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May 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

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D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing!

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April 13, 2012 at 8:23 pm

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Teaching English Through Song

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March 25, 2012 at 1:36 am

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Calling all Klingon’s!

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The Washington Shakespeare Company held an open casting call on Saturday, in hopes of finding some new Klingon talent. The casting call was for the company’s annual Shakespeare in Klingon performance, a tradition that was started two years ago as a fundraiser for the organization.

Interested Klingon’s made their way to Dupont Circle, in NW Washington, D.C., to mingle with other like-minded aliens, as well as the creator of the Klingon language, Marc Okrand. The only requirements to join in the fun – interested applicants were required to show up in Dupont Circle in full costume.

Not a tall order, we suppose, if you are auditioning to play a Klingon on stage!

The Washington Shakespeare Company will present The Wrath of (Michael) Kahn at 8 p.m. on March 4th in Arlington, Virginia.

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March 2, 2012 at 10:15 am

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Local vendors say ‘we do this to touch people’

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Hundreds of local vendors and artisans flock to the many holiday themed markets that have popped up around the District. Many of the vendors sell their handicrafts all year long at Eastern Market, but vendors say that they like the extra opportunities to sell their work more than once a week.

Jennifer Lavalee sells her line of custom greeting cards at Eastern Market and this year she also is stationed at the Downtown Holiday Market. Armed with an iPhone app that allows her to accept credit cards, Lavalee says, “sales for my stationery have been really great this year. I hope that I don’t run out before the end of the week!”

Hear Lavalee’s story here:

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December 8, 2011 at 11:48 am

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Nakid Kickball takes D.C. by storm

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Every Sunday the fifth floor of the YMCA in Northwest D.C. is taken over by a group of raucous young adults. Their goal is simple, win the kickball game. Ask the players and they will surely rattle off a laundry-list of prizes, including, glory, notoriety, a free pitcher of beer and most importantly bragging rights for the upcoming week.

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November 17, 2011 at 6:12 am

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Diversity shines at American University

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American University is known as being one of America’s top rated universities, but many people might be surprised to know that it is also one of the most tolerant campuses in the District.

This campus-wide inclusion is due well in part to the programs set in place by the GLBTA Resource center, located on the second floor of the Mary Graydon Center, at American University.

Known casually around campus, as the GLBTA Center, its expanded title is almost as long as the list of educational and social programs that they implement throughout campus. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual & Ally Resource Center, believes in empowering students with the knowledge to combat adversity, once they step outside the four walls of the center.

The GLBTA Resource Center hosted more than 15 events over the course of the month of October, GLBTA history month.

These special events were in addition to the center’s already burgeoning calendar.

“Programs we hold throughout the year include Safe Space trainings, Trans-101, Bi-101, and Safe Space 2.0. They all basically get people comfortable with terms dealing with those communities and also their issues. We also do things like a student panel discussion that goes to classes and gives classrooms a personal insight into the LGBT community,” said Josh Lo of the GLBTA Resource Center.

The center also initiates programs focused on incoming and prospective students. According to the Guide to GLBTA Life At American University, The Spectrum Project connects prospective freshman and transfer students with current AU students, in order help ease their transition. The program provides prospective students with an open and honest dialogue about what Lo calls, “the campus climate.”

The GLBTA Resource Center concluded their month-long history initiative with a drag show on November 2nd. The event was widely attended and incredibly successful.

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November 10, 2011 at 6:34 am

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