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Weekend Round Up November 9, 2017

On Veterans Day weekend: a book signing at the National Archives, a salute to the military at the Kennedy Center and a hike from Fletcher’s Cove to raise funds for Warrior Expeditions.

Conspiracy Theories Old and New

Today, distrust in government, the media and most institutions, including universities, is high. Many believe these disconcerting times of mistrust began with the assassination of JFK and Robert F. Kennedy in the 1960s.

A Chat With Maestro Noseda

Of the interplay between orchestral and opera conducting, he remarked: “As a performer, I feed myself with opera and I try to bring the vocal element — even in symphonic repertoire, where the singer is not there — to make the instruments sing.

A Chat With Mezzo-Soprano Elizabeth DeShong

DeShong — the words “important” and “rising star” keep appearing in her notices — is currently playing the “pants” or “trouser” role of the heroic knight Ruggiero in Washington National Opera’s first-ever production of Handel’s “Alcina.”

On the Mall: Armenia and Catalonia

At the 51st annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which runs through July 1 and from July 4 to 8, visitors are invited to engage with the traditional arts and food right on the Mall.

Weekend Round Up December 21, 2017

In addition to Christmas music, shows and meals, there are jazz, beer and comedy options this weekend — not to mention a Falafel Frenzy and a Matzo Ball on Christmas Eve.

Curtain Falls on Suzanne Farrell Ballet

Farrell, 72, will continue to teach her summer intensive program for dancers aged 14 to 18 at the center and is expected to oversee classes in the dance studios currently under construction.

Women’s Voices Theater Festival Returns to D.C.

A citywide collaboration that launched the 2015-16 season, the 2018 edition comprises 13 world premieres and 10 American or regional premieres.

Wilson’s ‘Two Trains’ at Arena Stage

With the coming of “Two Trains Running,," starring Carlton Byrd, Washington theatergoers will see why August Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle” is so fluid and appealing to all sorts of audiences.

Weekend Round Up December 28, 2017

Playing through Sunday: “A Christmas Carol” at Ford’s, “An Irish Carol” at the Keegan and “Twist Your Dickens” at the Kennedy Center.