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Copyright: February 17, 2019
By: Laura Deni

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LIVES BOUND TOGETHER - GEORGE WASHINTON'S SLAVES exhibit at Mount Vernon tells the personal stories of those who were enslaved at Mount Vernon and features more than 350 items on display.

“The unfortunate condition of the persons whose labour in part I employed, has been the only unavoidable subject of regret.”
- George Washington, ca. 1787–1788

George Washington was the first President of the United States and one of the founding fathers, but he was also a slave owner. Several people may have inspired Washington's changing views on slavery, including the poet Phillis Wheatley. George Washington freed his slaves in his will, but he could not free those owned by the Custis estate, who were inherited by Martha's four grandchildren.

George Washington was born into a world where slavery was common. At age 11, he inherited 10 enslaved people from his father. He would go on to inherit, purchase, rent, and gain control of more than 500 enslaved people at Mount Vernon and his other properties by the end of his life.

Washington’s views on slavery changed over time. Economic and moral concerns led him to question slavery after the Revolutionary War, though he never lobbied publicly for abolition. Unable to extricate himself from slavery during his lifetime, Washington chose to free the 123 enslaved people he owned outright in his will. He was the only founding father to do so.

Through household furnishings, art works, archaeological discoveries, documents, and interactive displays, the exhibition, which spans 4,400 square feet throughout all seven galleries of the Donald W. Reynolds Museum, demonstrates how closely intertwined the lives of the Washingtons were with those of the enslaved. Nineteen enslaved individuals are featured throughout the exhibit, represented with life-size silhouettes and interactive touchscreens providing biographical details.

More than 350 items are on view - seeds and animal bones, ceramic fragments and metal buttons unearthed from archaeological excavations around the estate, as well as fine tablewares and furniture from the Washington household, providing insights into the enslaved community’s daily lives and work.

Guests gain a better understanding of Washington’s changing views towards slavery, culminating in his landmark decision to include in his will a provision freeing the slaves that he owned. Visitors will have an opportunity to view original manuscript pages from George Washington’s will, written in July 1799, showing his decision to free the slaves he owned.

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ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION OSCAR VIEWING PARTY takes place Sunday, February 24. Sir Elton John and David Furnish will host the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 27th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party at West Hollywood Park in Los Angeles.

The event will feature a live streaming of the 91st Academy Awards over a delicious dinner, as well as a special IMDb live stream hosted by Dave Karger and Aisha Tyler. Afterward, Alexander Gilkes of Paddle8 will conduct a live auction of fine art and unique experiences, followed by a special musical performance and dancing with DJ Johnny Dynell.


MUSIC AND THE MIND: A CONVERSATION WITH RENEE FLEMING takes place Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at the Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University in New Jersey.

The following night, Wednesday, February 27, she performs at the State Theatre of New Jersey in New Brunswick, NJ.

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNER PAUL MULDOON presents his new translation of the greatest love poem ever written in the Irish language, in a genre-defying staging featuring Muldoon and acclaimed actors Lisa Dwan and Ruth Smith. Original music written and performed live by members of the legendary Irish rock band Horslips in a rare stateside appearance. Three shows only. One show Friday, February 22 and two on Saturday February 23, 2019 at the Irish Arts Center in New York City.

FEBRUARY 18 is Crab-Stuffed Flounder Day and Drink Wine Day. February 19 is National Chocolate Mint Day while February 20 is National Cherry Pie Day. February 21 celebrates National Sticky Bun Day. February 22 is National Margarita Day and February 23 is National Banana Bread Day and Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. We'll say Woolf! to that.

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Prince William who is the President of BAFTA and his scean stealing wife Duchess Kate. Photo: Kensington Palace.
took place last Sunday night, February 10, 2019 in the presence of Prince William who is President of BAFTA and Duchess Kate. The mother of three stole the show arrived at Royal Albert Hall in a one-shouldered white gown by her Alexander McQueen. The dress featured a floral motif on the shoulder and ruffled detailing. Kate favors the dress and wore an identical version only in hot pink to her father-in-law's 70th birthday dinner last November.

Kate had her hair styled up into an elegant chignon and borrowed a pair of Princess Diana's exquisite pearl earrings for elegant affair which is Britain's version of the Oscars. On her feet were Jimmy Choo 'Romy in Viola Glitter' shoes.

The royals were welcomed by BAFTA Chief Executive Amanda Berry, who escorted the couple to their seats.

Bradley Cooper, Margot Robbie, Olivia Colman and Rami Malek were among the stars in attendance.

Joanna Lumley returning once again as host. quipping "Thank goodness BAFTA actually has a host," referring to the upcoming host-less Academy Awards.

Those taking home the prized trophy included:

Outstanding film
WINNER: The Favourite

Best British Film

Best Director
WINNER: Roma – Alfonso Cuarón

Best actor
WINNER: Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody

Best actress
WINNER: Olivia Colman – The Favourite

Best supporting actor
WINNER: Mahershala Ali – Green Book

Best supporting actress
WINNER: Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Original Music
WINNER: A Star is Born – Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Lukas Nelson

Best original screenplay
WINNER: The Favourite – Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

Best adapted screenplay
WINNER: BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott

Best cinematography

Best animated film
WINNER: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord.

Best British short animation
WINNER: Roughhouse

Best British short film
WINNER: 73 Cows - Alex Lockwood.

Best documentary
WINNER: Free Solo

Best production design
WINNER: The Favourite – Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton.

Best sound
WINNER: Bohemian Rhapsody – John Casali, Tim Cavagin, Nina Hartstone, Paul Massey, John Warhurst.

Best editing
WINNER: Vice – Hank Corwin.

Best costume design
WINNER: The Favourite

Best make up & hair
WINNER: The Favourite – Nadia Stacey

Best special visual effects
WINNER: Black Panther

Best film not in the English language

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer
WINNER: Beast – Michael Pearce (writer/director), Lauren Dark (producer)

Rising Star Award
WINNER: Letitia Wright

Bafta fellowship: Thelma Schoonmaker

THE COUNTRY GIRLS a new stage adaptation from Edna O'Brien of her era defining debut novel, written and adapted by Edna O'Brien.

Directed by Graham McLaren.

After the Dublin run, The Country Girls will go on a national tour to the Cork Opera House, the Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick and the Town Hall Theatre, Galway.

Featturing: Grace Collender (Kate), Caitriona Loughlin (Sister Mary / Miss Moriarty)Muiris Crowley (Hickey / Colum / Messenger Boy), Megan Cusack (Molly / Cynthia / Dolly), Lola Petticrew (Baba), Aidan Kelly (Malachi / Harry), Aron Hegarty (Finn / Hobo / Sergeant), Lisa Lambe (Lil), Caitriona Loughlin (Sister Mary / Miss Moriarty), Steven McCarthy (Mr Gentleman), Bill Murphy (Mr Brennan / Reg / Gustave), Mary O'Driscoll (Sister Immaculata / Joanna), and Lola Petticrew (Baba).

The creatives are: Movement Director: Vicki Manderson. Set & Costume Design: Francis O’ConnorLighting Design: Sinéad Wallace. Composer: Ray Harman. Sound Design: Matt Padden.

The Country Girls runs February 23 - April 6 at the Abbey in Dublin, Ireland.

THE MERRY WIDOW by Hungarian composer Franz Lehár.

One of the most popular comic operettas in the repertoire, with elegance and color of symphonic scale. Be captivated by the melodic richness of the score including the famous Vilja Song,, the Pavilion Duet and Lippen schweigen.

Enjoy a whirlwind of sumptuous parties and décor in a light-hearted production about a rich widow, and her countrymen's attempt to keep her money in the country by finding her the right husband. With lavish glamour, show-stopping costumes and breathtaking dancing, the Merry Widow is a production you don't want to miss.

With soloists, chorus, ballet ensemble and orchestra of the Budapest Operetta and Musical Theatre.

Production is sung in German, with English and Arabic surtitles.

February 21-23, 2019 at Dubai Opera in Dubai, UAE.

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KELLY CLARKSON is on stage Thursday, February 21 at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI. Friday's stop is at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. On Saturday she can be found at the Chaifetz Arena in St Louis, MO.

AN EVENING WITH GREGORY PORTER Jazz singer, songwriter, and two-time Grammy Award winner whor composes socially-conscious songs that are timeless yet utterly relevant performs Thursday, February 21, at the Virginia G. Piper Theater in Scottsdale, Arizona.

MAROON 5 on stage Tuesday, February 19, at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD, Australia. Thursday's show is at the Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW, Australia. On Friday they can be enjoyed at the Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

JOHNNY MATHIS on stage next Sunday February, 24, 2019 at the Fred Kavli Theatre-thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Thousand Oaks, CA.

RENEE FLEMING winner of four Grammy Awards performs Wednesday, February 27, at the State Theatre of New Jersey in New Brunswick, NJ.

SUSANA BACA an important figure in the revival of Afro-Peruvian music and her poetic, evocative songs mix traditional and contemporary themes. Her songs, with lyrics composed by some of Latin America’s premier poets, with whom she collaborates, are rich with evocative imagery, and her voice is called "delicate yet soulful." Next Sunday, February 24, at the Virginia G. Piper Theater at Scottsdale Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona.

CATHERINE RUSSELL a two-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist, to the Hammer Theatre stage in San Jose, CA on Sunday, February 24 performing with the romantic big band accompaniment of the SJSU Jazz Orchestra conducted by the Director of SJSU's Jazz Studies Program, Dr. Aaron Lington.

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