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Prelude 2008: Arts Across America

Open House Arts Festival

24th Annual!
Saturday, September 13 from 12 noon to 11 p.m.

A free day of performances all throughout the Kennedy Center

It's a new season of Performing Arts for Everyone! The Kennedy Center is kicking off its 37th birthday with a celebration of American innovators and artists carrying on and developing traditions. Continuing the theme of Prelude 2008: Arts Across America, which highlights the diversity of the United States, Open House features artists from across the country and the D.C. area in more than 30 performances, demonstrations, and events.

Performance Schedule

Great for children in kindergarten and up and their families
Open Captioned event
American Sign Language interpreted
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Family Theater

(Tickets are required for performances in the Family Theater. Tickets will be passed out in front of the Family Theater 30 minutes prior to the start of each performance.)

12:15-1 p.m. & 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Jamie Adkins (California) [K]

A former member of Pickle Family Circus and Cirque Éloize, this comedian and circus artist brings his newest creation, Circus INcognitus, showcasing his talents as an eccentric clown, juggler, balancing artist, and poet.

1:45-2:30 p.m. & 5:15-6 p.m.
Donald Knaack’s Junk Jams (Vermont) [K]

With wildly inventive instruments made from recycled materials, percussionist Donald Knaack performs his own compositions dubbed Junk MusicTM. Impossible to categorize, the eye-opening, provocative and entirely new sounds of Junk Music delight audiences worldwide.

Artists and programming subject to change.