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Washington, DC Shakespeare might have been born in April, but summer's certainly his season judging by the many plein air presentations of the Bard that pop up in the warm weather months. I still remember seeing Michelle Pfeiffer and Jeff Goldblum in a Shakespeare in the Park production of...
Washington, DC "Bollywood, here I come!" The Fiesta Asia flash mob was one of several that took place in the Washington, DC metro area in April and May as part of Dance/Metro DC's spring festival. Photo by Rob Klein I learned about the May 23 Fiesta Asia flash mob from a colleague at...
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...
Washington, DC July 8, 2010 "Read More Books" by Tom T from Flickr Today the National Endowment for the Arts announced the 75 organizations that will receive grants for Big Read projects that will take place between September 2010 and June 2011. (You can take a look at the news release...
Denver, Colorado Synchro-Mesh #2 by Floyd D. Tunson, a Colorado native. Photo courtesy of Floyd D. Tunson Colorado is excited to host the prestigious Aspen Ideas Fest this week. It?s fitting that not only is Colorado a stage for U.S. and world leaders to explore important new ideas, Colorado itself...
Washington, DC Theater of War director Bryan Doerries (far right) leads an audience discussion after performances of Ajax and Philoctetes at New York City's St. Vincent?s Hospital. The audience included military veterans, and medical staff that treat wounded warriors. (Cast members included...
Washington, DC David Straithairn, Gloria Reuben, and Jeffrey Wright in a Theater of War production. Photo by Paxton Winters. The lingering effects of war have long been felt by returning combat veterans. Some of the labels to describe these have included ?soldier?s heart? (Civil War), ?shell shock...
Washington, DC "The more I tried to get away from what was genuine in my life, the worse off the stories were," said Amy Tan when talking about how she began the writing of The Joy Luck Club, an NEA Big Read selection. In this excerpt from this week's podcast, she talks about how she...
Williamsport, Pennsylvania Brilliant Corners is published twice each year by Lycoming College. Contributors have included NEA Literature Fellows Yusef Komunyakaa and Camille Dungy and NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern. The proliferation of poetry on jazz---such as "The Weary Blues" by Langston Hughes...
Washington, DC Homei Iseyama, Interned at Topaz, Utah, Teapot . Photo by Terry Heffernan The first thing I noticed when I entered the exhibition, The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946 , was the quality of the craftsmanship. This small but utterly...

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