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Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 03/31/2011

Patriot Games

Every performer welcomes a good challenge, but at the age of 29, actor and singer Geoff Packard is holding his own next to some co-stars who happen to be national icons.

By Stephanie Green  |  02:37 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Theater

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 03/31/2011

Smithsonian American Art Museum plans to establish on-site education center with an $8 million gift

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  12:07 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arts Post

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 03/31/2011

Phillips shifts tone of April 7 event to help Japan relief efforts

Phillips Collection announces plans to raise money for Japan relief efforts at April 7 event.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  10:52 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museums

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 03/30/2011

Smithsonian American Art Museum plans to establish on-site education center with an $8 million gift

The Smithsonian American Art Museum receives $8 million gift to help create an education center at the museum

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  06:28 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 03/30/2011

The stories and artifacts of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm added to the Smithsonian collections.

Surviving members of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the first integrated female Big Band, donated some of their photographs and dance cards Tuesday to the National Museum of American History.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:18 PM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Bowen McCauley chooses to look forward for their 15th anniversary

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Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 03/28/2011

Marsalis and Blanchard bring the fire at the Kennedy Center

By Mike Joyce  |  02:48 PM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 03/28/2011

The artistic side of the Culture Wars needs broader coalitions

At a daylong meeting on the aftermath of the protests about the “Hide/Seek” show at the National Portrait Gallery, the veterans of the Culture Wars of the 1980s and early 1990s and the organizers of the 2010 and 2011 actions, agreed arts supporters always had to be ready for attacks on the arts.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  09:39 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 03/25/2011

In the Center of the Ring

Circus life is a wild ride, and Johnathan Lee Iverson, the first African American and the youngest ringmaster in the history of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s “greatest show on earth” is right in the middle of the madness.

By Stephanie Green  |  10:44 AM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Local Arts and Culture

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 03/24/2011

Ivanka Trump in Washington to Celebrate New Footwear Collection

Real estate executive and fashion designer Ivanka Trump is in Washington to celebrate the launch of her new footwear collection at Nordstrom Tysons Corner. Thursday, Trump will meet customers at a free event showcasing her spring 2011 collection.

By Katherine Boyle  |  04:26 PM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fashion

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 03/24/2011

Hylton Performing Arts Center plans an eclectic season, including the legendary Ralph Stanley

For its 2nd season, the Hylton Performing Arts Center is featuring a mix of music, theater and dance styles.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  03:06 PM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 03/24/2011

Hermès Festival of Crafts in Washington

Tomorrow, Hermès brings its weeklong Festival des Métiers, or Festival of Crafts, to the Beltway. Called a “Rendezvous with Hermès Craftsman,” the exhibition features demonstrations--sketches of prints for silk scarves, leatherwork for saddles and handbags--by artisans and craftsmen of the Hermès workshops in Lyon, France.

By Katherine Boyle  |  03:03 PM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fashion

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 03/24/2011

“Pride Night” to be held at Signature Theatre

By Erin Williams  |  01:44 PM ET, 03/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Cold War -era Oral History Project to be presented at Czech Embassy

By Erin Williams  |  12:34 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 03/23/2011

Smithsonian selects 3 regional artists for major show on young craft artisans

Three regional artists are included in the Smithsonian’s “40 under 40: Craft Futures,” a major exhibition set for July 2012 at the Renwick Gallery.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  12:08 PM ET, 03/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 03/22/2011

The Kennedy Center dedicates its young dancers programs to the people of Japan

The Kennedy Center dedicates its Proteges ballet programs to the people of Japan.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:19 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 03/22/2011

‘Bill Cunningham New York’: A Life of Pictures

Richard Press’ acclaimed documentary “Bill Cunningham New York” seems made for Women’s Wear Daily subscribers. It follows veteran New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, 82-the originator of street style shots with his “On the Street” and “Evening Hours” columns-still powering away at the pedals of his bicycle in search of “interesting clothes” and the New Yorkers that wear them.

By Katherine Boyle  |  02:11 PM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fashion

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 03/22/2011

Corcoran said art work not damaged by contained fire

The early morning fire at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design did not harm the museum’s historic collection of art, said the gallery.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  10:37 AM ET, 03/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 03/21/2011

Drew Gilpin Faust, the prize-winning historian and Harvard president, will deliver annual Jefferson Lecture

Lectures in the coming weeks feature historian and Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust and architect Jan Gehl

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  02:46 PM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 03/21/2011

Alec Baldwin and Kerry Washington set to lobby for arts funding

A sure sign of spring in D.C. is the annual effort save funding for arts organizations and arts education efforts.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  11:06 AM ET, 03/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 03/20/2011

Jason Wu Shows Fall 2011 Collection in Washington

Nordstrom and Amy Fine Collins, the longtime contributing style editor to Vanity Fair, hosted a private party honoring designer Jason Wu. The “informal fashion presentation”-which Washington rightly formalized-showcased the wunderkind’s fall 2011 collection set to impress shoppers at Nordstrom’s Tysons store.

By Katherine Boyle  |  05:59 PM ET, 03/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 03/18/2011

Tyra Banks Launches Fashion Website with Demand Media

Model-turned-media mogul Tyra Banks and Demand Media launched a personalized fashion, beauty, and makeover website Tuesday.

By Katherine Boyle  |  05:11 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 03/17/2011

Women are the focus of the 2011 Jazz Appreciation Month

The 10th annual Jazz Appreciation Month, sponsored by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, is spotlighting the women of jazz

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  06:00 PM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 03/17/2011

Tyra Banks launches makeover, fashion website

By  |  05:52 PM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 03/17/2011

Designer Billy Reid Is Bringing His Wares to Georgetown

By Erin Williams  |  04:13 PM ET, 03/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 03/15/2011

Corcoran Gallery of Art organizes panel on Culture Wars

The Corcoran Gallery of Art organizes a panel on Culture Wars, ahead of the Smithsonian’s own dialogue

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:42 PM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 03/15/2011

Deborah Eisenberg named winner of the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Deborah Eisenberg, author of “The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg,” named winner of 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  10:18 AM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 03/15/2011

Deborah Eisenberg named winner of the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Deborah Eisenberg was chosen as the winner of the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her volume, “The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg.”

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  10:17 AM ET, 03/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 03/12/2011

With a major motion picture about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln arriving next month, the National Museum of Crime and Punishment decided to preview the story of Mary Surratt.

The National Museum of Crime and Punishment looks at Mary Surratt and “The Conspirator”

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  02:06 PM ET, 03/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 03/11/2011

Smithsonian pledges to open an American merchandise shop

The skirmish over product origins between the National Museum of American History and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was settled this week when the museum promised to open a gift shop devoted to made-in-America products.

By  |  06:01 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 03/11/2011

Shop or play at Kate Spade's new website

Designer Kate Spade launched a new katespade.com that looks more like a lifestyle blog than an e-commerce shopping site.

By Katherine Boyle  |  02:00 PM ET, 03/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 03/10/2011

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By Jacqueline Trescott  |  04:02 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Lockheed Martin gives U.S. Army Museum $10 million

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  02:33 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Jefferson bible gets rehabbed

A group of conservators and curators have removed 86 pages from the Jefferson Bible to stabilize its condition, study its words and craftsmanship, and guarantee that future generations can learn more about the artifact and the man.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  02:18 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 03/09/2011

Phillips stacks the abstract deck with Kandinsky and Stella

The Phillips Collection is opening its summer season with solo shows by two celebrated modernists: Wassily Kandinsky and Frank Stella.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  02:39 PM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 03/09/2011

Mary Surratt and “The Conspirator”

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  02:36 PM ET, 03/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 03/08/2011

Kennedy Center offers Cate Blanchett, hip-hop, ‘The Addams Family’

The Kennedy Center is stretching its artistic offerings in the 2011-2012 season to attract younger audiences with performers such as hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari and vocalist Nellie McKay.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  03:40 PM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Kennedy Center, Kennedy Center

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 03/08/2011

Classical music new fashion trend

High fashion’s impervious crowd is embracing the electro-classical comeback. Brands that once blasted European house music now feature string symphonies instead.

By Katherine Boyle  |  02:41 PM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 03/08/2011

Smithsonian, always looking for new material, dispatches curator to Wisconsin

Smithsonian dispatches curator to collect from both sides of the Wisconsin debates

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  02:05 PM ET, 03/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 03/07/2011

‘Wicked’ online wait for Kennedy Center tickets

Some members trying to buy pre-sale tickets for the 10-week run of the musical “Wicked” encountered major problems with the website due to “historic demand.”

By Dan Zak  |  04:47 PM ET, 03/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Kennedy Center

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 03/02/2011

President Obama talks about the influence of art and words

Standing in the East Room of the White House, President Obama spoke ardently of the role of artists and writers in building the values of the country, and adding to his own identity. "There are people here whose books or...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:30 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Jazz, National Endowment for the Arts, national endowment for the humanities | Tags:  Arnold Rampersad, Bernard Bailyn, Daniel Aaron, Donald Hall, Gordon Wood, James Taylor, Joyce Carol Oates, Mark di Suvero, National Humanities Medal, National Medal of Arts, Philip Roth, President Obama, Quincy JOnes, Robert Brustein, Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, Sonny Rollins, Stanley Nider Katz, Van Cliburn

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Trend of the moment: Two-day stubble

It's man's version of the pantyhose debate, the choice our foremothers fretted over before Spanx. Should classy leading ladies go bare under couture gowns made from sheer silk and lace? Grandmothers across America would demand to see Lycra, but now it seems anything (or rather nothing) goes. Oddly enough, leading men are more prudish with their skin, covering up their silky, Gillette-sponsored jaws with the male hygiene trend of the moment.

By Katherine Boyle  |  05:17 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 03/02/2011

(e)merge art fair opens applications

The application process for artists who want to compete for places in the new (e)merge art fair has started. The fair, which takes place Sept. 22-25 in Washington, is one of the few art events that will showcase new artists...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  12:45 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Contemporary Art, Jacqueline Trescott, Local Arts and Culture | Tags:  (e)merge art fair, Helen Allen, Jamie Smith, Leigh Conner, Mera Rubell, Washington art fair, contemporary art

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 03/02/2011

PEN/Faulkner Names Fiction Finalists

The five finalists for the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction were announced Wednesday, with Jennifer Egan, Deborah Eisenberg, Jaimy Gordon, Eric Puchner and Brad Watson making the coveted list.The judges for what the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, headquartered at the Folger Shakespeare...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  12:20 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Books, Jacqueline Trescott, Local Arts and Culture | Tags:  Brad Watson, Deborah Eisenberg, Eric Puchner, Jaimy Gordon, Jennifer Egan, PEN/Faulkner, PEN/Faulkner fiction finalists, writing awards

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 03/01/2011

White House names Medal of Arts and Humanities honorees

From left, actress Meryl Streep, musician Sonny Rollins and author Philip Roth. (Getty) The White House has selected a high-powered list for the 2010 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medals. The honorees, announced Tuesday, include Meryl Streep,...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  03:45 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, National Endowment for the Arts, national endowment for the humanities | Tags:  National Humanities Medals, National Medal of Arts

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Smithsonian Snapshot focuses on suffrage movement

"Smithsonian Snapshot" continues rumaging through the millions of Smithsonian artifacts this week with a look at a suffragist's sash. The yellow sash was worn by supporters of the women's movement and was printed with the words "Votes for Women." March...

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  02:00 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Photography, Smithsonian | Tags:  Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Snapshot, Suffrage Sash

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 03/01/2011

Christian Dior fires designer after 'Hitler' remark (video)

Fashion designer John Galliano arrives at a police station in Paris. (AP)Only days after John Galliano's arrest in Paris, Christian Dior has fired Galliano, 50, after a shocking video emerged showing the visibly inebriated designer telling a café patron "I...

By Katherine Boyle  |  12:46 PM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fashion

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/01/2011

Photographer Nigel Barker on teen models

English fashion photographer Nigel Barker visited the District this past week. Best known for his four-season stint as (arguably) the most likable judge on "America's Next Top Model," he attended a private book signing at Eden Lounge to promote his...

By Katherine Boyle  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 03/01/2011

Swedish design showcased

While the European Fashion Weeks rage on, Washington embassies are playing host to a number of fashionable events. Proving there's more to Swedish design than ubiquitous IKEA, the House of Sweden at the Embassy of Sweden launched their anticipated art...

By Katherine Boyle  |  10:23 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Design

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 03/01/2011

Holocaust museum sponsors talks with survivors

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is reviving its weekly talks with survivors of the World War II atrocities. Starting Wednesday the museum is again sponsoring "First Person," a one-hour discussion with survivors, many of whom are volunteers at the museum....

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  09:48 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Museum panels and talks, Museums, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum | Tags:  Holocaust survivors talks, Michel Margosis, u.s. holocaust memorial museum

 

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