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KC Presents 'Music and the Mind' Sept. 7

August 23, 2018

Music has been fundamental to every human civilization. Why do we have music—and what makes it so powerful? What does current research tell us about the role that music can play in human development and learning?


On September 7, 2018 at 8:00 pm, the Kennedy Center presents Music and the Mind concert, more of today’s most innovative artists join top neuroscientists for our groundbreaking concert experience exploring fascinating links between music, rhythm, and brain development as revealed by the latest research!


CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta hosts this electrifying evening combining music and science, featuring performances by legendary Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart, master tabla player Zakir Hussain, acclaimed pianist and Kennedy Center Artistic Director of Jazz Jason Moran, world-renowned soprano and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor at Large Renée Fleming, singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin, tap dancing sisters Chloe and Maud Arnold, jazz piano prodigy Matthew Whitaker, Freestyle Love Supreme co-founder Anthony Veneziale (Two Touch), and other special guests to be announced. Along with Dr. John Iversen, Dr. Nina Kraus, Dr. Charles Limb, and Dr. Laurel Trainor, they’ll take you on an unforgettable journey of discovery—diving into how music can excite our neurons, shape our brains, harness our creativity, and bring us together.

Following the enthusiastic response to the first Sound Health: Music and the Mind weekend last summer, this concert is the cornerstone event in a brand-new weekend of performances and discussions. Designed to explore connections between health, wellness, and the performing arts, Sound Health is a partnership between the Kennedy Center and National Institutes of Health, in association with the National Endowment for the Arts.


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Georgetown Walking Tour Aug. 25

July 30, 2018

Looking for a unique walking tour? 


Join Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, on August 25, 2018 for a glimpse of this historic neighborhood for a look back at Georgetown during the “Second Revolutionary War.”  Visit and view the part of Georgetown that was part of the conflict that finally established the United States as a country and not just a former British colony.


Tickets include a tour of Dumbarton House.


Note: This walking tour does not include access inside any other sites.


•Meet at the corner of Q and 27th Streets, NW (by the east garden gates of the Dumbarton House, the tour will start at 12:00 pm sharp. It will take place rain or shine and will last 2 hours.


•You are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. They are $20; cash or check only on the day of tour.


•Children 3 years or younger are free, but must be in a stroller. No pets please.

•Tour ends at Francis Scott Key Park at 34th & M Streets, NW.

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Full Moon Walk Among the Monuments July 27

July 25, 2018

Join an evening walk on the National Mall this full moon Friday, July 27, 2018. Meet new friends with Washington, DC History & Culture group starting and ending at the National World War II Memorial and cover approximately 3 miles past Washington DC's most famous monuments and memorials.



Meeting Time/Socializing = 6:45-7:00 pm

Departure = 7:00 pm (sharp)

Moonrise = 8:26 pm

Sunset = 8:37 pm

Ending Time = 9:30 pm (approximate)



National World War II Memorial (starting point)

The Tidal Basin

Jefferson Memorial (10-minute photo/restroom break)

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (10-minute photo/restroom break)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Lincoln Memorial (10-minute photo/restroom break)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

National World War II Memorial (ending point)


Registration: Free - this event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend including children and groups (unfortunately, non-service pets are not allowed within the monuments and memorials due to National Park Service regulations).


Weather: This event will take place light rain (sprinkles) or shine 


Meeting Point: Meet at the National World War II Memorial, on the 17th Street side, and look for a large group of friendly people with name tag stickers, which we'll hand out.


Ending Point: The National World War II Memorial. However, from there many our group will walk back to the Smithsonian Metro for those interested.


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