Experts in the D.C. Dance community joined us for a “Dancing With the Stars” Panel

“Dancing With the Stars” is back! And Season 24 is warming up with a host of new stars and great professional partners, who are impressing viewers each week with their twists and turns on the dance floor. Some of D.C.’s experts in the dance community joined us to talk about this season: Septime WebreNancy Gross, and Teon Henderson.

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Halcyon House: Spring Arts & Entertainment Guide 2017

If you thought David Sedaris’ Billie Holiday imitation was good, wait until you hear (and see) Joey Arias. Dressed in a black sequined gown and with Lady Day’s iconic white flowers in his hair, the New York-based performance artist not only sounds just like Holiday, but he also mimics her mannerisms. Arias has been channeling the legendary singer since the 1990s to great acclaim.

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Washington Post: For these artists, limited vision expanded their horizons

Sharnita “Shugg” Smoot vividly remembers the initial trauma that would lead to her transformation into an artist.

It happened five years ago when she was a double major at Towson University, with a packed schedule that included cheerleading and an internship. Suddenly, in the middle of class, the sounds around her became hyperamplified and she felt a burning in her eyes. “I couldn’t look at the light at all.”

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FRESH TALK: How can the arts inspire environmental advocacy?

Artists across disciplines and around the globe are creating works in response to climate change and other environmental issues. Join a conversation examining the question: Can the arts communicate data and scientific evidence in ways that inspire advocacy or change attitudes and behaviors?

Followed by Sunday Supper, table-talk, and communal supper served family style.


  • Ruth Little, associate director of Cape Farewell
  • Miranda Massie, director of the Climate Museum
  • Jacqui Patterson, director of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP
  • Laura Turner Seydel, chairperson of Captain Planet Foundation
  • Moderated by Kari Fulton, award-winning environmental justice advocate and new media journalist
  • Video welcome by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and current President of the Foundation/Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice


Required. $25 general admission; $20 members, seniors, students. Price includes museum admission and Sunday Supper. Exhibition galleries open to attendees before program.

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FRESH TALK: Ann Hamilton and Emily Pilloton—How can makers change the world?

Ann Hamilton, an internationally renowned visual artist and self-described maker, joins Emily Pilloton, designer, builder, and educator, to talk about the relevance of hands-on learning and how the experience of making things can inspire the next generation of innovators and creative change makers.

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201 Artists You Should Remember This International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Huffingtonpost revived an article they initially wrote in 2016. The article is an in-depth profile of the 201 artists that should be remembered.

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Freedom Day: April 13, 2017

National Freedom Day honors the signing of a resolution that proposed the 13th amendment of the nation’s constitution on February 1, 1865. Abraham Lincoln, who was the president at the time, signed the resolution to outlaw slavery.

The National Constitution Center will honor Freedom Day on April 13, 2007. The lineup of featured speakers includes:

  • Mark Thompson, CEO, The New York Times
  • Gary Rosen, Editor, WSJ Weekend Review, Wall Street Journal
  • George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist
  • Susan N. Herman, President, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Judge Jeremy Fogel, Director, Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC
  • Judge Timothy Tymkovich, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Judge R. Guy Cole Jr., Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society
  • Lee Otis,
  • Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; co-author, “The Broken Branch”
  • John Malcolm, Director, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation

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The Constitution and the federal budget process

The state of the federal budget will be a hot topic of discussion as the new Trump administration and a Republican-controlled Congress set spending priorities in a contentious Washington environment. Here’s a brief look from Constitution Daily at the constitutional roots of this process.

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Economist Article: How to teach citizenship in schools

From The Economist:

IN 2012 David Souter, a retired justice of the Supreme Court, argued that the greatest threat to American democracy was neither a foreign invasion nor a military coup, but ignorance about how government functions. “An ignorant people can never remain a free people,” he said, referring to Thomas Jefferson, “and democracy cannot survive too much ignorance”. People become willing to hand power to a strongman who promises to solve all their problems. “That is how the Roman Republic fell…That is the way democracy dies, and if something is not done to improve the level of civic knowledge, that is what you should worry about.”

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