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Debbie Allen's 'Freeze Frame' Promotes Non-Violence

Catherine Bauknight | Posted 08.03.2016 | World
Catherine Bauknight

Debbie Allen is the writer, Director and Choreographer of Freeze Frame, a multimedia production. She is an accomplished dancer, actress, producer, and...

Q-Tip Is The Kennedy Center's First Artistic Director Of Hip-Hop Culture

Washington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.08.2016 | Black Voices

A funny thing happened when the Kennedy Center decided to book Kendrick Lamar for a performance alongside the National Symphony Orchestra last year: t...

Confessions of a Serial Songwriter: On Grammy Night I'll Be Sending Dave Bassett "Ex's & Oh's"

Shelly Peiken | Posted 02.08.2016 | Arts
Shelly Peiken

"Algorithms can't make us feel," writes Kristi York Wooten in her recent piece about why we're all still watching that video of Aretha Franklin singin...

'Book of Mormon' Returns to Kennedy Center

Connie Lawn | Posted 06.19.2016 | DC
Connie Lawn

I will never look at Mormon missionaries the same way, the next time they come to my door.

Julie Kent: A Ballerina Says Goodbye to the Stage

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 06.19.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

"When I was very young, back in Hungary in the ballet school, my teacher showed us a VHS with Julie Kent," Zoltan Boros, a dancer with Columbia Classical Ballet, said. "I didn't know her, and I didn't know much about ballet ( I was around 12), but I still remember how amazing she was."

Scottish Ballet's Erotic Streetcar Named Desire Raises Temperatures in Chicago

Carla Escoda | Posted 05.10.2016 | Arts
Carla Escoda

They almost had to hose down the audience at intermission of Scottish Ballet's A Streetcar Named Desire at the Harris Theater in Chicago on Thursday night. Erik Cavallari's Stanley had just had make-up sex with Sophie Martin's Stella, and choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's imaginative way with the erotic pas de deux had everyone hot and bothered.

Past and Present on Parade: New York City Ballet at Washington's Kennedy Center

Carla Escoda | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

Installed at the Kennedy Center this past weekend, New York City Ballet bowed to its glorious past and flaunted its protean present in two dazzling programs.

More Evidence Favoring Art-Based Learning of STEM

John M. Eger | Posted 04.08.2015 | Education
John M. Eger

If indeed, after a decade of studying the human brain we know the arts enhance math and science comprehension, we must begin changing the curriculum to be using the arts and art integration, namely teaching through the arts.

Farewell to the Kennedy Center

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.25.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

This is my last week as President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It has been a remarkable honor to serve in this position for ...

Moving Side Show to Broadway

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.18.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Whenever a show makes this big move it is a cause for celebration. It suggests that the producing theaters created something of value, something that for-profit producers believe will be of interest to a far wider audience than any single regional theater can reach.

Elaine Stritch, Carlo Bergonzi, Mary Rodgers and Lorin Maazel (Part 1)

John Mauceri | Posted 10.04.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

Within the past month we have read with sadness of the deaths of four important artists who seemingly have little in common: composer and author Mary Rodgers Guettel, internationally famous American conductor Lorin Maazel, Broadway and cabaret star Elaine Stritch, and the legendary operatic tenor Carlo Bergonzi. They do actually have one thing in common: me.

Employing Celebrities

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.27.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Summer is a good time to think through all the celebrities your board, staff and artists know or have worked with and think about ways to use one or two in the upcoming season.

WATCH: Dave Chappelle Reveals His One Rare Experience During Comeback Tour

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 07.21.2014 | Black Voices

After selling out his recent string of Radio City Music Hall performances, Dave Chappelle is more than pleased with how fans have responded to his fir...

My Crew

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.06.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The men and women who run the shows, move the sets, carry the props, light the lights, manage the sound, dress the performers and on and on are among my favorite colleagues in every arts job I have held and the Kennedy Center is no exception.

PHOTOS: Dave Chappelle & Nas Perform At Radio City Music Hall

Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.30.2014 | Black Voices

It appears Dave Chappelle fans can finally erase the comedian’s highly-publicized underwhelming performance during last year’s Oddball Comedy & Cu...

"Geek Love" Author Champions Film

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 08.23.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Zemeckis

American's have long been fascinated by the lives of "freaks." June 27th the award-winning documentary Bound by Flesh opens.

The Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.27.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I have learned that we cannot simply impress donors and audience members by showing them the great level of accomplishment of our artistic and educational endeavors.

Foggy Bottom Ballet

Elizabeth Kiem | Posted 07.20.2014 | Arts
Elizabeth Kiem

As pundits proclaim relations between Washington and Moscow at a historic low, it's worth remembering that they have, in fact, been lower. And that when they were, the U.S. was having a lovefest with Russian ballet.

A Valedictory

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.12.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

A serious effort must be made to engage people in their 20s and 30s today, to make the case for the importance of our arts institutions, to make it fun and rewarding to participate as a donor.

Partners in Education Week

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

These are people who are fighting on the front lines of arts education: teachers, administrators, arts managers who are united in the belief that a solid arts education is a crucial component of a comprehensive curriculum.

Brennan Williams

NAS Celebrates The 20th Anniversary Of 'Illmatic' In Style

HuffingtonPost.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 04.07.2014 | Entertainment

Two decades in the making, Nasir “Nas” Jones kicked off the 20th anniversary of his classic debut album, “Illmatic,” this past weekend with a ...

The Best Arts Job in the World

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.17.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The Kennedy Center recently announced that Deborah Rutter will become its new president in September. It is with great ambivalence that I leave my job to Deborah.

Dance for Joy and Health

Connie Lawn | Posted 04.01.2014 | DC
Connie Lawn

I am not a dancer -- I am a clumsy reporter! At the age of 70, I also have Parkinson's Disease, but I still struggle to work, and have been covering t...

Carlos Santana Receives Major Honor

Blogamole | Michael Lopez | Posted 12.10.2013 | Latino Voices

By Michael Lopez It’s hard to top getting recognized by America’s Commander-in-Chief. And this week, Carlos Santana earned the distinctio...

Review: Three Mini-Operas Cast a Spell at Washington National Opera

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

The second season of Washington National Opera's American Opera Initiative opened on November 13 with a trio of eclectic short operas at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater.