“This Friday Saturday, May 9th, Irish charity Pieta House’s Darkness Into Light comes to Washington DC for the first time this year. Darkness Into Light is a unique, early morning experience which begins in darkness at 4.15am when thousands of people walk or run a 5km route while dawn is breaking. The walk/run will begin at Catholic University of America, in partnership with the CUA Gaels, crossing the finish line just as dawn is breaking at the breathtaking Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Pieta House is a centre for the prevention of self-harm or suicide in Ireland and provides a free, therapeutic approach to people who need it.Darkness Into Light is now in its seventh year and last year’s event attracted 80,000 participants in 39 locations across Ireland, London, Sydney and America. With the number of locations doubling this year, organizers are expecting over 100,000 people to take part. 80 venues will host the event on the island of Ireland and abroad including in Australia, Canada, England, Scotland and the USA.

Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House, spoke about the launch in Washington, “Darkness Into Light is a people’s event organized by local committees all over Ireland and abroad. Although the number of people walking has never been greater, neither has the need. The addition of Washington as a location this year shows how Darkness Into Light is uniting people across the globe in solidarity with those who suffer.” She added “While suicide is a devastating tragedy, we mustn’t forget that there is hope, there is help, and Pieta House will be there to provide both.”

While Darkness Into Light raises much needed funds, it is also about awareness, solidarity and local communities. This year, Pieta House is asking those taking part to connect with others at the event. Walkers/runners are encouraged to speak to the person beside them, tell a story or simply say hello, connect and acknowledge one another. Make your presence known. No one should walk alone.

Online registration and further details are available now at  www.darknessintolight.ie

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From WMATA:

“Metro Transit Police (MTPD) detectives have identified the suspect who allegedly assaulted a 69-year-old victim last week at Eastern Market Station.

MTPD has obtained an arrest warrant for Elijah J SMITH, 19, with a last known address in Northeast DC. The charge is felony assault. If convicted, SMITH could face an enhanced penalty of 1.5 times the maximum term of imprisonment due to the age of the victim under District of Columbia law (§ 22–3601).”

From the Air & Space/Smithsonian:

“This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the war that changed the United States forever. To honor the 16 million who served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II and to spotlight the essential role that aircraft played in U.S. victory, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association has led an effort to bring one of the largest privately owned collections of WWII airplanes ever assembled to Washington, D.C. to fly over the National Mall on May 8, the 70th anniversary of VE day (the public holiday to mark the Allied victory in Europe).

The “Arsenal of Democracy” aircraft will fly over the Mall in 14 formations, beginning at 12:10 p.m. As the media sponsor of the event, Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine has created recognition cards for viewing on a smartphone (at airspacemag.com/spotter) to help you identify the airplanes as they fly overhead. (Or download a PDF of the spotter cards here.) You can also read about the histories of these airplanes, presented in the order the formations will fly over the Mall. The special flyover edition of Air & Space/Smithsonian will be sold on the Mall for visitors viewing the flyover and is available now in Smithsonian museum stores and Barnes & Noble booksellers.
*Flyover is weather permitting. Rain date is Saturday, May 9, 2015.”

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“9:30 Club
815 V Street NW
February 14 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm
$25

SpeakeasyDC presents the 7th annual Valentine’s love-fest of stories about the pleasures and perils of romance. The first show sold out, so a second show has been added!

Whether you’re with your sweetie or single, SpeakeasyDC’s Sucker for Love storytelling show is a unique and unforgettable way to spend Valentine’s Day — listening to heartfelt and hilarious true stories about loves found, lost, and imagined.

As always, SpeakeasyDC promises storytelling at its best.

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Now there are two options for 50% off meals before renovations start – Logan Tavern joins 1905 Restaurant -from an email:

“Logan Tavern will closer for renovations for four days beginning Monday, November 24th and re-opening after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 28th at 11:30 am. To Celebrate, on Sunday, November 23rd, from 4:00 pm until close, all food (excluding happy hour) will be 50 percent off.

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1423 P Street, NW

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From an email:

“A new exhibition, “Ancestry, Artistry, Choreography,” tells the story of the rise of Korean-American choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess to international prominence by tracing his cultural heritage and the ways it has influenced his work. On view at the Korean Cultural Center (2370 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.), the exhibition opens Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. with a free performance by Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, remarks by the choreographer and a public reception. Sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, the exhibition continues through Nov. 30. (more…)