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NSO Labor Day Capitol Concert 2015 Information

September 04, 2015

 The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. WASHINGTON, DC –The Labor Day Capitol Concert will take place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. The National Symphony Orchestra will be performing. The concert dress rehearsal for this event is on Sunday, September 6 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Gates will open to the public at 3:00 p.m. The dress rehearsal and concert are free to the public, and no tickets are required. Public Access, Mobility Impaired Info and Traveling Tips The general public can access the West Lawn of the...

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Architect of the Capitol Recognized as Bicycle Friendly Business

August 26, 2015

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is now a League of American Bicyclists recognized Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Business! Today, the AOC joins a cutting-edge group of more than 1,000 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace. "The business community's investment in bicycling is playing a central role in making the country a safer, happier and more sustainable place to live and work," said Amelia Neptune, League Bicycle Friendly Business Program Manager. "We applaud this new round of businesses,...

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Planned Weekend Work & DC-FEMS Drill

August 14, 2015

Planned work by the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) this coming weekend includes: Saturday evening, August 15, the AOC is performing maintenance to electrical systems in the Capitol Building. During this work, brief outages of the lights on the Capitol Dome may occur. This work is not related to the Capitol Dome Restoration Project. Sunday morning, August 16, the AOC Fire Marshal Office is coordinating a high-angle rescue drill with DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (DC-FEMS) and the U.S. Capitol Police. DC-FEMS will begin staging on the East Front Plaza at approximately 7:30 a.m.

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Caring for the Statue of Freedom

August 14, 2015

The Statue of Freedom — one of the most visible, symbolic and treasured pieces of art at the Capitol — will undergo its regular maintenance this September. Since its full restoration in 1993, the Statue of Freedom has been washed, caulked, and epoxied and had its protective coating renewed every two to five years, most recently in 2012 (pictured above). Beginning today, August 14, scaffolding will be built above the Statue of Freedom's cast-iron pedestal base, beyond the current scaffold currently in place for the Dome Restoration Project. Work to clean the statue and reapply its coating...

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Put the Rotunda in Your Pocket

July 31, 2015

​Knowing that the U.S. Capitol Rotunda would be closed to visitors between July 27 and September 7 to prepare for restoration, the Capitol Visitor Center began in January to develop a Rotunda app that allows visitors to:​ Take a virtual tour of the Rotunda with the help of 360-degree imaging Learn about each of the sculptures and paintings in the Rotunda Explore up close the fresco painting on the Rotunda ceiling Learn about the types of ceremonies that occur in the Rotunda Discover how the Rotunda was used as a hospital Find out about the Capitol Dome Restoration Project …and much...

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Kennedy Center & United States Botanic Garden present First-Ever Collaboration on Two World Premiere Productions in 2015

July 20, 2015

(WASHINGTON)—The Kennedy Center and the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) collaborate for the first time on two unique and inventive world premiere productions, The Cerulean Time Capsule and Flowers Stink, to be performed at the U.S. Botanic Garden in September and October, 2015. The U.S. Botanic Garden is a living museum filled with beautiful, inspiring plants as well as engaging exhibits. Part of the Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences 2015-2016 season and presented by the U. S. Botanic Garden, both productions are most appropriate for patrons ages seven and up. "Through this...

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