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Spotlight on Thursday, May 16

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REGIONAL ARTISTS

There are some truly talented local artists, and they deserve some praise. Every year, the Strathmore juries an amazing show with a crafty collection of work in a variety of media that's guaranteed to surprise and delight. The Creative Crafts Council 29th Biennial offers extraordinary pieces of fine contemporary craft by regional artists who use materials from ceramics, enamel, glass and fiber, to metals, mixed media, polymer clay and wood.

Thursday evening offers a unique opportunity to view the show and meet some of the artists at the free opening reception, from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibition is on display through June 15 at the Music Center at Strathmore (5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda) Monday through Saturday. More information is available at strathmore.org.

GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

The 1920s and '30s were the golden age of the American popular song. The music of George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and Cole Porter remain jazz standards today. Relax and "Take 5!" on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. with a free, live jazz performance by Night and Day Quintet in the American Art Museum's Kogod Courtyard. The warmth, wit and swing of these tunesmiths make for an unforgettable evening featuring works from the "Great American Songbook." For more information on the "Take 5!" series of free concerts, visit americanart.si.edu.

Feeling inspired to create art? During Take 5! concerts, ArtJamz sets up a temporary studio, offering registered participants an opportunity to paint. To register, visit artjamzdc.com.

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