Big Band Jazz Festival planned at UDC

The jazz ensembles of the University of the District of Columbia, Howard University and University of Maryland are presenting the 25th Calvin Jones Big Band Jazz Festival at 8 p.m. Monday, April 25, at the UDC University Auditorium. The festival is in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month and is produced by the UDC Jazz Studies Program and the Felix E Grant Jazz Archives.

The auditorium is at 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Tickets are $20, $15 for 65 and older and $10 for students. For information, call 202-274-5803 or e-mail

Spanish poetry marathon at Teatro de la Luna

Teatro de la Luna is hosting their 19th Spanish poetry marathon, “La Pluma y la Palabra,” (The Pen and the Word), April 22 to 23.

Hispanic American poets will recite their new works and honor the best artists in Spanish poetry. The marathon will be held at two locations: the Library of Congress at Mary Pickford Theatre on April 22 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and at Casa de la Luna on April 23 from 2 to 8 p.m.

The event at the Library of Congress will be a poetry recital specifically for visiting poets, and the event at Casa de la Luna will be both recital and open mike. Attendees can participate in the open-mike sessions by e-mailing their planned readings in Spanish to Teatro de la Luna at or by fax to 202-291-2357 by April 15. There will be concessions, cash bar and book sale on Saturday.

The event is free and open to the public. Mary Pickford Theatre is on the third floor of the James Madison Building. The Library of Congress is at Independence Avenue and First Streets SE. Casa de la Luna is at 4020 Georgia Ave. For information, call 202-882-6277 or e-mail

“A Sense of Place” exhibit at George Mason

George Mason University’s School of Art is exhibiting “The Extended Image: A Sense of Place” on the Fairfax campus. The art was completed by students who attended a three-week art instruction course in Seravezza, Italy, and reflects their exposure to the culture of the country and views of the Italian countryside.

There will be a reception for the exhibit April 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Mason Hall Atrium Gallery. The exhibit will run through May 6.

Mason Hall is at 4379 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, and is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Voting for “Art of Video Games” Extended

The Art of Video Games, the upcoming gallery presented by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, has extended its public voting period to midnight on Sunday, April 17. The gallery is the first of its kind to discuss the 40-year existence of video games, focusing on the visual effects and new technologies seen within the medium. So far, 3,224,874 votes have been cast by 106,390 individuals. Participants can vote in four categories, divided by era and then gaming system, within the genres of action, adventure, target, and combat/strategy. Voting began Feb. 14.

The games that are selected will be announced to the public May 5. Registered voters will be informed of the winners in advance and will continue to receive updates in anticipation of the opening of the exhibition, which is slated to operate March 16, 2012, to Sept. 30 2012. Afterward, the exhibit will then go on tour throughout the United States.

Erin Williams