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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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Main Plaza

12:30-1 p.m.
Step Team [K]

Check out nationally recognized step teams who will be performing later at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall.

2-2:30 p.m. & 3:30-4 p.m.
PROJECT (Washington) [K]

Get up close and personal with beatbox flutist Greg Pattillo, bassist Peter Seymour, and cellist Eric Stephenson and see how they create their unique sound.

2:45-3:15 p.m. & 5-5:30 p.m.
Jamie Adkins (California) [K][ASL]

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

4:15-4:45 p.m.
Hungry March Band (New York) [K]

New York City's legendary street brass marching band comes roaring out of Brooklyn in the anarchic style that has become their trademark.

Artists and programming subject to change.