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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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Oct. 30-Nov. 15: Cabaret Noir Dust off your fedora, grab a smoke, and give that detective from homicide a call. Or you can leave that to the cast of Cabaret Noir. Presented by Happenstance Theater, this theatrical montage features physical comedy in a series of vignettes inspired by the film noir genre. You’ll meet femme fa...
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Metro Connection Segments 'We Are The Joy Boys': Willard Scott Remembers Co-Host, Friend Ed Walker ...
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Oct. 29-30: Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE with Jason Moran and The Bandwagon Musicians and dancers meditate on the lasting impact of their ancestors in a collaborative performance at The Kennedy Center. Ronald K. Brown and his dance company EVIDENCE blend traditional Afri...
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A once-in-a-lifetime Japanese art exhibit opened in D.C. this weekend — and it couldn't happen anywhere else. The Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries are hosting an exhibit of Japanese paintings whose influence reached all the way to European painters like Matisse and Klimt. Artist Tawaraya Sōtatsu only gained recognition centuries after his death, when scholars tra...
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Oct. 28: Evgeny Kissin Piano virtuoso Evgeny Kissin returns to Washington this week. You can catch him in concert at The Kennedy Center tomorrow night at 8. The Grammy Award-winning musician will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Spanish composers Albéniz and Larregla. Presented by ...
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Oct. 26: “We R Punk Rock” For The Nina’s, punk is freedom. It’s the early 1990’s, and the bandmates, all Black women, are full of energy and dreams. But the way they see themselves isn’t necessary the way the world sees them. Tonight at 8, you can check out a staged reading of ...
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Oct. 15-Nov. 22: "The Mesmeric Revelations! Of Edgar Allan Poe" "The Mesmeric Revelations! Of Edgar Allan Poe" is back at the Maryland Historical Society’s Enoch Pratt House in Baltimore. The immersive theater experience creates a Poe-inspired world, with a focus on the women in the famous author’s life and work. Audience me...
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Oct. 14-25: "Beautiful—The Carole King Musical" "Beautiful—The Carole King Musical" follows the prolific singer-songwriter from her mom’s piano bench in Brooklyn to Carnegie Hall. Liam Tobin plays King’s husband and lyricist, Gerry Goffin. "They went through a lot and in the process mad...
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Oct. 13-Nov. 7: "Two Views: Feathers and Fur" You can meditate on the beauty of nature at Artists' Gallery in Columbia. "Two Views: Feathers and Fur" features wildlife photography by Jerry Weinstein and paintings by Franc Miller, who uses wood as his canvas. The work will be on view through November 7...
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After nearly 20 years in D.C.'s Chinatown, the Goethe-Institut Washington is saying auf wiedersehen to its building on 7th Street NW. Director Wilfried Eckstein says the landlord wants to raise the rent by more than 60 percent, so the German cultural center will move to K Street NW, near Farragut Square, in December. “This area has become maybe the Times Square of...
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Oct. 12-18: "Hootenanny" Shakespeare’s plays have been twisted, tweaked and translated over the years. But in a bluegrass, musical version of Macbeth, the most action is happening behind the scenes … or at least that’s what audiences see in "Hootenanny." It’s a new play about two actors with mino...
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Two little girls sit at a small table. One shows a hint of a smile, while her older sister looks grumpy, like maybe breakfast is taking too long. Artist Ruth Starr Rose captured this and other moments of everyday African-American life on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Her oil paintings and illustrations are ...
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Oct. 10-11: DC Casineros Sometimes watching other people dance, kind of makes you want to join them. This weekend at Dance Place, you can. DC Casineros will perform modern dance and Cuban popular dance pieces to live music, before ope...
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Metro Connection Segments In Damp Metro Tunnels, Prehistoric Plants Thrive ...
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Oct. 8-Nov. 8: "Alice in Wonderland" You probably know the story of "Alice in Wonderland." That familiarity will come in handy in Synetic Theater's production of the classic tale. This imaginative telling relies more on music, props, whimsical costumes and choreography than words, though you'll sti...
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Oct. 7: Aleksey Semenenko Award-winning violinist Aleksey Semenenko returns to D.C. Tonight you can hear him perform works by Beethoven, Tartini, Ysaÿe, Tchaikovsky and Bizet at the Ukrainian Embassy. The Embassy Series’ concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10:...
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Oct. 6-18: “Chimerica” You know that iconic 1989 image of a man facing down four tanks in Tiananmen Square? It’s the subject of a dramatic play that’s on stage at Studio Theatre through October 18. Lucy Kirkwood’s "Chimerica" begins with an American photojournalist snapping that photo from his...
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Oct. 5: SigWorks: "The Gulf" Signature Theatre kicks off a new initiative tonight at 7. The goal of SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings is to highlight and support work by local playwrights. It’s a free and informal event — hosted in the Arlington venue’s bar area. Tonight’s offering is "The...
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Oct. 3-11: "Orpheus in the Underworld" Virginia Opera presents "Orpheus in the Underworld," Jacques Offenbach’s irreverent spoof on an ancient Greek myth. The satirical opera shocked and delighted Parisian audiences when it premiered in 1858. You can see the show, and hear its...
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Oct. 1-18: “Queens Girl in the World” "Queens Girl in the World" is a semi-autobiographical play by Caleen Sinnette Jennings. In the world premiere of this one woman show, actress Dawn Ursula cycles through characters, donning different accents, mannerisms ...