Elizabeth Blair

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Legendary Stage And Screen Actress Cicely Tyson Has Died At 96

Friday, January 29, 2021

Actress Cicely Tyson has died. In a career that spanned some 65 years, Tyson was an elegant, dignified presence.

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Cicely Tyson, Who Brought Grace And Gravitas To The Screen, Has Died At 96

Thursday, January 28, 2021

In a career that spanned more than six decades, she commanded attention on the screen and the stage and was known for roles that reflected her experience as an African American woman.

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He Saved 669 Children From Nazis — A New Book Tells His Story To Kids

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

In Nicky & Vera, Peter Sís chronicles the work of Nicholas Winton, who helped hundreds of kids escape Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939.

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'SNL' And 'Second City' Announce Scholarships For Diverse, Emerging Comic Talent

Friday, January 15, 2021

A new scholarship sponsored by SNL covers the costs of training at Second City for comedians starting out in their careers.

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After Missing Last Year, 2021 Kennedy Center Honors Are Announced

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

COVID cancelled the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2020. Today the Center announced that the show will go on in May 2021, honoring five extraordinary performers.

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A Biden Cabinet Secretary For Arts? Advocates Are Hopeful

Thursday, January 07, 2021

The arts employ nearly five million people in America, but advocates say President Trump's record of support for arts and humanities has been mixed. Will that change under the Biden administration?

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Congress Approves 2 New Museums Honoring American Latinos, Women's History

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The Smithsonian cannot build a new museum without federal legislation but both museums have bipartisan support. The law requires costs be covered by a 50/50 split between public and private dollars.

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Successful, Sentimental And Satirized, 'Love Story' Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The "unabashedly sentimental" romantic tearjerker was the highest grossing movie of 1970. Since then it's inspired countless ugly cries — and plenty of parodies, too.

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Keep It Classical, Says Trump Order On Federal Architecture

Monday, December 21, 2020

A new executive order from President Trump promotes classical architecture as the official style for new federal buildings. The proposal was originally floated in February.

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'Ugly,' 'Discordant': New Executive Order Takes Aim At Modern Architecture

Monday, December 21, 2020

President Trump upset the architectural world in February when he proposed an executive order mandating traditional, classical architecture for new federal buildings. That order is now a reality.

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Sen. Mike Lee Blocks Legislation For Latino, Women's Museums

Friday, December 11, 2020

In a move that infuriated supporters of museums to be dedicated to Latinos and women on the National Mall, the Republican senator blocked legislation Thursday that would lead to the creation of both.

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4 Teams Head Into Finals Of Collegiate A Cappella Championship

Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Described as Pitch Perfect meets March Madness, the competition received performance videos from hundreds of groups. Groups can win cash prizes for charities.

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'Americans For The Arts' Promises More Racial And Cultural Equity

Thursday, December 03, 2020

The arts advocacy group Americans for the Arts responded to criticism that it's been a roadblock to inclusion by agreeing its efforts "have not been enough."

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New Documentary 'Billie' Explores Mysteries Of Billie Holiday And Her Biographer

Thursday, December 03, 2020

The film continues writer Linda Kuehl's unfinished investigation into Holiday's life through never-before-heard interviews with jazz luminaries, and explores her experiences with institutional racism.

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In 'No One Asked For This,' Cazzie David Writes About Her Afflictions

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

In a new book of essays, No One Asked For This, Cazzie David writes about struggles with depression and anxiety, the perils of social media, and her excruciating breakup with SNL star Pete Davidson.

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Smithsonian, Other Museums Closing Again For Safety

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The Smithsonian is closing its seven museums and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. because of the recent spike in COVID cases. Other cultural institutions also announced closures.

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Puzzle Business Goes 'Bonkers' As People Seek Pandemic Pastimes At Home

Monday, November 09, 2020

With so many people hunkered down due to the coronavirus pandemic, jigsaw puzzle sales are booming — and retailers are struggling to meet the increased demand.

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Anxious On Election Night? Join Mo Willems For A 'Democracy Doodle'

Monday, November 02, 2020

"Any time we express ourselves, that's a form of patriotism," says writer and artist Mo Willems. He'll lead three drawing exercises, each accompanied by a National Symphony Orchestra musician.

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Landscape Architects Unveil Plans To Save The National Mall's Tidal Basin

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

With increased car and foot traffic, the ground underneath the Tidal Basin — home to memorials to Thomas Jefferson, FDR and MLK Jr. — is sinking. As sea levels rise, the walkways flood daily.

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'Opening Act' Captures The Painful Business Of Making People Laugh

Monday, October 19, 2020

The Movie The Opening Act follows the trials and tribulations of a stand-up comedian. It stars Jimmy O. Yang, Cedric the Entertainer, Alex Moffat along with cameos by comics who've been there.

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