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Ford’s Theatre and Signature Theatre have announced the first cast members of their new co-production of Hello, Dolly! Broadway veteran Nancy Opel will star as Dolly Levi in the Eric Schaeffer-helmed musical, set to run at Ford’s beginning in March. [Post]

The Francis A. Gregory Library on 36th Place SE will blow your mind. And maybe make you want to check out a book or two. [DCmud]

Someone with a lot of time on his hands painted a portrait of President Obama and filmed the entire process. Now he’s set that video to music and is sharing it with the world. Aren’t we lucky? [Fishbowl DC]