Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) is excited to announce The 38th Annual RAMMY Awards will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Sunday, July 26, 2020. A centerpiece of the summer, The RAMMYS are presented in collaboration with top sponsor Events DC, and bring together culinary artists and hospitality professionals from across the region for one of the top black-tie events of the season. The long-standing awards honor the ability and accomplishments of the hard-working individuals and organizations that make the region’s restaurants and foodservice community thrive.
“Our diverse and vibrant restaurant scene across the region continues to flourish and we’ve added so many exciting new restaurants and new talents to the mix,” said Kathy E. Hollinger, President and CEO of Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington. “The July 26th RAMMYS will be, as always, a perfect way to showcase all of the incredible chefs and restaurants and throw them a celebration to remember!”
Nominations for 20 awards categories will open in early January, with finalists announced in April. For more information on The 38th Annual RAMMY Awards, email email@example.com or call 202-331-5990.
WHEN: Sunday, July 26, 2020
5pm to 6pm Reception
6pm to 7pm Awards Ceremony
7pm to 11pm Dinner & Party
WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001
On September 21, 2020, Tzedek DC, a DC legal services organization will hold Eat Well, Do Justice: Bagel Ballot! The event raises funds for Tzedek DC, a nonprofit organization headquartered at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law with the mission of safeguarding the rights and interests of DC residents with low incomes facing often unjust debt collection lawsuits and other predatory consumer crises.
The event will be held virtually, though the competing bagel dishes will be provided for attendees via
pickup. Five acclaimed DC-area bagel chefs will create their own take on the bagel, a traditional Jewish
staple. After sampling each creation, attendees will vote to determine the winning dish along with a
panel of judges.
The one-hour virtual program will be emceed by Emmy Award-winning television journalist and author
David Gregory and will feature special musical performances from Grammy Award-winning band The
War on Drugs and Vocalist Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, who specializes in Yiddish song.
The five local chefs who will be featured at the event are:
Jeremiah Cohen, Bullfrog Bagels
Andrew Dana & Daniela Moreira, Call Your Mother
Mark Furstenberg, Bread Furst Bakery
Yael Krigman, Baked By Yael
Rob Rubba, Scrappy’s Bagel Bar
The guest judges who will determine the celebrity chef winner along with event attendees include:
Chef Ed Hardy, Cookology, and EWDJ 2019 Winner
Judy Lichtman, National Partnership for Women & Families
Michelle Singletary, The Washington Post’s Color of Money Column
“Tzedek DC’s focus is fundamentally on a civil rights issue, serving the communities where predatory
abuses in lending and lawsuits have been most prevalent,” says Ariel Levinson-Waldman, Founding
President and Director-Counsel for Tzedek DC. “This event is an entertaining way to raise funds for this
work, as now and in the wake of the pandemic in which we are inspired by the ancient command from
the Book of Deuteronomy: “Tzedek, Tzedek tirdof,” or “justice, justice you shall pursue.”
Join the staff of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) for a virtual happy hour to celebrate Alma Woodsey Thomas’s 129th birthday! A local female bartender will teach participants how to make a specialty cocktail (or mocktail) in her honor. Howard University Associate Professor of Art History, Dr. Gwendolyn Everett, Ph.D., will speak about Thomas’s important relationship with the school, and NMWA staff will share artworks and explore the museum’s collection and archives.
Online. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join.
Donation-based; contribute what you wish.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Alma Woodsey Thomas (1891–1978) was born in Columbus, Georgia, the oldest of four girls. In 1907, her family moved to Washington, D.C., seeking relief from racial violence in the South. As a girl, Thomas dreamed of being an architect and building bridges, but there were few women architects a century ago. Instead, she attended Howard University, becoming its first fine arts graduate in 1924. In 1924, Thomas began a 35-year career teaching art at a D.C. junior high school. She was devoted to her students and organized art clubs, lectures and student exhibitions for them. Teaching allowed her to support herself while pursuing her own painting part-time.
Thomas’ early art was realistic, though her Howard professors Loïs Mailou Jones and James V. Herring challenged her to experiment with abstraction. When she retired from teaching and was able to concentrate on art full-time, Thomas finally developed her signature style.
She debuted her abstract work in an exhibition at Howard 1966, at the age of 75. Thomas’ abstractions have been compared with Byzantine mosaics, the Pointillist technique of Georges Seurat and the paintings of the Washington Color School, yet her work is quite distinctive.
Thomas became an important role model for women, African Americans and older artists. She was the first African American woman to have a solo exhibition at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art and exhibited her paintings at the White House three times.
Looking for a way to have some fun at home while supporting one of your favorite non-profits? Please join Heart of America for its first-ever Back to School Bingo Night! This virtual, one-hour event will feature updates on our latest work as well as several rounds of games and prizes for the winners!
While Heart of America has often included take-home resources as part of our transformation and distribution projects, in March we increased our programming to reach more students during school closures. This response has focused on our network of Alumni Schools/Districts as well as a specific response effort for Native American communities heavily affected by COVID-19. We have reached more than 10,000 students so far, with more requests coming in daily! Items include, but are not limited to quality tote bags, grade appropriate, culturally relevant books, art/school supplies, STEM kits, PPE supplies, and even solar lanterns for students without consistent access to power.
All funds raised will go towards supporting our education resource distribution efforts. Festivities will be led by the one and only Chuck Cureau. You will not want to miss out!
Get your bingo markers ready and come ready for fun as we work together to prepare students for success this coming school year!
Wednesday, Sept 23rd
7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
You will receive a BINGO event kit shipped directly to you. Register by Sept 11 to make sure you receive in advance of the event.
First Runnings is an interview series at the Heurich House, hosted by Phil Runco.
Phil Runco will lead a discussion of all things current in the beer industry: the good, the bad, and the unexpected on Thursday, September 24th from 6-7pm. Every brewery in the nation has been deeply affected by COVID-19 and some have pivoted in completely unique ways.
Usually Phil would ask the hard hitting questions in home of DC’s Historic Brewmaster, Christian Heurich, but due to local guidelines, we’ll hold this event virtually – with the option to live stream it with us during our Castle Garden happy hour, 1921.
Art Chats @ 5
Fridays, July 3–September 25, 5–5:30 p.m.
Jump start your weekend with art! Every Friday join NMWA educators for informal 30-minute art chats about selected artworks in the collection. Discuss a new sampling of artworks each week. You can even enjoy your favorite happy hour drink or snack during the sessions. Free; registration required and limited to 20 participants each week. Register online for July dates and check back in mid-July for August and September registration.
Ask Jenna is partnering with Boating in DC to create DC’s first boat-in movie night on Friday, September 25th. Featuring Remember the Titans, the night will offer a physically-distanced on-the-water movie experience. Guests can select kayaks or canoes and have the option to add dinner. The movie will begin promptly at 8PM.
· Location: Thompson Boat Center in Georgetown
· Date: September 25, at 8PM (open at 7:10 with staggered boat launching times for safety)
· Link: https://boatingindc.com/boat-in-movie-night/
· Cost: $65-$80 per person
Walt Wilkins and Marc Douglas Berardo On-line Benefit Concert
Tickets: $15 per person
Date: September 27, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Presented by Susie’s Virtual Songwriter Series
Relax in your own home and join us for some great music and storytelling at this live, on-line intimate music experience with Walt Wilkins & Marc Douglas Berardo.
ABOUT WALT WILKINS (www.waltwilkins.com):
Songwriter, singer, traveler, troubadour – the calling I answered, the life I chose, the way I make my way. I chose to go full time on this road 25 years ago. Its been a spiritual quest, an amazing trip, at turns heartbreaking & transcendent.
In that time I’ve made 9 solo records, 4 records with The Mighty Mystiqueros, 1 with my wife Tina, and there’s a new live record with my friend Kevin Welch. I’ve had 100 or more songs recorded by other artists, traveled a fair part of the world, and had some very, very large times.I get to work with some inspiring artists on their records, most often with the coolest cat on the field, Ron Flynt, at his Jumping Dog Studio in Austin.
ABOUT MARC DOUGLAS BERARDO (www.marcdouglas.com):
Rhode Island based Marc Douglas Berardo is a hardworking, fast moving, adventure seeking, keen observer who lives for the story and the song. No Depression Magazine called his latest CD Whalebone: “a highly polished personal collection with songs that are on the delicate trapeze of poignancy.” He has been nationally recognized for his music and performances (Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Song contest, Telluride Troubadour Contest, Sisters Folk Festival, 2013 Rams Head Onstage Rammie for Show of the Year).
He has opened for the stage with heavyweights such as The Doobie Brothers, The Pousette Dart Band, Jimmy Lafave, Martin Sexton, 10,000 Maniacs, Red Molly, John Hiatt, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Buffalo Springfield, Kevin Welch, Lucy Kaplansky, David Olney, Kim Richey, Will Kimbrough and Livingston Taylor. As a member of Chris Berardo and The DesBerardo Band with his brother Chris, Marc has been a part of shows with classic rock acts including Little Feat, The Marshall Tucker Band, Foreigner, Badfinger, Reckless Kelly, America, David Allen Coe, Levon Helm, Dickey Betts and Great Southern and others.
Don’t miss these great singer, songwriters perform right in your own home.
All proceeds will benefit O Museum, a nonprofit organization that celebrates the works of people who have devoted themselves to bettering the lives of others. Our mission is to empower people to do what they love — dare to be different — and have fun. We inspire creativity, diversity, and imagination through the fusion of the arts, science, and sports.
The Tea: Tashera
In this new online series, women musicians perform original work on the first Friday of the month. Conducted over a cup of tea, each session includes a short interview exploring the artist’s creative process. Join us and local singer and songwriter Tashera.
Tashera was born and raised in the heart of Baltimore City. She sees the city as a place full of talented and creative minds, which led to her pursuit of music. After discovering her love for harmony and songwriting, Tashera released the singles “Fall Alone” (2018) and “Get Up” (2019). She is currently working on the release of her first EP.
Friday, October 2, 12–1 p.m.
Free. No reservations required.
2020 Shakespeare Theatre Company Gala
Saturday, October 3, 2020
6:30 p.m. VIP Virtual Pre-Show Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m. Virtual Performance
One night only! Join in to experience the magic and joy of classical theatre with an international lineup of celebrities, singers, families, and young people. Celebrate Shakespeare’s passion, vision, and humanity with D.C.’s Sidney Harman Hall as a stunning backdrop. Become part of this remarkable hymn to theatre, community, and transformation with an unforgettable performance, private virtual rooms for you and your guests, international cuisine and specialty drinks delivered to homes, a silent auction, and more! Artistic direction by LeeAnet Noble and Alan Paul.
Tickets and sponsorships begin at $1,000.