June 16 – 20
Opening night! After being out on the road for months (in the U.S. and abroad), Step Afrika! is back in DC for their annual home performance series at the Lansburgh Theatre – Harman Center for the Arts. There’s a “VIP Experience” which includes a roof-top reception prior to the show and a post-performance dessert party. For tickets, go here. You can also contribute to Step Afrika’s education projects through their website or call 202.547.1122. Step Afrika! is a 501 (c) (3) company.

BUDDHA FEST: a film festival + talks & meditation
June 17 – 20
American University
For ticket prices and schedule:

I caught a mention of this on E-Notes. With so many monotheistic themes in film, music, etc, why not the Buddha. A fascinating theme for a festival. My friend Marsha of Food Muse Media hipped me on to a documentary “Dhamma Brothers” which is showing at the festival on Friday night. [It will also air on WHUT June 20 and 22 – check local listings.] In the film Buddhists bring a meditation program to a maximum security prison in the Alabama bible belt. Many of the inmates are lifers or on death row. Check out this trailer:

Academy for Educational Development Inaugurates Idea: Exchange
Like a good neighbor, AED has been upgrading their home base adding on to their Global theater, meeting center, and now Idea:Exchange, a space and forum for ideas, engagement, and dialogue (with results) on social development issues. AED’s Idea: Exchange opens June 18 with an exhibit The Way We See It: Young Photographers Examine, Define and Change Their World. The exhibit is open to the public Wed., Thurs., and Fri., from 2-5 PM. A lecture about the exhibit is scheduled for Tuesday, June 22 at 5:30 PM. AED is located at 1875 Connecticut Ave., NW. For more information, contact Rebecca Logan.

AED is a nonprofit organization working globally to improve education, health, civil society and economic development–the foundation of thriving societies.

Tuesday, June 22, 5:30 – 8 PM
MLK, Jr. Memorial Library, Washingtoniana Room, 901 G Street, NW

Who slept in your house or neighborhood? These sessions will help you uncover the story of your home and neighborhood and share it with the world:

    The Nuts & Bolts of Creating a House History – Research, Documentation, Resources
    History Goes Mobile – Create a dynamic cell phone tour for your home, neighborhood or museum
    A Place of Faith – Record and share the story of a historic church, synagogue or temple.

The symposium is FREE and includes a reception from 5:30 – 6 PM
RSVP 202-387-8391 or email Elizabeth Hill, director of programs.