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2700 F Street, NW  Washington, DC 20566  Tickets and Information: 800-444-1324 or 202-467-4600 Administrative Offices: 202-416-8000

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Fairooz at the Kennedy Center, 1980s

1987.??.?? Fayrouz
1981.11.15 Fayrouz
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NB: If you know of old performances (e.g., Fairouz from 1987 and 1981) and especially if you have any old programs or tickets from Middle East or Central Asia performaces at the Kennedy Center, please email David Chambers.

Mame (The SOB Review) - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theatre, Washington, DC


Mame (The SOB Review) - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theatre, Washington, DC

***1/2 (out of ****)

Although I've previously enjoyed repeated viewings of Auntie Mame with Rosalind Russell, I had never before seen the glorious musical adaptation of Patrick Dennis' novel about his beloved aunt. I had no idea what I was missing. The Kennedy Center revival of Mame has an exuberant brilliance that shines throughout.

While critics unfortunately converged on the show during the third day of previews -- giving only tepid reviews to Christine Baranski's portrayal of the title character -- it's clear that had they waited, they would have seen the Mame they thirsted for. In a bravura performance, Baranski more than commands the stage and captures Mame's "live, live, live" essence with gusto. The queen of perfect timing, Baranski asserts herself, whether in delivering a comic line or deadpan look. Coupled with a gorgeous singing voice -- if not always enough to overpower the formidible orchestra -- this multi-talented actress possesses the charm, wit and poise to make hers a most triumphant and confident Mame, one who lives life to the fullest and persuasively encourages everyone around her to do the same.

From their Welcome to the Kennedy Center WebPage: President Kennedy’s words resonate more strongly than ever for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the 21st century. The Center opened its doors on September 8, 1971, and celebrates its birthday each September with the free Open House Arts Festival. As always, the Center continues its efforts to fulfill President Kennedy's vision by producing and presenting an unmatched variety of theater and musicals, dance and ballet, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, and folk music, and multi-media performances for all ages. Every year the institution that bears President Kennedy's name brings his dream to fruition, touching the lives of millions of people through thousands of performances by the greatest artists from across America and around the world. The Center also nurtures new works and young artists, serving the nation as a leader in arts education and creating broadcasts, tours, and outreach programs.

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Billy Crystal to Receive 2007 Mark Twain Prize

This press release just arrived from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Kennedy Center will award the tenth annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Billy Crystal on Thursday, October 11 at 8 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Opera House. The award, named to honor one of America’s—and the world’s—greatest humorists, will feature a star-studded ceremony. The program, to be taped for the eighth year by WETA Washington, D.C. as The Kennedy Center Presents: The 2007 Mark Twain Prize, will air on PBS stations nationwide this fall. Tickets for the event will go on sale to the general public on Fri., Aug. 10.

“The Kennedy Center is pleased to give Billy Crystal the Mark Twain Prize for an extraordinary career,” said Center Chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman. “The work he has created for stage, film and television, has made an indelible impression. It is the work of not just a humorist but also a humanist.”

“To be given the same award as Richard Pryor, Steve Martin, and Neil Simon is a great honor,” said Crystal. “As my grandfather said, if you hang around the store long enough, once in a while they’ll give you something!”

The Art of Living Foundation -- Kennedy Center - March 28th 2007

The Art of Living Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary gala on March 28 to highlight the critical role human values play in the eradication of violence and stress. The event is a platform for prominent leaders and decision makers in the fields of politics, business and civil society to draw attention to what leaders and ordinary citizens can do together to achieve a Violence-Free, Stress-Free America.

Trio MediŠval at the Kennedy Center

Trio Mediæval: Anna Maria Friman, Torunn Østrem Ossum, and Linn Andrea FuglsethTrio MediŠval is a group of three women from Scandanavia (two from Norway, one originally from Sweden) -- Anna Maria Friman, Torunn ěstrem Ossum, and founder Linn Andrea Fuglseth -- who specialize in singing late medieval polyphony and modern compositions in imitation of that style. Washington was the last leg on their six-city tour of the United States this month, only one day after their appearance at Carnegie Hall yesterday. Before that, from November 16 to 19, the group was involved in a collaboration with the German contemporary ensemble musikFabrik at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Shelter is described as an oratorio with projections and music by the American composer-trio Bang on a Can (Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon). Anne Midgette wrote the review (Lots of Brass, Waves and Sound, and, Sometimes, Silence, November 18) for the New York Times. Ionarts favorite Vilaine Fille posted about it and reviewed it (Gimme shelter from the storm, November 19) for Newsday. She is a longtime champion of the group.

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513 13th St., NW; tel. +  1 202 783 4000.

From their A Narrative History of the National Theatre. WebPage: " On Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, three blocks from The White House, stands the National Theatre, "The Theatre of Presidents." This historic playhouse has seen Pennsylvania Avenue grow from the muddy main street of a fledgling capital, to the ceremonial avenue of a great world power.   Festive inaugural parades and raucous demonstration marches pass on the Avenue in front of the building.  Inside, drama and merriment reign. 

In the year the theatre opened, President Andrew Jackson paid off the national debt... the last time that has happened ... and he came to the National Theatre. That same year the Liberty Bell cracked, P.T. Barnum organized his first circus, and the National Theatre opened its doors.

The National has operated longer than any other major touring house in the United States. Subsequent to its opening on December 7, 1835, the building was destroyed by fire and rebuilt on the same site five times during the 1800's. Part of the original foundation can still be seen in the basement of the present structure, which was rebuilt in the 1920's, and given a major renovation which was completed in 1984.

The history of this theatre is a panorama of American theatre: a Who's Who of the stars of the past, the present, and, undoubtedly, the future."

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712 South First St.  Mount Vernon, WA.  360 - 336 - 8955

From their History WebPage: " The Lincoln Theatre, a restored 1926 historic vaudeville & silent movie house in downtown Mount Vernon, presents a year-round schedule of concerts, current and classic films, and community events. The theatre works with local school districts, hosting school performances and workshops by performing artists on tour, as well as annual concerts by secondary school bands. The theatre hosts concerts by the local youth symphony, presents community-sponsored children’s theatre productions, as well as serving as a venue for fund-raising events by local service organizations. The Lincoln Theatre Center Foundation, founded in 1987, is a registered non-profit organization supported by over 2000 members from Skagit and adjoining counties."

 
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1321 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; tel. +  1 202 628 6161

From SUNY NEW PLAZA: There is something delightfully wonderful about a city/country where tickets to the National Theatre’s production of a national opera costs less than a drink in some schmoozy restaurant. If, somehow, the production was magically transported to NYC, it would cost me more to get there ($2.00 for a Metrocard) than it would to see the show. And this is not some community theatre, this is the National Theatre. Just as basis for comparison, to see Les Miserables at the National Theatre in Washington DC, tickets comparable to ours would have cost $36.25. You have to love federal subsidization of the arts.

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513 13th St., NW; tel. +  1 202 783 4000

From the Blog At The Warner Theatre, I'm Enjoying Musiq : I've finally managed to sober up enough to write about my experience yesterday. I attended my first Musiq Soulchild concert at the Warner Theatre (which I've never been to either) and I had a great time! This was the first time hubby and I were able to go out together since Beyonce's concert. Shoot, we ....

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1101 Sixth Street, SW; tel. + 1 202 488 3300

For great regional American productions, this home-grown theater with two stages, one of them a theater-in-the-round, is located in a vibrant, developing neighborhood in southwest D.C.

201 East Capitol St., SE; tel. +  1 202 544 4600.

From ther About Us WebPage: " The Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, is a world-class research center on Shakespeare and on the early modern age in the West. It is home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art. "

5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda, MD; tel. +  1 301 581 5200

From their About Strathmore WebPage: " What is Strathmore? Located one-half mile outside the Capital Beltway in North Bethesda, Maryland, Strathmore provides affordable, accessible, multi-disciplinary arts programming in the Mansion at Strathmore, the Music Center at Strathmore, and on its scenic 11-acre site.

Founded and operated since 1981 by the Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc., an independent, 501(c)(3) organization, the arts center presents a lively and diverse program of art exhibitions, concerts and performing arts programs, and literary lectures and events.

High quality arts programming, designed for audiences of many tastes, served with the hospitality and warmth of a family enterprise, are the hallmarks of Strathmore. Seasonal outdoor events seek to be inclusive in their programming appeal, reaching out to people of all ages, interests and cultural heritage. "

Logan Circle. 1501 14th St., NW; tel. + 1 202 332 1187.

From their About Us. WebPage: " The Studio Theatre’s mission is to produce the best in contemporary theatre. Its restless, innovative spirit seeks out new directions and makes The Studio Theatre a leader both in Washington and in the nation. Artist-founded and artist-driven, The Studio Theatre demands the highest quality production values, bringing audiences unparalleled artistry in design, directing and performance. "

450 7th St., NW; tel. + 1 202 547 1122

From their About Us WebPage: " Since its founding in 1985, the Shakespeare Theatre Company has endeavored to be the nation's leading force in the presentation and preservation of classic theatre. Our core mission is to present classic theatre in an accessible, skillful, imaginative, American style that honors playwrights' language and intentions while viewing their plays through a 21st-century lens. With the formation of the Harman Center for the Arts—which includes the new Sidney Harman Hall and the existing Lansburgh Theatre—the Shakespeare Theatre Company will become a national destination theatre offering a broad range of works to audiences in the greater-Washington area and across the nation. "

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