Exams are over and Vox is ready to chill over the holidays, so forgive the light posting schedule. Vox will cover breaking news and sports over the break as they happen. Otherwise, have a Merry Christmas and see you in January. (Sorry about forgetting Hanukkah.)
On another note, we have a post up on the main site about autism and the Sandy Hook shooting. Devin Gerzof, a freshman at Georgetown who was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, reacts to the media’s portrayal of Asperger’s syndrome as a violent, destructive condition:
Immediately after the status of the gunman’s behavioral health was revealed, a number of media sources alleged that Adam Lanza committed this massacre because he had Asperger’s syndrome.
This myth pervaded the United States. I overheard people saying, “The only reason Adam Lanza killed all those children is because he has Asperger’s.” Such conclusions, however, are unequivocally false. I should know: at age two, I was diagnosed with autism myself.
Good morning, Georgetown! Classes are over and the winter chill finally pierces the air, so before you hunker down to study for exams, take some time to ring in the holiday season Georgetown-style.
Starting at 1 p.m., GPB is bringing Santa to Red Square. They’re offering free hot chocolate, coffee, and Polaroid pictures with Santa till 5 p.m. At 4:30, the Saxatones will perform. In addition, several GPB members are going to be dressed up as elves.
Starting at 5 p.m., Mask & Bauble, the Theater Department, and several University divisions are hosting the official Christmas tree lighting in Dahlgren Quad. After some hot cocoa and snacks, watch Mask and Bauble perform A Christmas Carol and student musical groups perform Christmas music.
Georgetown’s own Father Christmas Jack DeGioia is expected to make an appearance, bringing much jollity and cheer to the festivities.
While you really shouldn’t have time to see shows this weekend, we have the perfect guide to procrastinate. And if you promised yourself those days of putting off work are a thing of the past, just consider these concerts long study breaks.
Friday: See D.C. rockers U.S. Royalty perform at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. It’s at 6 p.m., and admission is free.
Legendary sax player Benny Golson will be playing at the Bohemian Caverns on U Street Friday and Saturday at 8:30 and 10:30 both nights. Tickets are $35.
Saturday: Let the Choral Arts Society of Washington melt your heart with their family Christmas concert. It’s at 1 p.m. at the Kennedy Center, and tickets start at $15.
All day Saturday, the Duke Ellington School will also be hosting the Holiday Gift and Bazaar Show, a market full of jewelry, food, and other Christmas goodies.
Put on by the school’s Home Association, this bazaar is the perfect destination to find some stocking stuffers (or stomach stuffers), and it’s all within a nice walking distance from campus. The bazaar will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and admission is free.
Next Thursday and Friday, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts will be throwing a soulful holiday concert. Featuring several of the school’s musical ensembles, the Motown-inspired concert will take place in the school’s Ellington Theatre at 35th and R Street in Burleith. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $10.
It’s time to get in the Christmas spirit, and you really don’t want to miss a chance to see these child prodigies developing across the street. Seriously, you’ll regret it for the rest of your life when you learn that the next Dizzy Gillespie blossomed out of this neighboring musical institution.
For a cheery, wholesome start to your Christmasholiday Festivus season, head over to Dahlgren Quadrangle at 5 p.m. this evening for the official lighting of the Georgetown University Christmas Tree.
Mask and Bauble will be performing their interpretation of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, and Georgetown’s musical groups will be adding their dulcet tones to the festivities.
If the cordial invitation you received earlier this week from, among others, the Department of Facilities Management and Auxiliary Services didn’t entice you, perhaps the complimentary hot cocoa and holiday snacks will lure you into the crisp, jovial air of the evening.
Still need another reason to abandon your pre-pregame on the last Friday night before quiet hours begin? This merry gathering usually heralds the traditional holiday-time appearance of Georgetown’s very own Father Christmas, President John J. DeGioia! Although Santa attended last year, will DeGioia himself hear Hoyas’ wishes this Christmas season?
In other Yuletide-related news, Page 13 has the latest updates on the neighbors’ efforts to steal Christmas.