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The Style Blog: April, 2012

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 04/30/2012

National Poetry Month: Poetry Madness bracket showdown

Which poem rules them all? Vote on the best poem for National Poetry Month.

By Fiona Zublin  |  05:03 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, Poetry

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 04/30/2012

Quiz: Test your ‘Jeopardy’ knowledge

Test your knowledge in this multiple-choice quiz on Trebek and “America’s Favorite Quiz Show.”

By Dan Zak  |  10:31 AM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:35 PM ET, 04/29/2012

The Bloggess, the Gilt gals, and the erotic “Fifty Shades” rule the rankings (Bestsellers of the week)

“Fifty Shades” triology sweeps into top three spots

By Christopher Schoppa  |  06:35 PM ET, 04/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arts Post

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 04/27/2012

Sweetlife Festival live video

The Shins, Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky and more than a dozen others are scheduled to perform.

By Joe Heim  |  07:00 PM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 04/27/2012

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ sing-along: The best Queen covers

By Maura Judkis  |  02:02 PM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 04/27/2012

With descriptive camera, a picture is worth a dozen or so words

A new camera describes what it sees through its viewfinder.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:11 AM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 04/27/2012

Stream the Sweetlife Festival on Saturday, here on the Style Blog

Watch sets by Avicii, Kid Cudi, the Shins, fun., A$AP Rocky and more.

By Chris Richards  |  06:00 AM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Chris Richards, Music | Tags:  music

Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 04/26/2012

The 5x5 public art project organizes a bus tour this Saturday

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has organized a bus tour Saturday of the 5x5 Project exhibits, leaving from Arena Stage at 11 a.m.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:25 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The 5x5 project, public art in Washington, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Cherry Blossom Festival

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 04/26/2012

National Princess Week: ‘Inner sparkle,’ at a price

The Disney-invented National Princess Week may be irksome for parents.

By Maura Judkis  |  04:13 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 04/26/2012

“Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James to speak in D.C. next week

The author of the bestselling romance novel is expected to draw a crowd.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:24 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  books

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/26/2012

The NEA distributes new funds to regional groups

The federal agency announced Wednesday its latest round of $77.17 million in funds to groups across the country, including ones in the District, Virginia and Maryland

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Endowment for the Arts, grants for Washington, Maryland and Virginia groups

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 04/25/2012

George Mason to feature Brian Stokes Mitchell at a fundraiser for the Hylton Center

The university has signed the Broadway star and Washington favorite for a fund-raiser May 5.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  06:28 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George Mason University, George Mason University Center for the Arts, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Hylton Performing Arts Center

Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Lynn Redgrave archive acquired by Folger Shakespeare Library

Redgrave’s papers document her family’s success on stage and her love of Shakespeare.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:39 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  theater

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 04/24/2012

District’s progressive architecture trend continues

By Philip Kennicott  |  08:00 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  architecture

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 04/24/2012

D.C. theater crowd lets loose at the Helen Hayes after party #HHAwards

Washington’s Tony Award-equivalent with better speeches and fewer red ropes, is always a riotous affair.

By Katherine Boyle  |  12:45 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  theater

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 04/24/2012

British dandies protest Abercrombie & Fitch

By Maura Judkis  |  12:28 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fashion

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/24/2012

Instagram bans ‘Thinspiration,’ pro-eating disorder images

The social media site will no longer tolerate images that promote anorexia and bulimia.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Discovery arrival brings record-breaking week of attendance to Udvar-Hazy

More than 60,000 visitors came to the museum throughout its week of Discovery events.

By Maura Judkis  |  05:01 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 04/23/2012

National Gallery of Art extends hours for Ito Jakuchu paintings’ final weekend

The National Gallery of Art extends hours for “Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Ito Jakuchu” during its final weekend.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  03:03 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Gallery of Art, Ito Jakuchu, extended hours for Jakuchu

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Shakespeare, D.C., and the Helen Hayes Awards

On Shakespeare’s birthday, it’s likely that a big winner at the Helen Hayes Awards will be one of his plays.

By Maura Judkis  |  02:30 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  theater

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Gaithersburg Book Festival spotlights the funny books

The Gaithersburg Book Festival has lined up all the usual award-winning fiction and nonfiction writers and a good sampling of local writers. But it decided this year to stack the May 19 events with a number of funny people.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  02:21 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gaithersburg Book Festival, humor writers, Henry Alford, larry Doyle, Baratunde Thurston, Jen Lancaster

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Helen Hayes Awards to celebrate D.C. theater

The 28th annual Helen Hayes Awards get handed out at the Warner Theatre on Monday night.

By Nelson Pressley  |  12:05 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  theater

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/23/2012

Giant marionettes in Liverpool, England, commemorate Titanic sinking (photos, video)

Puppets as large as 50 feet tall roamed the streets of Liverpool, England, in a story commemorating the doomed ocean liner.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  theater

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/23/2012

Brad Meltzer’s inspiring lives; John Grisham and baseball; a Secret Service agent’s Kennedy detail

Grisham’s latest (non-thriller) novel nabs the top spot in new fiction.

By Christopher Schoppa  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arts Post

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 04/23/2012

Chuck Brown hospitalized; postpones show at Howard Theatre

The “Godfather of Go Go” is suffering from joint pain and inflammation.

By Maura Judkis  |  09:33 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 04/21/2012

Gary Shteyngart’s super, sad, true comedy

The Russian immigrant novelist cracks up the crowd Friday night at the Folger Library.

By Ron Charles  |  10:05 AM ET, 04/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  books

Posted at 06:23 PM ET, 04/20/2012

Betty White says yes to a date with the Smithsonian

Betty White, everyone’s favorite octogenarian, has agreed to be the guest of honor at a Smithsonian event on May 17.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  06:23 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Betty White, Smithsonian Associates, Lisner Auditorium, Betty White and zoos, Hot in Cleveland

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 04/20/2012

Wyclef Jean’s Trayvon Martin song: ‘Justice (If You’re 17)’

Wyclef Jean’s music video reenacts the events that led to Martin’s death.

By Maura Judkis  |  04:24 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 04/20/2012

Levon Helm and Bob Dylan’s ‘The Last Waltz’ to air at Artisphere

Dylan says farewell to the singer-drummer of The Band.

By Maura Judkis  |  03:20 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 04/20/2012

‘Clybourne Park’ on Broadway: Poignant ironies, as sharp as ever

The play, which made its debut in Washington, moves to Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

By Peter Marks  |  03:05 PM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 04/20/2012

Jonathan Frid, ‘the original Edward Cullen,’ dies

The actor, who played Barnabas Collins on “Dark Shadows,” was the original brooding vampire hunk.

By Maura Judkis  |  09:00 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 04/19/2012

Worldwide photo communities come together over potlucks

The D.C. chapter of Slideluck Potshow will share photography projects and homemade dishes at its seventh gathering on April 21 at Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital.

By May-Ying Lam  |  06:15 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 04/19/2012

On Twitter: Only 36 percent of tweets worth reading

It’s hard to be interesting on Twitter 24/7, according to a study published in the Harvard Business Review.

By Maura Judkis  |  04:11 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 04/19/2012

Eau de MacBook and other weird perfumes

An art collective has bottled the scent of Apple laptops.

By Maura Judkis  |  03:26 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:41 PM ET, 04/19/2012

‘One Man, Two Guvnors’: Gut-achingly good

Peter Marks is delighted by the “rhapsodically silly shenanigans of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors.’”

By Peter Marks  |  02:41 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  theater

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 04/19/2012

Coachella: A survival guide

Five tips from a Coachella weekend one survivor

By Megan Buerger  |  12:31 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/19/2012

Cannes lineup announced: Where are the women?

The lineup of this year’s 65th edition of the Festival de Cannes sparked a nagging question.

By Ann Hornaday  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  film

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 04/19/2012

Dick Clark: The Beat of the ‘Bandstand’

By Monica Hesse  |  10:20 AM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:55 AM ET, 04/19/2012

Pulitzer Prize winning subject Scott Ostrom reflects on the pain that led to prize

Denver Post photojournalist Craig Walker was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his photo essay about the Iraq War veteran coping with PTSD.

By May-Ying Lam  |  07:55 AM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:55 AM ET, 04/19/2012

Dick Clark’s ‘American Bandstand’ legacy lives on — in Philadelphia

A new show on public television in Philadelphia is a direct descendant of Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand”

By Chris Richards  |  05:55 AM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Music

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Garry Winogrand and Roy Lichtenstein — two major retrospectives — set for the National Gallery

The National Gallery of Art announced Wednesday that it will host a retrospective of photographer Garry Winogrand to open in March 2014.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:03 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Levon Helm dies at age 71

The legendary 71-year-old drummer-singer of The Band is in “the final stages of his battle with cancer.”

By Chris Richards  |  04:50 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Dickens and Tolkien descendants will collaborate on books

It won’t be a literary mash-up of their ancestors’ works, though.

By Maura Judkis  |  02:53 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  books

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 04/18/2012

Author Darin Strauss recalls a deadly tragedy

Brooklyn writer Darin Strauss was in D.C. to help raise money for 826DC.

By Ron Charles  |  11:53 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  books

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/18/2012

Space shuttle Discovery: With social media, so close, and yet, so far

Those who didn’t get a chance to watch Discovery’s flight around D.C. may have felt like they were missing out on a major event.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 04/18/2012

Color Forecast tells you the color of European fashion, by the minute

Webcams report the style from Paris, Milan and Antwerp.

By Maura Judkis  |  09:22 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fashion

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Pete Seeger 1960 concert recording released by Smithsonian Folkways

Smithsonian Folkways on Tuesday released a recording of a 1960 concert the folk singer gave at Bowdoin College, recorded by the campus radio station.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:19 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pete Seeger, Smithsonian Folkways, Bowdoin College, 1960 concert

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Sechseläuten: The fiery Swiss version of Groundhog Day

In Switzerland, an exploding snowman predicts the end of winter.

By Maura Judkis  |  04:08 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Mexican rock band Mana set record; Tupac ‘hologram’ may tour — and more from the world of pop music

Plus, the ghost of gangsta rap’s past might be going on tour.

By Chris Richards  |  03:57 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Bing Thom and Weincek + Associates chosen for Woodridge Library

Bing Thom and Weincek + Associates were selected by the DC Public Library to design the new Woodridge Neighborhood Library.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  03:10 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bing Thom, Michael A. Weincek, Jr., Woodridge Neighborhood Library, Ginnie Cooper

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’: The breakup song’s ubiquity

The Australian singer’s breakup song is growing more popular by the day. Why are we so attracted to his melancholy?

By Maura Judkis  |  02:02 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Pulitzer Prizes: Maybe next year, Onion

Last summer, satirical news organization the Onion threatened the Pulitzer board if it didn’t receive journalism’s most prestigious prize.

By Maura Judkis  |  02:00 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 04/17/2012

AP changes rules for “hopefully,” share your #Grammarpeeves

How do you feel about “hopefully’s” expanded duties? What are your personal grammar peeves?

By Monica Hesse  |  11:22 AM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 04/17/2012

Cohabitating: Questioning the decision to move in before marriage

Is it a good idea to shack up before you tie the knot?

By Maura Judkis  |  08:29 AM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 04/16/2012

‘Jeopardy!’ announces contestants for D.C. ‘Power Players’ edition

The immortal answer-first quiz show will tape its third “Power Players” edition April 21 at Constitution Hall.

By Dan Zak  |  05:30 PM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 04/16/2012

Crowd-sourcing dinner: A social media faux-pas?

A new service allows you to charge guests for dinner parties in a Kickstarter-like campaign.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:23 PM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 04/16/2012

Tupac resurrected via hologram for Coachella performance with Snoop Dogg (Video)

The rapper, who died in 1996, “performed” at Coachella with Snoop Dogg on Sunday.

By Maura Judkis  |  10:09 AM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 04/16/2012

New book fare: Mary Higgins Clark (& daughter), Van Jones, the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Book World reports ...

By Christopher Schoppa  |  08:41 AM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arts Post

Posted at 11:45 PM ET, 04/14/2012

Tom Petty & Heartbreakers’ guitars stolen from L.A. sound stage

Five guitars belonging to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were stolen from a Southern California sound stage where the band had been rehearsing for an upcoming tour.

By Washington Post editors  |  11:45 PM ET, 04/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:08 PM ET, 04/14/2012

Titanic 100th anniversary: This week in oversaturated media coverage

An unsinkable ship gets an unavoidable media blitz.

By Maura Judkis  |  07:08 PM ET, 04/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 04/13/2012

More art + more artists + more space = More Artomatic

After a three-year hiatus, the event will be filled with workshops, live music and more in the Vornado/Charles E. Smith’s 1851 South Bell Street space.

By Erin Williams  |  04:55 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Kennicott: D.C. Height Act changes must be made responsibly

The Post’s art and architecture critic is wary of the slippery slope of proposed amendments to the D.C. Height Act.

By Phil Kennicott  |  03:30 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Architecture, Development

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Washington Ballet’s 2012-2013 season: ‘The Sun Also Rises,’ ‘Dracula’

Storytelling will be a big part of the Washington Ballet’s next season.

By Sarah Kaufman  |  03:00 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dance

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 04/13/2012

The Phillips Collection’s Snapshot Home Video Contest winner: Meet ‘The McGrory Clan’

GW student Marie McGrory won with her loving look at food and family in a short documentary.

By Maura Judkis  |  02:35 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  film

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Rock Hall prepares to induct Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and more

Axl Rose is expected to steal the show at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony without even setting foot in the building.

By Chris Richards  |  01:39 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 04/13/2012

#WhenInDC, a gif site for D.C. cliches

Is a D.C. blog truly a D.C. blog until it makes a joke about annoying people who stand on the left in Metro escalators?

By Maura Judkis  |  12:57 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 04/13/2012

Photo of Muslim woman holding bra sparks free expression controversy

A Canadian art student’s photo of a Muslim woman holding a bra was ripped off the wall, sparking commentary from the Saudi Arabian government.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:27 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 04/13/2012

James Bond: Never say die

British novelist William Boyd has been chosen to write a new James Bond novel for release in 2013.

By Ron Charles  |  12:19 PM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 04/13/2012

Esperanza Spalding coming to the Howard Theater in May

The sultry singer stunned Jon Stewart; see her live at the Howard in May

By Melissa Bell  |  11:42 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/13/2012

Emily Dickinson comes alive at the Folger Library

Jim Lehrer and his wife, Kate Lehrer, read from the letters of Emily Dickinson at a special exhibit in the Folger Library.

By Ron Charles  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  books

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Twyla Tharp on ‘Come Fly Away’ and experiments

The choreographer talks to Sarah Kaufman about her Frank Sinatra show, coming to the Kennedy Center.

By Sarah Kaufman  |  04:36 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dance

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Tony winner Sutton Foster to kick off George Mason season

George Mason University’s Center for the Arts 2012-2013 season will include an opening night gala with Tony winner Sutton Foster.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  01:09 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George Mason University, George Mason Center for the Arts, Sutton Foster, Mark Morris, Dr. John, The Virginia Opera, Savion Glover, Paco Pena

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Discovery: Best places to spot the shuttle flyover

The shuttle Discovery is scheduled to flyover the Washington region Tuesday on its way to its new home. Here are some tips for watching it.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  11:16 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discovery, Discovery shuttle, Smithsonian, Udvar-Hazy Center, NASA, Memorial Bridge, Old Town Alexandria waterfront, National Harbor

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 04/12/2012

J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel: ‘The Casual Vacancy’

The “Harry Potter” author’s first adult novel -- scheduled to be released Sept. 27 -- a small English town is not what it seems.

By Maura Judkis  |  10:13 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 04/12/2012

The Book Doctors offer cures for book proposals

At Pitchapalooza, would-be writers have 60 seconds to impress the Book Doctors.

By Ron Charles  |  09:17 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Literally, rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic

A cliche brought to life.

By Maura Judkis  |  08:32 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Titanic

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Axl Rose declines induction to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Guns N’ Roses frontman has declined to join his bandmates at the ceremony.

By Chris Richards  |  05:19 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers are back, along with 100 ‘American Stories’

The National Museum of American History has designed a new exhibition to introduce and reacquaint the public with milestones in American History and some of the museum’s artifacts.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:06 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, Smithsonian, National Museum of American History, Benjamin Franklin, Roberto Clemente, Bob Dylan

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 04/11/2012

As Grove Park Inn exchanges hands, a look back at its rich history

A look back at the storied past of the historic resort as it changes owners for the first time in 60 years.

By Cara Kelly  |  03:59 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 04/11/2012

‘Caine’s Arcade’: Nine-year-old boy’s cardboard game center is a viral hit

‘Caine’s Arcade,’ a film about a boy’s entrepreneurial spirit has gotten more than a million views in two days.

By Maura Judkis  |  03:51 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Tim Hetherington’s legacy: A mother’s perspective on her son’s war photography

Judith Hetherington talks about her son’s legacy on the eve of his first major posthumous solo exhibition.

By May-Ying Lam  |  03:16 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 04/11/2012

Touchy, the wearable camera with a shutter activated by human touch

The “Touchy” camera is a social experiment about giving and receiving.

By Maura Judkis  |  10:31 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 04/11/2012

Sarah Pekkanen: Local author moves from her boys to ‘These Girls’

In just three years, Chevy Chase writer Sarah Pekkanen, author of “These Girls,” has shot from unknown to bestselling novelist.

By Ron Charles  |  09:12 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Books | Tags:  books, Sarah Pekkanen

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 04/11/2012

Lollapalooza: Full 2012 lineup

Dance music groups get a turn headlining the mainstage this year.

By Maura Judkis  |  08:54 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 04/10/2012

William H. Johnson “Flowers” stamp debuts

Looking for inspiration for the perfect flower arrangement? Look no further than “Flowers,” by William H. Johnson, a painter whose bouquet appears Wednesday on a new postal stamp.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  06:02 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  William H. Johnson, U.S. Postal Service, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Morgan State University

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Hillary Rodham Clinton makes her own meme for ‘Texts from Hillary’ blog

The Secretary of State signed an autograph “Lolz.”

By Maura Judkis  |  04:04 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Kennedy Center announces lineup for Women in Jazz Festival — from Bridgewater to Yamanaka

Dee Dee Bridgewater will oversee a lineup of award winners, including saxophonist Jane Bunnett, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, drummer Allison Miller and violinist Diane Monroe.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  03:40 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Women in Jazz Festival, Kennedy Center, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jason Moran, Terri Lyne Carrington, Christie Dashiell

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 04/10/2012

“The Lion King” is Broadway’s highest grossing show of all time

“The Lion King” just beat the “Phantom of the Opera” record to become Broadway’s highest grossing show of all time.

By Jessica Goldstein  |  01:07 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Google Art goes East; India hopes it will clean up their museums’ acts

India hopes the Google Art Project will clean up their museums’ acts.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  01:06 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Art

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Miss Universe to allow transgender contestants

The Donald Trump-owned organization will change its rules to allow transgender women to compete for the crown.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:10 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Is Lana Del Rey dating Axl Rose? — and more from the world of pop music

The latest news from the world of pop music.

By Chris Richards  |  12:06 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 04/10/2012

Facebook buys Instagram: What this means to Insta-photographers

What will the merger mean for burgeoning photographers?

By Maura Judkis  |  10:49 AM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 04/10/2012

Thomas Kinkade paintings selling swiftly: What buyers should know

The language of editioned prints, and the story behind Thomas Kinkade’s factory.

By Maura Judkis  |  10:07 AM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art, Thomas Kinkade

Posted at 10:55 PM ET, 04/09/2012

Must reads: Coaching Tiger Woods, Rachel Maddow, ‘Weeknights with Giada’

The Washington area decides ...

By Christopher Schoppa  |  10:55 PM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arts Post | Tags:  books

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 04/09/2012

Titanic memorial cruise: Splendor on the seas, without the sinking (PHOTOS)

The MS Balmoral Titanic is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic by cruising to the spot where the ship went down.

By Maura Judkis  |  01:14 PM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture, Titanic

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 04/09/2012

Kick off your shoes and go barefoot for charity

Toms is sending shoes to developing countries for One Day Without Shoes.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:03 PM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fashion

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 04/09/2012

‘Alive Inside’: Documentary examines music’s positive effect on the elderly

Watch an elderly man light up when he hears the music of his youth in this inspiring documentary.

By Maura Judkis  |  10:15 AM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 04/09/2012

Peeps memes: What to do with your stale Easter candy

Easter is over: Time to start thinking about your Peeps diorama for next year.

By Maura Judkis  |  09:02 AM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 04/07/2012

Thomas Kinkade’s polarizing legacy: How will the ‘Painter of Light’ be remembered?

How will the “Painter of Light” be remembered?

By Maura Judkis  |  04:26 PM ET, 04/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 04/06/2012

#YOLO: The newest acronym you’ll love to hate

You may not know it, but right now, you are exisiting in a state of YOLO.

By Maura Judkis  |  02:23 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 04/06/2012

‘Evita’ on Broadway: Ricky Martin’s charm as Che is misapplied

The Broadway revival of “Evita” is dull and second-rate.

By Peter Marks  |  01:02 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  theater

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 04/06/2012

G-40 brings ‘New Brow’ art to Richmond streets

A D.C. gallery brings its street art show to Richmond — will the third time be a charm?

By Maura Judkis  |  11:16 AM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 04/06/2012

Jim Marshall: Musicians tweet their condolences for amp maker

Nikki Sixx and Slash were among those paying tribute.

By Maura Judkis  |  08:41 AM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 04/05/2012

National Gallery adds Simon Hantai painting and more Warhol

The National Gallery of Art has added its first painting by Simon Hantai, the reclusive abstract artist.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:09 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Gallery of Art, Simon Hantai, Andy Warhol, Robert Heinecken

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 04/05/2012

‘Texts from Hillary’ blog depicts Clinton as phone addict

Hillary Rodham Clinton: Not an emoticon user.

By Maura Judkis  |  01:47 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 04/05/2012

New York Times video game invented by lovestruck teen

The popular game, which allowed readers to blow up parts of the newspaper’s navigation, was invented to impress a girl.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:54 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 04/05/2012

Google Project Glass: Cool or creepy?

Would you wear Google’s new augmented reality glasses?

By Maura Judkis  |  10:48 AM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Behind-the-scenes bookbinding: A captivating look at how a book is made (video)

A short film takes a captivating look at the process of traditional bookbinding.

By Maura Judkis  |  02:16 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  books

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Elizabeth Catlett: a source of inspiration and distinctive art

The inspirational sculptor who died Monday in Mexico, had many links to Washington and returned many times to unveil work, mentor students and share her life-stories.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  02:11 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elizabeth Catlett, African American artist, Washington, D.C. artist, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, National museum of Women in the Arts

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/04/2012

‘Game of Thrones,’ CNN, Jeopardy among Peabody winners

The Peabody Awards honor the best in electronic media.

By Maura Judkis  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 04/04/2012

Instagram on Android: Tips for using the instantly popular app

The photo-sharing and filtering app gained 1 million Android users.

By Maura Judkis  |  10:47 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/04/2012

Felicia Day: A primer on the geek chic queen

Who is Felicia Day? Only the most popular actress online?

By Monica Hesse  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Beatles 2.0? Fab Four’s sons may form band

Would you listen to a next-generation Beatles?

By Maura Judkis  |  03:29 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music, Beatles

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 04/03/2012

‘Titanic’ night sky adjusted after Neil deGrasse Tyson criticized James Cameron

The astrophysicist told the director that the night sky in his blockbuster film, which will be re-released in 3D this week, was inaccurate.

By Maura Judkis  |  01:06 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 04/03/2012

One Direction turns down White House invite — and more from the world of pop music

By Chris Richards  |  01:02 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Google Art Project expands right into the White House

Street View technology gets put to use, allowing viewers to take virtual tour and zoom in on tiniest details.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  12:49 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Google Art Project, White House, Michelle Obama, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Nils Lofgren defends Bruce Springsteen’s use of teleprompter

The E Street Band guitarist says teleprompter allows for “ambitious, ad lib moments and an inspired, musical recklessness.”

By Nils Lofgren  |  11:09 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  music

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Peep at these works of art

Peep artists created dioramas based on famous works of art for our annual Peep contest.

By Maura Judkis  |  11:03 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Harper Lee: The ‘Mockingbird’ sequel that never came to be

A look back at a 1960 Washington Post interview with Harper Lee.

By Maura Judkis  |  10:23 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Open Walls Baltimore: Street art to revitalize a neighborhood

A festival is bringing in international street artists to paint abandoned Baltimore facades.

By Maura Judkis  |  08:52 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  art

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Buzz Lightyear, to the National Air and Space Museum (and beyond?)

The scene-stealing “Toy Story” character, once a passenger on the space shuttle Discovery, beat his old ride to the museum.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  05:55 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Buzz Lightyear, Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, Discovery shuttle, Disney-Pixar, NASA

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 04/02/2012

With 1940 Census release, a look at the decade’s art, music and style

Nostalgia for big band music, oxford shoes and “The Philadelphia Story.”

By Maura Judkis  |  04:02 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  culture, music, fashion, art

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 04/02/2012

The Smithsonian’s Jazz Appreciation Month underscores activism and music

The 2012 edition concentrates on how jazz musicians were often ambassadors of freedom, as well as creativity.

By Jacqueline Trescott  |  02:19 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jazz Appreciation Month, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 04/02/2012

April Fools’ Day: The best pranks you might have missed

Beyond Google and Romney, here are a few other April Fool’s Day pranks that get points for creativity.

By Maura Judkis  |  09:55 AM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 PM ET, 04/01/2012

April Fools’ prank on Forbes.com runs afoul, claiming Mitt Romney ceded to Rick Santorum

A blog claimed Mitt Romney had stepped down from the GOP race for presidential nominee — but it was an April Fools’ hoax

By Lauren Abdel-Razzaq  |  10:17 PM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 04/01/2012

Warby Barker: April Fools’ eyewear for dogs

A one-stop shop for canine hipster eyewear.

By Maura Judkis  |  05:41 PM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  fashion

Posted at 03:13 PM ET, 04/01/2012

8-bit Google Maps: Google’s most fun April Fools’ Day prank ever?

In what may prove to be the Web giant’s most popular prank yet, Google Maps is, at last, compatible with Nintendo.

By Maura Judkis  |  03:13 PM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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