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Summertime Fun: Art & Music

Many art and music festivals occur over the summer. Whether you're a fan, a developing artist or musician, or just curious, below are a selection of titles for your reading pleasure. Black is a Color by Elvan Zabunyan

Bernardine Watson and Abasi Johnson performing

More Than a Drum Percussion Ensemble

A Celebration of Music, Dance and the Spoken Word featuring Writer and Poet Bernardine 'Dine' Watson

Join us for a celebration of music, dance and the spoken word. More Than a Drum Percussion will perform at the Takoma Park Library. Performance features four artists: Writer/Poet Bernardine 'Dine' Watson, Percussionist Abasi Johnson, Instrumentalist/Vocalist Wallace Edwards and Actor/Vocalist Kathy English Holt. For more information, contact the Takoma Park Library at (202) 576-7252.  This Summer Challenge 2018 event is sponsored by the Takoma Park Friends of the Library.

The Boy with 17 Senses

Worlds Where Senses Mix, Part One

Explorations of Synesthesia in Children's Fiction

Young people are often taught that humans have five separate senses. However, the neurological condition of synesthesia, in which a stimulus of one sense involuntarily evokes another sense, challenges the assumed universality of distinct senses. Although once thought to be very rare, recent scientific research has found that as many as 4 percent of people have at least one of over 80 kinds of synesthesia.

Lisa Shiota, clarinetist.

Music in the Afternoon

Enjoy a special performance at Southwest Library

Join us on Saturday, December 9 at 2:30 p.m. to enjoy music for piano, voice, and clarinet, performed by the Southwest DC Trio, Washington’s newest classical group!

Nina Simone: Live in '65 and '68

Nina Simone: Live in '65 and '68

7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 8

You are cordially invited to attend a screening of Nina Simone: Live in '65 and '68 presented in cooperation with Arena Stage in conjunction with the production of 

Music Scores

Music Collection at DC Public Library

For the renovation of the MLK Jr. Memorial Library, the majority of our circulating sheet music collection has been put into storage, to ensure this unique collection is preserved and can again be made available upon reopening the central library. During this period of time, there is a small representative collection at the Shepherd Park (Juanita E.

The Hans Kindler Orchestral Score Collection

The estate of the founder and conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, Hans Kindler, donated his library of orchestral performance sets to the DC Public Library in 1951. This special collection includes over 900 titles and is available for use, without charge, by musical groups in the Washington Metropolitan region.   Holdings

Oliver Twist

Page to Stage

Bestselling Books That Became Broadway Bashes

The Great White Way is chock full of productions with origins in literature. In some cases, the stage telling has eclipsed the written version as the cultural mainstay, while others struggled to capture the magic of their paper counterparts. In rare instances, both novel and musical are considered equally brilliant, even if there have been significant changes made between book and Broadway.

Mo meta

"Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself..."

Memoirs from the Hip Hop Community

Hip-hop has firmly rooted itself worldwide as an important part of modern day culture. Clothing, vernacular, art and literature have all been influenced by hip-hop culture. As of late, some notable rappers and hip-hop producers have thrown their hat in the literary ring, giving us the stories behind some of their greatest hits. Here are some popular memoirs written by hip-hop notables.

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