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Plan a trip to DC for National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2011

This month marks the celebration of the National Hispanic Heritage Month, and this year’s theme is “Many Backgrounds, Many Stories…One American Spirit.” This is a great chance for Washington to focus on the contributions of the Latin, Central American, South American, and Caribbean communities – and many of the events are free, so you can spend your money enjoying the cuisine, or on souvenirs of your trip.

The Latin American spirit has a colorful vibe unlike any other. With an eclectic mix of cultures, foods, music and traditions, its difficult not to become absorbed into this vibrant community. Growing up in Cochabamba, Bolivia. I remember the colorful scenes of the Carnaval – the women dancing down the street in colorful dresses, the men lighting the fireworks, and the excitement of the children playing on the street. Although these tender memories stayed with me during my time in Washington DC, I am excited to celebrate this month with friends and family and experience the exciting events being hosted this month in the city.

Exhibits

The National Gallery of Art will be presenting a diverse display featuring concerts and films to honor the diverse culture, and offering guided tours in Spanish. On Sunday September 26th, Carlos Cesar Rodriguez, a renowned pianist and composer, will be playing in concert on the West Building in the West Garden Court in honor of this special month, alongside many other Latin American composers and musicians. A film series honoring the bicentennial independence of Mexico from Spain will feature various Mexican films to include Alamar, Lake Tahoe, and Presumed Guilty and will play in the East Building Auditorium of the Gallery.

The National Museum of American History will be featuring special displays, particularly focusing on the Mexican Revolution and the migration of Mexicans to the United States. Later this year the museum will be celebrating Diosa Costello, a prominent Latin performer, artist, producer, club owner, as well as the first Latina on Broadway. Costello donated 11 of her costumes to the Smithsonian for this exhibit.

Film

The annual AFI Latin American Film Festival will be held September 22nd through October 12th at the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center. The festival will focus on featuring various new films that will be premiering from 18 different Latin American regions.

Zoo

On September 18th the National Zoo will be hosting a Fiesta Musical with animal demonstrations, Hispanic and Latin music, Latin dancers, and traditional foods and crafts.

Community

Washington DC is also a great place to visit the monuments of various iconic Hispanic figures that have played an important role and contributed to many of the unique events in the history of the Americas. These important individuals include Jose Artigas, Simon Bolivar, Admiral David G. Farragut, Bernardo de Galvez, Benito Pablo Juarez, and General Jose de San Martin.

Also, the United Spanish War Veterans Memorial is located on Memorial Avenueon the west side of the Arlington Memorial Bridge outside Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

Dining

In our own 14K Restaurant & Lounge, we will be honoring this special month with complimentary Seafood Tacos with the purchase of two dinner entrees. Chef’s special preparation of these delicious Seafood Tacos reminds me of Mazatlan in Mexico’s Golden Coast featuring fresh seafood served with tomato, shallots, jalapeños, fresh lime, and cilantro mayonnaise – a twist to the traditional Mexican ceviche with North American influence.

Discover some of the great restaurants in Washington serving Latin American and Caribbean food, just a short walk from the hotel.

Learn more about the events scheduled for the National Hispanic Heritage Month.

See our specials and book your room at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza now – be sure to book your table at 14K Restaurant as well.

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Summer in the City

August 2, 2010

August is a great time to visit Washington. There’s less traffic as many Washingtonians head to the beach plus lots of cultural events designed for summer travelers.

See our current specials to plan your trip now and don’t miss our favorite August happenings around town including:

Legg Mason Tennis Classic – See top tennis players including Andy Roddick, John Isner, and Radek Stepanek play at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park July 31 – August 8.

Restaurant Week –  try some of Washington’s best restaurants at a discount August 16 – 22, including our own 14K restaurant. Special 3 course menus are $20.10 for lunch and $35.10 for dinner.

Mary Poppins at the Kennedy Center –   any visit to Washington DC should include the free tour of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and this August you can also see the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins through August 22.

Avenue Q at the Harman Center for the Arts through August 15. (Just make sure you understand the content – just because it’s puppets, it’s not necessarily family oriented entertainment.)

Dog Days of Summer

Remember that the Hamilton Crowne Plaza is a pet friendly hotel – we welcome your traveling companion. So do many of the local restaurants with outdoor seating areas including Blue Duck Tavern and Zatinya.

The Show Must Go On – Top Theater to See in DC

July 8, 2010

This summer and fall, Washington has a great theater season ready to wow you, whenever you’re in town. Here are a few of our favorite current and upcoming shows. If you need help getting tickets, be sure to ask the concierge.

Capital Fringe Festival – All over town, alternative theater and art is happening through July 25th. For tickets to specific events or passes to multiple events, see the box office. See a complete show listing.

Signature Theater – Through July 24th, Signature Theater is offering sizzling summer cabaret before their fall season kicks off on August 10th with the musical Chess featuring the hit single One Night in Bangkok.

Studio Theater – This summer Studio Theater offers Passing Strange, starting July 14th, which follows a rock musician on his quest for authenticity.

Kennedy Center Mary Poppins is practically perfect in every way at the Kennedy Center through August 22nd.  The fall season includes Hair, South Pacific, a Chekhov festival, and Wicked.

Arena Stage – Did you miss Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies? Arena Stage has a great season planned including The Arabian Nights, an Edward Albee Festival and the pre-Broadway run of an adaptation of John Grisham’s A Time to Kill.

Woolly Mammoth – Through August 1st, you can see the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy as a one man show performed in 65 minutes – One Man Lord of the Rings.

Folger Theatre and Shakespeare Library – The Folger’s season starts  this fall on October 12th with Henry VIII. And don’t miss their special celebrations on April 25th each year for Shakespeare’s birthday.

Shakespeare Theater Company Shakespeare Free for All – This year’s Free for All will be at Sidney Harman Hall near Chinatown – Gallery Place metro and not at Carter Barron. Tickets will be distributed two hours before curtain time (or become a Friend of Free for All and get reserved tickets).


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