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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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  • Lansbury raises the roof and spirits in ‘Blithe Spirit’
    Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” – now on stage at the National Theatre – is sharp-witted, fast-paced drawing room farce that still manages to offer a satisfying evening of theater more than 70 years after it was first staged. Combine the well-written material with the outstanding performance of legendary Angela Lansbury and this production, which has played to sold out audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, is near perfection. 
  • CUA composers join efforts to create musical meditations on the Stations of the Cross
    A 14-movement musical interpretation of the Stations of the Cross, composed by 14 different Catholic University of America alumni, students, faculty and staff, premiered recently at the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda. Performed by two violins, viola and cello, each movement was played as a musical meditation after Msgr. Peter Vaghi, pastor of the parish, prayed the station the music was composed to represent. 
  • Oscar’s got nothing on us: The real best movies, family films of 2014
    The year just past saw the release of a number of films whose celebrated cinematic quality was not matched by moral merit.  
  • New movie blockbusters include real life and fantasy tales
    “Unbroken” is the  screen version of Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling account of one U.S. airman’s (Jack O’Connell) experiences during World War II emphasizes its subject’s sufferings at the expense of the remarkable attitude of forgiveness he was eventually able to adopt toward those who had abused him. 
  • “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea,” an exhibition of art focusing on Our Lady now on display at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, is a “beautiful, magnificent” exhibit that can help visitors “meet Mary and recognize how visible (Jesus’s) mother is in our lives,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl said.

  • 'When Faith Feels Fragile' addresses how everyday Catholics can manage their struggles with faith
    Several years ago, the postulator for the sainthood cause of Mother Teresa - now Blessed Teresa of Calcutta - caused something of a stir in the media when he revealed that the beloved and revered nun had periods of doubt and weakness in her faith life. 
  • Concert offered to celebrate new saints, urge reconciliation among all people
    Just a week after he attended a Vatican Mass where St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II were canonized, noted American conductor Sir Gilbert Levine conducted a Washington, D.C. concert to celebrate the canonizations. 
  • 'Pope's maestro' Sir Gilbert Levine will honor new saints with Washington concert
    A week after Sir Gilbert Levine attends the April 27 Vatican Mass at which Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II are declared saints, the noted American conductor will conduct a Washington, D.C. concert to celebrate the canonizations of the two former popes. 
  • Who needs Oscar? Here's our list of 10 best pictures and family films
    For much of 2013, Hollywood seemed to be in the doldrums, turning out a good deal of product, but very little of quality. With the approach of year's end, and the looming awards season, however, things improved remarkably. So much so, in fact, that by Christmas, there were an unusual number of worthwhile movies to choose from at the multiplex. 
  • 'Pope's maestro' to conduct Washington concert celebrating canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II
    American conductor Sir Gilbert Levine - often called "the pope's maestro" because of his nearly two decade friendship with Pope John Paul II - will conduct an orchestra and two choirs in a May 5 concert in Washington to celebrate the canonizations of Blessed John XXIII and John Paul II. 
  • In new book, priest emphasizes importance of encountering Jesus in daily life
    In his newest book, Msgr. Peter Vaghi hopes to help Catholics encounter Jesus in the new year, and in every day of their lives, so they can deepen their faith and share it with others. 
  • The Catholic University of America and the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music will celebrate the 24th annual Christmas Concert for Charity on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Sponsored jointly by the university and the National Shrine since 1990, the concert benefits a different Washington, D.C.-area charity each year. Admission is free, and early seating is recommended. 
  • 'The Christmas Candle' makers hope movie will become a holiday classic
    This Friday Nov. 22, the new film "The Christmas Candle" opens at more than 400 movie theaters nationwide, and the people who helped bring it to the big screen hope it will become a holiday classic like "It's a Wonderful Life," shining the light of Christ and the true meaning of Christmas to people of all ages. 
  • Georgetown Visitation's award-winning theatrical program presents Francis Swann's "Out of the Frying Pan, A Comedy in Three Acts" Nov. 15-17 at the Nolan Performing Arts Center at 1524 35th Street N.W. 
  • As Theological College hosts art exhibit by priest, seminarians learn how art can spread the Gospel
    Theological College, the national seminary of The Catholic University of America, trains seminarians from across the United States and from around the world. Recently, their education included experiencing how art can be used to teach and spread the faith, as the seminary hosted an art exhibit by Sulpician Father Peter Wm Gray. The 51 oil paintings on canvas depicted scenes from the life of Christ, portraits of the Holy Family and saints, and still lifes, all pointing to the truth and beauty of God, the artist said. 
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