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Kennedy Center To Build $100M Expansion

The Kennedy Center will pursue a $100 million expansion, center leaders announced this week. The move will provide more rehearsal space, a memorial garden and an outdoor stage on the Potomac.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Jan. 30

Young and old alike can enjoy a little drama at these drastically different productions.


Why Chicken Wings Dominate Super Bowl Snack Time

Serving chicken wings during the Super Bowl has become de rigueur for couch watchers on game day, thanks to the rise of sports bars' demand for cheap snacks. But now wings are so popular, they're one of the most expensive cuts of chicken you can buy.

FX To Debut '80 Cold War Drama 'The Americans'

The Americans is a new series on FX about two Soviet spies living in the U.S. as a married couple. TV critic Eric Deggans says it's amazing to see Soviet spies as the heroes of a show because they were screen villains for so long.

Rare Robert Frost Collection Surfaces 50 Years After His Death

Jonathan Reichert, professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Buffalo, has donated a rare collection of Robert Frost's letters, photographs and audio files to the school. The materials chronicle the decades-long friendship between the poet and Reichert's father, rabbi and poet Victor Reichert.

From Aleppo, An Artifact Of A Calmer Age

The ongoing violence and tumult in Syria's largest city belie a richer, more prosperous past. One small object — a finely woven hat — offers evidence of life in a thriving cultural hub.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Jan. 29

What secrets are lurking in the shadows? You can enjoy a little rhythm and mystery this week with a jazz musical and joint-art exhibition featuring sculpture and photography.


E-Readers Track How We Read, But Is The Data Useful To Authors?

Data is being collected about your reading habits — what kind of books you read, whether or not you finish them. Publishers say the information could improve how books are written, but some novelists are skeptical.