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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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A musical makes its D.C. debut today — but it's not exactly high-brow entertainment. 50 Shades! The Musical is an original parody of the bestselling romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey. The show opens with a ladies book club deciding to read the racy book. Jack Boice plays Christian Grey, a reclusive billionaire with a titillating hobby. The acto...
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Jan. 16-18: 50 Shades! The Musical Starting tomorrow you can see 50 Shades! The Musical, a parody of the romance novel trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. This musical comedy opens with a ladies’ book club deciding to read the bestselling book. The audience then follows the group through...
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Jan. 15-Feb. 28: DIS/GUISE Starting tomorrow you can visit George Washington University’s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery to see DIS/GUISE, an exhibit featuring work by Holly Tro...
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Jan. 13-18: Meena’s Dream Meena is a 9-year-old girl with an active imagination and a very sick mother. To cope with her mother’s illness and mounting bills, she escapes into her dreams. There, she meets the Hindu god Lord Krishna, who needs Meena’s help to fight the “Worry Machine.” This one-woman-show by Anu Yadav features an original score...
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Jan. 10-11: Ben Allison After releasing his 11th studio album, The Stars Look Very Different Today, back in December, the genre-bending jazz bassist and composer Ben Allison will be performing tonight with his band at The Mansion at ...
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Jan. 9-Feb. 1: New Works on Paper Now through February 1 you can see New Works on Paper by four local artists at Bethesda’s Gallery B. The exhibit features roughly 40 water-based media paintings by Cathy Kwart, Catherine Levinson, Bonny Lundy and Virginia Mahoney. There will be an opening reception tomo...
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Jan. 8-Feb. 2: Winter White It might not look like a winter wonderland out there, but it still feels like it. Now through February 2 you can immerse yourself in Winter White, a ceramics exhibition at Alexandria’s Scope Gallery. The work featured in this Washington Ceramic Guild show isn’t exclu...
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Jan. 7-Feb. 8: Lucid Dreams Starting today you can visit Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda to see new work by gallery artists and a series of paintings by Hungarian-born American artist Gabor Szabo. ...
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Jan. 6: Frankenstein Tonight at 6:30 you can attend a screening of Frankenstein at The National Theatre. When Dr. Frankenstein sends his grotesque-looking creation out into the world, the monster is met with cruelty wherever he goes. All of that neg...
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Jan. 3-Feb. 2: Primary Colors What can be done with just red, yellow, and blue? Primary Colors opens today at Del Ray Artisans in Alexandria, where it will be on view through February 2. For this exhibit, artists used just three hues to cre...
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Jan. 2-Feb. 2: Staples and Gravy You can see an exhibit of new, earthy oil paintings by Edward Bear Miller at Foundry Gallery in Northwest through February 2. Staples and Gravy features realist depictions of ...
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Jan. 1-12: The King and I It’s not too late to see Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I at Olney Theatre Center. The venue has extended the show’s run through January 12, so you have a little extra time to see this musical about a young English widow who travels to Siam to tutor the King’s childre...
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Dec. 31: First Night AlexandriaBefore you shout "happy New Year," you can check out First Night Alexandria, an annual family-friendly event that brings a plethora of performances to dozens of venues throughout the city. There will be music, puppetry, storytelling and art activities, plus a battle...
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Dec. 30-Jan. 19, 2014: Flashdance-The Musical The '80s film Flashdance  told the story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and exotic dancer by night who dreams of being a professional performer. Now through January 19 you can see Flashdance-The Musical performe...
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People came together in Baltimore Saturday to celebrate and learn about Kwanzaa. The celebration at Baltimore's Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture included discussion, storytelling, a children's workshop, dance and music. People have celebrated the African American a...
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Fans are flocking to Annapolis, Md., today for the annual Military Bowl.  The University of Maryland and Marshall University will face off this afternoon at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Proceeds will benefit the United Service Organizations, or USO. Matthew Robinson just graduated from the University of Maryland.&nb...
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A Maryland attorney filed a lawsuit today challenging a state elections board ruling that allows a candidate for lieutenant governor to fundraise during the state's upcoming legislative session. Statewide officeholders and state legislators are prohibited from raising money during Maryland's 90-day legislative session.  T...
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This Christmas, more than 60 volunteers gathered at Mary's Center in Silver Spring, Md., to give the health clinic a fresh new look. In 2013, the clinic provided health care, education and social services to 40,000 people, according to Rebecca Diamond, chief development officer of Mary's Ce...
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Dec. 24-29: The Gershwins’ Porgy and BessThe Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess opens tomorrow at The National Theatre, where it will be on stage through Sunday. The play is set in the early 1920s in Catfish Row, a fictitious African-A...
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Dec. 23: “Green Wheat Fields, Auvers” You can visit the National Gallery of Art’s West Building to see “Green Wheat Fields, Auvers,” a late 19th-century oil painting by Vincent Van Gogh. Curator Mary Morton says the "pure landscape" is in nearly pristine condition. You can see its swirling clouds an...