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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Sept. 5

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John Cage would have been 100 this week. Katzen celebrates with his visual art and music.
Katzen Arts Center
John Cage would have been 100 this week. Katzen celebrates with his visual art and music.

(Sept. 5-Oct. 21) His Steps
American avant-garde composer and visual artist John Cage would have turned 100 today and the anniversary of his birth isn’t going unnoticed: American University’s Katzen Arts Center marks the occasion Friday and Saturday with a Centennial Celebration featuring lectures, performances, and art installations. Katzen also has STEPS — an exhibit of sculpture, watercolors, video, and music by Cage and his collaborators — through late October.

(Sept. 5) His Friend
Korean-American multimedia artist Nam June Paik was close with Cage-drawing inspiration from his work and eventually making a documentary film about him. A previously unscreened version of A Tribute to John Cage featuring performances, stories, and interviews is showing tonight at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. An in-the-know curator leads a discussion afterwards.

(Sept. 5) His Music
If you’re all about the music, St. Mary’s College of Maryland in St. Mary’s City celebrates the musical pioneer with a concert tonight. Cage’s piano masterpiece Sonatas and Interludes is performed in the Auerbach Auditorium at 8.

Music: “In A Landscape” by John Cage

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