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"Art Beat" with Stephanie Kaye - Weekend Events, September 4-6, 2009

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The theater troupe Taffety Punk previews Richard Byrne's solid gold play on Sunday, September 6th.
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The theater troupe Taffety Punk previews Richard Byrne's solid gold play on Sunday, September 6th.

(September 4) ART AFTER HOURS The VisArts center in Rockville hosts an Art After Hours session tonight from 6:30 to 9pm. You can browse the galleries while mingling with the resident artists, and even make your own masterpiece during a participatory painting activity, no experience necessary.

(September 6) BURN YOUR BOOKES The theater troupe Taffety Punk announces a sneak preview for its new play, Burn Your Bookes at the Kennedy Center's Family Theatre Sunday night at 6. The show is part of the 8th Annual Page to Stage Festival. "Burn Your Bookes" is about alchemy and poetry in the Renaissance, exploring the sex, drugs and baroque'n'roll behind notorious alchemist Edward Kelley's pursuit of the philosopher's stone, capable of turning your run-of-the-mill into gold.

(Sept 4-Dec 4) TRUTH OR DARE The Catholic University of America hosts a series of philosophy lectures through December 4th. You can join outstanding scholars and thinkers beginning today at 2pm for the 2009 Issues of Truth as they tackle the big questions, from the love of truth to the curiosity of human creation. The series has been presented every year since 1967. This year is dedicated to Monsignor Robert Sokolowski for his work on those "big questions."

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Readers' Review: "The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

For our next Readers' Review: National Book Award winner "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. The 2013 novel follows an enslaved boy who gets caught up in John Brown's abolitionist mission...and must disguise himself as a girl to survive.

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Busboys And Poets In Anacostia: Development Or Gentrification?

Local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will soon open in Anacostia, which suffers from a dearth of dining and shopping options-- but some within the community are decrying the opening as gentrification.

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A Primary Challenge For A Top Arlington County Democrat

Could bipartisanship be the ouster of Arlington County's board chair?

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In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All

The privately funded, $7 million Do Space provides free access to computers, high-end software, 3-D printers, and laser cutters. It's a learning and play space, as well as an office for entrepreneurs.

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