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In the late 1950s, after poverty near the Capitol became a national embarrassment, blocks of old row houses in the southwest waterfront district here were bulldozed in a radical slum-clearing effort. Built in their place were several crisp apartment blocks by I. M. Pei and .... read more
Washington likes its buildings imposing, their walls stone-solid - and the activities inside concealed and guarded 24-7. The city's century-old height limit preserves the iconic views of the Capitol at the cost of imposing a bulky and boxy shape on most large buildings, from concrete .... read more
Arena Stage's new building: a brilliant addition, and a challenge, to the city

As you negotiate the traffic-clogged lanes of I-395 as it passes over the Washington waterfront, look east, and there's a tonic on the horizon. The thin white roof of architect .... read more
Arena Stage is about to make the most dramatic entrance in its storied, 60-year history, reintroducing itself to the city in a radical new shape, with a $135 million remodeling that seeks to turn it into a gleaming fixture of Southwest Washington and a national center .... read more
Many artists come to New York to play the big room, and these days the biggest of the big rooms is the 55,000-square-foot Drill Hall at the Park Avenue Armory, a faded relic of the Gilded Age that has been gradually undergoing a $200 million conversion .... read more
Like a seasoned orchestra, an arrangement of elite engineers, architects and consultants is working symphonically in downtown Las Vegas to create the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

The $470 million multivenue music and performance complex at Grand Central Parkway and Bonneville Avenue promises .... read more
They're going to build a international-level performing arts center where? South Miami-Dade County? Yes, specifically in Cutler Bay, formerly Cutler Ridge (before that known as the sticks or boonies). That's right. It's coming. And even if the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is several years .... read more
Utica's Stanley and Syracuse's Landmark theaters find their own ways to compete against Turning Stone

The operators of the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse and the Stanley Theatre in Utica knew they were in for some tough competition when the Turning Stone Resort and .... read more
A long-planned $16 million renovation of the historic Landmark Theatre in downtown Syracuse is expected to begin this fall.

First announced in 2002, the renovation will take about a year. The theater's auditorium and stage will be closed to events, including the showing of movies, .... read more
Here's something you probably don't know about Molly Smith, the artistic director of Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage: She's a parallel-parking whiz. It's not a talent to sneer at in a city that can be harder on automobile owners than it is on unconfirmed .... read more
Jan Benzel is an editor at The Times who is being reassigned to Paris. Before she leaves, she is attempting to do all the things in the city that every New Yorker should do, at least once.

Lincoln Center, that Eisenhower-era complex of .... read more
Costume Shop Director Joe Salasovich is pleased as punch with his set-up at Arena Stage's Mead Center for American Theater, which the company moved into last Monday - he's got more space, he's no longer hopping between locations in Northern Virginia and U Street NW, .... read more
Toward the end of our phone conversation Tuesday, I ask Arena Stage's artistic director, Molly Smith, if the company's choice of Oklahoma! as its late-October season-opener - the first performance in its dramatic, glassed-in, $125 million Mead

Center for American Theater on the Southwest .... read more
Municipal Auditorium will have a new name  - the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts -  in honor of a local family known for its arts philanthropy and the result of what's believed to be the largest single arts-related donation in San Antonio .... read more
On May 11, Stanford University broke ground on a new 844-seat performing arts space that will be a key element of an emerging campus arts complex presently anchored by the Cantor Center for Visual Arts.

Designed by New York's Polshek Partnership, the $110-million Bing .... read more
Sometimes, architectural complexity comes in a simple form, even a box. The Diana Center, designed by New York-based Weiss/Manfredi for Barnard College, looks simple: a five-story glass prism served straight-up. Its terra-cotta color matches the largely brick Barnard and Columbia University campuses, which face .... read more
Marina Bay Sands is a high-density, mixed-use integrated resort that brings together a 2,561-room hotel, convention center, shopping and dining, theaters, museum, and a casino across the water from Singapore's Central Business District.  Designed by Boston-based architect Moshe Safdie, the 929,000 square meter (10 million square-foot) .... read more
Weighing 19 tons in total and consisting of a maze of nearly 4,200 pipes that need to be put back together after years in storage, pieces of the city's only concert pipe organ were emptied on Monday from two semi-trailer trucks parked outside the newly rebuilt Alice .... read more
As Spoleto Festival USA audiences celebrate the return of the Dock Street Theatre, artists and production staff are left grumbling about the challenges at another Spoleto venue, Gaillard Municipal Auditorium.

There is a section in the orchestra under the overhang of the balcony .... read more
I was eating lunch Monday at Chicago Hot Dogs on Rancho Drive when a woman sitting near me struck up a conversation with some people who had just given their order. She said her employer transferred her to Las Vegas three years ago, she doesn't .... read more