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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Kennedy Center
Artists from Spain and Portugal will be a centerpiece of the Kennedy Center's next season, along with a first for the performing arts giant: its own new musical.
Challenging dramatizations are nothing new to the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, which in recent years has performed plays featuring defections from North Korea, professional wrestlers cast as terrorists, and even a darkly comic retelling of the JonBenet Ramsey murder.
The Kennedy Center's expansion plan is receiving early signs of approval from two federal agencies that oversee architecture and design in Washington.
A 12-year-old from Laramie is competing in a prestigious piano competition in France.
Five essential songs by Pete Seeger, who died Monday at age 94:
A "Chakalaka" experience awaits the audience when musician Ellis Hall brings his "big old box of crayons" to the Kennedy Center for a festive New Year's Eve concert of soul, R&B and Motown memories. He will share the stage with conductor Steven Reineke and the National Symphony Orchestra.
'The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" will be performed at the National Theatre Christmas week, the same time "Elf the Musical" is at the Kennedy Center and the Washington Ballet's "The Nutcracker" is at the Warner Theatre. At first glance, a show about addiction, abusive relationships and a natural disaster might not be the most natural fit for the holiday season. Yet Sumayya Ali, who will play the role of the struggling young mother Clara in the production, argues that in an unexpected way, "Porgy and Bess" might be the perfect show for Christmas.
When Carol Burnett launched her namesake variety show in the 1960s, one TV executive told her the genre was "a man's game." She proved him wrong with an 11-year run that averaged 30 million viewers each week.
Mariinsky is a Russian synonym for excellence. Whenever the Mariinsky Orchestra performs its magnificent repertoire led by the world-class conductor Valery Gergiev, the audience marvels. So it will on Monday when the Washington Performing Arts Society welcomes them to the Kennedy Center for an evening of three major works by composer Igor Stravinsky.
The world premiere of composer Roger Reynolds' multimedia project "george WASHINGTON" will be performed at the Kennedy Center this week by the National Symphony Orchestra and conducted by music director Christoph Eschenbach.
This Labor Day weekend marks the 12th year of the Kennedy Center's Page-to-Stage New Play Festival, a cornucopia of original works to tempt and astound audiences.
Since you most likely have the Labor Day holiday off, head to the U.S. Capitol on Sunday to hear the National Symphony Orchestra perform for free.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will officiate at a same-sex wedding this weekend in what is believed to be a first for a member of the nation's highest court.
Dance: National Dance Day; Tennis: Citi Open; Exhibit: Shark Weekend; Concert: New Order; Concert: Natalie Cole