The iconic portraits of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will temporarily leave the National Portrait Gallery next year to go on a nationwide tour.
The portraits will go off-display in D.C. in May of 2021, according to a press release.
Kim Sajet, the Portrait Gallery’s director, said in the release that the museum has seen a record number of visitors since unveiling the portraits in February 2018.
She says visitors come “not only to view these works in person, but to be part of the communal experience of a particular moment in time.”
The year-long tour will kick off in President Obama’s hometown at the Art Institute of Chicago on June 18, 2021. The portraits will then travel to the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the High Art Museum in Atlanta and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
The tour will feature an audio-visual element, workshops and special presentations in each location, the Portrait Gallery says. The National Portrait Gallery also plans to release a book, “The Obama Portraits,” on Feb. 11 in anticipation of the tour.
Comedian Brad Williams Raises More Than $430,000 to Send Bullied 9-Year-Old Quaden Bayles to Disneyland – NBC4 Washington
Devastated after again being targeted at school for his dwarfism, a sobbing Quaden Bayles repeatedly told his mother that he wanted to die.
The 9-year-old Australian’s deep distress went viral on social media after his mother, Yarraka Bayles, posted a six-minute video clip.
“This is what bullying is doing and I want people to know how much this is hurting us as a family,” she says in the video, which has been viewed more than 19 million times. “This is the impact that bullying has on a 9-year-old kid that just wants to go to school, get an education and have fun.”
Her appeal sparked an outpouring of worldwide support for the bullied boy, including from celebrities and athletes.
Australian actor Hugh Jackman said “you are stronger than you know, mate” and urged people to “be kind” to each other, while Eric Trump — the son of U.S. President Donald Trump — said the video was “absolutely heartbreaking.”
“This is one of the hardest videos I’ve watched,” Boston Celtics basketball player Enes Kanter wrote on Twitter. “No place in the world for bullies.”
A GoFundMe page started by American comedian Brad Williams has raised more than $434,834 in an effort to send Bayles on a trip to Disneyland in California, far surpassing its $10,000 goal.
“This isn’t just for Quaden, this is for anyone who has been bullied in their lives and told they weren’t good enough,” said Williams, who has the same dwarfism condition of Achondroplasia.
Williams later thanked people who donated and sent heartfelt messages to Bayles for the “unbelievable” love they’d shown. He also assured donators that a team of people would ensure the story and the donation process were legitimate after some social media users called the video a hoax.
“Money donated will not be wasted!” Williams wrote on Twitter. “We thank you for your generosity and patience while we make sure all this is done the right way.”
Bayles, who is Aboriginal Australian, has been invited to lead the Indigenous All-Stars out onto the field in their rugby league clash with the Maori All Stars in Queensland on Saturday.
“We could never have dreamt in our wildest dreams that it would’ve gone worldwide and created such a media frenzy,” Yarraka Bayles told reporters on Friday. “There are way too many people suffering in silence and my heart goes out to those families that have already lost their children to bullying. It’s an international crisis and it demands urgent attention.”
With Dick Van Dyke’s Endorsement, Sanders Seeks Hipster Replacements – NBC4 Washington
Actor Dick Van Dyke’s video endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders for president lit up social media Friday night as the 94-year-old co-star of the original “Mary Poppins” tried to persuade people of his generation to vote for the candidate known for his younger supporters, NBC News reported.
Sanders, 78, already enjoys unusual support from voters native to the digital age as he seeks the Democratic nomination for president. Van Dyke wants to see more of his cohorts, who aren’t big social media users, get behind the Independent senator from Vermont.
In the video posted to Sanders’ Twitter account Friday evening, Van Dyke says, “It just doesn’t make sense to me that he’s not getting my generation. And I want to urge my generation to get out and vote for him, please.”
NBC News exit poll data from the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary earlier this month found Sanders was the top choice among those 44 or younger, and he fared even better with the 18-to-29 crowd. Voters 45 and older were more likely to prefer Sen. Amy Klobuchar, 59, D-Minnesota, and Pete Buttigieg, 38, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
‘Friends’ Reunion Coming to HBO Max – NBC4 Washington
Let’s call this simply “The One With the Reunion.”
After months of rumors, the ‘Friends’ reunion is officially happening. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry have signed on to participate in a taped unscripted reunion special for HBO Max, the new streaming home of ‘Friends.’
The special and all episodes will be available at launch time of HBO Max in May 2020. Ben Winston will direct the special and will executive produce along with ‘Friends’ executive producers Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane. Aniston, Cox, Kudrow, LeBlanc, Perry, and Schwimmer will also executive produce the special. Emma Conway and James Longman are co-executive producers.
Jennifer Aniston broke a Guinness World Record when she gained one million Instagram followers in just five hours and sixteen minutes after her account went live. The “Friends” star dethroned the previous record holders: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
“Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire ‘Friends’ library,” Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max and president, TBS, TNT, and truTV, said in a statement.
“I became aware of ‘Friends’ when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans,” his statement continued.
According to reports, the six got a big payday for the special. And let’s be clear: This isn’t a revival or reboot. It’s just six pals, who played friends on TV, getting together to talk about their 25-year-old show. The closest viewers got to a televised ‘Friends’ reunion was in 2016 when Kudrow, Aniston, Cox, Schwimmer and LeBlanc got together to honor director James Burrows on an NBC special.
The six real-life friends and former costars have gotten together off camera recently, as documented in Aniston’s debut Instagram post. In early February, Perry became the sixth and final costar to join the social media platform.
‘Friends’ ran for 10 seasons from 1994-2004 on NBC. The comedy made its streaming debut on Netflix in 2015 and stayed there until the beginning of 2020. WarnerMedia reportedly spent some big bucks to get ‘Friends’ on HBO Max.
“HBO Max will bring together the diverse riches of WarnerMedia to create programming and user experiences not seen before in a streaming platform. HBO’s world-class programming leads the way, the quality of which will be the guiding principle for our new array of Max Originals, our exciting acquisitions, and the very best of the Warner Bros. libraries, starting with the phenomenon that is ‘Friends,'” Robert Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer, said in a statement when HBO Max was officially announced.
“Under the leadership of two of the strongest creative visionaries — Casey Bloys (HBO) and Kevin Reilly (original content and acquisitions)—and two of the most experienced digital experts—Tony Goncalves and Andy Forssell—I have no doubt they and their dedicated teams will deliver the world’s best storytelling to audiences of all ages wherever and whenever they want it.”
Google Doodle Pays Tribute to Beloved Mexican Comedian ‘Chespirito’ – NBC4 Washington
Google Doodle is paying tribute to the iconic Mexican comedian Roberto Gomez Bolaños on what would have been his 91st birthday.
Known as “Chespirito,” which means “Little Shakespeare,” Bolaños wrote and played the boy television character “El Chavo del Ocho” (The Boy From No. 8) that defined a generation for millions of Latin American children. His other famous character was the naive superhero “El Chapulin Colorado,” or “The Crimson Grasshopper.”
Born in Mexico City on Feb. 21, 1929, Bolaños had a degree in engineering, but was dedicated to writing from a young age.
Talented both on the screen and behind it, he found early success contributing to some of Mexico’s highest-rated television and radio programs before get his big break in 1970 with the creation of “Chespirito,” a sketch comedy show that included segments about “The Crimson Grasshopper.”
The goofy superhero donned a red bodysuit and hood with antennas that helped him detect danger miles away. He layered it with yellow shorts and boots. The character, whose superpowers included shrinking to the size of a pill and dodging enemies, constantly repeated his signature phrases, “You didn’t count on my cleverness” and “All the good people, follow me.”
In 1971, Bolaños debuted the character “El Chavo del Ocho,” the quirky 8-year old orphan with freckles, striped shirt and frayed cap. Many Latin Americans, living under dictatorships during the height of the show, found his underdog triumphs heroic in the face of authority.
Both characters went on to earn their own shows.
For more than 40 years, Chespirito created hundreds of episodes of television shows, as well as movies and plays. Chespirito died in 2014 at age 85.
His legacy lives on in the series’ reruns, which have been translated into more than 50 languages and are still shown on television networks globally, including Spanish language television in the United States. El Chavo’s famous catchphrase “Fue sin querer queriendo,” or “accidentally on purpose,” is commonly quoted by Latin Americans.
“Gracias for all the laughs, Chespirito—your infectious smile brings joy to families around the world!” Google wrote in a blog post explaining Friday’s doodle.
Margarita Recipes and Deals – NBC4 Washington
Tart, tangy and sweet, the margarita is one of America’s most beloved cocktails, so it’s not really surprising that there’s an entire day devoted to the delightfully drinkable libation.
Whether you’re loco for a frozen beverage or prefer sticking to the classic “skinny” version like Jennifer Aniston, National Margarita Day, which falls on Saturday, Feb. 22, is the time to enjoy your marg just how you like it.
Here are seven chains with discounts on margaritas for National Margarita Day 2020, plus, seven of the best margarita recipes if you’re opting to throw a fiesta at home. Some promotions may not be offered at every location, so call your local hot spot before heading out.
National Margarita Day restaurant deals
Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant is switching up its typical National Margarita Day promo this year. The restaurant isn’t shaving the price off the drinks themselves, but customers’ money will go to a very good cause. For every Premium Margarita sold on Saturday, the chain will donate $2 to No Kid Hungry.
Bahama Breeze will be celebrating the cocktail-themed holiday all day on Saturday. Patrons can order the restaurant’s Classic Margarita for just $2.22 in honor of the special day. This year, the tropical chain is also offering three new margarita-style cocktails: Coconut-Pineapple, Blue Curacao and Dragon Fruit.
The Tex Mex restaurant chain will be mixing up two margaritas for only $5 each: its traditional Presidente Margarita, and its February Margarita of the Month, Hearts on Fire ‘Rita. What could be better than a $5 ‘rita? How about a free cup? National Margarita Day diners will get to take home the specialty cup in which their margaritas are served.
Chuy’s also wants guests to remember its name after enjoying some cheap drinks at the bar. For $2, customers can upgrade any house or frozen margarita to a grandes and they will get to keep the commemorative cup. Bartenders will also be serving $1 floaters, in the form of an extra shot of tequila or orange liqueur folks, to amp up any margarita. As an exclusive Margarita Day pairing, Chuy’s is also offering $7 Taco Fries (topped with queso, taco meat and spicy jalapeños) this Saturday only.
Of course, any dining establishment associated with Jimmy Buffett will be serving plenty of margs on Saturday (and every other day of the week). Naturally, Margaritaville locations will be celebrating its namesake holiday with an exciting contest where fans can get free margaritas for a long, long time.
For the entire month of February, people can enter to win a Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker (online or in a restaurant), so they can blend up their favorite beverages all year long. Each special blender also comes with a salt rimmer, a serving tray and a $100 Margaritaville gift card to use at any of the chain’s restaurants or resorts.
Ready to start celebrating early? On the Border’s1800 Gran ‘Rita, a premium drink that features 1800 Silver Tequila, Gran Gala orange liqueur and the restaurant’s own lime sour mix, costs just $5 from the start of the month through Saturday, Feb. 22.
Try $4 classic Romaritas (Tony Roma’s version of a margarita) or take $2 off any of the chain’s premium Romaritas.
The best margarita recipes for National Margarita Day
“Friends” star Jennifer Aniston has long been vocal about her love for a simple margarita. Luckily for home bartenders everywhere, her three-ingredient recipe is insanely easy to whip up. The actress, who doesn’t like sweet drinks, says the key to her special cocktail is using fresh lime juice and a good-quality silver tequila.
Get the Recipe: The Perfect Margarita
This margarita is simple, straightforward and delicious. The recipe also provides helpful tips on how to properly salt a rim or spice up the drink with some jalapeño.
Get the Recipe: Coconut Lime Margarita
It might still be winter, but this Coco Lime Margarita will transport you right to a tropical beach. You’ll almost be able to smell that salty ocean air. Almost.
Get the Recipe: Smollett Siblings’ Ginger Ale Margarita
The addition of bubbly ginger ale adds effervescence and sweetness to the citrusy tang of a classic margarita.
Get the Recipe: Ina Garten’s Jalapeño Margarita
Ina Garten’s margarita is mildly hot but, of course, you can use more peppers and make them even hotter! Infuse the tequila with the jalapeño overnight; any longer and it will become too spicy. You can also prepare the entire cocktail mixture ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to six hours.
Get the Recipe: Fresh Raspberry Margarita
Add a hint of berry flavor and a pop of color to a traditional margarita for the ideal summertime sipper. It’s so good, it will make those wintertime blues melt away — or maybe that’s just the tequila talking!
Get the Recipe: Martha Stewart’s Smoky Lemon Margarita
Mezcal, tequila’s smokier cousin, gives Martha Stewart’s margarita its signature flavor. It’s a little sour, a tad sweet, but perfectly balanced. For a version without smokiness, use silver tequila in place of mezcal.
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