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Washington, DC Author Luis Alberto Urrea didn’t know much about Kankakee, Illinois, when he was first asked to read there. After all, he was warned to watch out for turkeys in the road when driving there. So imagine his surprise to find a city in the midst of revitalization. Well, let’s...
Washington, DC Who better to discuss the new class of NEA Jazz Masters than noted jazz historian, archivist, and scholar Dan Morgenstern (an NEA Jazz Master himself)? As director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University and Grammy Award-winning annotator of record albums (can we even...
Washington, DC Artistic Director Molly Smith chose the Rodger's and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma to open the recently-renovated Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Molly Smith is a recent convert to American musicals, and like many converts, she's now a passionate believer...
Washington, DC How does one share the stories of the numerous Native American tribes throughout North America, all of whom have different languages, different cultures, and different environments? That is the crux of the dilemma the Native American Public Telecommunications (NATP) organization...
Washington, DC James Moody. Photo by Tom Pich James Moody was a highly accomplished musician on the tenor and alto saxophones, flute, and later vocals. A champion of Dizzy Gillespie's music and an entertainer par excellence, he captivated audiences with his personal charm and wit. He led his...
Providence, Rhode Island Called a ?revolutionary organization in which the distinction between performing and teaching disappears? by the New Yorker , Community MusicWorks provides instrument instruction, leadership development, and other community-based programs to the distressed Providence, Rhode...
Washington, DC While we consider Oklahoma! a traditional classic musical, when the Rodgers and Hammerstein show opened on Broadway in 1943, it was quite groundbreaking. It was one of the first musicals in which the songs and dance numbers were as integral to the storytelling as the dialogue. When...
Washington, DC Jeffrey Sweet wrote the book on Chicago theater. No, really, he wrote the book: Something Wonderful Right Away: An Oral History of The Second City & The Compass Players is considered the definitive book on the history of improv theater in the Windy City. The Second City troupe...
Washington, DC Frank Stella first made his name in the visual arts as one of the Abstract Expressionists. From there he broadened his approach, designing sets for choreographer Merce Cunningham and moving from painting into sculptures. Soon he was painting cars for BMW and creating large-scale...
Washington, DC Most people don't see prison as an opportunity to develop their career. Of course most people don't go on to develop their own genre of music either. That's because most people aren't Chuck Brown, the "godfather of go-go music." Brown talked to us about his...

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