The Maru Montero Dance Company will host its 20th Annual National Cinco de Mayo Festival on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Sylvan Stage on the National Mall to celebrate Latin American dance, music and crafts. Although a Mexican celebration in origin, the Cinco de Mayo Festival has become a larger “Latin American Family Reunion” according to organizers. The anticipated festival provides an opportunity to explore the rich history, culture and ethnic diversity that is the foundation of Latin Americans in the United States. The Festival is Free and open to all, the event will be held rain or shine and everyone is encouraged to attend. Activities begin at noon and run until 6:00pm.
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Nine months before President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, on April 16, 1862, he signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, granting freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. The Compensated Emancipation Act was a significant step in ending the institution of slavery in the United States. Since 2005 the District of Columbia has commemorated this day with an official public holiday – DC Emancipation Day. To mark the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act a number of educational and cultural events will take place throughout the city. Signature events taking place April 11 – April 16 include a parade, film screening, special exhibitions and a “Great Debate” Saturday, April 14 at the Lincoln Theater hosted by C.B. Homes and participants including Rev. Al Sharpton and the provocative thought leader, activist and author Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. Get more details about upcoming Emancipation Day events here.
The Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse has brought back their soulful production of Langston Hughes’ vibrant retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro centric point of view in Black Nativity. Since first being performed on Broadway in December 1961 with an all Black cast the musical that includes traditional Christmas songs with flairs of blues, jazz and gospel has become a holiday tradition in theaters across the country. The production at H Street Playhouse runs through December 31.
On the heels of being recognized with the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award the Dance Institute of Washington and their Founding Artistic Director, Fabian Barnes will present their annual Spirit of Kwanzaa Celebration Concerts on December 28 and 29 in the Columbia Heights Education Campus Auditorium. The concert is an event designed for audiences young and old to learn about the seven principles of Kwanzaa and highlight the collective greatness of local area singers, dancers, poets and musicians.
On January 17, 2011 our nation will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the holiday recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and continue the tradition of using it as a “day on, not a day off” honoring Dr. King’s memory by serving. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. Sign up for a project here.
The Dance Institute of Washington invites you to celebrate Kwanzaa with them at one of three performances December 29 and December 30 at the GALA Hispanic Theater, 3333 14th Street, NW. The annual Kwanzaa concert features performances by the Dance Institute of Washington’s professional ensemble and students along with special guests including drummer G.H. Abasi Johnson and the African Continuum Theater Company. Tickets for are available here.
Washingtonians have until Thursday, November 18 to order a delicious pie from Food & Friends for their annual Slice of Life Thanksgiving fundraiser. Order one of their 5 flavors of pies online and pick it up at one of 20 locations on Tuesday, November 23rd, from 11:00am to 8:00pm. It is the perfect way to complete your Thanksgiving meal with your own family. Each pie purchased will provide a full day of meals for a child or an adult living with HIV/AIDS, cancer or another life-challenging illness.
Washingtonians have another crafty alternative for holiday shopping again this year. The outdoor DC Holiday Market has opened for the season at corner of F Street NW and 7th Street in Penn Quarter. The open air market, open daily from 12 noon – 8:00pm through December 23, features an array of local and regional artisans and exhibitors selling high-quality clothing, jewelry, crafts, fine art and pottery. After you have finished shopping, slip inside the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum adjacent to the market.