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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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Here in the U.S., we call it Chinese New Year. But that title can be a little confusing, says Lisa Fan, a photographer for the Asian Community Service Center in Vienna. “The Chinese New Year is also called the Lunar New Year and it is not just celebrated by Chinese,” she says. “Koreans, Vietnamese and the Japanese and many countries in Asia, they also celebrate this....
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The D.C. theater community is buzzing after Monday night's Helen Hayes Award nominations. For Washington theater enthusiasts, the Helen Hayes Awards are the Tony Awards of the D.C. region. The honors won’t be distributed until the official ceremony on May 23, but three large local compa...
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Last weekend's blizzard ran a few agendas off track, including that of the Rosebud Film Festival. But with the fest rescheduled for this weekend, Kevin Sampson says, "It’s the same festival. It’s just a week later." Local independent filmmakers show off their work Saturday during a five-and-a-half hour screening at the...
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Imagine walking through a park in Greece 2,000 years ago. The paths may have been lined with bronze statues. That's according to Jens Daehner, co-curator of the traveling exhibit "Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World." "An ancient person living in the Hellenistic per...
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A trip to the museum might make for a great rainy-day activity, but what if there's a blizzard outside? While most locals stayed indoors over the snowy weekend, D.C. museums faced a tough choice: take advantage of a snowed-in population eager for entertainment, or keep the doors closed? Last week, most museums made their decisions on Thursday or Friday, with the blizzard bea...
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For many residents of the D.C. region, a snowbound weekend means little more than hot chocolate and board games indoors. But in the world of performing arts, winter storms — like the blizzard that gripped much of the East Coast last weekend — can be devastating. Mosaic Theater Company's one-man show Wrestlin...
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Homelessness is still on the rise in D.C., but so is the number of families leaving homeless shelters. That's according to Laura Zeilinger, director of the D.C. Department of Human Services. “We've had 16 percent more families exit to permanent housing over the course of 2015 than we did the year before, in 2014,” Zeilinger says. In another change over last yea...
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The Freer Gallery of Art closes to the public next week for renovations that include upgrades to its infrastructure and a re-design of its exhibits.  When asked about the upcoming renovations to the Freer Gallery of Art, Dame Jillian Sackler Director Julian Raby first focuses on the things that won't change: ...
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Theater Alliance is reestablishing a holiday tradition in D.C. After last year's highly successful run, its gospel-infused musical Black Nativity is back. Written by Langston Hughes, the Afrocentric telling of the Christmas story and the birth of b...
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You can’t spell Star Wars without A-R-T. And while fans and critics debate the artistic and cultural value of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens in theaters Thursday, an exhibit at Anacostia Arts Center in Southeast D.C. presents another view of the movie franchise. The painting, sculpture and photography by six D.C.-area artists in ...
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Dec. 11-Jan. 3, 2016: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” George Bailey is ready to end his life. When he wishes he’d never been born, his guardian angel shows him what life would be like without him. As it turns out, George has made a much bigger impact than he thinks. Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents...
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Dec. 10-Jan. 3: “The Gospel of Lovingkindness” Mosaic Theater Company of DC presents Marcus Gardley’s "The Gospel of Lovingkindness." Just a few weeks after singing for President Obama, a gifted teenager is murdered. The rest of the story focuses on how his death affects his family, community, and the young man who sho...
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Dec. 12-13: “A Celtic Christmas” For more than 25 years, the Barnes and Hampton Celtic Consort has ushered in the Yuletide with “A Celtic Christmas.” The annual candlelit concert at Dumbarton United Methodist Church features festive songs from places such as Wales and Ireland. During three performances this week...
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Dec. 13: "My So Called Jewish Life" Chanukah celebrations continue tonight. Once you’re all spun up on the tale of the Maccabees, you can head to Sixth & I this Sunday night at 7:30 to hear some stories you probably haven’t heard before. Story District presents ...
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Dec. 7: SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings The goal of SigWorks, a new initiative at Signature Theatre, is to highlight work by local playwrights with free readings of new plays on the first Monday of every other month. Tonight’s offering is “Br’er Cotton” by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm....
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Dec. 5: The Frank Vignola Trio When The Wall Street Journal asked musician and inventor Les Paul to name the five guitarists he admired most, Frank Vignola made the list. This Saturday, you can find out why. The Frank Vignola Trio plays The Theatre at Washington, Virginia...
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Dec. 3-27: “Akeelah and the Bee” Between autocorrect and spell check, people these days don’t need to worry too much about their spelling abilities. But when a little girl from the Chicago projects discovers that she has a real T-A-L-E-N-T talent, her spelling skills might take her all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Before Akeelah can get there, she’ll...
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Dec. 2-20: "Pericles" Just when things are looking up for Pericles, life throws him another curveball. It’s like the gods are trying to break the spirit of this young prince. But honor and his duty to his growing family push the brave Pericles forward, through shipwreck, devastating loss and threats on his life. For the first time, Shakespeare’s epic tale of adventure is...
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Dec. 2: Virgil Boutellis-Taft & Yoonie Han Tomorrow night at 7:30, the Embassy of France will open its doors for an event presented by The Embassy Series. Dedicated to the victims of last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris, the concert will feature Fre...
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Dec. 1: “Cuba Vibra!” Havana’s all-female company Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba is bringing its show “Cuba Vibra!” to The Lincoln Theatre tomorrow night. The women fuse flamenco with ballet, jazz and Afro-Cuban dance as they move to live m...