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Rallying: Martin Sheen joins push for drug courts.(MAX NASH/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Drug Court Events

Comedy enthusiasts will gather on Monday night for a very special event. Jokes & Jazz for Vets is sponsored by Justice for Vets, and all proceeds will go to the organization—a national clearinghouse for veterans’ treatment courts.

It starts at 7:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor. Comedian Alonzo Bodden, winner of Last Comic Standing, and musician Denny Seiwell of Wings and the Denny Sewell Trio will be on hand to provide entertainment.


Tickets start at $25 in advance and $30 at the door. There is a $5 discount for all military members and veterans. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

But that’s not the only drug-court event this week. With the 17th annual Drug Court Training Conference in town, professionals in the field will be wandering the Hill and meeting with members.

If you find yourself near Upper Senate Park on Tuesday morning, it’ll be hard to miss the crowd. From 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., actors Martin Sheen, Harry Lennix, and Matthew Perry, along with Phish lead singer Trey Anastasio, will join thousands of drug-court professionals at the Drug Courts Save rally to remind members of Congress that drug courts are a proven budget solution that save lives.


The rally is sponsored by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

Communications Cocktails

Looking for the closest happy hour? This week there are quite a few to choose from if you’re in the media.

On Tuesday, hosts a happy hour at Bar 7, 1015 ½ 7th St., NW, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to all media professionals including editors, writers, producers, and graphic designers. It’s a chance to meet with fellow professionals and mingle while sharing resources, job opportunities, and tips of the trade. Appetizers and drink specials will be available. Registration is required. To do so, or to find out more information, visit

More the social-media type than the print-media type? Stop by Co Co Sala, 929 F St., NW, on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. for the Social Media Club D.C.’s happy hour. The event will also serve as the launch of Scoutmob DC, a new-to-Washington deal-of-the-day website. The first 50 attendees who sign up for Scoutmob DC will get free-drink tickets. For more information, or to register for this free event, visit


Trunk Show

Love jewelry? Stop by Project 4 Gallery, 1353 U St., NW, on Wednesday for ART BUZZ, an annual event sponsored by the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative.

For a $5 admission fee, you’ll have access to hundreds of jewelry creations from D.C. designers. Each admission will also earn you a chance to win one of the signature pieces.

If you need more reason to go, part of the proceeds from the event will fund the collaborative, which provides arts and humanities access to D.C. public school students. For more information, or to RSVP, visit

Funk Fusion

For some, art and music go together like peanut butter and jelly. Those people will be gathering at the Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum on Thursday for Art Jams at the museum’s Take 5! jazz concert.

The event pairs food, drinks, and live funk jazz with the chance to create art at your own easel on a canvas that you get to keep when you’re done. For $40, the museum will give you the easel and canvas as well as the paint, brushes, and art materials you’ll need to create your museum-worthy piece. You’ll also get 20 percent off food and drinks at the courtyard café.

Thursday’s musical entertainment will be provided by Waye Sulc and his funk fusion band. To purchase tickets, visit

Flick Fanatics

Screen on the Green attracts locals and tourists alike to the National Mall every summer. While the first movie of the summer will be In the Heat of the Night, on July 25, the Friends of Screen on the Green are kicking off the annual series with a bang on Thursday.

The free happy-hour celebration will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Iron Horse Tap Room, 507 7th St., NW. Movie buffs of all types are invited.
The Friends of Screen on the Green will be accepting donations to help pay for the movie events. Additionally, “movie-buff” admissions are available: Those who make a $15 donation get a wristband for free pints of the exclusive “screen brew” and extended happy-hour specials. For “producers” who make a $25 donation, the same perks apply, but they’ll also be eligible for recognition in this season’s Friends of Screen on the Green communications.

For more information, or to make a donation, visit

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This article appears in the July 18, 2011 edition of NJ Daily.

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