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Press contact: Audrey Fischer (202) 707-0022
Public contact: Levon Avdoyan (202) 707-5680
View the exhibition here.
Members of the media can find downloadable images from this exhibition in the Library's online pressroom at

Library Marks 500th Anniversary of Armenian Printing With Exhibition, Publication

Exhibition to Open on Vardanants Day, April 19 through September 26

In 1512, Hakob Meghapart (Jacob the Sinner) opened an Armenian press in Venice, Italy, and published an Armenian religious book, "Urbatagirk" (the Book of Fridays). The era of Armenian printing had begun.

To mark the quincentenary of this event and UNESCO’s designation of Yerevan—the capital of the Republic of Armenia—as its Book Capital of the World, 2012, the Library of Congress will open an exhibition, "To Know Wisdom and Instruction: The Armenian Literary Tradition at the Library of Congress" on April 19, in the South Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building. The exhibition, which will remain on view from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, through Sept. 26, may also be viewed online at

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Armenian Community Washington DC, Maryland, VirginiaPower outages drag on in D.C. region; officials fuming at utility companies

With recovery from Friday night’s storm stretching into the week ahead, school officials in the District, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties announced that the schools would be closed Monday for summer sessions and other events. And Maryland declared liberal leave for all non-essential state employees. But all federal agencies are set to open Monday, though officials said workers could take unscheduled leave or telework.

At 4 p.m., about 625,000 Washington-area businesses and households — one in three of the region’s electric customers — remained out of service, according to data furnished on utility websites.

The highest level of outages — 60 percent — was reported for Pepco service to Montgomery County. There, 186,000 customers remained in the dark.

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Armenian Washington 2012 Mark Twain Prize Recipient Ellen DeGeneres

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present the 15th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Ellen DeGeneres on October 22, 2012 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. The Prize, which is named to honor one of the world's greatest humorists, will feature a lineup of the biggest names in comedy, and will be taped for future television broadcast.

"The Kennedy Center is happy to recognize Ellen DeGeneres' unique contributions to the world of comedy," stated Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein. "Through her television programs, stand-up appearances, movies, and even commercials, her special brand of humor has allowed us to find hilarity in the mundane and has kept us laughing for years."

Upon learning she will receive the Mark Twain Prize, Ellen DeGeneres remarked, "It's such an honor to receive the Mark Twain Prize. To get the same award that has been given to people like Bill Cosby, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, it really makes me wonder… why didn't I get this sooner?"

As recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Ellen DeGeneres will receive a copy of an 1884 bronze portrait bust of Mark Twain sculpted by Karl Gerhardt (1853-1940) at the awards ceremony on October 22, 2012. The event is created by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and executive producers Bob Kaminsky, Peter Kaminsky, Mark Krantz, and Cappy McGarr.

Special Event Packages are available at the $50,000; $25,000; $10,000; and $5,000 levels. Single tickets are $1,000 each.

The proceeds from the evening's event are used to support the Kennedy Center's programs, performances and outreach activities.

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When will the cherry blossom trees bloom?

The question on everyone’s mind these days: how will the warm weather affect the blossoms? The answer will come less than a week from today, when the National Park Service gives the peak bloom prediction with the Festival on March 1. The Park Service assures us that it takes prolonged periods of extreme heat or extreme cold to change the blossoms in a significant way, so there’s no need to worry yet. And one thing is certain: the 2012 Centennial Celebration honors the 100-year anniversary of the gift of trees with an unprecedented five weeks of events and activities. So regardless of mother nature, the Festival has everything needed for a fantastic start to spring, with celebrity talent, community spirit, unprecedented arts and culture, and so much more. Get involved with the City in Bloom, check out the latest events, and look for the free Festival App in early March. See you at the Festival!

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BRACKETEERING: Selection Sunday is over but you’re not sure whether to take Kentucky or Duke, fill out your bracket randomly, or use the tried-and-tested mascot technique. Make sense of the madness with Sixth & I Historic Synagogue’s Bracketology 101, with the Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg and Word on the Street’s Ben Standig. They’ll break down the bracket, and you can fill one out to be part of the synagogue’s pool. Tickets ($8 in advance, $10 day of) include a free drink. Play your cards right, and you might even make money on the whole thing. 6:30 PM.

Tuesday, March 13

MUSICAL: Speaking of madness, one of the wackiest musicals of all time, Monty Python’s Spamalot, returns to DC for a quick one-week engagement at Warner Theatre. Two local actors, Arthur Rowan and Adam Grabau, are part of the kooky cast. Tickets ($40 to $75) are available through Live Nation. 7:30 PM.

Wednesday, March 14

BENEFIT: It’s Pi Day, but even if you can’t recite it out to 100 places, you can take part in the fun. Eat sweet and savory pi(e)s and listen to ye olde-timey music at St. Stephen’s Church. The event benefits DC’s Community Powered Radio. $5 suggested donation. 6 PM.

Thursday, March 15

PARTY: The events are really segueing this week, aren’t they? If you’re not pooped out from Pi Day, keep with the math theme at the opening reception for MathAlive!, an interactive exhibit at the Smithsonian’s International Gallery, with a kickoff party featuring booze, light food, and the chance to learn the math behind snowboarding, bridge building, music, and film. Tickets are available online for $35 or for $40 at the door. 6:30 PM.

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Armenian Washington A purpose for each of us

Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, where he pursued a career in music. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, and the Maimonides State Conservatory of Moscow, Russia. Fr. Hovhan has been a member of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pekarsky Percussion Ensemble, and the Moscow Modern Music Ensemle, and has taught at the Yerevan conservatory and the Spendiarov School of Music. 

Growing up in Soviet Armenia, where he recalls seeing churches used as warehouses, the young Leon Khoja-Eynatyan had few opportunities to learn about Armenian Christianity. He says he was first introduced to the Bible by his grandparents, but it wasn't until decades later, when he relocated to the United States, that he would really become active in parish life. 

In 1999, he moved with his family to the United States, and settled in Washington, D.C., where he began attending St. Mary Church. He served for many years as an organist and conductor at the church, and in 2000 he founded the church's well-known Narek Bell Choir. He also served on the Diocese's Sacred Music Council, and for four years led its Boyajian Choir Leadership Development Program for young choir members. 

"Unceasingly and tirelessly he became an inseparable part of St. Mary Church, playing the organ, conducting the choir, or serving on the holy altar every Sunday," said Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan. "Little did he know that all this was leading him to a higher calling."

It was during his time at St. Mary Church that Fr. Hovhan says he first heard God's call to serve the church as an ordained priest. At the encouragement of Archbishop Barsamian, he began taking courses at Catholic University of America in Washington, and in 2008 he enrolled at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, N.Y.

He was ordained to the diaconate in August 2008. In addition to attending the seminary, he assisted Fr. Karapetyan in his pastoral duties at St. Mary Church. He also continued to perform and teach music, serving as a percussion instructor at the Levine School of Music in Washington. 

But his main focus was on his newfound calling. He says once he began preparing for the priesthood, he "could not imagine another place I would rather be." 

Last May, he graduated from St. Nersess Seminary and began preparing for his ordination. "I waited a long time for that day to come," he said. 

The newly-ordained Fr. Hovhan will complete his 40-day seclusion period of fasting, meditation, and prayer at Holy Etchmiadzin. When he returns later this summer, he will spend several months working as an assistant to Fr. Karapetyan until he is assigned to a new parish. 

Fr. Hovhan says he never imagined experiencing a career change in his 40s. "The only thing anyone can do is hear God's call, and answer it," he said. 

Archbishop Barsamian said Fr. Hovhan's journey illustrates that "God has a purpose for each of us."

"Sometimes, that purpose may take time to unfold. But the purpose is there. And when we understand it, we need to be courageous enough, and strong enough in our faith, to accept the role He has given us in His greater design." 

Fr. Hovhan and his wife Narine have two children, Tatevik and Alexander.

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