The West Garden Court of the National Gallery of Art is a verdant, humid space where plants, staircases and folding chairs surround a fountain created for the palace at Versailles. This month, it will also be home to a mind-bendingly broad collection of contemporary and 20th- century American music. Read full article >>
This post has been updated. The latest snowstorm has caused most of the District’s cultural institutions to close or cancel performances. The National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of American History are open today, but the rest of the Smithsonian’s Washington-area museums and the National Zoo are closed.
(Click here to skip down to this week’s new contest: headlines for The Optimist)In Week 1110, we asked for “Your Mama” jokes about some particular mother (though they’re really about the mother’s child). We hereby apologize to any of these people’s actual mothers. If they were smart enough to read a newspaper.
If you reject the idea of live music as an act of extrasensory perception, you probably haven’t heard the Quebe Sisters sing. The sibling trio — Grace, Sophia and Hulda — use their fiddles and their lungs to braid old-fashioned melodies that evoke the Andrews Sisters and the Light Crust Doughboys entering a 21st-century mind-meld.
AUTHOR’s NOTE: Three minutes ago, I poured hot water over a Nissin “Souper Meal” of instant ramen. The goal of this article is to inform readers so efficiently that they can finish this article before, finished myself, I’ve set down my chopsticks. —M. C. Read full article >>
Shania Twain has decided she’s due for a victory lap, and she’s taking one this summer. Her “Rock This Country” tour, which starts on June 5 in Seattle, will be her first North American tour in more than 10 years. Read full article >>