The Washington Times - July 3, 2013, 05:57PM

Musician Herb Alpert, film director George Lucas and playwright Tony Kushner will be among the artists and scholars to receive National Medals of Arts and Humanities from President Obama at the White House next week.

The White House on Wednesday announced the list of 24 award recipients who will be honored during a ceremony on July 10, with first lady Michelle Obama attending. Among the honorees are sports writer Frank Deford (“for transforming how we think about sports”), actor Anna Deveare Smith, author Joan Didion and comedian Elaine May.

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The Washington Performing Arts Society also is receiving a medal “for bringing world-class performances to our nation’s capital,” the White House said.