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Washington, DC Unai Elorriaga's novel Plants Don't Drink Coffee was one of the few Basque works translated into English this year?okay, it may well be the only Basque work translated into English this year. Despite a strong oral tradition of storytelling, few literary books in Basque?a...
Washington, DC [flv: http://artworks.arts.gov/wp-content/uploads/Holly-Bass.mp4 450 273] Holly Bass recites her poem "what's left." [ transcript ] Poet, dancer, trapezist---Holly Bass is a bonafide Washington, DC multihyphenate. In this audio blog, Bass shares her take on living the...
Washington, DC Although 2009 NEA National Heritage Fellow Joel Nelson is known as a cowboy poet, it might be best not to mention it to him because he doesn't like the term. He thinks people might dismiss that type of poetry as trivial, and they would be wrong to do so. As he says, cowboy poetry...
Washington, DC Summertime, and the living is-well, here in DC it's just plain hot. A good time to get out of town and vacate someplace cooler. And what could be cooler than one of those majestic areas of the United States, the National Parks' Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns certainly thinks...
Washington, DC August 3, 2010 2005 NEA National Heritage Fellow Chuck Brown. Photo by Tom Pich You might think that---unlike Chicago or Nashville or New Orleans---the only "music" to be heard in DC is the sound of official motorcades or pontificating politicians. But, in fact, thanks to...
Washington, DC Operatic tenor Everett McCorvey is a very busy man. In addition to performing (and acting as musical director) with the vocal group he founded, the American Spiritual Ensemble, he also teaches voice and is director of the opera program at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, a...
Washington, DC In today's vlog, NEA Design Director Jason Schupbach discusses the six "livability" principles that should inform community design. [flv: http://artworks.arts.gov/wp-content/uploads/JS-livability.mp4 450 273] [ transcript ] If you missed the first two vlogs in our...
Washington, DC John Hickenlooper, mayor of Denver since 2003, has been using the arts to increase the city's livability since he took office (and even before). In 2004, he participated in the NEA's Mayors' Institute on City Design, using the session to discuss the design of Denver's...
Washington, DC Duke Ellington (far left) and his orchestra performing at Howard University in Washington, DC in 1940. Photo by William P. Gottlieb This week's podcast continues our look at the nation's capital, this time turning our attention to one of DC's most famous sons, Duke...
Washington, DC U Street, NW in Washington, DC - once known as the "Black Broadway" for its plethora of theaters - hit hard times in the 1970s and '80s. After the riots of 1968 nearly burned the neighborhood to the ground, it was a long time coming before new life sprung up there. But...

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