Category: Culture


From Kennedy Center favorite Debbie Allen, this profoundly relevant theatrical narrative fuses movement, music, art, and cinema to explore violence and race relations with honesty and poignancy.

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This profoundly relevant theatrical narrative fuses movement, music, art, and cinema to explore violence and race relations with honesty and poignancy.

Written, directed, choreographed, and with a special appearance by Kennedy Center favorite Debbie Allen, FREEZE FRAME… Stop the Madness features acclaimed Broadway performers, young Hip Hop artists, and Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s finest along with original music by Stevie Wonder, James Ingram, Arturo Sandoval, Rickey Minor, and more.

Don’t miss this captivating new production, which has the power to stun, inspire, awaken, and ultimately create change.Performance Timing: Approximately 1-1/2 hours

Oct. 29: Free Post-Performance Panel Discussion
following the 8 p.m. performance* hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. The panel will be on the topic of “Power of the Arts to Be Transformative,” and includes Nicole Hockley from Sandy Hook Promise, filmmaker Lee Daniels, actress Phylicia Rashad, professor Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University, and Kayla Hicks, the Director of African-American & Community Outreach with the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.

*For Oct. 29 ticketholders only

Recommended for age 13 and up.
Presented in association with The Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center.

You are cordially invited to experience a magical evening at the National Museum of Women in the Arts — one of the most exquisite venues in Washington DC for an unforgettable Viennese celebration.

On the evening of Saturday February 27th, let us transport you to the city of Vienna as we recreate a magical evening of music, food, wine, and dance. Join us to enjoy the company of ICDC members in attendance while you experience the splendor of Vienna and the elegance of the waltz, as you dance the night away to one of the most celebrated classical orchestras in town.

You do not need a date to attend. You are welcome to attend the ball on your own or with friends, as we expect as many singles as couples. The Viennese Ball is a wonderful opportunity to meet other internationally-minded professionals in town in an exquisite setting! Dance lessons will be offered prior to the ball.

Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 7:00 PM

~ A grand celebration of Viennese Music, Food, Wine, and Dancing
~ Experience the splendor and spirit of Vienna and elegance of the waltz

White Tie or Black Tie Optional (dark suits or cocktail attire also welcome).

Grand Ballroom of the National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue NW Washington DC 20005


:: You do not need a date or partner to attend
:: Dance to classical and ballroom music by the Salon Orchestra of Washington
:: Enchanting Viennese Waltz dance performance
:: Open Bar with Austrian wine
:: Dance on an exquisite marble floor
:: Extravagant feast of desserts and chocolate
:: Delectable dinner buffer by renowned Austrian Chef Raimund Stieger
:: VIP champagne reception with music by a chamber ensemble

For a glimpse of what to expect, browse photos a previous Viennese Ball:

Please see below for the delectable dinner feast prepared for us by the celebrated Austrian chef Raimund Stieger. Scroll down below also for a foretaste of the lavish buffet of Austrian and European desserts as well as chocolate from around the world!

Discounted tickets available for a limited time:

:::: The Setting

The museum’s grand Renaissance Revival building and the elegant grand ballroom and Mezzanine provide the perfect setting to bring to life the timeless elegance of a Viennese Ball, as experienced in Vienna. As you enter the museum, you will be greeted by a luxurious marble reception area, and a ballroom adorned by three beautiful crystal chandeliers and art from the museum’s permanent collection. White marble staircases sweep upward to the spacious Mezzanine where you will feast on champagne, world-renowned Austrian wine, dinner, and a lavish dessert buffet in the finest Viennese tradition. Watch the twirling silhouettes on the marble dance floor below move to the sounds of the world’s most beloved waltzes, and other dance music from around the world.

Stroll down the sweeping marble stair cases of the museum and dance on an exquisite marble floor to the sounds of a Viennese orchestra, as they perform the world’s favorite Strauss waltzes, ballroom music from around the world and the famous Radetsky Grand March.

This is a great opportunity for a private viewing of the museum’s permanent art collection, experience the elegant atmosphere of a European Ball, as well as meet international professionals and members of the diplomatic community.

Discounted tickets available for a limited time:

:::: Tentative Agenda (Agenda is subject to change)

7:00 PM Admission commences for Gala Patron and Gala Benefactor ticket holders
– Classical trio performs during the VIP reception.
– Free-flowing champagne will be served at the open bar
– Enjoy an elegant dinner buffet until 8:00 PM Kindly note that the last dinner seating is at 7:45 PM.

8:00 PM General admission commences
– The Orchestra performs until midnight.
– Dance to a variety of Viennese waltzes, ballroom music, and other dance music
– Enjoy a very extravagant dessert reception in the finest Viennese tradition

9:00 PM Welcome Remarks

10:00 PM Grand March

11:00 PM Quadrille

12:00 Midnight Event concludes

:::: Tickets and Registration

Ticket prices subject to increase. Please reserve your tickets soon.

Discounted General Admission Tickets are $90 for a limited time. Includes: Admission at 8:00 PM, dancing to music by the Salon Orchestra of Washington. The evening also includes an open bar with Austrian wine and a very lavish dessert buffet in the finest Viennese tradition.

Discounted Gala Patron Tickets are $140 for a limited time. In addition to General Admission benefits, Gala Patron benefits include admission at 7:00 PM, an intimate CANDLE-LIT RECEPTION before the ball starts with music by a CHAMBER TRIO, open bar during the reception with free-flowing CHAMPAGNE, AUSTRIAN DINNER BUFFET, and expedited check-in at the door. Kindly note that the last dinner seating is at 7:45 PM.

Gala Benefactor Tickets: $160. In addition to the General Admission and Gala Patron benefits, Gala Benefactor ticketholders are entitled to RESERVED-SEATING for the evening along with ACKNOWLEDGEMENT in the program. We also greatly appreciate your generous support of our cultural programs! Kindly note that the last dinner seating is at 7:45 PM.

A limited number of tickets are available and we encourage you to reserve your tickets early. Prior black-tie events have sold out well in advance of the event date.

:::: Dinner Buffet

Dinner buffet served from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM for Gala Patron and Benefactor Ticketholders

:: Salads

Fresh Mozzarella Salad
Fresh mozzarella served with olive oil
along with red peppers, tomatoes and fresh basil.

Wurst Salad
Sliced sausages served with red onions, red peppers, in a rice wine vinaigrette.

Carrot Salad
Sliced carrots served with
white onions, olive oil and Vinegar.

Austrian potato salad
Slices of potato, served with onion, bacon and vinaigrette

Cucumber Salad
Sliced cucumber served with fresh dill, olive oil and vinegar

Green Cabbage Salad
Olive oil vinaigrette with caraway seeds, and bacon served with green cabbage

Mixed greens
Garden fresh mixed greens served with balsamic vinaigrette.

:: Main Courses:

Chicken Granciola
Tender chicken breast topped with a succulent mix of broccoli, crabmeat, and mozzarella cheese in a creamy white wine sauce

Grilled Salmon
Grilled salmon filets served with a delicious dill sauce

Braised Beef Roulade
Thin slices of beef filled with vegetable and served with a light brown wine sauce

Vegetable Pasta
Penne pasta with mixed vegetables served in a pesto sauce

:: Side Dishes:

Sautéed potato
Sautéed potato served with butter and fresh herbs

Vegetable Rice
White rice cooked with spiced vegetables

A homemade Austrian pasta

:::: Dessert Buffet

Viennese Dessert Buffet Served from 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Viennese Sacher Torte:
Two layers of rich chocolate torte filled with apricot jam and finished with a dark chocolate glaze.

Lemon Citron Cake:
Lemon Sponge Cake with lemon curd filling and finished with lemon buttercream and a lemon glaze

Chocolate Raspberry Cake:
Chocolate Cake with a fresh raspberry filling finished with chocolate buttercream and raspberry glaze

Strawberries and Cream:
Vanilla cake filled with strawberries and all natural whipped cream

Gourmet chocolates and truffles

Fresh Fruit Cake:
Vanilla cake with a custard filling. Finished with whipped cream and an abundance of fresh fruit

Chocolate Torte:
Three layers of our chocolate torte filled with chocolate mousse and finished with chocolate ganache.

A selection of miniature tarts including cheesecakes, cookies, and éclairs

Fresh fruit with Chocolate-dipped strawberries

Fruit, Cheese, and Dips:
Cheese served with sliced baguette

Discounted tickets available for a limited time:

Chocolate and Wine Pairing!

Date: February 12, 2010
Time: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Price: $50 Members/Non-members

Members, non-members and their sweeties will be treated to a celebration of love in an evening d edicated to romancing the senses.  After a champagne reception, experts will lead us in an exploration of exotic chocolates and the wines that should be paired with them for maximum aphrodisiac effect.

Heightening the experience, poems expressing love in its many forms will be read aloud.  This is an opportunity for our WNDC bards and poets!   Submit your original love poems to Maureen O’Donnell,, for possible inclusion. Finish the night with dancing to romantic favorites for everyone in the mood.

The WNDC Valentine party is guaranteed to enhance your pleasure!

Womens National Democratic Club
1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

CHANTILLY, VA – The Farm Wineries Council of Virginia will sponsor five major wine events this year, beginning with a grand tasting of Virginia’s artisan wines on Saturday February 6th and Sunday February 7th at the 4th Annual Virginia Wine Showcase to be held at Dulles Expo Center, just west of Washington DC.

Winemakers from all over Virginia will pour dozens of different wines, ranging from dry and semi-dry table wines to sparkling fruit and dessert wines, for event guests to taste.  Wine lovers will get the opportunity to see Virginia in a day, discovering a large variety of award-winning, locally-grown wines all in one place.

“Virginia’s artisan wine is meticulously handcrafted in a way that’s just not possible in big industrial wine operations”, explains Carl Henrickson of the Farm Wineries Council. “Vintners and winemakers in Virginia grow their grapes and produce their wines in small batches on the family farm. The ability to personally cultivate wine from first bud through fermentation does make a difference you can actually taste.”

The boutique wines being produced in Virginia consistently win gold in national and international competitions. The State has been getting a lot of attention in wine circles of late. Virginia has been named “one of the top five wine regions in the world to visit”, by Travel & Leisure Magazine, and is considered to be “the most promising, emerging wine region in the United States” by Wine Spectator magazine.

At the Virginia Wine Showcase, winemakers will feature over 300 of the State’s award-winning wines. The event will provide wine lovers the freedom to sample numerous wines from all over the state side by side, and discover for themselves how the combination of terroir and specific weather conditions determines each vintage’s unique flavor.

Besides the wine tastings, a full slate of culinary and tasting seminars will happen every hour all day both days to help guests understand the art of enjoying wine and food, including:

  • EMERGING WINE REGIONS AND THEIR REGIONAL DELIGHTS with noted Sommelier, Andrew Stover, of Vino50 Selections. Stover will lead an enlightening tasting tour through America’s emerging wine regions. Guests will sample artisan wines from up and coming regions like Arizona, Idaho, Los Angeles County, Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, New York, Southern Oregon and beyond.
  • GOURMET GETAWAYS with author Joe David, Chef Jill Prescott & Winemaker, Doug Fabbioli. David, the author of Gourmet Getaways, will discuss the secret cooking techniques of professional chefs. A special demonstration by noted chef, Jill Prescott of Ecole de Cuisine in Asheville NC, will tease your palate with a delectable winter soup. And, Doug Fabbioli, one of Virginia’s leading winemakers, will join in on the fun, experimenting with how to choose the perfect wine pairing for comfort food.
  • ALL ABOUT CHOCOLATE with Mary Schellhammer of Spice Rack Chocolates. The audience will spend some delectable time with chocolatier Mary Schellhammer exploring everyone’s favorite subjects – chocolate and wine! During this endorphin-spiking seminar, Mary will share “Three Rules for Pairing Wine with Chocolate”.  Then everyone will apply their newly learned skills by pairing three different wines with some of Mary’s chocolate creations.
  • OLIVE OIL TASTING with Keith Voight of All Things Olive. This seminar will open with an overview of the history and health benefits of olive oil and how it is made. Participants will conduct the ultimate tasting of the four broad types of olive oil and learn how to match the right olive oil with any dish.
  • TEAOSOPHY with Elise Scott of Pearl Fine Teas, one of only 23 certified tea professionals in the United States. Tea is generally described as having a foreground (top note), middle ground, and background flavor. Scott will lead a unique exploration of the unique nuances of tea.
  • VIRGINIA VERSUS THE REST OF THE WORLD with Brandon Walsh of Hosted Wine Tasting LLC. Walsh will pit Virginia wines against wines from three major wine regions – California, Washington and France – in a blind tasting. Guests will get to taste for themselves how Virginia wines compare to the rest of the world.

More than 150 fancy food, fine art and valentine product exhibitors will join in the fun of the Virginia Wine Showcase, introducing everything from artisan cheese to wine-aging oak barrels and the latest must-have culinary accessories. Over the past 4 years this event has expanded to become one of the best culinary shows on the east coast. Details and tickets to the event are available online at

For more information, contact:

Joe David