May 17, 2013 |
After saluting just two Latino performers in 35 years with its Kennedy Center Honors awards, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts says it has revised the selection process to be more inclusive. The changes were announced Thursday in a news release that didn't mention that they were sparked by Latino groups' protests last year over the dearth of Latino honorees. Plácido Domingo in 2000 and Chita Rivera in 2002 have been the only ones, out of more than 170 winners since 1978.
March 10, 1999 |
When Michael Kaiser started work in November at the Royal Opera House of Covent Garden as its fourth chief executive in less than two years, the British press likened his mission to joining the procession of Henry VIII's wives. As it turns out, the 44-year-old New Yorker hasn't lost his head or his heady reputation for turning around ailing arts groups.
February 16, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The legal campaign for marriage equality is picking up speed, moving at a pace that has surprised even longtime advocates and increasing the likelihood of a definitive Supreme Court test as early as next year. Efforts by some lawyers to plan a careful strategy for which cases to push forward to the high court have largely been put aside amid a rush of lower-court rulings striking down bans on same-sex marriage. The most recent came Thursday in Virginia, the first such ruling in the South.
September 30, 2003 |
Iraq's National Symphony Orchestra will hold a concert with its American counterpart and cellist Yo-Yo Ma in Washington, as part of a U.S. State Department-sponsored cultural exchange program, the Kennedy Center said Monday. "They're incredibly dedicated musicians and we're very excited about them coming here," Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser said. "The role of learning about people through art is central."