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RIP: Sidney Harman, stereo equipment pioneer, arts patron, and Newsweek owner, has died at the age of 92. The philanthropist’s $19.5 million contribution to the Shakespeare Theatre built the company’s glassy downtown theater, which opened in 2007. In a statement, Shakespeare Theatre director Michael Kahn said the philanthropist’s “commitment to the arts has inspired many and has been felt throughout the city of Washington and beyond.” Harman died of complications related to acute myeloid leukemia.
A good day for liberals: Break out the IPA and organic guacamole—-PBS won’t face drastic federal budget cuts after all! While you’re celebrating that, you can stream Paul Simon’s beloved new album on NPR! And more good news from the other Washington: Seattle children shall no longer suffer the dogma of Easter eggs!
Yesterday on Arts Desk: Arin Greenwood told the story of a crunchy Japanese electro-pop band that relocated to D.C. in the aftermath of the tsunami; City Paper staff dreamed up a few plot ideas for the H Street sitcom; Marcus J. Moore dove deep into Wu-Tang jazz; I reported on a not-quite-planned two-day rock festival at a local Eritrean restaurant.