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Fenty Write-In Campaign Picking Up Steam Through Grassroots Effort

Supporters of D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty aren’t ready to give up his spot in office just yet.  After losing the Democratic nomination to City Council Chairman Vincent Gray in September, a grassroots movement has been launched to re-elect Fenty via write-in vote. 

John Hlinko, an independent consultant who helps leftist organizations gain awareness and who worked on the Wesley Clark for President Campaign in 2004, spearheaded the effort when he created the Run, Fenty, Run Facebook page shortly after the incumbent lost the Democratic primary. 

By the end of the first day, Hlinko says the page had over 1,000 fans.

“On one hand it’s Facebook, so it’s not the same as a full-on campaign,” Hlinko said.  “But it allows people to show their support.”

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Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition and Gala Concert at Kennedy Center

This story comes to us from Holly Wallace of the Monk Institute of Jazz:

The 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition and Tribute to the Great American Songbook Gala Concert will take place at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 4. 

A special feature of this year’s Competition, the Tribute to the Great American Songbook Gala Concert will bring together the biggest names in jazz, including Terence Blanchard, Terri Lyne Carrington, George Duke, Kevin Eubanks, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, T.S. Monk, Wayne Shorter, Clark Terry, and many others.  The concert will shine a spotlight on some of the most beloved songs and songwriters of all time.

President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama will serve as the Honorary Chairs of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition and Tribute to the Great American Songbook Gala Concert.

Free Evening At Kennedy Center Featuring Student Written Play

This Friday, October 1, VSA, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will present the world premiere of a play written by a student.  The play, The Marionette Effect, was written by 17-year-old Laura Hogikyan and was selected from hundreds of submissions as part of VSA's Playwright Discovery Program.

The Marionette Effect tells the story of Stella, a teenager whose musical dreams are derailed after having a stroke.  Starring Helen Hayes Award recipient Jenna Sokolowski, The Marionette Effect explores Stella's journey through imagery, humor, and poetry.

Dance4Peace To Host Brunch4Peace Event This Sunday

This Sunday, October 3 from 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Dance4Peace, the D.C. non-profit offering youth empowerment and peace education through movement and dance, will host a Brunch4Peace event to kick-off their new conflict resolution initiative for D.C. Public Schools.

Dance4Peace's new initiative hopes to develop tolerance and cultural understanding throughout D.C. Public School classroms.

This event is open to the public.  In addition to a three-course brunch for $28, there will also be a silent auction and 50-50 raffle to benefit Dance4Peace. 

It will be hosted in the Hudson, located at 2030 M Street NW.

For more information about Dance4Peace's brunch event and to RSVP, log onto Brunch4Peace.

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At Walk This Way, Fashion Stepped Out Against Domestic Violence

The Second Annual **Walk This Way** Charity Fashion Show took place last evening at The Liaison Hotel in Capitol Hill. The event was hosted by Becky's Fund and Eric Finn Custom Clothiers, and as anticipated, many of D.C.'s social and philanthropic elites were present, including WUSA 9's Angie Goff.

Man Attempting to Create World's Longest Shish Kebab at Turkish Festival

This story was sent to us by I AM Modern Magazine:

Award-winning regional magazine for women, "I AM Modern," along with Coca Cola North America, is sponsoring the attempt to establish the Guinness World Record for the Longest Shish Kebab on October 3rd, 2010. The attempt will be undertaken by I Am Modern Magazine’s Food Editor Murat Aksu and it will take place during the annual Washington D.C. Turkish Festival at Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 12th and 14th Streets. This will be the first ever recorded attempt for the Longest Shish Kebab with the Guinness World Records.

"Our goal is to support and sponsor cultural events that bring our Metro DC communities together” said Hulya Aksu, publisher of "I Am Modern.” “We are a firm believer that communities that celebrate diversity and different cultures are stronger for it.”

Man Who Committed Two Sexual Assaults in Dupont Circle Area Sentenced to Eleven Years in Jail

This was sent to us from the U.S. Attorney's Office:

Brandon B. Petty, 26, was sentenced today to eleven years in jail, followed by 20 years of supervised release, in connection with two sexual assaults of women he met through Craigslist, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced.

Petty, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty July 30, 2010, to one count of assault with intent to commit first degree sexual abuse and one count of attempted first degree sexual abuse while armed. He was sentenced by the Honorable Lynn Leibovitz in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.