D.C. news briefs

March 7, 2012
25 public art displays for Cherry Blossom Festival

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities is presenting “5x5,” a series of 25 public art installations, during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which will be March 20 to April 27.

Several of the projects use the cherry blossoms as a theme, including Charles Juhasz-Alvarado’s “The Cherry Blossom Cloud,” a large-scale sound sculpture fashioned in the shape of a xylophone from cherry wood. It will be outside Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.

Another project, Cath Campbell’s “Marathon,” is a working scale-model of the original cable car from Mount Hiei, Japan, on which the 3,000 cherry trees donated to the District in 1912 were carried. It will thread through the concrete pillars of the Yards Park lumber shed.

For information about “5x5” and related events, go to www.
the5x5project.com
.

Test for high-schoolers offers $1,000 prize

D.C. high school students can test their financial knowledge and possibly win $1,000 in the ICI Education Foundation’s 2012 National Financial Capability Challenge.

The 30-minute test is a joint program of the U.S. Treasury and Education departments. The highest-scoring student and four other students, selected randomly from among those who score 75 percent or higher, will be chosen for the award. Their schools will also receive $1,000.

Students can take the test from Monday until April 8 at http://
challenge.treas.gov
.

Dancers and musicians are sought for festival

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities is seeking musicians and dancers for its ninth annual Dance DC Festival in August. The festival showcases a variety of folk and traditional dance styles and music. Previous festivals have featured more than 2,000 dancers.

Performance groups must have at least one group member from the District and must perform the repertoires for which they were invited. Typically, dancers are allotted 15 minutes, and musicians are allotted 30 minutes. Performance lengths are subject to change by festival organizers.

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. April 12. To apply, go to http://dcarts.dc.gov. For information, call 202-724-5613 or e-mail ebony.blanks@dc.gov.

Classical strings contest for youths is March 22-24

The 2012 Johansen International Competition String Players, a contest for classical musicians ages 13 to 17, will be March 22 to 24 at Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Thirty-three semifinalists from six countries — 11 violinists, nine violists and 13 cellists — will compete for prize money totaling $66,000.

The semifinals will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. March 22 and 23. The finals will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24. Admission is free.

The competition draws talent from around the world. A 2006 first-prize cello winner, Narek Hakhnazaryan, later won the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition.

For information, go to www.fmmc.
org
.

Free bilingual law clinic for small businesses

The Hispanic Bar Association of D.C. and the D.C. Bar pro bono program are hosting a free bilingual legal clinic for aspiring or existing small-business owners.

The clinic will be from 5 to
7:30 p.m. March 14 at the Office on Latino Affairs in the Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW.

For information, call 202-737-
4700, Ext. 3369 or go to http://
dcbarsmallbusinessclinic.eventbrite.
com
.

— Compiled by Terence McArdle

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