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Arts Post: September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010

Gray speaks up for the Humanities Council

During its 30th anniversary programs the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., was generously giving awards to filmmakers, historians and those who work to preserve neighborhoods and cultures. However, as the celebrations wound down Thursday night, the council itself received a...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | September 24, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott  | Tags:  d.c., humanities council of washington, johnnetta cole, michel martin, peggy cooper cafritz, vincent gray  
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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Riccio at the National Gallery

By Blake Gopnik Here's the first in an occasional feed of posts from my Tumblr site at blakegopnik.com, where I write a few lines every morning on an object or image that's been on my mind. Daily Pic: "The Entombment,"...

By Blake Gopnik  | September 24, 2010; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Museums  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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President names Kennedy Center Trustees

President Obama appointed four new trustees to the board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, his office announced late Thursday. The new members are Gordon J. Davis, a New York attorney and the former president of Lincoln Center...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | September 24, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Architecture, Jacqueline Trescott, Kennedy Center  | Tags:  Kennedy Center  
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A free evening with Heritage pioneers

Nashville's in the house! The foot-stomping spot on Friday night will be the Music Center at Strathmore, where the 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellows will perform and talk.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | September 23, 2010; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott  | Tags:  Del McCoury, Heritage Fellows, National Endowment for the Arts, Yacub Addy  
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On the National Museum of African American History and Culture: A little green around the edges

By Philip Kennicott David Adjaye, part of the team designing the new home for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, appeared before the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts last week to discuss his revised plans. There...

By Philip Kennicott  | September 22, 2010; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Architecture, Philip Kennicott  | Tags:  National Museum of African American History and Culture  
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Streep pledges $1 million for Women's History Museum

In the midst of passionately arguing why there should be a National Women's History Museum, actress Meryl Streep pledged to give $1 million to the cause.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | September 22, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rubenstein donates $10 million to Kennedy Center

David M. Rubenstein, the still-newish chairman of the Kennedy Center, announced Wednesday that he is donating a "good gift" of $10 million to the center's programs.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | September 22, 2010; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott  | Tags:  kennedy center  
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Furniture with teeth

By Blake Gopnik Yet another reason for heading to the galleries on Florida Ave. NE: Furniture and structures by Antonio Pio Saracino, an Italian-born architect and designer showing at Industry Gallery. Chairs covered with wool balls look like constructions...

By Blake Gopnik  | September 22, 2010; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Design, Galleries  | Tags:  Industry Gallery  
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Art, or science -- or both? An artist talks on physics at G Fine Art

By Blake Gopnik A pretty woman writing love letters, as a demonstration in quantum physics? The same woman balanced on a lazy susan, to make a point about gravity? Julia Oldham's charming videos, now on show at G Fine...

By Blake Gopnik  | September 21, 2010; 6:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Galleries  | Tags:  G Fine Art, Washington Galleries, video art  
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Bringing ancient war drama to the modern military

By Peter Marks Civilians and military people will converge on Woolly Mammoth Theatre next Tuesday night, Sept. 28, to experience war the way Sophocles did. New York-based Theater of War Productions, which has been bringing two ancient Greek plays, "Ajax"...

By Peter Marks  | September 21, 2010; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Peter Marks  | Tags:  sophocles woolly mammoth war military  
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The Smithsonian's 'rat tale'

By Jackie Trescott Rat sightings are usually not good, or entertaining stories. But Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough has found one he likes. When Clough was reviewing some of the successes of the last year at Monday's Regents meeting, he...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | September 21, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, Smithsonian  | Tags:  Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, discovery of new rat  
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Bartoli's new Whit

Cecilia Bartoli announces that she will take over the artistic direction of Salzburg's Whitsun Festival in 2012.

By Anne Midgette  | September 21, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'We No Speak Americano': Mighty handsome

By Sarah Kaufman How do they keep a straight face? Or rather, two straight faces? Check out this excellent hand-dancing clip: Love the music, love the table-tapping, love the rhythmic and visual variety--more than you could ever expect to drum...

By Sarah Kaufman  | September 21, 2010; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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An artfully bloodless 'American'

By Blake Gopnik My ignoramus motto, on date-nights with my cinephile wife: "I may not know movies, but I know what I like." That often involves films the more savvy find flawed. The knowledgeable, including my Post colleague Ann Hornaday,...

By Blake Gopnik  | September 20, 2010; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Movies  
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Smithsonian Summer crowds

By Jackie Trescott Was it the air-conditioning? Or had that many people never seen the Wright Flyer? When the Smithsonian Board of Regents meets Monday, the governing obard will receive some impressive news about the summer attendance. No one who...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | September 20, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, Smithsonian  
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Booming Brazilian

By Sarah Kaufman I've seen Cirque du Soleil before, but there's something especially fabulous about its newest show, "Ovo," which is at National Harbor through Oct. 24. (If your luck with Mapquest, not to mention night vision, is anything like...

By Sarah Kaufman  | September 20, 2010; 9:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Play "Ballo"

The Washington National Opera's challenge to its audience to write opera-themed lyrics to "Take me out to the ball game" yielded some choice opera videos. And puppets.

By Anne Midgette  | September 20, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Modern design and an empty storefront

By Blake Gopnik Out for a morning jog in Adams Morgan, I couldn't help noticing the newly empty storefront that, until very recently, had been the Design Within Reach store, full of juicy examples of modern and contemporary design. Conflicting...

By Blake Gopnik  | September 20, 2010; 7:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Design  | Tags:  design  
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