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Writer W. Royal Stokes Returns to Washington for Jazz Forum at UDC

This story was sent to us by the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives.  If you would like to see your event or story on our Where You Live websites, e-mail us at neighborhoodtips@wusa9.com.

The University of the District of Columbia welcomes jazz author, historian, radio personality, and critic W. Royal Stokes back to his home town for a special appearance on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 from 7-9 PM as part of the Jazz Forum series presented by UDC’s Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives.

The author of four books on jazz, Mr. Stokes is a D.C. native and a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School who relocated to West Virginia four years ago after a long and productive career that included more than three decades in the Washington area. He will speak about his life and involvement in jazz as well as about the collection he recently donated to the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives, which consists of more than 2,000 books and 3,500 compact discs.

Bombay Sapphire Art Exhibition Coming to Connecticut Avenue

Saturday, September 11, 2010 The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and Russell & Danny Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation will kick off the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series. 

The event will run from 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the International Vision Gallery, located at 2629 Connecticut Avenue in NW.

The exhibition will feature 30 artists from the region.  Two of the contestants will be selected to have a chance at winning the title of top artisan at a final event in Miami at ART BASEL.

Celebrity Mark Ecko is taking part in the event, and has contributed two pieces of art.

"I'm really excited that BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and Complex are working together on this program as both of us are committed to discovering new talent, be it mixologists or artists,” said Ecko. “Supporting local artists, while giving twenty visual artists the opportunity to shine during ART BASEL Miami, is very much in line with my long term commitment to the arts."

Adams Morgan Annual Arts & Crafts Festival October 2

This coming Saturday, October 2nd, Adams Morgan will play host to their annual "Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fest".

The list of vendors for the 2010 Adams Morgan "Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fest" has been released!

The event will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Marie Reed Learning Center at 18th & Wyoming.  The festival will have dozens of booths that will feature a variety of types of arts and crafts, as well as live performances.

I went to last year's festival and can say from experience that there truly is something for everyone.

Check out the entire Crafty Bastards' vendor list here, and come out to the event on Saturday! 

Also, if you send us photos or blog posts after the event to neighborhoodtips@wusa9.com, your work will be featured on our Where You Live site!


Pass the Guitar at Asylum in Adams Morgan

Tonight, Tuesday, August 31, Asylum in Adams Morgan is hosting an event called "Pass the Guitar".

"Pass the Guitar", which will begin at 9:00 p.m., has been organized by D.C. musician Olivia Mancini, who has invited friends and fellow guitarists to perform.  It's essentially an open-mic session for musicians, with no specific set plan.

The event is open to persons 21 years or older, and there will be a $5 cover at the door.

Drink specials will include $4 Shinerbocks and $4 Yagermeister.

Asylum is located at 2471 18th Street in Adams Morgan.

Just a Few More Weeks Until Adams Morgan Day!

The 32nd Annual Adams Morgan Day will be held on Sunday, September 12th.

I went to last year's fiesta and it was awesome.  Lots of neat arts and crafts, tasty food trucks, and live performances.

This year should be no different.  Sponsored by the AdamsMorgan MainStreet committee, the fair features the various vibrant cultures that Adams Morgan is known for.

The festival will run from 12 P.M.-7 P.M. and pets are welcome.

The search is still on for vendors, volunteers, and sponsors for Adams Morgan Day, so visit their website at http://www.adamsmorgandayfestival.com/ to find out more.