A lineup of leading performers, including Dan Aykroyd, Aziz Ansari, Roy Blount, Jr., Bill Hader, Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman, Brian Doyle Murray, Paul Shaffer, Sigourney Weaver, and others will salute Bill Murray at the 19th Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sun., Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. The all-star salute will be taped for broadcast on PBS stations nationwide on Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. (check local listings).
Did you know you can watch the Expansion Project’s day-to-day progress on the Expansion Cam? All of the 500+ piles (steel support beams) have been driven into the bedrock and 2,150 trucks of dirt have been removed from the expansion site. Also, the first of two tower cranes was erected on the site in early July. Once completed, the new spaces will provide innovative and accessible experiences for both the artist and audience, including open rehearsal viewing and unique, interactive programming.
The Kennedy Center’s year-long celebration of the centenary of its namesake honors five enduring ideals embodied by President Kennedy—Courage, Freedom, Justice, Service, and Gratitude—through performances and special events from May 29, 2016–May 29, 2017. A special Centennial Water Garden installation illuminates the Center’s central fountain throughout the celebration with 99 “free-blown” glass vessels colored by LED lights. An additional glass vessel will be installed on May 29, 2017, to mark what would have been President Kennedy’s 100th birthday.
Kennedy Center News is now available to read online! The September-October issue features the Broadway smash The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Danish Dance Theatre and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, the return of DEMO with Damian Woetzel, Mason Bates's KC Jukebox, comedy from The Second City and Trevor Noah, and much more!
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