A Gershwin Gala

Thursday, November 3, 2005

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Washington National Opera will present a big-screen simulcast of its Kennedy Center production of George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess." An 18-by-32-foot video screen will be set up on the National Mall near the Capitol. There will be no charge to view the simulcast, which begins at 2 p.m. Sunday. "Porgy" has been controversial during its 70-year history because of its portrayal of crime and drugs in the black community. The opera has been popular enough to have frequent revivals.

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