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Savoy Elementary School students perform a flash mob dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in front of the National Portrait Gallery as a way to teach music theory, movement and the impact of the song on the music industry and the "cultural fabric of our society," Washington, D.C., Thursday, November 8, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Kechelle Settle, 8, right, and fellow Savoy Elementary School students perform a flash mob dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in front of the National Portrait Gallery as a way to teach music theory, movement and the impact of the song on the music industry and the "cultural fabric of our society," Washington, D.C., Thursday, November 8, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Taylor Keys, 10, left, and Makayla Monk, 10, right, get a hug from third grade teacher Ms. Odem after the girls and other students with Savoy Elementary School perform a flash mob dance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in front of the National Portrait Gallery as a way to teach music theory, movement and the impact of the song on the music industry and the "cultural fabric of our society," Washington, D.C., Thursday, November 8, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Robert Frost, photographed in 1955, is among the poets featured in the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit, “Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets.” (National Portrait Gallery via Associated Press)

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Artful Adventures for Families, for kids ages 6-12, is probably the only circumstance under which it is reasonable (both for fellow patrons, and for the kids themselves) to take your kindergartner to the vaunted National Portrait Gallery.

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Gertrude Stein exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Picasso's Portrait of Alice B. Toklas, Woman with a Fringe (National Portrait Gallery)

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NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, LONDON The Continental Congress included among American grievances that King George III (in coronation robes) hired mercenaries.