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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 9

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Kurt Steger's Burden Boat holds your thoughts about 9/11 at the National Portrait Gallery.
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Kurt Steger's Burden Boat holds your thoughts about 9/11 at the National Portrait Gallery.

(Sept. 9-11) Ten years later
The region marks the 10 year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks with a number of events this weekend: The National Cathedral’s choir collaborates with the U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra and the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters for a performance of Brahms’s “Requiem” tonight, the World Doctors Orchestra presents Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 at Strathmore in North Bethesda Sunday and the National Portrait Gallery invites you to place personal messages on sculptor Kurt Steger’s Burden Boat Sunday afternoon. The messages will be cleansed and turned into a book of hopes and dreams for the present and future.

(Sept. 10) The Writer’s Center reads
The Writer’s Center in Bethesda celebrates year 35 with a Reading Series beginning this Saturday. Poet Martín Espada explores the social conditions affecting immigrants in America.

(Sept. 10-24) Tosca
The Washington National Opera has Puccini’s Tosca for the next two weeks at The Kennedy Center. A beautiful opera diva makes an immense sacrifice to save her lover’s life in the melodrama.

Music: “Last Place” by Broken Social Scene


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