That Old February Magic

This is the month where programmers and cultural professionals go gaga. It’s always a February feast kicking off with Langston Hughes’ birthday (February 1). If you want to savor the history of the African American experience in the arts, you must, must, must get a copy of Black Magic: A Pictorial History of Black Entertainers […]

Kennedy Center launches Crisis Hotline for the Arts

The John F. Kennedy Center’s president, Michael Kaiser, has set up a new non-profit –an online arts crisis hotline –for arts organizations needing administrative counseling during the current economic downturn. The Arts In Crisis initiative connects arts organizations with mentors, Kennedy Center experts, and arts administrators who will consult and advise struggling organizations via email, […]

Benny Golson at 80

Jazz has long since left the back rooms and alleys of our communities. It has taken the concert stage and more. Jazz now has a place in the communities. Like-minded people tend to gather together. When you hear or play jazz and direct your energies toward the music, you don’t think of war and crime […]

20 and 1 Nights – Kennedy Center’s Arab Arts Festival

Alicia Adams has to have one of the best jobs in the world. She’s the vice president for international programs at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Her job takes her all over the world where she’s presented and introduced to new and traditional works in music, dance, theater, […]