The Kennedy Center is not just for theater and opera -- I went to an amazing conference here for Special Needs Art Education and learned that Kennedy"s sister Jean started this amazing program (VSA), along with being ambassador to Ireland. On the upstairs huge terrance, which surrounds the building, you can walk all the way around and get excellent views of the city and monuments in the distance. Inspiring quotes by Kennedy about the arts' relation to civilization are engraved on the walls, and there is an enormous bronze head of Kennedy on the main floor. Other discoveries: You need a tour guide to see the art, which is roped off in lobbies, so I missed that experience. There are free shows at 6 pm every night on open stages in the Millenium hallway (I saw a local teen musical about National zoo animals missing their home habitats -- good social awareness) -- the day before was Kentucky Blue Grass and the day after was from China... diversity plus. Saw the mystery comedy Shear Madness for half price (rush tickets at box office discounted to $24) and loved it, although I didn't expect to -- not just slapstick, but wordplay and updated with current news references. Clever, gay content, and don't read this if you like surprises, but the audience picks the killer by vote and determines the end of the play. Great set, too, and silly hats and snacks and cocktails available for sale at intermission. TRANSPORTATION: there is a free red shuttle bus between Foggy Bottom Metro station and the K center (people were singing on the bus! a first for me). The gift shop is somewhat overpriced ( I found similar items the next day for a third less) but it is a good cause, so okay.
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