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"Art Beat" with Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, October 29, 2008

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(October 31) MUTTS MASQUERADE
The hounds of horror will be out in full force for a Halloween hike through Rock Creek Park. The Mutts Masquerade is a benefit party for the Washington Animal Rescue League kicking off Halloween morning at 8 in Meadowbrook Park. The two- and four-footed will be dressed in their finest costumes for doggie trick-or-treating and a canine costume contest. The League will also have vets on hand to do pet check-ups and insert tracking microchips, in case your own hound of horror goes astray.

The League's Annual Open House takes place after the Halloween festivities on Sunday, November 1st from noon to 4pm at its headquarters on Oglethorpe Street. There will be a "haunted" Medical Center, red-tag adoption specials and refreshments, along with a community yard sale, music and family-friendly activities.

(Through November 15) DRACULA for Adults and(Through November 8) DRACULA for Kids A duo of Draculas appears on stage - Synetic Theater provides a moving, swirling adult version of the tale of the Transylvanian count at Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre in Arlington through November 15th. Meanwhile, The Georgetown Theatre Company presents Dracula: A Family Musical at The Shops at Georgetown Park through November 8th. The two productions show just how far a vampire can go, as the dance-based Synetic Theater brings out the sensual side of the Dracula story, while the Georgetown musical takes the sting out of Dracula's bite with music and age-appropriate fun.

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After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren't as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made out.
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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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