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"This world is not one color or culture. Everybody has a story. To tell that story or see that story reflected through art is extremely valuable to the community. The arts belong to everyone and our work should reflect that diversity." -- Jesse L. Martin Read our complete Art Talk with...
In honor of Valentine's Day, we asked our Facebook friends to tell us about their first literary crush. Here's what they had to say: I think I have to go with Jane Eyre. Then and now, I view her behavior as so admirable. She has a hard road to hoe but she traverses everything with dignity...
Can anyone be creative? How? What next? These three questions have driven much of my career. To start with the obvious, creativity is a good thing. Creative people tend to be happier and more successful than less creative people. They are funnier and sexier and they can use their creativity to cope...
By 1860, photography had officially begun to make its mark on the American landscape. For the first time in history, ordinary Americans could have their likeness snapped, printed, and distributed to family and friends—a far cry from the expensive, oil-painted portraits of aristocrats past...
“A lot of people have this attitude about rural spaces that culture doesn't exist there, that for some reason these artists are the people who are bringing the culture to the region. Of course, it couldn't be further from the truth. What our work is about and what these artists are...
"What I love about writing in this form [the blog] is that I can curate conversations and showcase the great work of many deserving but overlooked artists anytime I want. And I don’t have to wait for anyone’s permission or approval. What’s challenging, however, is that not...
Washington is a tourist’s dream: we’ve got more monuments and museums than you can shake a stick at. But in between the grand marble memorials are a number of smaller literary landmarks, which are often regrettably easy to miss. Here are a few that are worth seeking out. Henry Wadsworth...
" My accountant says I did this at a very bad time. My stocks are down. I'm cash poor or something. I got no cash flow. I'm not liquid, something's not flowing. They got a language all their own." -Woody Allen in Manhattan , 1979 In the 1979 movie Manhattan , Isaac Davis (...
"... I grew up with an open mind and an open spirit and I think that’s extremely important for any young person and particularly an artist who then wants to play other characters and open their thoughts to being another person."-- Martina Arroyo Want to hear more from Martina Arroyo...
Septime Webre wears many hats: dancer, choreographer, artistic director of the Washington Ballet, and, lately, yoga enthusiast. As befitting a master multi-tasker, Webre takes inspiration from several sources, as he reveals in our interview with him-- "Trigger Points for Inspiration" --in...

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