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Arts Post: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Kennedy Center celebrates India

This month you can travel across the globe without even updating your passport. Maximum INDIA is the Kennedy Center's celebration of the culture, cuisine, music, literature, and even jewelry of India that have fascinated the world for centuries. Arts Blog...

By Stephanie Green  | March 4, 2011; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Kennedy Center  
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Want to be the next Gisele? Here's your chance

DC has a lot of "First Annual [insert fashion-related event here]." They take many forms. Charity fashion shows. Embassy fashion shows. Dogs in fashion shows. Occasionally, you'll spot a Salahi (or two) lurking in the corner or sauntering down the...

By Katherine Boyle  | March 4, 2011; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fashion  
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Cancer-survivor Carmen Marc Valvo in town to raise awareness

Fashion designer Carmen Marc Valvo. (Courtesy of Melanie Dunea) American fashion designer Carmen Marc Valvo, best known for his classic eveningwear and devoted celebrity clientele, is in Washington today to promote national Dress in Blue Day, which raises awareness...

By Katherine Boyle  | March 4, 2011; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fashion  
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National Gallery acquires 1881 landscape by Thomas Moran

Thomas Moran's "Green River Cliffs, Wyoming." (Courtesy of National Gallery of Art) The National Gallery of Art has acquired a key landscape of the untamed American West, its third painting by the celebrated 19th century artist Thomas Moran. "Green River...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | March 3, 2011; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, National Gallery of Art  | Tags:  19th Century art, landscape painting, national gallery of art, thomas moran  
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Archives announces spring and summer hours

There are some sure signs of spring in Washington. The expected peaks for the Cherry Blossoms. The dusting off of the outdoor cafes. The long lines outside the museums. In anticipation of the spring break and summer vacation crowds, the...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | March 3, 2011; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums, National Archives  | Tags:  National Archives, spring and summer hours  
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President Obama talks about the influence of art and words

Standing in the East Room of the White House, President Obama spoke ardently of the role of artists and writers in building the values of the country, and adding to his own identity. "There are people here whose books or...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | March 2, 2011; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Jazz, National Endowment for the Arts, national endowment for the humanities  | Tags:  Arnold Rampersad, Bernard Bailyn, Daniel Aaron, Donald Hall, Gordon Wood, James Taylor, Joyce Carol Oates, Mark di Suvero, National Humanities Medal, National Medal of Arts, Philip Roth, President Obama, Quincy JOnes, Robert Brustein, Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, Sonny Rollins, Stanley Nider Katz, Van Cliburn  
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Trend of the moment: Two-day stubble

It's man's version of the pantyhose debate, the choice our foremothers fretted over before Spanx. Should classy leading ladies go bare under couture gowns made from sheer silk and lace? Grandmothers across America would demand to see Lycra, but now it seems anything (or rather nothing) goes. Oddly enough, leading men are more prudish with their skin, covering up their silky, Gillette-sponsored jaws with the male hygiene trend of the moment.

By Katherine Boyle  | March 2, 2011; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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(e)merge art fair opens applications

The application process for artists who want to compete for places in the new (e)merge art fair has started. The fair, which takes place Sept. 22-25 in Washington, is one of the few art events that will showcase new artists...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | March 2, 2011; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Contemporary Art, Jacqueline Trescott, Local Arts and Culture  | Tags:  (e)merge art fair, contemporary art, Helen Allen, Jamie Smith, Leigh Conner, Mera Rubell, Washington art fair  
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PEN/Faulkner Names Fiction Finalists

The five finalists for the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction were announced Wednesday, with Jennifer Egan, Deborah Eisenberg, Jaimy Gordon, Eric Puchner and Brad Watson making the coveted list.The judges for what the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, headquartered at the Folger Shakespeare...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | March 2, 2011; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Books, Jacqueline Trescott, Local Arts and Culture  | Tags:  Brad Watson, Deborah Eisenberg, Eric Puchner, Jaimy Gordon, Jennifer Egan, PEN/Faulkner, PEN/Faulkner fiction finalists, writing awards  
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White House names Medal of Arts and Humanities honorees

From left, actress Meryl Streep, musician Sonny Rollins and author Philip Roth. (Getty) The White House has selected a high-powered list for the 2010 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medals. The honorees, announced Tuesday, include Meryl Streep,...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | March 1, 2011; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, National Endowment for the Arts, national endowment for the humanities  | Tags:  National Humanities Medals, National Medal of Arts  
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Smithsonian Snapshot focuses on suffrage movement

"Smithsonian Snapshot" continues rumaging through the millions of Smithsonian artifacts this week with a look at a suffragist's sash. The yellow sash was worn by supporters of the women's movement and was printed with the words "Votes for Women." March...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | March 1, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Photography, Smithsonian  | Tags:  Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Snapshot, Suffrage Sash  
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Christian Dior fires designer after 'Hitler' remark (video)

Fashion designer John Galliano arrives at a police station in Paris. (AP)Only days after John Galliano's arrest in Paris, Christian Dior has fired Galliano, 50, after a shocking video emerged showing the visibly inebriated designer telling a café patron "I...

By Katherine Boyle  | March 1, 2011; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Fashion  
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Photographer Nigel Barker on teen models

English fashion photographer Nigel Barker visited the District this past week. Best known for his four-season stint as (arguably) the most likable judge on "America's Next Top Model," he attended a private book signing at Eden Lounge to promote his...

By Katherine Boyle  | March 1, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Swedish design showcased

While the European Fashion Weeks rage on, Washington embassies are playing host to a number of fashionable events. Proving there's more to Swedish design than ubiquitous IKEA, the House of Sweden at the Embassy of Sweden launched their anticipated art...

By Katherine Boyle  | March 1, 2011; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Design  
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Holocaust museum sponsors talks with survivors

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is reviving its weekly talks with survivors of the World War II atrocities. Starting Wednesday the museum is again sponsoring "First Person," a one-hour discussion with survivors, many of whom are volunteers at the museum....

By Jacqueline Trescott  | March 1, 2011; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museum panels and talks, Museums, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum  | Tags:  Holocaust survivors talks, Michel Margosis, u.s. holocaust memorial museum  
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Nominations for 2011 Helen Hayes Awards

Outstanding Lighting Design, Resident Production Colin K. Bills Antony and Cleopatra Synetic Theater Colin K. Bills The Master and Margarita Synetic Theater Dan Covey On the Verge Rep Stage or The Geography of Yearning T.J. Gerckens Candide Shakespeare Theatre...

By staff reports  | February 28, 2011; 8:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Secrest tackles Modigliani in new biography

Meryle Secrest was fascinated by some of the myths around Modigliani, especially the depictions of his bohemian lifestyle and the circumstances of his early death.That interest drew her into her 10th biography of artistic personalities--from Salvador Dali, Frank Lloyd Wright,...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | February 28, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Books, Jacqueline Trescott, Museums  | Tags:  arts biographies, biography of Modigliani, Meryle Secrest, Modigliani  
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Inside the Vanity Fair Oscar party

How does one pass the hours between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. at Vanity Fair when one doesn't have a director to corner, or a starlet to seduce, or a powder to snort? One does what most everyone else does: play the world's most opulent, expensive game of musical chairs.

By Dan Zak and Amy Argetsinger  | February 28, 2011; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Movies  | Tags:  oscars  
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Albert H. Small gives rare papers to George Washington University

Albert H. Small. Correction: Earlier versions of this post misstated the original size of the District of Columbia as 10 square miles. The District was originally a square with 10-mile sides, equaling 100 square miles. This version has been updated...

By Jacqueline Trescott  | February 28, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums  | Tags:  Albert H. Small, donation to George Washington University, George Washington University, papers on Washington history  
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