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The Busiest Time of Year

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.11.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Just putting on stage a full complement of performances is enough to tax us. And mid-season is when we (should) acknowledge where we are falling short in terms of financial performance.

Kennedy Center Makes A Big Change

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 05.05.2013 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON — Hip-hop artists including rappers Nas and Somalia-born K'naan will take center stage in an unexpected place next year, highlighting...

'Nordic Cool Power in Washington': What the Nordics Teach About Nation Branding

András Simonyi | Posted 04.25.2013 | World
András Simonyi

2013-02-04-CTRlogo.jpgClearly, what is unique about the Nordics is not just their cultural appeal, but also their successful 'nation branding' efforts underpinned by strong attention to both soft and hard power.

Northern Lights, And Icelandic Waterfalls, Come To Washington

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 04.23.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON — For the next month, the Kennedy Center will glow each night with blue light and shimmers of green, depicting the northern lights an...

What I Hope My Search Committee Thinks About

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.21.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

I hope the Search Committee finds a remarkable person to run the Kennedy Center, someone who can take the institution to new places and can educate and entertain our audience in ways I could not even imagine.

Alvin Ailey, the Obamas and America

Howard Fineman | Posted 04.12.2013 | Politics
Howard Fineman

The Obamas won the White House in part because of their ability to move with that studied grace and confidence through the rutted, booby-trapped landscape of race in America. In that sense, Ailey and others literally helped lay the groundwork, by showing the beauty (and not just the fear and discord) of our distinct but intertwined roots as a polyglot nation.

LOOK: Check Out The Kennedy Center's $100 Million Expansion Plans

Posted 01.31.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Kennedy Center is expanding onto the Potomac -- literally. The $100 million expansion plan, the Kennedy Center's first structural ex...

'Alice' Returns With The National Ballet Of Canada

Posted 01.23.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Following last spring's Washington Ballet performance of "Alice," the Kennedy Center is once again staging the Lewis Carroll classic. Th...

Top Places To Visit, Eat In D.C. For The Inauguration

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 03.20.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON — Whether visitors want to try one of the first family's favorite restaurants, discover a sense of history or escape from the crowd t...

Kennedy Center Bows To Pressure From Latinos

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 03.10.2013 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON — The Kennedy Center is reviewing the way it selects artists who receive one of the nation's highest arts prizes, the Kennedy Center ...

WATCH: Don Rickles Is Pissed Dave Snubbed Him

Posted 01.04.2013 | Comedy

All David Letterman wanted to do was call Don Rickles and wish him a happy New Year. But what did he get instead? An earful from Mr. Warmth, ragging o...

2012 Kennedy Center Honors: Why It Took So Long for the Experts to "Get" Led Zeppelin

Rob Asghar | Posted 02.19.2013 | Arts
Rob Asghar

Rock critics could more easily identify with dweebs and geeks than with rock gods. Yet many young dweebs, like myself, looked to Zeppelin as the heroes that we wished we were and hoped we could be.

No Big Deal, Just David Letterman Interviewing Led Zeppelin

Posted 12.04.2012 | Comedy

Led Zeppelin stopped by David Letterman's show last night, and... Led Zeppelin stopped by David Letterman's show last night. Let that sink in. Lett...

Chicago Human Rhythm Project Brings a Brand New World of Dance to the Kennedy Center

Johnny Nevin | Posted 02.03.2013 | Arts
Johnny Nevin

The uniquely exciting world of tap dancing has still never been presented as a full-evening program at any of the national cultural center's principle venues, but that's about to change.

Led Zeppelin Receives A Big Honor

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 02.01.2013 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON — Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant says he's game to write new songs if anybody else wants to. Plant visited the State Department...

Secrecy At The Kennedy Center

Voxxi | Raisa Camargo | Posted 12.02.2012 | Latino Voices

The Kennedy Center honors will take place Sunday, but its lack of inclusion granted to Latinos has kept supporters vigilant and agitating for an answe...

The Latino Fight To Be Included In The Kennedy Center Honors

The Daily Beast | Sandra McElwaine | Posted 11.29.2012 | Latino Voices

Hyped as the “highlight of the Washington cultural year,” the Kennedy Center Honors is the city’s fanciest night out, the capital’s red carpet...


Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.26.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

What is a LYBNT? It is someone who gave Last Year But Not This (year). This is a crucial list in our fundraising strategy. The easiest people to raise money from, in general, are those who have already given to an organization.

Negotiating Identity, Diversity and Recognition

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 01.14.2013 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

The Smithsonian's Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture and Latino Center, in collaboration with units around the Institution, is engaged in several initiatives by, for and about the diverse resident Latino population.

TODAY: Where Do I Vote?

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 11.06.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 1. Vote Find your polling place. 2. Election Night Jam At Kennedy Center Enjoy jazz from Jason Moran & The Bandw...

TONIGHT: Henry Rollins At 9:30 Club

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 11.05.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5 1. Henry Rollins: Capitalism At 9:30 Club A spoken word/stand up/guerrilla journalist report from the former Black F...

Trick-Or-Treat!: HuffPost DC Top 5 For Wednesday, October 31

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 11.01.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 1. Trick-Or-Treat Sandy can't stop this sugary tradition. 2. 11th Street Halloween Extravaganza Thirteen Colum...

The Temple of Doom Halloween Party, Family Day At Newseum, Marine Corps Marathon: HuffPost DC Top 5 For October 26, 27, 28

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 10.26.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 1. Brightest Young Things & The Temple of Doom At The Sphinx Club Have you ever partied at The Sphinx Club? Did you k...

Aimee Mann And Ted Leo At Birchmere: HuffPost DC Top 5 For October 24

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 10.24.2012 | DC

TOP 5 FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 1. Aimee Mann And Ted Leo At Birchmere Full band set from Mann, solo set from Leo, both indie rock, indie comedy, ...

Latino Groups to Kennedy Center: Say You’re Sorry

Posted 09.29.2012 | Latino Voices

UPDATE: Saturday, Sept. 29 1:35 p.m. EST -- Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser apologized in writing to Felix Sanchez for using foul language dur...