest films in the days ahead.
For those who want to relive the experience of seeing him on the big screen, head to West End Cinema Friday for a tribute to the late actor.
Starting Friday, the theater will screen "Good Will Hunting," which earned Williams an Academy Award for best supporting actor, "The Birdcage" and "The Fisher King."
M Net Movies on DSYTV plans a weekend tribute, airing films including "Hook," "Awakenings," and "Good Morning, Vietnam."
Netflix is featuring seven of Williams' comedies, including "Jumanji," "The Fisher
King," and "Popeye."
Weekend Best Bets: Fairs and Festivals, Toy Trains, KidStock and Seinfeld
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Amy Freedman, wtop.com
WASHINGTON -- As the co-host of an open mic I have the opportunity to hear lots of emerging bands and solo artists.
It's extremely rare that one completely stops me in my tracks. Last night during my regular
first and third Thursday open mic at McGinty's in Silver Spring a group that is on tour happened to stop by.
Keiffer and the Curiosity Club are from Regina-Saskatchewan, Canada and passing through our area on the way to Musikfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Keiffer McLean sings and plays acoustic guitar along with Danny Jones on stand-up bass and Robert McLean on percussion. The vibe is laid back but the tunes are intricate with unpredictable progressions and engaging lyrics.
These guys have that hard to describe something ... completely unique yet somehow familiar.
If you enjoy catching emerging artists on their way up then Friday's free show at Republic in Takoma Park is a must. The show starts at 10 p.m.
You may very well end up saying you saw them when!
Keiffer and the Curiosity Club: 10 p.m., Friday August 8 at Republic, Takoma Park. Admission: Free
Jon Stewart, host of “Daily Show,” comments on the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. In a segment, Stewart said “Virginia is for lovers … of
The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with promoting Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams’ products in exchange for $165,000 in gifts and secret loans.
'Wire' actor Anwan Glover stabbed in D.C. nightclub
WASHINGTON -- Anwan Glover, a local actor known for his recurring role as Slim Charles on HBO's "The Wire," was stabbed at a popular D.C. nightclub early Sunday morning.
Glover, 41, told D.C. police that he was on the second floor of Cafe Asia when an unknown person approached from the right side and struck him once with a closed fist.
When he turned to the person, another assailant hit Glover on the back of the head, which caused him to fall because the floor was wet.
Then, according to a police report obtained by WTOP, a group of people gathered around Glover and began to kick him several times.Read the full story here.
Weekend Best Bets: Fairs, Foodie Fest, Southern BBQ and Music
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