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Arts Post: October 17, 2010 - October 23, 2010

Shakespeare in Russian at the Kennedy Center? Da!

By Peter Marks Declan Donnellan's all-male "Twelfth Night"--in Russian, no less--proves to be a stylishly madcap evening of Shakespeare. The production (with English surtitles) in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater, comes to Washington for just two performances, the last of...

By Peter Marks  | October 23, 2010; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Peter Marks, Reviews, Theater  | Tags:  Kennedy Center Twelfth Night Cheek by Jowl  
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2010 Kennedy Center Honors Watch: Oprah Winfrey

Our television colleagues, Lisa de Moraes and Emily Yahr, are keeping tabs on Oprah Winfrey, one of this year's Kennedy Center Honorees. And here's the news about the blockbuster guests Winfrey has lined up for November. The TV Column: Oprah...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | October 22, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Kennedy Center, TV  | Tags:  kennedy center, oprah television show, oprah winfrey  
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Edwidge Danticat: Reading full of tears

By Jacqueline Trescott When a book makes you cry, that's one thing. When an author is reading an excerpt and audience members are dabbing their eyes, that's another thing. But when the author and the audience gets to sniffling, that...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | October 22, 2010; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Books, Jacqueline Trescott  | Tags:  Haitian-American novelist, create dangerously, edwidge danticat  
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Hope Diamond gets a Hollywood voice

By Jacqueline Trescott A new documentary on the Hope Diamond will have the sweet Georgia narration of actress Kim Basinger. Kim Basinger. (Matt Sayles / AP) "Mystery of the Hope Diamond," will air on Thursday, Nov. 21 on the Smithsonian...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | October 22, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, Smithsonian  | Tags:  Hope Diamond, Kim Basinger, Smithsonian Channel, Smithsonian Institution  
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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Rockwell and the art of propaganda

By Blake Gopnik The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com. (Courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum) Norman Rockwell's "Polley Voos Fransay?," a 1917 oil in the collection of George Lucas, on show at the Smithsonian...

By Blake Gopnik  | October 22, 2010; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Museums  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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Festival 'by filmmakers for filmmakers' opens Friday in D.C.

Washington already plays host to many film festivals, but add another to the calendar: the inaugural Reel Independent Film Festival & Extravaganza arrives on Friday. The festival, "created by filmmakers for filmmakers," runs through Sunday at THEARC Theater, 1901 Mississippi Ave SE. The three-day event features various activities, including a hair and glamor show and a comedy showcase on Saturday, and a wine tasting on Sunday.

By By Erin Williams  | October 21, 2010; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Films  
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Morgan, Poehler to join in Fey salute

To no one's surprise Tracy Morgan and Amy Poehler have been added to the crowd of colleagues saluting Tina Fey at the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | October 21, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Kennedy Center  | Tags:  Amy Poehler, Kennedy Center, Mark Twain Award, Tina Fey, Tracey Morgan  
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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Gossart (again) and mannerism

By Blake Gopnik The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com. (Barber Institute, University of Birmingham) Jan Gossart (again) - This time his 1517 "Hercules and Deianira," from the Barber Institute in England and on...

By Blake Gopnik  | October 21, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Museums  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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First lady honors youth arts programs

The annual Coming Up Taller awards, which since 1998 have celebrated grassroots organizations engaged in youth arts education, have been given a new name and higher profile at the White House.

By Mike McPhate  | October 20, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Robin Givhan  
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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Gossart the modern

By Blake Gopnik The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com. (Courtesy the National Gallery of Art) Daily Pic: Jan Gossart's stunning portrait of a merchant, c. 1530, from the National Gallery but now on...

By Blake Gopnik  | October 20, 2010; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Museums  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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A mesmerizing 'Three Sisters' at the Kennedy Center

By Peter Marks Anyone who's ever longed to hear Chekhov in Russian--or just longed for first-rate Chekhov--will want to make their way tonight to the Kennedy Center for the last of two performances of "Three Sisters," as imagined on the...

By Peter Marks  | October 20, 2010; 9:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Peter Marks, Reviews, Theater  
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White House to talk arts, will stream discussion live

The White House is hosting an online chat today with artist Chuck Close and other members of the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities beginning at 2:15 p.m. The conversation precedes an East Room event on Wednesday during which first...

By Christian Pelusi  | October 19, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Robin Givhan  | Tags:  President's Committee on Arts and Humanities  
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Gopnik's Daily Pic: The ultimate watering can?

By Blake Gopnik The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com. (Courtesy Born in Sweden) A watering can designed by Patric Charmolu, a Frenchman based in Stockholm who helped found the design firm Born in...

By Blake Gopnik  | October 19, 2010; 8:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Design  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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The Hirshhorn -- 'Party Central' -- on Oct. 29

Friday Happy Hour at the Hirshhorn. (Courtesy: Matthew Worden / Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden) By Jacqueline Trescott Come on down to art and party central! The Hirshhorn sent out a tweet Monday urging its Twitter followers to stop...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | October 18, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Smithsonian  | Tags:  Hirshhorn Museum, Oct. 30 Marches, Smithsonian Institution  
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2010 Kennedy Center Honors Watch: Paul McCartney

The Washington Post arts staff is keeping an eye on the doings of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honorees. This year's class is Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | October 18, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Kennedy Center  | Tags:  Kennedy Center, Kennedy Center Honorees, Paul McCartney  
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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Skating at Artisphere

By Blake Gopnik The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com. (Courtesy Artisphere) Daily Pic: Skaters "using" a sculpture called "Physical Manipulations of Structural Surfaces - A Homage to Skating," by Richard Vosseller. Both the...

By Blake Gopnik  | October 18, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Galleries  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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