DC -- John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:
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Wikipedia Description: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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The Kennedy Center as seen from the Potomac River. The Lincoln Memorial is partially visible on the right.The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (or Kennedy Center) is located in Washington, D.C. and opened in 1971 as a living memorial to John F. Kennedy. However, the idea for the center dates to 1958, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the National Cultural Center Act, the first time in history that the US government backed and helped finance a structure dedicated to the performing arts, and it was in 1961 that Roger L. Stevens was asked by President Kennedy to help develop the National Cultural Center which was destined to become the Kennedy Center as we know it today.
Designed by architect Edward Durrell Stone, the center is located on the Potomac River, adjacent to the Watergate Hotel.
The Kennedy Center represents a unique public/private partnership, since it is both the nation's living memorial to President Kennedy (and thus receives Federal funding each year to pay for the maintenance and operation of the building as a federal facility under the control of the National Park Service) and is a center for the presentation of the arts with education and outreach initiatives. These are paid for almost entirely through ticket sales and gifts from individuals, corporations, and private foundations.
Theaters and other performance venues:
The Center has three main theaters:
The Concert Hall, on the south side, seats 2,442. Originally opened in 1971 and renovated in 1997, the Hall is currently state-of-the-art, and it has set new standards for accessibility and sound with a high-tech acoustical canopy, accessible locations on every level, and new seating sections (onstage boxes, chorister seats, and parterre seats).
The Hadelands crystal chandeliers, a gift from Norway, were repositioned to provide a clearer view.
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2019 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
(May/June) a two-day jaunt to New York City for my 62nd birthday,
(July) two-weeks out west for San Diego Comic-Con and sites in Utah,
(August) a four-day jaunt to Massachusetts to experience rain in another state,
(August) a three-day trip to Asheville, NC to visit Dad and his wife Dixie,
(August) another two-day jaunt to New York City (United Nations, Flushing).
That's it so far!
Partially Reviewed: Rough draft. I've gone through these pictures once, removing the worst ones, some duplication, etc. I usually take sequences of 4 or 5 pictures at a time and there are lots of near duplicates. I'll be doing a final review later which will cull the pictures down some. To be honest though, I'm way behind on doing final reviews.