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Circus with a heart at National Harbor

Ringmaster Ty c Maike Schulz previewOXON HILL – “The dust of distant travel, exotic animals, peanuts and popcorns, and acrobats and clowns in flashy costumes. Such are flip-card views of the world of the circus, a staple of Americana.” So I wrote a week ago in these pages, anticipating my visit to Big Apple Circus at National Harbor. Big Apple, which hails as its name suggests from New York and is celebrating its 40th year, a circus with a heart.

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STEM needs STEAM

In recent years, the focus on technology in our society has led to new priorities in education, culminating in a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, widely known by the acronym “STEM.” STEM is well-intentioned in that the goal is to prepare children for lucrative careers in the twenty-first century. There is a negative side to this agenda if the study of the classics is neglected. While many may view a program of education based on the study of great literature, philosophy and music of the past as irrelevant, even passé, there are some positive elements to be embraced by supplementing the STEM emphasis with the arts, especially the classics.  

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Sea surges and swells in ‘Sadko’ opera

Sadko 2SILVER SPRING – “The ocean foamed, and from the white billows rose the visage of the great King of the Sea, crowned in weeds of his watery kingdom,” writes the poet Heine. England, Greece, and even Germany (home to Heine) all have their great poetry of the sea. Such art of the maritime is presented in Russian music in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera “Sadko,” performed at Silver Spring’s Randolph Road Theatre during performances in March.

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