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‘Blues and Dreams’

Beginning Monday, more than 50 District arts and heritage groups will launch “Blues and Dreams,” a tribute to the black cultural experience in Washington and the nation.

The celebration, which runs through Nov. 30, will include nearly 100 programs featuring lectures, walking tours, concerts and other performances.

“Blues and Dreams” is held in conjunction with the National Gallery’s “The Art of Romare Bearden” and the Textile Museum’s “African American Quilts from the Robert and Helen Cargo Collection” (opening Oct. 3).

Notable performances include the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on Sept. 21; the female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock with folk-rock band Big Lovely on Nov. 7; and a dance and music tribute to Duke Ellington that will premiere new choreography by Ellington’s granddaughter Mercedes on Nov. 14. During this time, special exhibits related to black life will be held at the Black Fashion Museum, Anacostia Museum, Capital Children’s Museum and the City Museum.

Jointly produced by the D.C. Convention and Tourism Corp. and Cultural Tourism DC, the tribute will also include hotel packages and restaurant specials.

For a listing of events and ticket information, go to or call (800) 422-8644 ext. 349.

— Bree Hocking

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