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D.C. Kennedy Center plans street arts fest in May

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D.C. Kennedy Center plans street arts fest in May

Posted on 29 March 2012 by admin

A weeklong street arts festival is being planned for May 6-12 around Washington that will include jugglers, political puppet theater and a circus-punk marching band.

The Kennedy Center announced a festival schedule for “Look Both Ways: Street Arts Across America.” It will include performances at Eastern Market, Half Street near Nationals Park, Farragut Square, the Old Post Office Pavilion and elsewhere.

At the Old Post Office, a nighttime performance will feature San Francisco’s Project Bandaloop. The dance company uses surfaces of buildings as a base for its choreography.

The festival is part of an arts access program to give audiences a chance to engage in the arts in more ways and more places.

Kennedy Center: http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/festivals/11-12/lookbothways/

WASHINGTON (AP)

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Washington DC Cherry Trees

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100th season ahead for DC’s cherry blossom trees

Posted on 08 March 2012 by admin

Washington DC Cherry Trees

Washington DC Cherry Trees - USDA photo by Scott Bauer

Washington is getting ready to celebrate 100 years of its famous cherry blossom trees, and the trees’ head tender said Thursday that peak flowering season is expected at the end of March.

National Park Service chief horticulturalist Rob DeFeo predicted the peak bloom date for the pink and white flowers will be between March 24 and March 31. The peak date is defined as the day when 70 percent of the blossoms on the trees are open. The trees, which are expected to start blooming March 22, attract about a million visitors to the nation’s capital each year.

“I can assure you, you’re not going to see a late bloom. It’s impossible,” said DeFeo, who has helped tend and monitor the cherry trees for the past two decades and has only been wrong about the bloom dates three times.

DeFeo said cherry blossom trees survive for about 50 years, but the city still has just over 100 of the original 3,000 trees given to the city by Japan in 1912. Those original trees are near the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial which opened in August. Thousands of other trees have been replaced or grown from the original trees’ genetic line.

DeFeo says the average cherry blossom flower lasts four to 10 days, but that depends on the weather. If it’s cool when the flowers bloom, they will last longer. The entire flowering period lasts approximately 10 to 18 days. The average peak bloom date is April 4.

“Like life, the blossoms come, they bloom, they’re gone. Short but sweet,” DeFeo said.

A celebration that accompanies the blossoming trees, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, is scheduled to run from March 20 to April 27, a five-week festival instead of the usual 16 days. During that period, museums will feature exhibits on Japanese artwork and culture, nearly 100 area restaurants will offer cherry and spring-inspired dishes and drinks and the city will host a parade April 14. In addition, both the United States and Japan have created a commemorative postal stamp to mark the anniversary.

JESSICA GRESKO
Associated Press

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National Geographic Museum to open Titanic exhibit

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National Geographic Museum to open Titanic exhibit

Posted on 08 March 2012 by admin

WASHINGTON (AP) _

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking, the National Geographic Museum in Washington is preparing a new exhibit on the history and study of the famous ship.

“Titanic: 100 Year Obsession” will highlight the work of Robert Ballard, who co-led a team that discovered the shipwreck site in 1985, and James Cameron, who made the film “Titanic.” Cameron has organized 33 dives to the Titanic site.

The exhibit will examine the ship’s development and engineering, as well as its beautiful features. It will include a detailed scale model of the ship, as well as a working model of the engine room and a recreated radio room. Replicas and props from the film will be on display.

The exhibit announced Monday opens March 29 through July 8.

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Smithsonian to display award-winning nature photos

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Smithsonian to display award-winning nature photos

Posted on 08 March 2012 by admin

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will soon exhibit some of the world’s best nature photography on the National Mall.

The museum says it will show 48 photographs in “Nature’s Best Photography: Windland Smith Rice International Awards.” The images will be on display March 30 through Jan. 6.

More than 20,000 images from 47 countries were reviewed in the competition named for photographer Windland Smith Rice. It was judged by experts in photography, science and conservation. The photographs were created by professionals, amateurs and youth.

Categories in the competition include animal antics, African wildlife, art in nature, conservation, birds, oceans and plant life, among others.

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