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Arts Post: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

Gopnik's Daily Pic: "Fire" at the Art Museum of the Americas

By Blake Gopnik The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com. Daily Pic: Once again at the Organization of American States, this time looking at the facade of its museum, altered by a temporary mural...

By Blake Gopnik  | October 1, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Galleries  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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Wolf Trap's best-ever summer

Sheryl Crow (Evy Mages / For The Washington Post) By Jacqueline Trescott When the legendary Willie Nelson pulled into Wolf Trap this summer, every seat from the rim of the stage to the back of the sloping lawn, was...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | October 1, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott  | Tags:  Willie Nelson, Wolf Trap Park, summer concerts  
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Step Afrika! set to tour Egypt

by Sarah Kaufman Step Afrika!, the Washington-based company that specializes in the dance style known as stepping, will tour Egypt at the request of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo beginning Oct. 6, the troupe has announced. While in Egypt, Step...

By Christian Pelusi  | September 30, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Sarah Kaufman  | Tags:  Step Afrika!  
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Next Spring, it's La Dolce D.C.

19th-century Italian gondola. (Courtesy: The National Gallery) By Jacqueline Trescott Next spring the sights, sounds and good smells of Italy will cloak our city. The National Gallery of Art has booked two major Italian art shows and that has...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | September 30, 2010; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Galleries, Jacqueline Trescott  
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Picasso comes to Richmond

By Blake Gopnik The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond just announced what it is calling "the most important exhibition in its history", a touring show called "Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris," on view from Feb....

By Blake Gopnik  | September 30, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Museums  
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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Bertoia at the National Gallery

By Blake Gopnik Another entry from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com. Daily Pic: Harry Bertoia's 1977 "Tonal Sculpture," recently moved indoors at the National Gallery. Bertoia's best known for the great woven-wire chairs he designed...

By Blake Gopnik  | September 30, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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Music of defiance

Murry Sidlin's "Defiant Requiem" recreates the Verdi Requiem as it might have been performed by Jewish prisoners at the Nazi concentration camp in Terezin, or Theresienstadt.

By Anne Midgette  | September 30, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anne Midgette, Classical music  
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The NEA'S 45 years of numbers

To mark the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts 45 years ago Wednesday, the agency whipped up a celebratory list of its statistics. And the first was a whopper, even for the endowment, the country's largest grantmaker in...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | September 29, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott  | Tags:  National Endowment for the Arts  
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Arachne Aerial Arts combines dance with aerial acrobatics

Andrea Burkholder, foreground, and Sharon Witting of Arachne Aerial Arts rehearse. (Astrid Riecken / For The Washington Post) By Pamela Squires Three duets performed by the Washington company at Dance Place on Saturday were breath taking. They more than...

By Christian Pelusi  | September 29, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Dance  | Tags:  Arachne Aerial Arts  
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President Carter cancels tonight's talk

Due to his hospitalization, President Carter has cancelled Wednesday's appearances in Washington. The former president was scheduled to discuss his time at the White House and his most recent book, "White House Diary" Wednesday night in a program sponsored by...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | September 29, 2010; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Smithsonian  | Tags:  book tour, president carter, smithsonian associates  
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Tina Fey's funny friends

An all-star reunion of talent from "Saturday Night Live" will headline the salute to Tina Fey at the annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Tina Fey. (Peter Kramer / AP) Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers and Fred Armisen, as well...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | September 29, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Kennedy Center  | Tags:  Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey  
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Gopnik's Daily Pic: The OAS Sculpture Garden

By Blake Gopnik The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com. (Lucy Hogg / For The Washington Post) Daily Pic: "Grand Diagonal," a 1990 work by Venezuelan artist Rolando Pena, in one of my new...

By Blake Gopnik  | September 29, 2010; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Public Art  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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'Brief Encounter': Mad about its style

By Peter Marks When the theater goes to the movies, parody and satire tend to be its close companions. Witness the madcap antics of "The 39 Steps," the Hitchcock sendup still raking in laughs off-Broadway, or the caustic sneer...

By Peter Marks  | September 29, 2010; 8:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Peter Marks, Reviews, Theater  | Tags:  Broadway Theater Coward Encounter  
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Phillips Collection at 90

Sir Howard Hodgkin's As Time Goes By (2009) (Courtesy: The Phillips Collection) By Jacqueline Trescott The 90 years of artistic innovation at the Phillips Collection will be celebrated in 2011 with a series of installation flashbacks. The Phillips, opened...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | September 28, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Galleries, Jacqueline Trescott  | Tags:  The Phillips Collection  
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To launch 2010-11 season, Barns at Wolf Trap calls on musicians with local ties

By Chris Richards The Barns at Wolf Trap will kick off its 2010-11 concert season with three performances showcasing acts with roots in the Washington area. Robbie Schaefer, guitarist of local rock vets Eddie From Ohio, will get the season...

By Chris Richards  | September 28, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Go-go legend Chuck Brown on his fans, his city and his late night television debut

Chuck Brown appears on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday night. (John Shore) By Chris Richards At the age of 74, Washington's beloved "Godfather of Go-Go," Chuck Brown, is making his big premiere on late night television. In just...

By Chris Richards  | September 28, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Teaching, inspired by Sondheim

The Kennedy Center announced Tuesday it is creating an award for teachers in honor of Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday. This marks the millionth way people have paid tribute to the Broadway legend during his celebratory year, but this one will...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | September 28, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott  | Tags:  kennedy center, stephen sondheim, teacher awards, teaching contest  
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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Mexican Design

By Blake Gopnik The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com. Daily Pic: Thierry Jeannot, a Frenchman practicing in Mexico City, designed this deluxe Venetian-style chandelier -- but built it entirely of recycled plastic...

By Blake Gopnik  | September 28, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Design  
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'Dancing' with each other

I tuned in near the end of DWTS last night (my own reality having gotten in the way, no news there), and caught only the last 30 minutes -- but what golden moments they were. I felt lucky to have...

By Sarah Kaufman  | September 28, 2010; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Domingo: no contract renewal at WNO

Plácido Domingo announces that he will not extend his contract with the Washington National Opera.

By Anne Midgette  | September 27, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Google's birthday logo, by the master slatherer Thiebaud

By Blake Gopnik This morning, Google launched a special logo on its home page to celebrate its birthday: A pretty little picture of a cake with a candle and the word Google in icing, all drawn by pop-art master Wayne...

By Blake Gopnik  | September 27, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A stunning diamond arrives at Natural History Museum

By Jacqueline Trescott A famous necklace of hundreds of diamonds, including nine rare blue diamonds, was installed at the National Museum of Natural History Monday. And just like its hefty neighbor, the Hope Diamond, the jewelry has an interesting history....

By Jacqueline Trescott  | September 27, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Smithsonian  | Tags:  Cullinan Diamond Necklace  
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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Dan Steinhilber

By Blake Gopnik The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com. (Courtesy of G Fine Art) Daily Pic: A wall sconce by Washington sculptor Dan Steinhilber, seen recently on a wall at G Fine Art,...

By Blake Gopnik  | September 27, 2010; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Design, Galleries  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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