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Something Wonderful

We've Got Magic To Do

American musical theater inside and out

Here in Washington, we’re starting to get into the summer: the 90 degree weather, the building humidity and the drawing call to the beach. The transition from spring to summer, however, reminds me of my favorite awards show of the season: the annual Tony Award ceremony. As you take your last opportunity to review the season’s cast recordings, catch up on show highlights online and make your award predictions, why not pick up a book about this incredible art form?

Sign board reading Porch Fest, 3rd Floor

Rockin' on the Rooftop

Rhode Island Avenue Porch Fest!

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Woodridge was honored to be included as a site for Rhode Island Avenue Porch Fest, an all-ages event that brings the community together for an afternoon of music and fun.

Book Cover of All The Pieces Matter

Oral Histories

A well put-together oral history is a beautiful thing. The organizational mind and narrative-building skills of a great writer can be paired with first-person quotes from some of the most interesting and talented people in a given field. Here is a sampling of some of the oral histories DC Public Library has to offer!

Black is a Color cover

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 

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