Visit Washington, DC! http://thedistrict.com Hotel and travel tips for visiting Washington, DC Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:09:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 ‘Pictures of the Year’ Photo Exhibit Opens April 25 at the Newseum http://thedistrict.com/pictures-of-the-year-photo-exhibit-opens-april-25-at-the-newseum/ http://thedistrict.com/pictures-of-the-year-photo-exhibit-opens-april-25-at-the-newseum/#respond Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:09:08 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6247 Winners of the International Photojournalism Competition Go on Display in Washington, D.C.

Newseum in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014 — On Friday, April 25, 2014, the Newseum will open “Pictures of the Year,” an exhibit that showcases dramatic, award-winning images of the people, events and issues that shaped the world in 2013. The photos are a selection of the best news images from Pictures of the Year International (POYi), one of the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism contests in the world.

Visitors will see images from some of 2013′s biggest news stories, including the war in Syria and the Boston Marathon bombing, along with lighter moments such as Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter flipping over the wall of Boston’s Fenway Park as he tries to catch a grand slam during the American League Championship Series.

The exhibit also features photographs taken by New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks moments after Islamist militants stormed a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 67 people in a four-day siege. The photos won first place in the POYi News Picture Story/Newspaper category, and on April 14, 2014, Hicks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for his photos of the attack.

“The return of ‘Pictures of the Year’ is testament to our commitment to showcasing the very best of photojournalism at the Newseum,” said Cathy Trost, senior vice president of exhibits and programs at the Newseum. “These images remind us of the extraordinary power that photographs have to spark wonder, spur action and ignite change in the world.”

The “Pictures of the Year” exhibit is the result of an ongoing partnership between the Newseum and POYi, which began in 2011 when the Newseum exhibited winners of the 2010 competition.

On Saturday, April 26, the Newseum will host Photo Day, when award-winning photographers Barbara Davidson, who was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year, Patrick Smith, Sports Photographer of the Year, and Tyler Hicks of The New York Times will talk about the stories behind their photographs. Photo Day also will include a photo scavenger hunt in the Newseum, and a program with Washington Post director of photography MaryAnne Golon, who will lead a discussion on underreported issues affecting women worldwide.

The mission of POYi is to extend the reach of photojournalists through educational public exhibitions and to engage citizens worldwide with great documentary photography. POYi is a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Through exhibitions and workshops, POYi serves those photojournalists who chronicle the news events, political trends and social issues facing our world. Now in its 71st year, POYi continues to recognize and promote excellence in photojournalism.

Nikon is the exclusive sponsor of the 2014 “Pictures of the Year” exhibit, which will be on display at the Newseum through Sept. 1, 2014.

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For more information about this museum, visit our Newseum page.

To reserve tickets to the Newseum online, at a discount, click here.

 

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May 2014 Events at the National Building Museum http://thedistrict.com/may-2014-events-at-the-national-building-museum/ http://thedistrict.com/may-2014-events-at-the-national-building-museum/#respond Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:34:44 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6228 May 2014 Events and Exhibits at the National Building Museum in Washington DC

National Building Museum

NBM Exterior View from Police Memorial. © Maxwell MacKenzie

Family

Sunday, May 4, 9 am–4 pm
A Day of Flying in the Great Hall
Model Airplane Workshop
9 am–11 am
Cost per plane: $10 Members | $15 Non-members.
Recommended ages 8+ and Webelos Cub Scouts.
Construct your own rubber-band-propelled model airplane with the D.C. Maxecuters and try a test flight in the Great Hall.

Flying in the Great Hall
11 am–4 pm
Free. Drop-in demonstration.
All ages.
Watch the D.C. Maxecuters fly their model airplanes in and across the Great Hall!

Tuesday, May 6, 10:30 am–Noon
Book of the Month: Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Readings at 10:30 and 11:30 am.
Free with admission to Building Zone.
Recommended ages 3–5.
This is the story of Rosie Revere, who dreams of becoming a great engineer. Rosie is a shy but smart little girl who uses odds and ends to make amazing inventions. Afraid of failure, she keeps her dreams to herself until she realizes that blunders can actually be brilliant.

Talks

(the numbers and letters at the end of each entry indicate that attendees could earn professional continuing education credits)

Saturday, May 10, Noon–1:30 pm
Museum Shop Program: The Historic Waterfront of Washington, D.C.
Free. Drop-in program.
Local author John R. Wennersten discusses his new book, The Historic Waterfront of Washington, D.C. (The History Press). It explores the early history of D.C.’s waterfront as well as 20th century redevelopment and the challenges facing the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers today. A book signing follows the talk. Book price: $18 Member / $19.99 Non-member

Sunday, May 11, 10 am–5 pm
Exhibition Opening: Designing for Disaster
This new exhibition showcases how regional, community, and individual actions can reduce the impact of natural hazards. Open through August 2, 2015.

Monday, May 12, 12:30–1:30 pm
Smart Growth: The Difficult Rebirth of American Urbanism
Free. Pre-registration required.
New city neighborhoods are in demand, yet urbanism, transit, and walkable streets can face resistance from a deeply rooted suburban value system. Benjamin Ross, author of Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, posits that in order to succeed, urbanists must offer a compelling vision of change. A book signing follows the talk.
1.0 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.0 CM (AICP) / 1.0 PDH (LA CES)

Monday, May 12, 6:30–8 pm
Panel Talk: Hurricanes: An Urban Perspective
$12 Member | $12 Student | $20 Non-member
Scientists predict that hurricanes will increase in severity and frequency, presenting a clear and present danger to highly populated urban areas. A panel of experts discusses the elements needed to prepare for and mitigate the effects of hurricanes and storm surges in urban areas. This program complements the exhibition Designing for Disaster, which is open to attendees before the talk. Panelists include: Richard Reed, senior vice president of disaster cycle services, American Red Cross (moderator); Richard Knabb, Ph.D., director, National Hurricane Center; Calvin Drayton, first deputy commissioner, New York City Office of Emergency Management; Alex Washburn, head of the Stevens Institute of Technology Faculty Coastal Resilience and Urban Xcellence Center (CRUX).
1.5 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.5 CM (AICP) / 1.5 PDH (LA CES)

Friday, May 16, 6:30–8:30 pm
CityVision Final Presentation
Free. Drop-in program.
Learn about local middle school students’ vision for their city. Students from Cesar Chavez Parkside Middle School and Stuart-Hobson Middle School present their innovative plans for adapting old buildings, like the Franklin School, Washington Coliseum, and Old Post Office, to new uses. A reception follows the presentations.

Wednesday, May 28, 6:30–8 pm
L’Enfant Lecture on City Planning and Design: Changing Cities
$12 Member | $12 Student | $20 Non-member.
W. Paul Farmer, FAICP, chief executive officer of the American Planning Association, delivers the 2014 L’Enfant Lecture on City Planning and Design. He discusses planning interventions to address challenges facing cities around the world: immigration, climate change, and urbanization.
1.5 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.5 CM (AICP) / 1.5 PDH (LA CES)

Thursday, May 29, 5–9 pm
Keystone Society Lawn Party
Free Keystone Society member | $10 Non-member.
Space is limited; prepaid registration required.
Young professionals: join us for a summer kickoff party at Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue on the Museum’s West Lawn. Mingle with Keystone Society members and enjoy music, cornhole, table games, a complimentary drink, snacks, and more.

Exhibitions

Designing for Disaster
Opening May 11
Design can—and does—reduce our risk and increase our resiliency to the most destructive forces of nature. From seismic retrofits and safe rooms to firebreaks and floodplain management, Designing for Disaster showcases how regional, community, and individual preparedness are the best antidotes to disaster.

Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions
Through May 25, 2015
Dozens of objects from the Museum’s collection—from a 9-foot-tall statue to a tiny dollhouse chair—illustrate the varied ways we can learn about architecture and design. Join us as we open up our storage room and display some special objects.

The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley
Through May 18
Dan Kiley (1912–2004) was one of the most important and influential Modernist landscape architects of the 20th century. This traveling photographic exhibition and retrospective features vibrant photographs, which chronicle the current state of several dozen of Kiley’s more than 1,000 projects worldwide.

Investigating Where We Live: Recapturing Shaw’s Legacy
Through June 8
Investigating Where We Live presents teens’ interpretations of D.C. neighborhoods through photography, writing, and original artwork. This year’s participants explored historic Shaw.

PLAY WORK BUILD
Long-term
Build them up…and knock them down! Create the tallest towers, the most ridiculous shapes, the truly impossible structures. Children and adults alike are encouraged to put their skills to the test and let their imaginations run wild with blocks—small, big, and virtual—in this exhibition, which also features a selection of architectural and construction toys from the Museum’s collection.

Building Zone
Long-term
The Building Zone—for ages 2-6 with adult supervision—introduces children to the building arts through play.

House & Home
Long-term
Exhibition Tours: Mondays and Fridays at 2:30 pm, Wednesdays at 10:30 am, and Saturdays at 10:45 am (based on docent availability).
House & Home features a kaleidoscopic array of photographs, objects, models, and films that takes visitors on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, exploring American domestic life and residential architecture.

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For more information about this museum, see our National Building Museum page.

Register online at www.nbm.org or by calling 202.272.2448.

 

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Washington DC Metro Weekend Track Work Information for April 25-27, 2014 http://thedistrict.com/metro-weekend-track-work-information/ http://thedistrict.com/metro-weekend-track-work-information/#respond Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:06:36 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=4257 The following press release is from Metro in Washington DC:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of April 25-27 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

Red Line trains will run every 15 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont, with additional trains between Shady Grove & Judiciary Square during daytime hours. On Saturday, trains on the Yellow and Green lines will operate every 15 minutes, rather than every 12 minutes. Buses will replace Orange Line trains between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly, and will replace Blue Line trains between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road.

Early Opening Sunday Morning for Nike Women Half Marathon
Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. on Sunday, April 27, for customers traveling to the Nike Women Half Marathon. The start line is accessible from Metro Center (Red/Blue/Orange lines), Federal Triangle (Blue/Orange lines) or Archives (Yellow/Green lines).

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Red Line 

Trains every 10-15 minutes

Red Line trains will operate as follows from 10 p.m. Friday through closing Sunday:

  • Between Shady Grove & Glenmont: Every 20 minutes throughout the weekend
  • Between Shady Grove & Judiciary Square: Every 10-12 minutes from 9AM-9PM only

Work Performed:
Rail fastener and insulator renewal; fence and light pole replacement between Judiciary Square and Rhode Island Avenue.

Travel Tips:

  • Metrobus service may provide an alternate travel option for some riders. To check, plan your trip using Trip Planner and select the “bus only” option.
  • Before traveling, consult the trip planner at wmata.com to check the special schedule and reduce your wait time. (Trip Planner is updated to reflect weekend rebuilding schedules on Fridays; please check on Friday afternoon or later.) You will experience the additional wait time on the platform. Once your train departs the station, it is not expected to encounter additional delays en route.

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Orange Line 

Buses replace trains between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly

Orange Line trains will operate as follows from 10 p.m. Friday through closing Sunday:

  • Between Vienna & Stadium-Armory: Every 15 minutes throughout the weekend
  • Between New Carrollton & Cheverly: Every 15 minutes throughout the weekend

Free shuttle buses will replace Orange Line trains between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. Shuttle buses will operate on two routes:

  • Express Buses will operate non-stop between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly. Add 25 minutes of travel time.
  • Local Buses will operate between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly, making intermediate stops at Minnesota Ave and Deanwood. Please allow 10 minutes of travel time for each station stop.

Stations Closed:
Minnesota Ave and Deanwood

Work Performed:
Crews will continue tunnel rehabilitation at Stadium-Armory, platform renewal at Minnesota Ave, and improvements to track infrastructure including rail joint elimination along with rail tie, fastener, grout pad and insulator renewal.

Last Train Time Change:
The last Orange Line train of the night from New Carrollton to Cheverly will depart 27 minutes earlier than normal to allow for shuttle bus connections. On Friday and Saturday nights, the last train will leave New Carrollton at 2:09 a.m., and on Sunday, the last train will leave New Carrollton at 11:09 p.m.

Travel Tips:

  • Metrobus service may provide an alternate travel option for some riders. To check, plan your trip using Trip Planner and select the “bus only” option
  • Before traveling, consult the trip planner at wmata.com to check the special schedule and reduce your wait time. (Trip Planner is updated to reflect weekend rebuilding schedules on Fridays; please check on Friday afternoon or later.) You will experience the additional wait time on the platform. Once your train departs the station, it is not expected to encounter additional delays en route.

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Blue Line

Buses replace trains between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road

Blue Line trains will operate as follows from 10 p.m. Friday through closing Sunday:

  • Between Franconia-Springfield & Stadium-Armory: Every 15 minutes throughout the weekend
  • Between Largo Town Center & Addison Road: Every 15 minutes throughout the weekend

Free shuttle buses will replace Blue Line trains between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road.  Shuttle buses will operate between Stadium-Armory and Addison Road, making intermediate stops at Benning Road and Capitol Heights. Please allow 10 minutes of travel time for each station stop (30 min travel time total).

Stations Closed:
Benning Road and Capitol Heights

Work Performed:
Crews will continue tunnel rehabilitation at Stadium-Armory and improvements to track infrastructure – including rail joint elimination along with rail tie, fastener, grout pad and insulator renewal.

Last Train Time Change:
The last Blue Line train of the night from Largo Town Center to Addison Road will depart 15 minutes earlier than normal to allow for shuttle bus connections. On Friday and Saturday nights, the last train will leave Largo Town Center at 2:09 a.m., and on Sunday, the last train will leave Largo Town Center at 11:09 p.m.

Travel Tips:

  • Metrobus service may provide an alternate travel option for some riders. To check, plan your trip using Trip Planner and select the “bus only” option
  • Before traveling, consult the trip planner at wmata.com to check the special schedule and reduce your wait time. (Trip Planner is updated to reflect weekend rebuilding schedules on Fridays; please check on Friday afternoon or later.) You will experience the additional wait time on the platform. Once your train departs the station, it is not expected to encounter additional delays en route.

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Yellow Line

Trains every 15 minutes between Huntington & Fort Totten

This weekend, Yellow Line trains will operate between Huntington and Fort Totten every 15 minutes. (Regular service is every 12 minutes on Saturdays and every 15 minutes on Sundays.)

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Green Line

Trains every 15 minutes 

This weekend, Green Line trains will run every 15 minutes. (Regular service is every 12 minutes on Saturdays and every 15 minutes on Sundays.)

Work Performed:
Crews will replace communications cables between Southern Avenue and Navy Yard along with continued testing of the new 7000-series railcars between College Park and Greenbelt

Travel Tip:
Metrobus service may provide an alternate travel option for some riders. To check, plan your trip using Trip Planner and select the “bus only” option.

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For more information:

For schedules, real-time train arrivals and station information, visit wmata.com. Metro riders can access Metro’s new mobile website by entering wmata.com into their smartphone browser. For assistance by phone, call Metro customer information at (202) 637-7000 [TTY 202-638-3780].”

For more information on traveling by Metrobus or Metrorail, visit wmata.com.

 

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Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter Sunday at the Washington National Cathedral http://thedistrict.com/palm-sunday-and-holy-week-at-the-washington-national-cathedral/ http://thedistrict.com/palm-sunday-and-holy-week-at-the-washington-national-cathedral/#respond Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:43:32 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6236 Washington National Cathedral

Palm Sunday Services 
Holy Eucharist
Sunday, April 13, 8 & 11 am
Live webcasts. Join us for the celebration of Holy Eucharist on Palm Sunday. The service includes the palm procession and liturgy as well as the passion narrative. The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope presides at both services.

Palm Sunday Concert
Bach’s St. John Passion
Sunday, April 13, 4 pm
J.S. Bach’s most starkly dramatic oratorio fills the Cathedral nave on Palm Sunday with some of the Baroque era’s finest choral music. This musical masterpiece follows the Gospel of John’s account of Jesus Christ’s final days on earth, poignantly depicting the sorrow of his family and friends.

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Maundy Thursday
Holy Eucharist with Footwashing
Thursday, April 17, 7:30 pm
Live webcast. Commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus with his friends on the night before he died. Worshipers may wash one another’s feet after Jesus’ example to his disciples.

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Good Friday
Liturgy of Good Friday
Friday, April 18, 12 pm
Live webcast. The Liturgy of Good Friday provides opportunity for deep contemplation of the crucifixion. This three-hour service includes meditations, music, and prayer throughout with Communion administered from the Reserved Sacrament during the third hour. Learn more »

When It Was Evening: A Meditation for Good Friday
Friday, April 18, 6:30 pm
Gather in the nave for a service of prayer, Scripture, Taizé chant, and meditation during this time of waiting at Jesus’ graveside.

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Holy Saturday
The Great Vigil of Easter
Saturday, April 19, 8 pm
Live webcast. Beginning in darkness we hear again the stories of God’s steadfast promise to us, a promise renewed through Holy Baptism, and fulfilled in the new light of Resurrection and the proclamation of Easter. Worshipers are encouraged to bring bells to announce the Resurrection.

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Easter Sunday
Festival Holy Eucharist
Sunday, April 20, 8 & 11 am
Live webcast. Celebration of the Resurrection on Easter Day.

Easter Day Choral Evensong
Sunday, April 20, 4 pm
The Cathedral Choir of Men and Girls sings Evensong. The Very Rev. Gary Hall, officiant; the Rev. Canon Gina Campbell, cantor; the Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope, preacher.

Organ Recital: Christopher Betts and Benjamin Straley
Sunday, April 20, 5:15 PM
Cathedral organists Christopher Betts and Benjamin Straley with guest trumpet Chuck Seipp play an Easter Day recital. The program features works by Bach, Dubois, Langlais, Vierne, Reger, Martini, Telemann, Boyce, and Widor.

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For more information on 2014 Holy Week and Easter events at the Washington National Cathedral, click here.

For more information on the National Cathedral, visit our Washington National Cathedral page.

 

 

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Upcoming Events at President Lincoln’s Cottage http://thedistrict.com/upcoming-events-at-president-lincolns-cottage/ http://thedistrict.com/upcoming-events-at-president-lincolns-cottage/#respond Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:17:40 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6230 April 16: Celebrate DC Emancipation Day
On April 16, 1862, President Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia. Join us in celebrating the 152nd anniversary of emancipation in DC!

Receive a free souvenir scroll of the DC Compensated Emancipation Act after touring President Lincoln’s Cottage on April 16, 2014. Buy tour tickets online.

Dine and drink at Petworth Citizen (829 Upshur Street NW), which is proud to donate a portion of all sales on April 16, 2014 to President Lincoln’s Cottage. Open from 4 pm – 1 am!

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“Cottage Conversation” featuring John Taliaferro, author of All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM reception, 6:30 PM lecture
Location: President Lincoln’s Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington DC 20011
Cost: $10/reception, $10/lecture
Reservations Required: Email SMiraminy@savingplaces.org or call 202-829-0436 x31232.

John Taliaferro examines the extraordinary life of John Hay in his newest work, All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt, at “Cottage Conversations.”

“Cottage Conversations” offers relaxing evenings to socialize and learn something new about our 16th president in his Washington home. The program starts with a cocktail reception, is followed by the lecture and concludes with a book signing.

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“Cottage Conversation” featuring Stephen Mansfield, author of Lincoln’s Battle with God: A President’s Struggle with Faith and What it Meant for America.
Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM reception, 6:30 PM lecture
Location: President Lincoln’s Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington DC 20011
Cost: $10/reception, $10/lecture
Reservations Required: Email SMiraminy@savingplaces.org or call 202-829-0436 x31232.

Stephen Mansfield explores the religious life of Abraham Lincoln in his newest work, Lincoln’s Battle with God: A President’s Struggle with Faith and What it Meant for America, at “Cottage Conversations.”

“Cottage Conversations” offers relaxing evenings to socialize and learn something new about our 16th president in his Washington home. The program starts with a cocktail reception, is followed by the lecture and concludes with a book signing.

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For more information, please visit www.lincolncottage.org.

 

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The Washington Monument to Reopen for Tours on May 12, 2014 http://thedistrict.com/the-washington-monument-to-reopen-for-tours-on-may-12-2014/ http://thedistrict.com/the-washington-monument-to-reopen-for-tours-on-may-12-2014/#respond Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:00:17 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6197 Washington Monument

The following press release if from the National Park Service:

Washington, D.C. – The National Park Service (NPS) announced that the remaining scaffolding surrounding the Washington Monument will begin to come down this week in preparation for the Monument’s re-opening on May 12 after a 32-month closure due to damage from an earthquake. The National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall will host a re-opening ceremony at 10 a.m. that morning; details of the ceremony will be forthcoming.

Public tours of the Monument on the day of the reopening, May 12, will begin at 1:00 p.m. The tickets will be available on a first come-first served basis starting at 8:30 a.m. that day at the Washington Monument Lodge, located on 15th Street, between Madison and Jefferson Drives. Tickets for tours on May 13 and all future dates will be available on the NPS reservation page, www.recreation.gov, starting on April 16, at 10 a.m.

“We are delighted to be in the homestretch with the repairs to the Washington Monument almost complete, and we look forward to the re-opening on May 12 so we can once again welcome visitors to this iconic monument to our nation’s first President,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We are grateful for David Rubenstein’s generous donation that funded half of the $15 million repair bill. David’s support of the national parks and the work of the National Park Service sets a high standard for park philanthropy nationwide and is appreciated by every visitor who will learn something about President Washington or simply enjoy the view from the top.”

“The National Park Service has done a spectacular job of repairing the monument, and I hope as many people as possible will soon be able to see the unique view from the top,” said philanthropist David M. Rubenstein.

Mr. Rubenstein donated $7.5 million to the monument’s restoration via the Trust for the National Mall, matching the public funds allocated by Congress.

“We are grateful for Mr. Rubenstein’s generosity and the National Park Service’s diligent work. Thanks to this successful public-private partnership, visitors can once again experience the full grandeur and history of the National Mall,” said Caroline Cunningham, president of the Trust for the National Mall.

Because of the closure of the Monument, the National Park Service will begin extended operating hours on May 12. The Monument will be open from 9a.m. until 10p.m. until the end of summer.

The Washington Monument has been closed since August 23, 2011, due to damage received in a 5.8 magnitude earthquake. It is now in the final stages of the restoration, which included repairs to more than 150 cracks in the structure.

About the National Park Service
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at: www.nps.gov.

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For more information about the Washington Monument, visit our Washington Monument page.

 

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April 2014 Events at the National Building Museum http://thedistrict.com/april-2014-events-at-the-national-building-museum/ http://thedistrict.com/april-2014-events-at-the-national-building-museum/#respond Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:01:04 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6190 April 2014 Events and Exhibits at the National Building Museum in Washington DC

National Building Museum

NBM Exterior View from Police Memorial. © Maxwell MacKenzie

Family

Tuesday, April 1, 10:30 am–Noon
Book of the Month: Too Tall House by Gianna Marino
Readings at 10:30 and 11:30 am.
Free with admission to Building Zone.
Recommended ages 3–5.
Rabbit and Owl live happily in two small houses next to each other, until they start to build their houses taller and taller. Before long, there are two very tall houses and two very unhappy neighbors. What will it take to make them friends again?

Wednesday, April 16, 10 am–3 pm
Homeschool Day
$10 per child, per program. Free for accompanying adults.
Connect with other homeschool students and families while learning about home construction, city planning, the story behind the Museum’s historic home, and more. Join us for hands-on programs that complement curricula in art, social studies, language arts, math, and science. Discounted admission to exhibitions available.

Saturday, April 26, 1–4:30 pm
Open Workshop: Living Spaces
Timed entry at 1, 2, and 3 pm; workshop closes at 4:30 pm.
Per child: $20 Member | $25 Non-member. Free for accompanying adults.
Ever wish you had a hat that could feed you? At this open workshop, inspired by the Maker Space movement, the Museum challenges you to design an invention that solves everyday problems or makes an everyday task more fun. We’ll provide the tools and a variety of materials, you bring the creativity and ideas.

Talks & Films

(the numbers and letters at the end of each entry indicate that attendees could earn professional continuing education credits)

Tuesday, April 1, 7 pm
2014 Honor Award Gala
The Museum’s Honor Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the building arts. This year, we honor Mrs. Laura Bush and the National Trust for Historic Preservation for their commitment to preserving our nation’s heritage. Visit go.nbm.org/HonorAward for details about tickets, tables, and sponsorship.

Sunday, April 6, 1–3:30 pm
Film: From Sea to Shining Sea
$10 Museum & ASLA member | $10 Student | $12 Non-member.
From Sea to Shining Sea follows the United States interstate system from the Chesapeake Bay to San Francisco in a time-lapse film. Filmmaker Evan Mather answers questions after this world premiere, presented in association with National Landscape Architecture Month.

Tuesday, April 15, 12:30–1:30 pm
Smart Growth: Bigger than a Building: Swedish Urban Scale Sustainability
Free. Pre-registration required.
Walker Wells, green urbanism program director at Global Green, discusses neighborhood and district-scale sustainable planning in Stockholm, Gothenburg, and Malmo, Sweden and how those innovative strategies could be replicated in the U.S. This program was rescheduled from January 21, 2014; all previous registrations will be honored.
1.0 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.0 CM (AICP) / 1.0 PDH (LA CES)

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30–8 pm
Spotlight on Design: Reed Hilderbrand and the Legacy of Dan Kiley
$12 Museum, ASLA, & CLF Members | $12 Student | $20 Non-member.
Modernist landscape architect Dan Kiley’s (1912–2004) emphasis on formal geometry had a great influence over generations of practitioners, including Douglas Reed, FASLA, and Gary Hilderbrand, FASLA. The duo, founding principals of Watertown, Massachusetts-based Reed Hilderbrand, the 2014 recipient of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Firm Award, discuss their current work in a presentation introduced by Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, founder and president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. The Foundation organized the traveling exhibition The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley, which will be open for attendees to view before the program.
1.5 LU (AIA) / 1.5 PDH (LA CES)

Saturday, April 26, 1–3 pm
Design Apprenticeship Program II Final Presentation
Free. Drop-in program.
Washington, D.C. teens collaborated with design professionals to build Little Free Libraries that will encourage local residents to connect with each other through a “leave a book, take a book” system. Partnering with Community Forklift, design teams used salvaged and upcycled materials to construct the libraries. During this final presentation, participants share how their library design uniquely represents a local community. Old City Farm & Guild, City Blossoms, Common Good City Farm, and Wangari Gardens are among the recipients. Attendees are encouraged to bring a book to donate.

Exhibitions

Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions
Through May 25, 2015
Dozens of objects from the Museum’s collection—from a 9-foot-tall statue to a tiny dollhouse chair—illustrate the varied ways we can learn about architecture and design. Join us as we open up our storage room and display some special objects.

The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley
Through May 18
Dan Kiley (1912–2004) was one of the most important and influential Modernist landscape architects of the 20th century. This traveling photographic exhibition and retrospective features vibrant photographs, which chronicle the current state of several dozen of Kiley’s more than 1,000 projects worldwide.

Investigating Where We Live: Recapturing Shaw’s Legacy
Through June 8
Investigating Where We Live presents teens’ interpretations of D.C. neighborhoods through photography, writing, and original artwork. This year’s participants explored historic Shaw.

PLAY WORK BUILD
Long-term
Build them up…and knock them down! Create the tallest towers, the most ridiculous shapes, the truly impossible structures. Children and adults alike are encouraged to put their skills to the test and let their imaginations run wild with blocks—small, big, and virtual—in this exhibition, which also features a selection of architectural and construction toys from the Museum’s collection.

Building Zone
Long-term
The Building Zone—for ages 2-6 with adult supervision—introduces children to the building arts through play.

House & Home
Long-term
Exhibition Tours: Mondays and Fridays at 2:30 pm, Wednesdays at 10:30 am, and Saturdays at 10:45 am (based on docent availability).
House & Home features a kaleidoscopic array of photographs, objects, models, and films that takes visitors on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, exploring American domestic life and residential architecture.

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For more information about this museum, see our National Building Museum page.

Register online at www.nbm.org or by calling 202.272.2448.

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American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C. to be Dedicated on October 5, 2014 http://thedistrict.com/american-veterans-disabled-for-life-memorial-in-washington-d-c-to-be-dedicated-on-october-5-2014/ http://thedistrict.com/american-veterans-disabled-for-life-memorial-in-washington-d-c-to-be-dedicated-on-october-5-2014/#respond Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:23:31 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6171 American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

DVLMF Board members visit the site of The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. Back row left to right: Diane Musselmann, Roberto Barrera, Art Wilson. Front row: Dennis Joyner. Not pictured: Lois Pope, Gene Murphy, Allen Kent

Washington, D.C. – March 18, 2014 – Following its most recent site visit to inspect construction progress, and in consultation with general contractor Turner Construction Company, the Board of Directors of the Disabled Veterans’ Life Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce that it has selected October 5, 2014 as the date for the dedication ceremony of the much-anticipated American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C.

President Barack Obama and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki have been invited to speak at this historic occasion, more than 15 years in the making. Actor Gary Sinise, National Spokesman of The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, has confirmed his participation in the dedication ceremony.

“We are honored and thrilled to make this announcement today,” said Foundation President Arthur H. Wilson. “It’s been a long journey, but well worth the wait. At last we are in the home stretch of building a memorial to honor the countless veterans who became disabled in service to our country.”

“We are absolutely thrilled that this memorial — the nation’s first permanent tribute to the three million living disabled American Veterans and the thousands who have died — is about to become a magnificent reality,” said Lois Pope, the Florida philanthropist who serves as the Foundation’s chairman and who conceived the memorial nearly two decades ago. “This memorial will serve to remind all of us now, and for generations to come, about the human costs and sacrifices made in war.”

Unlike other national memorials, The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will pay tribute to disabled veterans both living and deceased across all conflicts throughout the nation’s history. The design of the Memorial, by the acclaimed firm Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, envisions a hallowed place amid the bustle of the surrounding Washington streets. Vergason’s design was meant expressly for its audience – disabled veterans, their loved ones, friends and caretakers – who will now have a place for commemoration and quiet reflection.

Through the juxtaposition of granite and glass, the design of the Memorial will convey the interplay of strength and vulnerability, loss and renewal. The focal point will be a star-shaped fountain, its surface broken only by a ceremonial flame. Water flows over the fountain’s perimeter into a large triangular reflecting pool that mirrors the ever-changing sky, time of day and cycle of the seasons. Three walls of laminated glass panels with embedded text and photographs, and four bronze sculptures by noted sculptor Larry Kirkland, display the universal story of disabled veterans’ pride of service, trauma of injury, challenge of healing and renewal of purpose.

The Memorial was unanimously authorized by Congress in 2000, and signed into law on October 24, 2000 by President Clinton. The 2.4-acre triangular site, located between Washington Avenue SW, C Street SW and Second Street SW, behind the U.S. Botanic Garden and within view of the U.S. Capitol, was approved in 2001. The final design was approved in 2009 and 2010 by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission respectively.

In addition to the dedication date, the Board of Directors also announced that the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel by Marriott will serve as the host hotel for the dedication event, with a special rate of $99 per night. The hotel is located at 999 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. For the special dedication rate, contact the hotel at 202-898-9000 and mention “American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial Room Block” or click https://resweb.passkey.com/go/AVDLM14 to make a reservation online.

Major contributors to the Memorial include the Disabled American Veterans (DAV); Lois Pope; H. Ross Perot, Sr.; AT&T; Ford Motor Fund; Fifth Third Foundation; TriWest Healthcare Alliance; Gary Sinise Foundation; Kirkland & Ellis, LLP; Peter G. Peterson; Health Net Federal Services; numerous other Veterans Service Organizations including Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., Military Order of the Purple Heart, AMVETS; and more than one million individual donors.

The Memorial is located at 150 Washington Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. For more information about The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, visit www.avdlm.org. The Dedication Ceremony is free and open to the public. For tickets to the dedication, visit www.avdlm.org/dedication.

 

 

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Metro Track Work Will Take a Break During Cherry Blossom Season http://thedistrict.com/metro-track-work-will-take-a-break-during-cherry-blossom-season/ http://thedistrict.com/metro-track-work-will-take-a-break-during-cherry-blossom-season/#respond Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:32:59 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6132 Metro Cherry Blossoms

The following press release is from Metro in Washington DC:

Metro will take a four-week break from its aggressive rebuilding efforts to accommodate customers traveling during Cherry Blossom season, General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles announced today.

“While the weekend work is necessary to rebuild the system’s infrastructure, we are in a position to take a few weekends off to allow the region’s residents and tourists to enjoy the season,” said Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles. “Taking Metrorail is the best way to get to and from the National Mall during this busy time of year.”

This year’s break will take place over four consecutive weekends, beginning Saturday, March 22, and continuing through Sunday, April 13. Trains will run at regular weekend intervals on all lines. During daytime hours, normal weekend intervals are every 6 to 12 minutes. (The only planned weekend work during this time will take place late Sunday evenings, after 10 p.m., when ridership is light.)

In addition, Metro will run more 8-car trains than normal to provide additional capacity. Eight-car trains are the longest possible on the Metrorail system.

Sarles encouraged riders to load value onto their SmarTrip card in advance – especially through Auto Reload, the online feature that automatically replenishes a low balance. In addition, riders traveling to the Tidal Basin are encouraged to use stations other than Smithsonian, which is frequently crowded during the spring season.

On average, Metro ridership increases by more than 15 percent during Cherry Blossom season, and weekend ridership can double to near-weekday levels if the weather is nice.

Metro is at the halfway point of a six-year, $5.5 billion program to improve safety and reliability through the reconstruction of major components of the rail system. It represents the largest capital investment — and work effort — since Metrorail’s original construction in the early 1970s.

Travel Tips

During the busy Cherry Blossom season, riders can enjoy a more pleasant trip by remembering the following travel tips:

  • Trains and stations are always more crowded during Cherry Blossom season. Visitors are encouraged to travel during non-rush hour times, if possible, and try to avoid traveling at the height of the afternoon peak period, from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Smithsonian Station can become extremely busy with visitors at this time of year. Regular riders who commute to or from Smithsonian may wish to consider L’Enfant Plaza, Archives, or Federal Triangle during Cherry Blossom season.
  • Avoid potentially long lines at vending machines by loading enough value for your entire roundtrip, in advance, on your SmarTrip card. If using a paper farecard, remember to add $1 for each trip ($2 for roundtrip) to the applicable fare.
  • Visitors can purchase an unlimited One-Day Pass ($14) for maximum convenience. The pass is available on paper farecard or SmarTrip, and can be used for unlimited rail travel on the day it is first used.
  • For your safety, always stand back from the platform edge.
  • When boarding the train, please move as far into the car as possible to allow others to board. Do not stop in the doors or block the doors at any time.
  • When riding on escalators, please stand on the right.

 

For more information about the Cherry Blossom Festival’s events and dates, visit our Cherry Blossom Festival page.

*Photo Credit: WMATA Photograph by Larry Levine

 

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2014 Cherry Blossom Festival Peak Bloom Dates Announced http://thedistrict.com/2014-cherry-blossom-festival-peak-bloom-dates-announced/ http://thedistrict.com/2014-cherry-blossom-festival-peak-bloom-dates-announced/#respond Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:29:33 +0000 http://thedistrict.com/?p=6142 The National Park Service announced that the cherry blossom peak bloom dates will be April 8 – 12, 2014. Peak bloom is defined as when 70% of the blossoms are open. Changes in weather conditions may affect the peak bloom dates, but if it does, new dates will be announced. For more information on the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC, including signature events and programs, visit our Cherry Blossom Festival page.

 

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