Artists and their audiences in New York City will soon have access to a giant stage that can morph into different shapes. "The Shed," being built on Manhattan's West Side, will invite visual and performance artists to experiment with a transformable space in which they can present their art. VOA's George Putic reports.
Maryam Durrani is a child prodigy who wrote her first book at the age of 13, making her one of the youngest authors in America. But as VOA's Niala Mohammad reports, the hijab-wearing teen defies stereotypes associated with Muslims and girls.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Washington in the spring to see the cherry blossoms bloom. The buds on the trees can survive chilly temperatures but need warm days to burst open with their white or pink flowers. But because of fluctuating spring temperatures, it is not always easy to predict when the trees will bloom. As we hear from VOA's Deborah Block, it appears this year's flowers may come out a bit earlier than usual.