The Kennedy Center is a nice place to visit and if I were wealthy I wouldn't mind living there or somewhere in the neighborhood. I found a deal on Groupon for a matinee to Matt Bournes' Sleeping Beauty in November of 2013. I arrived early to snap a few photos and discovered that Kathleen Battle was performing with Cyrus Chestnut that evening so I couldn't resist splurging on an Orchestra seat for the once in a lifetime opportunity to see the pair perform Something to Sing About in the Eisenhower Theater. The KC is a complex of stages with three or four choices of entertainment on any given day of the week. The Millenium Stage brags a free live performance everyday of the year in the evenings before performances on the main stages. I caught a free performance in the Atrium that day at 6PM of Modern Dance to electronic music. There are some of the best views of Washington, DC from the patios and restaurants. I have never dined in the "fancy" restaurant but it gets good reviews from local foodies and critics. There is also a cafeteria style dining area on the roof and a research library. There are not many "bargains" at the Kennedy Center and it is a nonprofit with outreach programs and educational experiences for people of all ages. This is live theater at its ultimate reaches and no day at this institution is the same including the sunsets. It was built in the 70's and criticized for resembling a tissue box and aptly so because some of the performances I have attended will bring you to tears and standing ovations.
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