Concert at the Kennedy Center, 12/4/09
Dec 4, 2009Public
Photo: When you come up from the Foggy Bottom Metro station (which takes the cake for weirdly-named Metro stations), you are on the urban campus of the George Washington University. This presidential bust is considerably nicer than the one in the Kennedy Center, as you shall see. Start walking.
Photo: On the way you walk by this monument to Mexico's Benito Juarez. Why a statue to Mexico's Benito Juarez in Washington D.C.? I have no idea.
Photo: You walk by the spiky and expansive Watergate Complex, which gave its name to every famous scandal since the 1973 one that was named after it. (The current scandal is Climategate.)
Photo: I always have lunch at the Cup'a Cup'a, a good little neighborhood eatery across from the Kennedy Center. They make a fine hot corned beef and swiss on rye.
Photo: Here's the KC from the Cup'a Cup'a. We have arrived at the Temple of Art in D.C.
Photo: Lots of buses and fountains.
Photo: A red carpet! Who told them I was coming?
Photo: The Hall of States, so-called because... well, you can see why.
Photo: A large nutcracker guards the entrance to the gift shop.
Photo: The gift shop specializes in nutcrackers during the Christmas season, thanks in large part to Peter Tchaikovsky. But these are made in China; I only want the ones made in Germany!
Photo: "Here Comes Treble," on a tee shirt. Heh.
Photo: The foyer leading to the Concert Hall. The main color palette in the KC is red and gold.
Photo: If thirty monkeys were lined up to throw poop at a wire frame this is about what the result would look like. I'm no big fan of JFK, but the man deserves better.
Photo: The Hall of Nations, called that because...
Photo: You can take an elevator to the roof of the KC, which I always do to admire the riparian view. That's Georgetown, with the National Cathedral on the skyline. Need I mention that the body of water is the Potomac?
Photo: Facing Rosslyn, in Virginia. There's a limit to how high one can build in D.C., so the tall buildings were built across the river.
Photo: That spiky thing on the horizon is the Air Force Memorial.
Photo: The Washington Monument (obelisk) at left, the Jefferson Memorial in the center and the Lincoln Memorial to its right.
Photo: Inside, the chandeliers look like inverted ashtrays. That's late Sixties style for you.
Photo: Here are the chorister cheap seats, near the organ pipes. That's where I usually sit for these afternoon jaunts. Just once, I'd like to be sitting there when somebody plays the organ. I bet the sound is awesome.
Photo: You sit right above the stage and can watch the conductor give directions.
Photo: This proud father has to say, however, that my best moment at the Kennedy Center happened in June, 2008 when my daughter Meredith's face was projected on a screen over the stage. She was in the running for a Best Lead Actress Cappie for a High School play. She didn't get it. (She was robbed!) You can see the chorister seats behind the screen.

In 2002 my older daughter Julie performed on this very stage for a Cappie show!
Photo: I always enjoy watching the tympanist play.
Photo: That's Nurit Bar-Josef, the Concertmaster. She arrived about a half hour early to play while waiting for the rest of the orchestra to arrive. Note to aspiring violinists: If you want to be Concertmaster someday you must practice like Nurit!