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The book "Perspectives on the Public Interest" and author Jordan Cooper (right). COURTESY PHOTOS Jordan Cooper’s “Perspectives on the Public Interest” seeks to shine a spotlight on people who devote their lives to helping others, and it succeeds. It is a well-organized and well-constructed book on the motivation behind public service.
The 295-page work is a series of question-and-answer interviews with notable civil servants, politicians, journalists and other individuals who spend their days in service of others. The chapters are compiled from the 25- to 35-minute audio episodes of Cooper’s online Public Interest Podcast.
Each of the 12 chapters covers a different segment of public service, enabling the reader to gain a broad view. The book’s wide net makes it more interesting than your average question-and-answer book. We get to hear from people whose livelihoods appear to have little in common.
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AFI Silver will have a sing-along screening of the musical “West Side Story” on Sept. 2, as part of the Leonard Bernstein centennial birthday celebration. COURTESY PHOTO There may not be a bouncing ball, but the upcoming presentation of the movie “West Side Story” at the AFI Silver will include lyrics to the songs in subtitles on screen. At which point, audience members will be invited to sing along.
The screening is part of a centennial celebration of the birth of Leonard Bernstein – composer, conductor, pianist, author, music lecturer, and teacher – born on August 25, 1918, said Todd Hitchcock, AFI Silver’s director of programming.
“West Side Story” and two other films to which Bernstein contributed the music are the American Film Institute’s contribution to the celebration. One is “On the Waterfront,” a dark drama about a stevedore who confronts the mobster who rules the docks, starring Marlon Brando; the other is the film version of the Broadway musical “On the Town,” about three sailors who find love while on leave in New York.
AFI is one of many arts organizations in the D.C. area presenting concerts, stage shows, and other events to pay tribute to Bernstein, who died on Oct. 14, 1990...Read more
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Jackie Hoystead’s ‘MixMatchV3’ at Betty Mae Kramer Gallery in Silver Spring. COURTESY PHOTO No two visits to “Free Space,” an interactive art exhibit at Silver Spring’s Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, are the same.
Each time a visitor walks into the eight-year-old gallery and looks at a piece like “MixMatchV3” by artist Jackie Hoystead, it is unlikely that the 780 acrylic discs velcroed to four different 4-foot-by-40-inch PVC panels will remain unchanged.
The constant transformation is not due to Hoystead being a finicky perfectionist constantly changing her work, but rather to the audience. She invites the viewers to alter the piece according to their own whims, to create their own patterns and designs.
“I think people don’t spend a lot of time looking at artwork anymore,” said Hoystead. “They come into an exhibition, and they think it’s daunting. But by integrating the audience into your work, they spend more time with it. They think about it, and they have a say in the artwork."