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Kennedy Center To Begin Search For New President

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The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is launching a search for a new president. Current President Michael Kaiser has held the title for 12 years. He came to Washington, D.C. after leading London's Royal Opera House. But his contract ends next year. Now, a search committee headed up by Chairman David Rubenstein and board member Anthony Welters is looking for a replacement.

Rubenstein says the position is unique because it involves overseeing an opera company, two orchestras, a ballet company and extensive theater, dance, and jazz programs.

The president oversees a $200 million annual budget and is responsible for raising about $80 million each year.

The Kennedy Center is among the busiest performing arts centers in the country, and runs an extensive arts education program that was started by current president Michael Kaiser.

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Readers' Review: "The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

For our next Readers' Review: National Book Award winner "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. The 2013 novel follows an enslaved boy who gets caught up in John Brown's abolitionist mission...and must disguise himself as a girl to survive.

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Busboys And Poets In Anacostia: Development Or Gentrification?

Local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will soon open in Anacostia, which suffers from a dearth of dining and shopping options-- but some within the community are decrying the opening as gentrification.

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A Primary Challenge For A Top Arlington County Democrat

Could bipartisanship be the ouster of Arlington County's board chair?

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In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All

The privately funded, $7 million Do Space provides free access to computers, high-end software, 3-D printers, and laser cutters. It's a learning and play space, as well as an office for entrepreneurs.

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