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"I see my work as affirmation of universality. As an affirmation of our wonderful country. I have deep love for America. I see my work as springing from a base that can be called jazz. And from that base I was able to explore world music. And so my work is an affirmation of my experiences,...
"We perform the show for the people that are in the room and then that performance is theirs forever and ever…." -- Michael Urie While Michael Urie might be familiar to many for his sassy—and hilarious—six years as Marc St. James on Ugly Betty , the Texas-born actor...
On September 14, 1814, by the dawn's early light, Francis Scott Key watched as the American flag was raised over Fort McHenry, a signal that American troops had defeated the British during the War of 1812's Battle of Baltimore —a major upset. Key set his patriotic sentiments down on...
Blue Note Records is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and we want to join in the celebration! Check out our interview with legendary Blue Note recording engineer (and 2009 NEA Jazz Master) Rudy Van Gelder and listen to Jazz Moments in which he discusses being discovered by Blue Note co-founder...
Design is not a fine art but a social art, always facing outward toward other people. The building, the playground, the toothbrush, the smart device, the shoe only become that imagined something better if people use it. It gives design its power as a “consequential endeavor.” I believe...
" As a transgender and queer person, I didn’t see anyone like me in dance. Ever. So how could I see my future there?

 " -- Sean Dorsey When we think about Americans who lack abundant opportunities to see their stories on stage, we usually think about people of color or women. But...
"In between all of the work is the time that you spend practicing, which is also not a paid thing. But you have to practice enough to be good enough so when you do get a call, you'll get called again... I don't think a lot of people really understand how much musicians and writers and...
When it comes to war, history is quick to recall a conflict’s victors and losers. But military life is made up more than triumphs and losses, not to mention the political strategies that led to them. The Blue Star Museums listed here take a look at lesser-known aspects of the American...
At a social science research gathering a few years ago, I was treated to a dazzling series of presentations about the measurement of subjective well-being. I saw results from life-satisfaction surveys and findings from time-use diaries that attempted to record the daily experiences people regard as...
This summer, I'm traveling back in time. Let me back up. In 2001, I was on winter break from college and my family saw our annual holiday musical. We've been doing this for as long as I can remember--everything from Damn Yankees at the Kennedy Center with Tommy Tune, (notable for when he...

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