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Free Admission for Veterans and Members of the U.S. Military at Madame Tussauds on Veterans Day

This story comes to us from Gladwyn Lopez:

In celebration of the brave men and women in the U.S. armed forces, past and present, former U.S. Army Ordnance Captain, current Mrs. Maryland America and 1st Runner-Up in the 2010 Mrs. America pageant, Raquel Riley Thomas, will sign autographs, take pictures and greet visitors in celebration of Veterans Day at Madame Tussauds Washington D.C., on Thursday, November 11, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., 1001 F Street, NW (at F and 10th Streets).  For the entire day admission will be free for all veterans and members of the U.S. military (valid veteran/military ID required), and friends and family members will receive $5 off admission.

Rally to Restore Sanity

    People are quibbling over how many people showed up at the rally to restore sanity on the mall Saturday. I have no idea what the real number is (200,000 or ten million), but I was at the inauguration and took the same metro stop into the city and I've never seen anything like it.     It took about an hour to get on the train and then we were packed like sardines.  At each stop the people on the train would shove closer to each other to try to get more people on. The guy next to me said sharing butt heat from the guy/girl behind him that he couldn't see was a special moment in time, it would be over soon, and he didn't want to know who it was.

Amy Sedaris to Hold Book Signing at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

This story comes to us from the Penn Quarter Association:

Amy Sedaris, the bestselling author of I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence is delivering a new book on crafting, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, in which she explains how to make crafts, such as crab-claw roach clips and crepe-paper moccasins, and how to avoid common crafting accident (feather asphyxia, pine cone lodged in throat).

On Monday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m., Sedaris will hold a book signing at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.

Sedaris is an actress and comedienne best known for portraying Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central series Strangers with Candy, and for her roles on Exit 57, Just Shoot Me, Sex & the City, Monk, and Cracking Up.

Tickets are $30, and  include one copy of the book, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People.

Purchase tickets in advance at www.sixthandi.org.

 

November Lecture Schedule for National Gallery of Art

Listed below is the lecture schedule at the National Gallery of Art for November.  There is no charge for lectures and seating is available on a first-come basis.

The National Gallery of Art is located on Constitution Avenue between 3rd and 7th streets:

Public Symposium

November 6, 11:00-5:00pm

The Early Modernists and America

East Building Concourse, Auditorium

 

John Storrs: Machine-Age Modernist
Debra Bricker Balken, independent curator

 

American Modernist: A Portrait
Jay Bochner, honorary professor of English, University of Montreal

 

Picasso and American Art
Michael C. FitzGerald, professor of fine arts, Trinity College

 

The Rise of Cubism: An International Idiom
Didier Ottinger, deputy director, Centre Pompidou, Paris

 

Comedy Central Hits the Road and Comes to DC

The Countdown to Sanity and/or Fear Rally hits its 3 day mark today, as Comedy Central prepares for this "big tailgate disguised as a rally." So is this about politics or is it just part of a Comedy Central stunt? Opinions go both ways.

Yesterday, WUSA9's reporter Lindsey Mastis had the chance to talk to Larry Wilmore, one of the Daily Show's correspondents at the Shakespeare Theatre in Chinatown. The Shakespeare Theatre is hosting Comedy Central this week and audience members were lining up outside early yesterday afternoon for the taping of the Daily Show. Tonight's special guest is President Barack Obama.

Councilman Evans To Host Birthday Celebration, Inviting Whole Community

This story comes to us from Andrew Huff:

Councilmember Jack Evans will host residents from around Ward 2 on Wednesday, October 27 to celebrate his birthday and introduce his new family, including wife Michele Evans.

The event will take place in the Homer Building atrium (601 13th Street, NW) from 6:00pm-8:30pm. 

“I look forward to welcoming friends and colleagues from around the Ward and city to celebrate with me and my new family,” Evans said.  “If you are in the neighborhood, I hope you’ll stop by.”

Evans expects over 100 seniors to join him along with a host of constituents from around Ward 2.

The Alternative Housing Pilot Program: Post-Disaster Housing Solutions; Community in the Aftermath

This Tuesday, October 26 from 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Joel Pirrone of FEMA will outline the Joint Housing Solutions Group, which evaluates housing vendors for use in future disasters.

Cynthia Barton of the New York City Office of Emergency Management, will also present at the event, and will speak about disaster housing options for urban environments. There is no charge for this event, but registration is required.  Walk-in registration will be based on availability.

The event will be held at the National Building Museum located at 401 F Street in NW.  You can register for this program at www.nbm.org.