They're changing the guard at the Kennedy Center. Two key shapers of Washington's cultural life have stepped in, soon to be followed by a third. The full impact of these changes at the nation's busiest performing arts institution won't be felt for some time, as program schedules are sometimes set years in advance. Still, the purpose of the new appointments was certainly not to maintain the status quo.
The Kennedy Center is reviewing the way it selects artists who receive one of the nation's highest arts prizes, the Kennedy Center Honors, after a group said Latinos have been largely excluded.
Broadway superstar Audra McDonald is adding a new chapter to her long history with Lincoln Center. The singer-actress is the new host of "Live From Lincoln Center," the center said Tuesday.
Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma will continue his role as a creative consultant with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through June 2015, the orchestra announced Wednesday.
Republican diners haven't yet picked their entree, but they've narrowed it down to the steak or the fish. Still, just as interesting as their main course will be their side selection: Will they go for a drab salad, or something more exciting? Maybe a spicy Rice dish?
Meryl Streep received her next film assignment over the weekend from a friend _ to play the role of Hillary Rodham Clinton in a future film _ as Streep and four others were saluted with the Kennedy Center Honors.
Actress Meryl Streep, pop singer Neil Diamond, Broadway singer Barbara Cook, famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins received the nation's top award Sunday night for those who have influenced American culture through the arts.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was the big winner in an informal and unscientific GOP presidential-preference poll at radio and TV talk-show host Sean Hannity's Holiday Concert Salute to the Troops fundraiser on Capitol Hill on Saturday night.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined in celebrating the nation's top artists receiving the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday while home for less than 36 hours between diplomatic travels.
Meryl Streep may have gotten her next film assignment, Neil Diamond thanked the namesake of his famous tune "Sweet Caroline," and a tux-clad Elmo honored his friend, Yo-Yo Ma. They were among several luminaries from Broadway, jazz and classical music to receive the Kennedy Center Honors Sunday night for their influence on American culture through the arts.