Irving Berlin For the Holidays

December 3, 2017
Join ADSW and fellow decophiles for a festive holiday celebration at the Arts Club of Washington with a special Sing-A-Long program featuring the music of Irving Berlin
Join us for an evening reception with open bar and appetizers, followed by a lecture on the life and work of Jazz Age composer Irving Berlin.
 
The open bar will include a selection of wines, beers, sodas, juices, and mineral waters. Appetizers will include an assortment of cheeses, dried fruit, grapes, berries, assorted crackers, casalingo sausage, sliced prosciutto, cornichons, and sliced baguette.
 
Dr. Robert Jenner is a local historian and speaker who lectures on a variety of historical and current event topics. Dr. Jenner will speak (and sing) his way through Irving Berlin's life and music (with help from the audience). Mr. Berlin is one of the iconic American composers of the Art Deco era and his works include hits like "Puttin' on the Ritz", "Blue Skies", and "Let's Face the Music and Dance" and he was instrumental in launching the careers of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Berlin also wrote "God Bless America" introduced by Washington native Kate Smith.  
 
Enjoy the original 1930 version of Puttin On the Ritz by Harry Richman.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66km3m_UE_k 

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Irving Berlin at the piano with Alice Faye, Tyrone Power, and Don Ameche
 
Some saw Dr. Jenner's program at the World Congress on Art Deco in Cleveland this past spring. It was such a big hit with the crowd that we wanted to share it here in Washington. 
 
The Arts Club is a new venue for the Art Deco Society. It is housed in the historic landmark home of President James Monroe on I Street in downtown DC. This inviting venue features the original interiors and a warm, comfortable club-like atmosphere with wonderful art work. We think it's the perfect place to kick off the holiday season.
                 
And with a program on the composer of White Christmas, what could be more appropriate? Here's Bing Crosby introducing "White Christmas" in the 1942 film Holiday Inn  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIVI4cE9PPo
Getting There:
  • Metro users can take the Orange Line to Farragut West / 18th St. Exit, three blocks away
  • For those driving, there is some on street parking in the neighborhood and there are several parking garages nearby, the one at 20th & Pennsylvania Avenue being the closest.
Attire: As always, vintage clothing is most welcome, but not required!
 
We hope to see you there!


 

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Sincerely,
 
Steve Knight
Art Deco Society of Washington
steve.knight@dmsas.com
301-448-5613