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A carefully curated arts resource, on the finest of performing and visual arts events in the DC metro area.
A carefully curated arts resource, on the finest of performing and visual arts events in the DC metro area.

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Have you seen the new film #ANOMALY? It's a Christmas gift freely given via online streaming at Vimeo, a science fiction take on the true story behind the holiday, and it's brilliant.

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You cannot expect a large crowd for formal concert music starting at 6:00 p.m. on a weekday in Washington, D.C., but May 27, 2014, the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall filled up.  A line for free tickets had wrapped around the side of that massive building on the Potomac, filling seats usually reserved for subscribers to conventional programs after dinner time.  So the audience was a little different, and there’s no better case for arts outreach than the experiment of giving it away (as other countries do better than ours).  But this audience wasn’t only different because a barrier to entry had been eliminated.  The audience was already enamored of something transcendent, and came to hear it, under the auspice that it was a rare visitation from a living composer who is sensationally characterized as both a rock star and a recluse.  This was his first visit to the East Coast in 30 years.

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