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Dave Chappelle accepts the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. PBS will air a television special of the ceremony in January. Tracey Salazar/Courtesy of the Kennedy Center hide caption

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'The Best Part Of The First Amendment': Dave Chappelle Accepts Mark Twain Prize

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Choreographer and director Mark Morris, pictured here at a rehearsal in 2017, will release a new memoir called Out Loud. Beowulf Sheehan/Courtesy of Mark Morris Dance Group hide caption

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'Everybody's Other Than Everybody Else': Choreographer Mark Morris

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Anthony Roth Costanzo stars in the title role of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Philip Glass' Akhnaten. Richard Hubert Smith/English National Opera/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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After Nearly Losing His Voice To Cancer, Anthony Roth Costanzo Takes On 'Akhnaten'

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Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, his co-director and co-writer on the new show Why? Pascal Victor/ArtComArt hide caption

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At 94, Director Peter Brook Is Still Asking The Deep Questions

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A video of an unidentified woman singing a famous Puccini aria on the platform of a Los Angeles Metro stop has gone viral. Above, passengers board a Metro train at the Culver City station in Culver City, Calif., on April 26, 2016. Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Recipients of the 2019 MacArthur fellowships, otherwise known as the "genius" grants. (Two of this year's fellows declined photographs.) John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation hide caption

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John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Gina Yashere is a co-creator of the new CBS sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola. She speaks above at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival hide caption

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There Was 'No Chance Of Me Going Into The Arts,' Says Comedian Gina Yashere

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The playwright Jeremy O. Harris, 30, began writing Slave Play at Yale School of Drama. It is set to open in October on Broadway. Quil Lemons/Courtesy of 'Slave Play' hide caption

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With 'Slave Play,' A Young Playwright Provokes His Way To Broadway

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María Fernanda Papa, 16, wanted to continue the dance education she'd begun back home in Venezuela. She's now enrolled at a school run by Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in North Miami Beach. Patricia Laine Romero/Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida hide caption

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The Next Stage: How Young Venezuelan Artists Continue Their Studies In The U.S.

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Elena Hinestrosa and her ensemble, Integración Pacífica, perform at one of Petronio Alvarez Music Festival's educational panels. Maria Paz Gutierrez hide caption

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Colombia's Big Summer Music Festival Is All About Blackness

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A general view at the grand opening of The Space, the new home of Mondays Dark on Jan, 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Denise Truscello/WireImage hide caption

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'Mondays Dark': A Las Vegas Show For And About The Local Community

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Farmers Anil Geela, left, and Pilli Tirupati do their version of the Kiki Challenge, dancing to Drake's song "In My Feelings." In the mud. With oxen. My Village Show Vlogs via YouTube/screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Kholoud Sawaf, creator and director of 10,000 Balconies, stands at TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday. Sarah Bentham for NPR hide caption

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'It Had To Be Love': A Syrian Playwright's Struggle To Tell A Story In Arkansas

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A luthier assembles the rosewood sides of a guitar at C.F. Martin & Co. in Nazareth, Pa. Instrument-makers and musicians will likely be able to transport instruments containing rosewood around the world without a burdensome permit process. Jacqueline Larma/AP hide caption

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The Instrument of Hope is lacquered in black except for the shiny brass parts, which are clear lacquered. They include the lead pipe, which is made from bullets set end to end and drilled out so that air can flow through to make it a playable instrument. The tops of the three buttons are made of the sawn-off casing end caps or rims. Matt Mckay/Publicis North America hide caption

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A Trumpet Made Of Bullets And The Kids Who Inspired It Take Hope Around The Country

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The musical King Kong, which stars Christiani Pitts alongside a giant ape puppet, will end its run Aug. 18. Joan Marcus/Courtesy of King Kong hide caption

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'No Room For The Modest Hit Anymore': Broadway Prepares For Summer Closings

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Broadway director and producer Hal Prince died this week at the age of 91. NY Daily News via Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: The Prince Of Broadway's Legacy Lives On Through His Music

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