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Lauren Landau

Host, Art Beat

Landau joined the Metro Connection team in May 2011 as the program’s first-ever intern. She started with smaller assignments, and gradually worked her way up to reporting full stories. In her time at WAMU, Landau has reported both non-narrated pieces and long-form packages. She currently serves as the host of Art Beat, a daily program that updates listeners on arts and cultural events happening in the D.C. area. She is also the editorial assistant for Metro Connection, and continues to contribute stories for the program. Landau graduated from American University’s School of Communication with a BA in Journalism.


Articles Written by Lauren Landau

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Sept. 3-27: “Hay Fever” Normal is relative. In the Bliss family, dad is a novelist, mom is a former actress who hasn’t lost her sense of drama, and the two grown kids are … well, the children of a self-centered diva. This is a family that loves to create a scene, which is unfortunate for their guests. You can laugh and cringe at their antics in Noël Coward’s ...
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Sept. 3: Taste Your Music How about supper with a symphony on the side? Tomorrow night at 7:30 you can head to The Hamilton for a benefit concert co-hosted by Gourmet Symphony and Capital City Symphony. The two groups collaborate on “Taste Your Music.” That's a project that brin...
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Sept. 5-6: Appaloosa Festival You can spend Labor Day weekend at Skyline Ranch Resort in Front Royal, Virginia. The Appaloosa Festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday. The roots-based music festival will feature more than 20 acts, including host band Scythian. Headliners include mandolin virtuoso Sierra Hull, North Caroli...
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Aug. 31-Sept. 13: “The Importance of Being Earnest” In Scena Theatre’s production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, male roles are played by women and female characters are played, a little less convincingly, by men. Jack and Algernon are happy bachelors who enjoy witty banter, cucumber sandwiches, and the ...
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Aug. 28: Afro Bop Alliance If you’ve been waiting all summer to sip sangria while listening to live music at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden, tonight is your last chance. The annual “Jazz in the Garden” series wraps up with a free performance by Afro Bop Alli...
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Aug. 28: “Art After Dark” Your work week isn’t over. Sorry. But you can make plans to kick off the weekend at the Art Museum of the Americas. The sixth installment of “Art After Dark”, a 21-plus event, starts Friday at 8 p.m. Held in the museum’s French gardens, this after-hours party will feature music by Chilea...
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August 25, 2015: “The Fix” Violet is determined to get her family into the White House, by any means necessary. But here’s the problem, her recently deceased husband was a great presidential candidate: handsome, well-spoken and well-educated. Her son Cal has the hair and the Ivy League degree, but lacks the drive and demeanor for public office. Unluckily for him, and t...
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Aug. 25: Life in Film w/ Broke Royals English foursome Life in Film comes to D.C. tomorrow night. Now on their second U.S. tour, you can catch the indie pop rockers at the Rock & Roll Hotel at 8. Alt-rock duo Br...
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Aug. 22: Jake Shimabukuro Honolulu native Jake Shimabukuro is dedicated to showing audiences all over the world what the humble ukulele can do. He’s shared the stage with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Bette Midler, Jack Johnson, and Ziggy Marley. With just four strings and two octaves to work with, Shimabukuro plays jazz, blues,...
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Aug. 20-22: “Intimate Apparel” It's 1905 and Esther sews undergarments for the women of New York City. She creates corsets for ladies from all walks of life, from socialites to prostitutes. Working out of her boarding house room, she pines for a beauty shop of her own and someone to share her life with. ...
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Aug. 18-Sept. 6: “One in the Chamber” The play “One in the Chamber” looks in on a family, six years after its members experienced a devastating and avoidable loss. When he was 10, Adam accidentally shot and killed his little brother with his mom’s gun. Now a teenager, he, his parents and his two sisters are being inte...
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Aug. 18-Sept. 26: “Step Xplosion” In the percussive dance style known as “step,” performers use their hands and feet as instruments. Step Afrika! travels all over the world. But tomorrow, the local company embarks on its annual hometown tour. “Step Xplosion” kicks off at THEARC with a 6 p.m. sh...
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Fifty years ago, a young, Episcopal seminary student took a bullet intended for an African American teenager. Today, the Washington National Cathedral is unveiling its tribute to that martyred civil rights activist. Stone carver Sean Callahan picks up a wooden mallet as he works on a portrait of Jonathan Myrick Daniels. "Same tools they would have used on medieval ...
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Aug. 14: Jonny Grave & The Tombstones Bands come from all over the world to perform on the 9:30 Club stage. But tomorrow night, the popular D.C. venue is showing some homegrown love with a line-up that’s 100 percent local. The front man of headlining band J...
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Aug. 12-16: “Julius Caesar” Politics can be brutal. If you have any doubt, you can watch an ancient, bloody story unfold in the National Players’ production of “Julius Caesar” at Olney Theatre Center. The show opens tonight, but its short run will be over before you can say “Id...
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Aug. 15-Sept. 12: “Ejecta” CulturalDC presents “Ejecta,” a sculpture exhibit, featuring work by Anthony Cervino. It's his second solo exhibition at Flashpoint Gallery, and opens this Friday with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Cervino’s work draws heavily from his personal narrative. You’...
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Researchers at the Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore are searching for our region's history in fashion relics of the past. For decades, vests, coats, dresses, shoes, and other wearable items sat in boxes lined with tissue paper. The acidic packing materials do no favors to the costume collection. It doesn't he...
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Aug. 11: Emotional Overload: Stories About Being Drunk with Power, Mad with Love or High on Life This month, local storytelling organization SpeakEasyDC changed its name to Story District. The group’s first show under the new moniker is tomorrow night at Town Danceboutique. ...
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Aug. 7: A BandHouse Gigs Tribute to Jimi Hendrix Tonight you can take it back to a time of peace, love and experimentation… with both musical styles and a few other things. The Fillmore in Silver Spring is hosting "A BandHouse Gigs Tribute to Jimi Hendrix." Starting at 7:30 p.m., you...