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Out and About: Your April Events Calendar

Where to go, what to see, and how to upgrade your month.

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Photography by: Courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art

On the Road: Artists Across America

 

Get a fresh perspective at four exuberant spring museum shows. For the first time ever, Henri Matisse fans can see objects the modernist kept in his studios for inspiration -- like Andalusian glassware and a Congolese mask -- and then have fun spotting them in the famous works installed nearby. “Matisse in the Studio” will be on view in Boston, its only U.S. stop, until July 9.

 

Disappear into one of Yayoi Kusama’s dreamy light-filled infinity rooms at Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum, on view until May 14. kusama.si.edu

 

Soak up big, retro-bright portraits and landscapes in “Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s,” at the Cleveland Museum of Art. clevelandart.org

 

Discover a picture-book artist who tells African stories in “Painter and Poet: the Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan,” at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. high.org

Why Not: Go Fly a Kite

 

Shoot the breeze at one of these sky-high festivals.

 

Flights of Fancy Mega Kite Festival, April 15

Professionals strut their stu on a local hilltop; amateurs are welcome, too. Lee’s Summit, Missouri; kitefest.mcckc.edu

 

The Santa Barbara Kite Festival, April 9

This seaside gathering draws hundreds for friendly competitions, like kite-tail-chasing contests. Santa Barbara, California; sbkitefest.net

 

Dixie Power Kite Festival, April 22

Unspool some string, enjoy concessions, and play games, all to promote child literacy. St. George, Utah; dixiepowerkitefestival.com

 

If your kite needs a little TLC, check out our foolproof way to mend a ripped one

 

 

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