Another Jazz Concert and Dancing at Dumbarton House in Georgetown


As we are getting closer to the end of summer, ICDC is hosting another Jazz party in Georgetown. Celebrate the remaining of the season at the Dumbarton House museum and garden for an evening of jazz and dancing. The historic museum will be open for self-guided tours while a five piece jazz band plays in the garden. Come on your own or invite friends for a summer evening of music and dance, to the sounds of Full Ascent, a local jazz ensemble!

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Jazz Concert and Dancing at Dumbarton House in Georgetown


Celebrate summer at the Dumbarton House museum and garden for an evening of jazz and dancing. The historic museum will be open for self-guided tours while a five piece jazz band plays in the garden. Come on your own or invite friends for a summer evening of music and dance, to the sounds of Full Ascent, a local jazz ensemble!

Wine and food will be available for purchase so come after work to meet and socialize with us while discovering one of the most historic mansions in Georgetown. Read more of this post

From Russia And France With Love Again


by Elias Shams
This event was originally set for February 6th which was right around the first snow storm in DC. So, it was canceled. Here is  your chance again.

There is a private tour of Hillwood Museum and Gardens near Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC this coming weekend. Those of you into Russian and French Art, you DO NOT want to miss it.

As part of the tour, you will also celebrate the Museum 32nd anniversary. One of the most comprehensive collections of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Russian Imperial art outside of Russia, as well as an extensive collection of eighteenth-century French decorative arts will be on display.

Hillwood Museum

The Tour

Exhibition Fragile Persuasion: Russian Porcelain and the Fine Art of Propaganda, on view at Hillwood Museum and Gardens examines the role that porcelain played in commenting on Russia’s tumultuous history, from the late 19th century through the Revolution, the Cold War, and up to the present day. Read more…

From Russia And France With Love


by Elias Shams
No! not the babes. I mean Art this time. 🙂

There is a private tour of Hillwood Museum and Gardens near Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC this coming weekend. Those of you into Russian and French Art, you DO NOT want to miss it.

As part of the tour, you will also celebrate the Museum 32nd anniversary. One of the most comprehensive collections of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Russian Imperial art outside of Russia, as well as an extensive collection of eighteenth-century French decorative arts will be on display.

Hillwood Museum

The Tour

Exhibition Fragile Persuasion: Russian Porcelain and the Fine Art of Propaganda, on view at Hillwood Museum and Gardens examines the role that porcelain played in commenting on Russia’s tumultuous history, from the late 19th century through the Revolution, the Cold War, and up to the present day. Read more…

The Fantastic Museum Of News, Newseum In Downtown, Washington, DC


Since their opening in April of 2008 in DC, I finally got a chance to visit the place. It’s truly Awesome! It is certainly one of my favorite museums not only in D.C. but anywhere. I am always intrigued by history and you will get a ton of it here and from the different types of news mediums that are used today and yesterday. What an amazing display of the history of news/journalism.

The Newseum in Washington, DC is a six-level, high-tech and interactive museum tracing the history of news reporting from the 16th century to the present day. In 250,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Newseum offers visitors 15 theaters, 14 major galleries, two state-of-the-art broadcast studios and a 4-D time-travel experience. The exhibition galleries explore news history, electronic news, photojournalism, world news and how the media have covered major historical events.
But wait, there’s more

Hi, My Name is Elias, I am a Dupont Circleholic!


by Elias Shams
And, NO! I am not gay 🙂

Considering my first boy was born in Dupont Circle area, how could I be so stupid not to start my blog with covering this great area, one of my favorite places in the Washington, D.C?

Those of you not familiar with the D.C, Dupont Circle is known for its gay & lesbian community. Well, correction – it used to be known as the main hub for gays & lesbians till 2002 or 2003. Something changed. After four years of goofing around in Europe, ever since, I moved back to D.C in summer of 2006, It looks like most of the gay and lesbian community have moved to the U street – a few blocks further to the East. Even one of their old hangout clubs, the Circle is now a hang out club for straights. It is called Cazuza. Hey, don’t get me wrong. I got nothing against them. In fact, I have four gay friends – one from Madrid, one from D.C, and two from Tehran. Did you hear that Mr. Ahmadinejad? Gays from Tehran. Yes, there are tons of them in Iran and other part of the world.

Anyway, enough of gay, lesbian, and straight stuff. Back to the Dupont Circle:

Dupont Circle is also known for its funky shops and trendy restaurants and bars. This neighborhood is the heart of Washington, D.C’s nightlife. The area is one of the hippest neighborhoods in town. I’d say over 80% of Dupont Circle is a cosmopolitan neighborhood with some of historic homes and foreign embassies as well as a variety of ethnic restaurants, bookstores, and other private art galleries. Its cosmopolitan air draws visitors both young and old. You can easily notice seven girls for a guy in the area which is right along the poll the Washington Post conducted a few years ago. Great news for the us. 🙂

It used to be a neighborhood of old money. Dupont Circle today is home to artists, intellectuals, young professionals, many recent college graduates, and me. There are many high-rise apartment buildings and many rowhouses have been converted into apartments. The Circle itself is a gathering place with park benches, grass and a unique fountain in the center. The neighborhood, today is the house of art museums, restaurants, embassies and fun shops. Dupont Circle is also home to the Phillips Collection, one of the city’s foremost art museums with paintings by Renoir, Degas and Cezanne. In fact, it was the first museums I took my first date back in 1989 when I was still going to school. I just wanted to pretend I was cultured. Not that I am not. You know, it was one of those classic stupid guy thing. I just wish I had done my homework about the museum prior the date, cuz she ended up being my first and last date once she found out I didn’t know jack about Renoir, Degas and Cezanne.

Here are two great clips of Dupont Circle I found on Youtube. No, I am not in any of the videos:

We were also mentioned in The American President movie Michael Douglas played as the U.S. President:-) not in a positive tone though 😦

Check out a picture gallery of Dupont Circle and the surrounding area.

The area is located North of Downtown, East of Rock Creek Park, South of Adams Morgan and Kalorama, and West of Logan Circle. Map of Dupont Circle .

Public Transportation is very easy, but parking might be bitch – especially over the weekend.
Metro station: Dupont Circle

Nightlife in Dupont Circle is great. This neighborhood is one of the most popular destinations in the city for nightlife. See a guide to Dupont Circle Bars and Nightclubs.
Major Attractions Near Dupont Circle:

The Textile Museum
National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall
Woman’s National Democratic Club Museum
Embassy Row
Woodrow Wilson House
The Phillips Collection
National Museum of American Jewish Military History
The Brewmaster’s Castle
Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
The Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle

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