Putting on a big holiday party tonight – means bringing out the heavy machinery and the right artists to make it happen, like Lucinda and Mel. Thanks to them and to all the faculty, parents and students who are making the Burke Holiday Party the place to be tonight!
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Two Burke stars, Jennifer & still-recent arrival Ryan, lookin’ good in stripes (from the sun) and kickin’ back after a grueling breakfast meeting at the Metro Diner. Jen returns to the Development Office in January. Before then, keep a look-out for some possible cameo appearances by Jen, Ryan, Ellie & Christian (if you’re nice and not naughty – they might even fly in for this Thursday’s Holiday Party).
A special thanks goes out to another star, Geralyn Lobel, who has more than held down the fort in the development office. The parent of a Burke alumna, former development co-director, and always a relentless supporter of Burke in all ways, Geralyn came through again over the last 3 months+ in so many ways – including: helping the development trains run on time, orchestrating this year’s 100 Percent in 100 Days Annual Fund Campaign, organizing meetings between all new families and Andrew, supporting the early work on this Spring’s Auction, pulling together another great Grandparents Day, etc., etc., dayenu! Along with Cathy Collins and Abby Kernan-Schloss, Geralyn has helped make sure that Burke development has continued to grow in a way that reflects the values of the community and insures that the school can continue to pursue its missions of academic achievement, diversity, personal growth, and service.
Let the trumpets sound:
Let the food be prepared:
Let the people assemble:
And let the Games begin:
For last Friday was the Homecoming Doubleheader for the Varsity Boys & Girls Soccer squads – as well as all of their loyal fans. There were two great matches with a beautiful Fall sky colored by a setting sun on one side of the field – and a raucous crowd of Burke fans on the other.
Everyone came out, including – soccer hooligans:
Women of great stature
Men of great stature:
The up & comers:
The movers & shakers:
The coach’s puppy:
In fact, just about the entire Burke community:
Also, special bravos go to all the many people who pitched in, including Elena Hernandez, Nancy Golding, Diz Hormel, Monica Miracky, Vanessa White, Hal and Dawn Hiemstra, Thorne Rankin, Lisa Carr, Tina Chen, Beth Allaben, Wanda Cosmo, Mike Carr, and especially the Varsity Boys Soccer Team for hazmat cleanup duty under the bleachers – which got a good housekeeping stamp of approval from Coach McQ!
Lots more photos at BurkePix.
Jennifer Rawlings, the Edmund Burke Director of Development, just added a very new staff member to her office. Ryan Thomas (Burke class of 2028) just arrived. As you can see by the photo taken on his first day on the job with his uncle, he’s a bit young and not very experienced yet. But, he’s guaranteed to bring a lot of energy, passion, boyish charm and good looks to the job (all of which will make it impossible for us to not say yes to his appeals – development and otherwise!).
Mazel tov and congratulations to Jen, Christian and Elle (the senior, junior member of the staff)!!!!
The Capital Fringe Festival is back, in full swing from now until July 24. Never been? Not sure what it is? Well, it’s simple: Fringe provides all artists, whether new or established, a venue to express and develop their talents and artistic visions in total freedom.
And it’s a lot: last year Fringe sold 28,000 tickets to 715 performances of 137 productions, featuring over 2,000 artists at 12 venues located around the Mt. Vernon, Chinatown, and Penn Quarter neighborhoods.
And this year, for all us Bengals, there’s an extra, not-so-fringe treat: Our own Cory Frank, former Burke Performing Arts Director, has his own video blog, the Daily Dose, with an every day who, what, where, when about the not-so-every-day events at the Cap Fringe….As Cory says: “It’s time to get — Frank” and check out the Fringe:
On June 10, 2011 the firmament was filled, from horizon-to-horizon, with a brilliant galaxy of Burke celebrity constellations who gathered together to celebrate The Davids! 450 Burke students, alums, faculty, parents, friends and family came from across the country, representing our past, present and future. They appeared in their glowing gowns, tuxes, suits and jeans, for a night of song, dance, stories, film, laughter and tears (but mostly laughter). All to celebrate Burke, the last 12 years of dedicated work and growth by our faculty and staff, and, of course, to honor the retirement of David Shapiro: our very own Oscar winning Buster Keaton, Judy Garland, Cecil B. DeMille, Gloria Swanson, Groucho/Chico/Harpo Marx – we could go on (as could he). But, I’ll be brief:
The night featured:
The Sunset Boulevard Award
And Did We Mention… Celebrities On the Red Carpet
And The David Goes to… Who Else?
There are 100′s more great photos, courtesy of Burke Parent and professional photographer, Lise Metzger, at BurkePix. Go check it out – and find a picture of you or your second most favorite Burke Celebrity.
Thanks to EVERYONE who help create, stage, present and attend The Davids…. (more on this later).
And, in honor of David, Burke and everything that the faculty, staff and students have done over the last 12 years, please give generously to Burke’s future by giving to the David Fund. If you haven’t already, you can make a donation today by clicking here.
Finally, to David, Love Schmendrake:
Make sure to check out the great spread in today’s Washington Post about Scott Kenison, who is leaving his 8 year role as COO of the Atlas Performing Arts Center, a cultural anchor on the H St., corridor. Money line from the article: “Now Kenison, [...,*] and his partner, David Shapiro, have decided it’s time for a lifestyle change [and are] relocating to Palm Springs.” In other words – Scott gets top billing!!
In addition to his roles at the Atlas and with David, Scott has also been a great friend and benefactor to Burke. Thanks Scott… we’ll miss you!
[Editor: * edit to delete the Post's violation of the Actor's Code ]
[Editor: After being told by a (former head) little birdie, we corrected the misspelling of Mr. Kenison's name - and have taken disciplinary action against the errant blogger. Sorry Scot!]
300 of your closest Burke celebrities have already RSVP’d to attend The DAVIDS on June 10.
So, make sure to reserve your spot now along side other parents, faculty, alums, students, family and friends by clicking here.
Don’t be the last Spartan to sign-up after today’s deadline…
Among the Burke stars and legends of stage, screen and classroom who will be joining with you to celebrate the work done by David, faculty and staff over the past 12 years:
Studio Execs: Dick Roth, Jean Mooskin & Walter Ailes
Actors & Actresses in a Leading Role: Daniel Running, Lucinda Leach, Thew Elliot, Pam Herath, Jeremy Edwards, Cynthia McCarther-Parker
Supporting Character Actors & Actresses: Donna Orem, Marilyn Milloy, Andy Klingenstein, Joanne Hurt & Bob Hartheimer
Rising Stars: Julia Wessel, David Dulaney, Michael Bender
Stage Prodigies: Asia & Alea Goodridge, Mathilde Arandia, Ellie Robb and Becca Salky
And many, many more. Come join us and make it a cast of 1000′s! Click here to see all of the attendees’ names in lights!
Last Thursday morning, family, faculty and friends honored the graduating 2011 Senior class. In the middle of the ceremony, members of the senior band, Kevin, Walker, Carter, Wylie, Sam, Rosio and Nora, reprised their version of Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide that the band first played in 8th grade. The lyrics at the core of the song acknowledge: “I’ve been afraid of changin.” Yet, for more than 18 months, everyone in the audience (if not the school), has been working toward great change. Change can be hard. It can be a landslide. Change, or the anticipation that precedes it, can cover everything in its path making the way forward unfamiliar or obscured. But, cast against the memories of 6 years ago, the videos below of the Band’s takes of Lanslide and Chick Corea’s Spain, reflect that change and growth are each mirror images of the other. Next Fall, when the new school year opens, things will have changed. The members of the Class of 2011 and other important members of the Burke faculty and community will be gone, off doing things that they don’t yet know. But their songs, and their smiles and the hand that they each extended to one another along the way will continue to resonate. There also will be new members of the Burke community who change and will, like us all, be changed by Burke.
Thanks so much to John Howard for guiding the Band all these years. And special thanks to Senior parents (or parents of a senior – though not seniors themselves!), Mike & Amanda Messinger, for sending over the videos!
Pre-cursors to texts and email, the first picture postcard was released by the US post office in 1873 to satisfy the desire to find an easier way to send quick notes. They became a hit for travelers to send a message home to the ones they missed from wherever they were traveling across the world.
Over the past 12 years thousands of people — students, alums, teachers, parents, have called Burke “home.” In fact, while there they have spent more waking hours in the buildings on Upton St. than in their own houses – learning, teaching, laughing, crying, becoming. Many of the Burke family have since traveled far and wide to college, grad school, professional lives and families of their own.
Now as we approach June, 2011 A.D. (After David), everyone is invited to send their own postcards back home to Burke and David. We will put them all together in a book for David. What you include on your card(s) is limited only by your own imagination and feelings for Burke and for David: you can include words, stories, poems, art, photos, links, songs… even frogs.
Please create yours today! If you haven’t already received a blank postcard, you can download a PDF by clicking here. You also can pick some up at Burke’s Front Desk. Or just make your own. You can mail your finished postcards to Burke or email your “message” to jrawlings [at] eburke.org.
A ton of great cards are already pouring in from Friends & Family from all across the country – like the one above from the Borwick family – and we promise to post a bunch more.
The Event of the Year (Decade?)
June 10, 2010 – 7PM
Gaston Hall – Georgetown University
Please join current and past Burke celebrities and stars, including students, alums, faculty, parents and friends – to celebrate the incredible body of work that was crafted, directed and performed over the past 12 years by the wonderful cast and crew of the Edmund Burke School.
We’ll say goodbye to David with a party that Irving Thalberg himself would die to be invited to, and honor the staff and faculty who have made Burke such a unique place ever since Russell Crowe won the Oscar for Gladiator.
Come with your family to share in a night of comedy, drama, song, dance, laughter and tears (but mostly laughter) and speeches that will be cut off by the band.
And make sure to stay up-to-date with Davids news by checking The Davids Live Website.
The first space at Burke that most people connect with is the Atrium. It is Burke’s home within a home. At any given moment it is Burke’s meeting place, social network, stage, study hall, town square, cathedral, coffee house, sanctuary, etc. Enter the Atrium alone at night – and you can almost feel the echos of the prior day vibrating from the white brick wall.
Deriving from Latin, atrium refers to the central court or main room of an ancient Roman house. It also may descend from an early European word for the “place where smoke from the hearth escapes.” Certainly, Burke’s Atrium could not be any more central to the daily life and love of Burke. Like a kitchen that sustains and warms a family, the laughter, buzz, music and bonds of friendship of the Atrium have warmed and nourished the community.
Amy’s science classes learn every year that the atria are also the two chambers into which blood enters the heart. No wonder, then, that the Atrium is for many of us the place that we keep inside as we remember what we have heard and seen and felt at Burke.
Speaking of hearing – here are two songs from a recent assembly in the Atrium. Thanks to Sam Judson, John Howard and Alex White for filming, arranging and posting the songs.
Chicago by Sujan Stevens
Forest Whitaker by Brother Ali