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"Art Beat" with Stephanie Kaye - Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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Mozart's opera is set in 1929 Hollywood at Source Theater September 23rd and 26th.
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Mozart's opera is set in 1929 Hollywood at Source Theater September 23rd and 26th.

(September 23 & 26) COSI FAN TUTTE Mozart goes to Hollywood as the Source theater stages Cosi fan tutte in Tinsel Town, tomorrow night and Saturday. The irreverent opera, literally translated as "All Women Do It," struck a scandalous chord in Mozart's day. A live chamber ensemble helps sets the scene in 1929 Hollywood, as the production deals in comic fashion with female infidelity and employs music that some say is among the most beautiful ever written.

(Through October 24) ENIGMA Hemphill Fine Arts in downtown D.C. presents Enigma, on display through October 24th. The site-specific sculpture would be tough to move to your house. Named after Germany's World War II coding machines, it's constructed of submarine parts that descend and emerge from beneath the surface of the gallery. Artist John Dreyfuss partnered with an aerospace and engineering company to create his vision, addressing the uneasy relationship between humanity and raw geo-political power.

(Through January 17) INVENTION Dreyfuss' vision doesn't stop at the Hemphill - the submarine-sized "Enigma" is running concurrently with another power-house exhibit, Inventions, at American University's Katzen Arts Center on display through January 17th. These works also play on issues of power, with sculptures based on humans' earliest tools examining form, strength and the harnessing of power.

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