People: Grand Night in a Superbunker

IT was a gathering of the clan, an assemblage of notables, a concatenation of critics, a precipitation of principals and, altogether, the grandest night in the recent history of Washington, D.C. At long last, the capital of the richest country on the planet had a cultural showcase of its very own. Costing nearly $70 million, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts contains not only an opera house, but a theater, a concert hall and a gargantuan promenade longer than two football fields laid end to end. It had to be seen, if not...

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