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Media News from Washington, DC July 2007

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Pawlowski, Director of Communications, 202-789-7099, [email protected]
Carla Barry-Austin, Media Relations Manager, 202-789-7072, [email protected]

Coming Attractions
There's a fabulous fall in store for travelers to Washington, DC, as the city welcomes new attractions like the Newseum, the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s new Harman Center for the Arts and Madam Tussauds latest wax museum. Also new in town: three permanent exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution: America by Air at the National Air and Space Museum; Butterflies and Plants at the National Museum of Natural History; and the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture.

Major Fall & Winter Exhibitions
As summer fades into fall, DC’s art museums and galleries ease into a spectacular season of exhibitions. Edward Hopper, J.M.W. Turner, Ansel Adams and Morris Louis are just a few of the notable names you’ll find on display in DC this fall.

Milestones and Anniversaries
It’s a landmark year for many DC institutions. Among those celebrating anniversaries in 2007: the Anacostia Community Museum (40 years); the Washington National Cathedral (100 years); the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (25 years) and the U.S. Navy Memorial (20 years).

New Restaurants & Dining News
New tables are opening up throughout DC—including new ventures from celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck and Eric Ripert. Sample what’s new on the culinary scene, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for Washington, DC’s Summer Restaurant Week, Aug. 6-12.

Tip Sheet: ‘Tis (Almost) the Season: Celebrate the Holidays in DC
The holidays are just around the corner, and DC is ready to celebrate in capital style. The city’s hotel rates drop with the falling temperatures, putting more money in your pocket for holiday shopping.

Tip Sheet: DC’s African-American Influences
With cultural celebrations just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to discover DC’s African-American history and to see why it continues to be a black power capital, voted the best city for African Americans by Black Enterprise Magazine.

Tip Sheet: A Media Capital
A buzzing media and political center, DC will grab headlines again this fall with the highly-anticipated opening of the Newseum (newseum.org) on Oct. 15. While the Newseum is the newest media-related attraction, it’s not the only attraction in the District designed to appeal to newshounds.

Performing Arts News
It’s going to be a big season for DC area theatres. The Kennedy Center is cooking up a major festival of Japanese arts and a tribute to August Wilson, while the Shakespeare Theatre Company is opening the doors of its new downtown home.

Upcoming Events
Festivals and special events spice up DC’s calendar from July through December. The National Book Festival, Duke Ellington Jazz Festival and Pageant of Peace holiday celebration are just a few of the highlights.

Upcoming Exhibitions
See what’s opening at DC’s museums and galleries from July through December.