Replan Your Open-House Weekend: Art Post reports that the Kennedy Center won’t host an open house this September after last year’s event drew only (only!) 20,000 people—-down from 30,000 the year before. The center’s John Dow points to a crowded cultural calendar in September for the decline. “Dow said the original purpose of serving the community by breaking down the barrier of getting to the center and offering a broader menu of performances has changed. People have improved access to the center through a free shuttle service from the Foggy Bottom Metro. The Millennium Stage with a free performance at 6 p.m. every night features groups not usually booked into the center’s large halls.” Also, the open house is really, really expensive to put on. In other lowbrow/highbrow news, terrible director Brett Ratner is producing next year’s Oscars.
SEO Migraine: The Web head of this week’s Galleries column in WaPo (“‘Characters of Chevy Chase,’ ‘Local Color’ showcase hometown artists“) is only slightly less boring than last week’s (“D.C. area art gallery shows highlight new works“).
Exit Through the Panda Pen: The Pink Line Project blog collects some recent street art. The sad panda sticker is great.
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