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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, May 1

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This oil on wood panel painting by James McNeill Whistler, titled Caprice in Purple and Gold: The Golden Screen(1864), demonstrates how Japanese art influenced the artist's style, a prominent theme in the An American in London exhibit.
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This oil on wood panel painting by James McNeill Whistler, titled Caprice in Purple and Gold: The Golden Screen(1864), demonstrates how Japanese art influenced the artist's style, a prominent theme in the An American in London exhibit.

May 3: Funk Parade

This Saturday you can celebrate the U Street neighborhood at Funk Parade, an all-day event. From noon to 5 p.m. you can check out music, dance, street performances, activities and workshops. Then, you can clap your hands and blow your horn at an audience-participatory parade. Finally, starting at 7 p.m., you can get your groove on at a music festival that will include a dozen free shows.

May 3-Aug. 17: An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames opens this Saturday at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, where it will be on view through August 17. The collection features more than 80 works from the artist’s early period in London. You can check out a sneak preview tomorrow night at City Nights Open House, a free Victorian London-themed event featuring music, mustaches and performances by The British Players.

Music: “Mighty Sly” by Suburban Soul Crew

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