Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Surprise Party Edition

Grantland: The National Endowment for the Arts announced $88 million in grants yesterday, a sum that includes a few awards that will help fund the upcoming seasons at several organizations affected by cuts to the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs grant program. The Post's Jacqueline Trescott notes that GALA Hispanic Theatre received $40,000 to help stage its opener, The Shy Courtier, while Dance Place got about $30,000.

Drake Performs at Birthday Party, Teenagers Sulk on Twitter: An area teenager had a birthday last weekend, and feted the occasion with a party at the W Hotel featuring Drake. TBD's Sarah Godfrey did some Twitter-digging and found people regretting their decisions to not suck up to the birthday person and score an invite when they had the chance.

Happy Thing We Just Heard Of: Today is International Museum Day! Yeah, we just found out, too, but today's theme is "museums and memory." Locally, the Phillips Collection will celebrate the occasion by offering free admission. (It's usually $12.) "There are big museums that seem to capture the entirety of human creation and existence, placing us in a spectrum of life. There are small museums that tell intimate stories seemingly just to us," the Phillips staff writes on their Experiment Station blog.

Yesterday on Arts Desk: A new low-tech high-tech exhibit at Flashpoint. Oddisee's bonus tracks hint at a new musical direction.

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