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Spring Arts Preview

A sampling of the most promising concerts, movies, art exhibitions and performing arts over the months ahead.

 
 

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Film critic Ann Hornaday recommends "Meek's Cutoff," from the writing-directing team of Jon Raymond and Kelly Reichardt. The Western, which opens in April stars, from left, Shirley Henderson, Zoe Kazan and Michelle Williams.


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Full-length story ballets, taking plenty of time to get to the pointe
Article | In some ways, the full-length story ballet has become the bane of the art form. There are so few in circulation, and we seem to see the same ones over and over. They sell the most tickets, ergo every season brings its rash of "Swan Lakes" and "Sleeping Beauties." In so many of them, a costume spe...
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Maverick composer Lou Harrison to be celebrated at D.C. festival
Article | With his big white beard, twinkling blue eyes and air of affability, Lou Harrison (1917-2003) looked like a hippie Santa Claus. His music, too, has an air of clarity, as if washed and distilled in bright outdoor air. This makes him an unusually non-threatening figure among recent composers, most ...
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National Gallery's Canaletto exhibit a portrait of Venetian art-world duels
Article | He was born Giovanni Antonio Canal, but you may call him Canaletto.
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'Meek's Cutoff': Jon Raymond, Kelly Reichardt keep viewers in historical moment
Article | Since the writing-directing team of Jon Raymond and Kelly Reichardt released its breakout film "Old Joy" five years ago, its movies have proved astute, emotionally powerful alternatives to the product as usual that dominates theaters.
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'Portlandia' star, guitarist Carrie Brownstein finds outlet for all her interests
Article | It's a crazy, mixed-up multimedia-scape we're living in - one where the Lady Gagas of the world wear many hats, not all of which are made of meat.

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