Thousands walked or ran on the National Mall to show their support for the fight against breast cancer Saturday in the Susan G. Komen Foundation Race for a Cure. The event was moved to Mother’s Day weekend this year to honor mothers and all women.
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More than 100 runners came out to the Renaissance Hotel Monday evening to take part in a memorial run honoring the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
The participants ran 4.09 miles around the National Mall, the same number as the elapsed time on the official race clock as the first explosion occurred.
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The weather’s heating up this week and the cherry blossoms are officially in bloom. Get outside and off Foggy Bottom to take advantage of spring events around the District.
Over 200 entertainers, artists and martial arts masters performed Saturday on the National Mall as a part of the 14th annual Chinese Culture Festival, hosted by the Greater Washington Chinese American Community. This year, GWCAC collaborated with Guizhou, a province in southwest China, to host “Guizhou Cultural Week,” a series of performances and discussions highlighting the customs and culture of Guizhou.
Acclaimed authors and a renowned athlete will be featured in D.C. events this weekend. The best part? They’re free.
- The 12th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival returns to the National Mall this weekend, welcoming writers like New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson and “Goosebumps” series author R.L. Stine. The free festival runs Saturday and Sunday, and features over 50 authors.
- Miami Heat basketball phenom Dwyane Wade will host a book signing at Politics and Prose Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Wade will sign copies of his memoir, “A Father First,” which must be purchased in advance of the event in order to be signed.
The space shuttle Discovery flew from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. to Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia. Spectators gathered on the National Mall to observe the historic flight.
For those of you not spending Easter and Passover with your family this weekend, here are some off-campus events you can check out.
Learn all about Japanese culture at The Phillips Collection’s “Phillips After 5: Journey to Japan.” The event, which lasts from 5 to 8 p.m., will include gallery talks, language lesson and traditional Japanese food and drink. Students pay $10.
See indie rock band Cursive perform live at Black Cat. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $16 in advance, $18 at the door.
Take a free yoga class on the National Mall, hosted by the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The class starts at 10 a.m. at Sylvan Theater.
Enjoy the first weekend back from break with these events throughout the city:
Check out the DCist Exposed second opening night party at Long View Gallery from 6 to 10 p.m. The sixth annual DCist Exposed Photography Show features the work of 40 selected photographers. Tickets cost $10 in advance, with limited $15 tickets at the door.
See stand-up comedian Ralphie May perform at Lisner Auditorium at 8 p.m. GW students pay $26.
The Japan Spring Opening Day Celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the National Mall. Enjoy bento boxes, tea, the dramatic art of kabuki and more.
Unfortunately for lovers of the British royalty, it seems that Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton won’t be GW’s University-wide Commencement speaker this May.
Rumors that Middleton would address graduates on the National Mall percolated yesterday, but the University’s Vice President of External Relations Lorraine Voles said today the Middleton rumors are false.
#GWU the rumors about Kate Middleton– not true. Sorry we don’t have an announcement yet about commencement speaker,” Voles tweeted.
When asked, Voles said Middleton was not on the list of potential speakers.
“We do not have a confirmed speaker when we do it won’t be Kate Middleton, who I’m sure, would give a great speech,” Voles said.
And Voles would know, she is the head of the committee tasked with selecting and inviting GW’s speaker.
Now students (OK, mostly seniors) are asking, “Why hasn’t the University announced a speaker?”
But in keeping with tradition, GW normally announces their Commencement speaker in the latter half of the spring semester. True, GW announced that New York City Mayor and well-known philanthropist Michael Bloomberg would be the speaker in November of 2010 and the first lady Michelle Obama volunteer-for-speech announcement came in early September 2009, but for the last 10 years, most of the announcements were made in March or April.
The Hatchet first confirmed that then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel would address graduates at the 2009 ceremony on March 25, 2009. The University announced that Julian Bond, a civil rights pioneer and chairman of the NAACP, would be the 2008 speaker on March 27, 2008 and in a much-criticized decision, GW announced April 12, 2007 that then-University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, who was retiring, would be the keynote speaker at the 2007 ceremony.
GW’s announcement that Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, former first lady Barbara Bush would keynote the 2006 University-wide Commencement came early in October 2005, following another relatively early announcement in January 2005 that longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent Andy Rooney would headline the 2005 event.
Students chomping at the bit for 2012′s speaker announcement, should only hope that GW announces the headliner before they did for the 2004 ceremony. The announcement that senior Adam Greenman and graduate student L. Trenton Marsh would address graduates and their friends and families in 2004 didn’t come until May 10, 2004 – only days before the actual event.
The announcement that then-Virginia Gov. Mark Warner – also an alumnus – would address 2003 graduates came in April 2003. This speaker was a get for GW and Trachtenberg had asked Warner to headline previously but scheduling conflict had kept Warner away from his alma mater. The University announced that Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons would be the 2002 University-wide Commencement speaker in late April 2002.
Comedians Stephen Colbert and John Stewart announced a merging of their rallies last night. The two rallies which were scheduled to take place at the National Mall Oct. 30 will now be combined as the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.
The comedians say the merging is due to Colbert’s failure to get in a permit application. However, as reported earlier by Politico, Comedy Central only ever submitted one permit application for the two rallies, so it is possible that the combination has always been planned.