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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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Dec. 2-22: The LyonsYou can see The Lyons, a comedy by Nicky Silver, through Dec.22 at The Round House Theatre in Bethesda. The play centers on a dysfunctional family trying to cope with the impending loss of its patriarch, who is dying of cancer. But even though most of the show is set in ...
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The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery is closing for major renovations on Dec. 9, and isn't expected to reopen until 2016. The building, which is a National Historic Landmark, hasn't seen a project this comprehensive in 40 years. The plan includes completely renewed infrastructure, the recreation of the original window configurat...
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Nov. 29-30: An Evening with Matthew MorrisonMatthew Morrison sings with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops tonight and tomorrow at 8 p.m. at The Kennedy Center. The actor, dancer, singer, songwri...
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Robert Eisen teaches Judaic Studies at George Washington University. He says the Jewish calendar is based on the moon and has shorter months than calendars based on the sun. "Well, we have a leap day, February the 29th, in the regular calendar, or the calendar that we're used to," he says. "Here, it's a month, a leap month that has to be added. But when the calendar gets ou...
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Nov. 28-Dec. 1: The Nutcracker Chicago's Joffrey Ballet is at The Kennedy Center through Sunday, performing The Nutcracker. Victorian-era costumes and a dreamlike set...
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Nov. 27-Dec. 8: IF/THEN What if you meet your soul mate tomorrow? What if you sleep an extra five minutes and never cross paths? Every day is filled with thousands of possibilities, and the slightest decision or random occurrence can drastically alter your future. That’s the theme explored in IF/THEN, a ...
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Nov. 26-Dec. 31: Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play! Now through December 31 you can bring your little ones to The Kennedy Center to see the world premiere of Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!. Directed by Jer...
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Nov. 25-Dec. 29: Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru LifeMaurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life in a show featuring dance, music, stories and brotherly love at Arena Stage. The Broadway legend is joined by ...
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Nov. 24: A Civil War Symphony Paul D. Miller, also known as DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, will be at the National Gallery of Art this Sunday, live-mixing a musical, multimedia performance in celebration of the museum’s current exhibit ...
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Nov. 22-24: American Voices The Violent Femmes once asked, “Do you like American music?” If the answer is yes, you might be interested in a three-day event being held at The Kennedy Center tomorrow through Sunday. Renée Fleming hosts ...
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Nov. 22: Super Art Fight Night Brace yourselves for a sketching smack down. Super Art Fight closes its 2013 season this Friday at VisArts in Rockville. The live art competition kicks off at 9 p.m. and will feature big art...
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Nov. 19-24: Ruggles of Red Gap Today is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, and The AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring is marking the occasion with screenings of the 1930s black and white film Ruggles of Red Gap. It's based on the novel by Harr...
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Nov. 18-Dec. 11: Beach China Did you grow up with your mother’s fine china perched in a glass cabinet? Well, imagine carrying that collection down to the shoreline and letting the rising tide claim those treasured items. You can check out a solo show of paintings by Leslie Parke at ...
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On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most well known speeches in American history. On Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., D.C. Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address with a dramatic performance at President Lincoln's Cottage in Northwest D.C. After Kendrick's solo reading, visitors will be invited t...
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Dana Tai Soon Burgess is giving directions to some of his company members. But the dancers aren't rehearsing in a traditional studio. They're at the National Portrait Gallery, tweaking their choreography for "Homage," a site-specific work that will be performed tomorrow in the museum's Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard. Burgess says the work is literally a homage to all of t...
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Nov. 16: Out of My HandsChristopher O’Riley, long-time host of NPR’s From the Top, is an acclaimed pianist who knows his way around classical scores by composers such as Beethoven, Chopin and Ravel. But tomorrow night at 8 p.m. you can head to ...
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Nov. 15: World Blues The blues might be a homegrown genre, but its influence is felt in all corners of the globe. Tomorrow night at 8 you can head to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax for World Blues, a concert featuring Grammy Award-winning folk/blues art...
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Nov. 13-Dec. 29: The Apple Family PlaysThe Apple Family Plays, a series of political family dramas by Richard Nelson, goes on stage today in rotating repertory at The Studio Theatre. Serge Seiden directs the two plays with a linked storyline, That Ho...
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Nov. 12-17: Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty If you find yourself wishing you could go back to bed this morning, picture taking a nap that lasts 100 years. In Matthew Bourne’s re-imagining of the ballet Sleeping Beauty, Aurora goes to sleep in the early 1900s and snoozes for a...
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Nov. 12: Teenage Diaries Revisited Back in 1996, a group of teenagers were given tape recorders and asked to talk about their lives for the NPR series Teenage Diaries. Listeners became acquainted with people such as Josh, a young man with Tourette’s syndrome, football star Frankie, whose father wa...