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Weekend Best Bets: Jewish Music Festival, ROAMfest '14
Mary dePompa, WTOP News
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“D.C.’s vibrant and cultural environment is an ideal location for inspiring and stimulating our seasoned artists,” Pigmental Studios' Marina Martins says in a statement.
“We look forward to building a group that could interact, support and complement the independent adventurous spirit that exists in D.C.”
The renovations planned over five years are set to begin after the current concert season. They include new seating, a raised roof around the main stage, new restrooms and concessions, new artist dressing rooms and even a new stage.
County officials say the plan leverages more than $30 million in funding by expediting the transfer of the venue to the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission.
Read the full story here.
Carrie Fisher mostly mum about 'Star Wars' return
Carrie Fisher is excited about her "Star Wars" return, even if she can't say much about it.
The 57-year-old actress said she would "get in trouble" for discussing "Star Wars: Episode VII." Fisher appeared at a party Wednesday celebrating her mother, Debbie Reynolds, whose collection of Hollywood memorabilia is up for auction this weekend.
Production begins this month on Disney's "Star Wars" film by director J.J. Abrams. Fisher said it's "trippy" to make a sequel 35 years later. Fisher's last Millennium Falcon voyage was 1983's "Return of the Jedi."Read more here.
Oprah considers buying L.A. Clippers
WASHINGTON -- Oprah Winfrey is considering joining David Geffen and Larry Ellison in a bid to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers, CBS News reports.
She is among a number of potential buyers for the team after owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA for making racist comments.
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National Theatre to bring 'Newsies,' 'Pippin'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Theatre is planning four Washington premieres for its 2014-2015 season of Broadway shows.
The theater announced Monday that the Tony Award-winning productions of "Pippin" and "Newsies" will play multiple-week engagements. The season will also feature the start of the North American tour of "Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage."
The theater also will host the Washington premiere of "Donny and Marie: Christmas at the National" with Donny and Marie Osmond.
The season also includes "Chicago the Musical" and the return of Dame Edna Everage in "Dame Edna and Barry Humphries' The Final Farewell Tour."
Read the full story here.
Best. View. Ever. Tickets to go on sale for reopening Washington Monument
WASHINGTON -- After $15 million in repairs and a shutdown of some 32 months, the Washington Monument is reopening May 13 — and you can start reserving your tickets Wednesday.
The National Park Service will make tickets available on a first come, first served basis starting at 8:30 a.m., according to NBC4 and The Associated Press. Tickets are available at the Washington Monument Lodge, on 15th Street, between Madison and Jefferson drives. Tour tickets are also available online at the National Park Service's reservation page, beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m.
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By Mary DePompa
Mickey Rooney portrait on display at National Portrait Gallery
WASHINGTON -- A portrait of late comedian Mickey Rooney, who died earlier this week at the age of 93, is on view indefinitely at the National Portrait Gallery.
The portrait shows Rooney and frequent co-star Judy Garland in 1939. It will be displayed in a first-floor space reserved for honoring prominent people who have recently died, the museum says.
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Is SXSW too big for its britches?
WASHINGTON -- Big changes could be coming to South by Southwest after city officials take a closer look at the popular music and culture festival.
The Austin City Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday to review the impact SXSW is having on the local community. Everything from security to traffic will be scrutinized.
“This item is not about trying to limit or make SXSW go away,” Councilmember
Mike Martinez told KXAN.
“In my mind this is about preserving SXSW. It’s part of what made Austin so
special and so attractive, but we do see that there are improvements that can be
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Happening Tonight: Thursday, March 27Humanitini: DC Speak explores the District's culture through its unique language. A panel of linguistics examine how DC Speak developed and how it contributes to building a sense of community in Washington. From 6:30 to 8:30 at the The Coupe in Columbia Heights. Info here
The Hirshhorn's spring film series kicks off tonight with "The Weather War," a Swedish documentary "about man’s attempts to control the weather and harness it for his own purposes." The free screening starts at 8 p.m. Info hereInterested in something a little racey? Try the Chippendales on for size. The boys take over The Fillmore stage by storm. Show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $35. Info here
WASHINGTON -- Drugs might have played a role in the death of GWAR frontman Dave Brockie.CBS 6 WTVR reports the shock rocker was found unconscious on his couch by Brockie's roommate Sunday evening.
Based on evidence gathered in the singer's Richmond home, his death is now being investigated as drug-related.It could take up to six weeks or more for toxicology reports to be processed, officials say.
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