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Most would never consider dressing up for Halloween as a victim of domestic violence but an emerging costume trend this holiday is drawing national attention for its bad taste.
Some adults are choosing to dress as former Ravens player Ray Rice and his wife Janay, mimicking the very public elevator attack that later led to Rice's suspension from the NFL.
On social media, some people are sharing photos of their domestic violence- inspired costume featuring painted-on bruises, while others are wearing Rice's jersey dragging a blow-up doll around behind them.
Perhaps the most disturbing, some are sharing photos of children dressed in jerseys carrying around dolls by their hair.Read more.
Kennedy Center hosts tree Halloween party and costume contest
Grab your most creative costume and head over to the Millennium Stage this Friday. The Kennedy Center Explore the Arts program hosts a Halloween Dance Party and Costume Contest, featuring live music by The Loser’s Lounge direct from New York City. Come learn the dance moves to classic spooky tunes like “Monster Mash,” “Time Warp,” and “Thriller” from local dancer, choreographer, and instructor Quynn Johnson.
Dance lessons start at 5 p.m., followed by a live performance beginning at 6 p.m. More information can be found here.
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'Carousel' comes to life at Hartke Theatre
The sweeping score of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "Carousel" will come to life this fall as the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents its fall musical on stage at The Catholic University of America’s newly renovated Hartke Theatre.
"Carousel" will be presented Friday through Sunday.
With music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, "Carousel" is known for its soaring melodies, beautiful underscoring, and lush orchestrations, notes N. Thomas Pedersen, head of the Musical Theatre Division who is providing musical direction for the show.
"Carousel" will be the first musical presented in CUA’s Hartke Theatre since its recent updates, which included new seating and carpeting.
Since its opening in 1970, the Hartke Theatre has enjoyed a long history of outstanding performances by luminaries such as Helen Hayes, Cyril Richard, and Pat Carroll.
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It's October, which means it's time to focus on what your children are going to dress up as this Halloween -- and how much their costumes are going to cost you.
You don't necessarily have to spend a lot of money on costumes for your kids. Read on for seven ways to cut the cost of your children's costumes this Halloween.
NEW YORK (AP) -- No holiday screams pop culture controversy quite like Halloween.
So what's the costume flap of the year? It might just be Ebola, as in Ebola zombies, bloody Ebola patients and faux protective gear.Read more on WTOP.com.
The concert will be free and held at the church from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., according to church Community Ministry and Discipleship Director Stephen Taylor. The star of the show will be DJ Rick Solo, a Charlotte-based artist who holds DJ-led, Christian services in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C.
The Church at Clarendon says it’s trying to reach the younger demographic that lives in the Clarendon area. The church has expanded its community offerings to include yoga classes, game night and a concert series that included a performance from the Go Go Symphony earlier this month, as well as the EDM show.Read the full story here.