The 2017 DC LaborFest launched yesterday with a wreath-laying and photos with a life-size Mother Jones figure at the AFL-CIO (right). May 1 is Mother Jones' birthday and she'll be in residence at the labor film poster exhibit at the AFL-CIO all week, so stop by to give her your birthday greetings and post a selfie with the legendary labor organizer! Click here for the complete LaborFest line-up and post widely on Facebook, Twitter and other social media!
TUESDAY, May 2
12p: AFL-CIO building art & history tour
5p: R&B & Jazz Show: Lee Anderson and Bev Holton
Coming up tomorrow: Film: Sacco and Vanzetti
AFL-CIO HEADQUARTERS TOUR (NEW!)
Tue, May 2, 12p – 1p; AFL-CIO, 815 16th Street NW, Washington DC
FREE but you must rsvp here
This new tour features stunning mosaics of marble, glass and gold that pay tribute to America's working families at the headquarters of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, or AFL-CIO, the largest federation of unions in the United States, made up of 56 national and international unions. Also included in the tour: a historic Ralph Fasanella painting, the Labor Film Poster Exhibit and displays honoring key figures in American labor history.
R&B & JAZZ SHOW: LEE ANDERSON AND BEV HOLTON
Tuesday, May 2, 5:00 pm-8:00 pm, Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St, Washington DC 20012
5-6 pm be part of the live audience for a WPFW 89.3FM [email protected] simulcast
6-8 pm concert
FREE but you must RSVP here
Many musicians have day jobs and many office workers dream of other vocations: Lee and Bev weave these together perfectly. They both work at the AFL-CIO – Lee’s a Senior Digital Strategist in the Digital Strategies department and Bev’s an Administrative Secretary in the Communications department – and they’ve both been singing for decades.
Lee Anderson is a classically trained R&B singer, pianist, producer and has been singing for over 20 years at progressive movement conferences like Netroots and the Midwest Academy. He’s sung background vocals for celebrities like Mariah Carey and with local bands like the Touch Band. Most recently he appeared in the DC production of “Love Songs From The Liberation Wars.” Find out more here.
Jazz singer Bev Holton began singing at age three, performing "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" at her nursery school's talent show. Since then she’s performed with the Nova Shadow Quartet at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, a vocal group in Boston performing weekly concert versions of Broadway shows, at various piano bars and open mike nights in New York City, before returning to DC where she’s performed regularly for the last 30 years.