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METROPOLITAN PERFORMING ARTS THEATER to PRESENT “FAME” in AUGUST

METROPOLITAN PERFORMING ARTS THEATER to PRESENT “FAME” in AUGUST

FAME, the musical, is coming to the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va., reminiscent of the popular 80s’ TV show that engaged young teens throughout the United States. Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre (MPAT)’s ensemble cast will present on Aug. 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31st at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theatre in Lorton, Va. Tickets are available online for $20 general admission at www.metro-theatre.org. Discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more by contacting the box office at (703) 584-2900.

 “We’ve had a lot of fun preparing for FAME and we’re bringing out the best in our students, showcasing ‘triple-threat’ actors who shine in dance, singing and performance,” said Dan Stapula, artistic director of Metropolitan Performing Arts Theatre of Alexandria, Va. and Lorton, Va.

HERO CENTRAL: DC SCORES Fosters Active Bodies, Creative Minds For DC Youth

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) --- Nana Asare, 17, practices his footwork on the soccer field. He works as a summer camp counselor for DC SCORES, a non-profit organization providing free enrichment programs for over 1,400 low-income youth in the District.

"[K]eeping kids engaged and regularly using their brains and minds is really important 'cause summer learning loss is a massive problem in this city," said Amy Nakamoto, Executive Director of DC SCORES.

Two-hundred and fifty elementary students participate in four summer camps offered by DC SCORES. They follow a daily routine: three hours of soccer practice and three hours of arts enrichment like writing poetry.

Asare coaches a group of 2nd to 5th graders standing on the field at Marie H. Reed Elementary in Adams Morgan. The rising high school senior started playing soccer in fourth grade with DC SCORES.

KABIN Lounge Opens in Dupont Circle --- PHOTOS

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9)--- At KABIN Lounge, the disco night club meets après-ski lounge at Dupont Circle. Many celebrities and DC notables such as the Celtic's Jeff Green, Top Chef's Spike Mendelsohn, and former DC Mayor Marion Barry gathered for the launch, Saturday, June 29, 2013. 

Owners Kunal Shah, Vinoda Basnayake, Dustin Huynh and Rajeev Subramanian were all in attendance at the new lounge this past weekend.

The 3,200 square-foot, 252-person lounge is homage to culture and provides a space in the district that leaves the guest hankering for a hot toddy at the height of summer.

"At KABIN we want to create something destinations like the French Alps and Aspen...It's unlike anything else in the District," said Basnayake.

HERO CENTRAL: Food For Others Saves Families from Hunger

HERO CENTRAL: Food For Others Saves Families from Hunger

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9)--- "I get to go home and make something to eat for you know my little ones," said Lamar Edmonds on his first trip to Food for Others. The non-profit organization distributes free food from its warehouse. Edmonds gets bread, a package of food along with milk and eggs. The items are a part of the Emergency Assistance Program.

Northern Virginia has about 90,000 people living in poverty. The number represents about 5 percent of the population in the area, according to the U.S. Census.

Ladies America Unveils Mentorship Pilot Program for Young, Professional Women Tonight

Ladies America Unveils Mentorship Pilot Program for Young, Professional Women Tonight

Tonight, Ladies America is set to unveil its mentorship pilot program for young, professional women with a soft launch in its flagship city of Washington, D.C.. The program has been under development for the past year under the guidance of Yanire Braña, Jean Schindler, Juliana Hess & others who have crafted a robust program aimed at helping professional women advance and meet achievable, tangible goals for their life and careers.

DC AG Files Lawsuits Against 2 Organizations

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The DC Attorney General filed two civil law suits against "Peaceoholics, Inc." and "WEALTHY" for misusing federal grants.

A lawsuit reveals that Peaceoholics submitted a false grant application and used the money for two luxury SUVs for CEO Jauhar Abraham, officials said in a news release. 

The lawsuit also claims that Peaceoholics falsely reported the amount they paid Jauhar and former COO Ronald Moten. 

A lawsuit reveals that WEALTHY, (Washington East of the River Academy of Entrepreneurship, Arts, Life Skills, Technology and Health for "Youth on the Rise"), also falsely reported how funds were spent, officials said.

Barbara Walters Honored By The American News Women's Club--- PHOTOS

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA 9) - Broadcast legend Barbara Walters received the Excellence in Journalism Award by The American News Women's Club at the National Press Club, Friday, June 21, 2013.

Walters got a cheerful roast from colleagues including Ted Koppel, Sally Quinn, Howard Kurtz and Bob Shieffer of CBS Face the Nation.  Norah O'Donnell, CBS "This Morning" anchor, served as Master of Ceremonies.

Her peers praised her on asking politicians and dignitaries the tough questions, competing to get the scoop and breaking barriers for women in broadcast news. Quinn mentioned the widespread admiration for Walters' "great legs." The crowd burst into laughter.