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How the National Symphony Orchestra Works

It's not the oldest professional musical organization in America, or the largest, or even the first symphony orchestra to be based in the nation's capital. But the National Symphony Orchestra is a cornerstone of America's orchestral composing and performing arts scene.


How Burlesque Works

 How Burlesque Works

A true burlesque performance doesn't have to depend on taking off clothes. It's about telling a story. Find out how burlesque works at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Gen Con 2012 Costumes

 Gen Con 2012 Costumes

Gen Con is a huge gaming convention held every year in Indanapolis, Ind. See some of the fans' costumes from Gen Con 2012 in this image gallery. See more »

Costumes 101 Pictures

 Costumes 101 Pictures

Amazing costumes are the envy at sci-fi conventions and Halloween parties. Check out these pictures to learn the basics of building costumes. See more »

Dragon*Con 2010: Costume Pictures

 Dragon*Con 2010: Costume Pictures

Dragon*Con 2010 costume pictures is just a glimpse at some of our favorite costumes. See pictures of Dragon*Con 2010 costumes. See more »

Dragon*Con: Historical & Steampunk Costumes

 Dragon*Con: Historical & Steampunk Costumes

Historical and alternate history costumes were popular at Dragon*Con 2010. See historical and alternate history costume pictures. See more »

10 Most Important Ballet Terms

 10 Most Important Ballet Terms

The 10 most important ballet terms are explained in this article from HowStuffWorks. Learn about the 10 most important ballet terms. See more »

How the Theatre Development Fund Works

 How the Theatre Development Fund Works

The Theatre Development Fund supports performers and theatre goers alike. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about the Theatre Development Fund. See more »

How the Metropolitan Opera Works

 How the Metropolitan Opera Works

The Metropolitan Opera is among the most famous opera houses in the world. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about the Metropolitan Opera. See more »

How the National Symphony Orchestra Works

 How the National Symphony Orchestra Works

The National Symphony Orchestra is extremely well-respected. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about the National Symphony Orchestra. See more »

How the American Ballet Theatre Works

 How the American Ballet Theatre Works

The American Ballet Theatre is world renowned. Visit HowStuffWorks to learn all about the American Ballet Theatre. See more »