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"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, November 4, 2009

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(November 5-6) DISFARMER Puppets tend to be pretty outgoing, but a troupe at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Centerin College Park, Maryland, portrays the life of a hermit artist tomorrow and Friday at 8p.m. This table-top puppetry performance re-creates the life of reclusive portrait photographer Mike Disfarmer, providing an adult glimpse of a true outsider, with charming puppetry, funny script and banjo score.

(November 5) SCIENCE CAFE Science Cafe encourages audiences to "uncover the unseen" tomorrow night at the Koshland Science Museum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. From creating pipe organs out of soda bottles to designing four-dimensional objects, NASA's Dan Goods leads an informal discussion while exploring the intersection between art and science during this happy hour event.

Goods is part of a team commissioned to create a data-driven sculpture as the centerpiece artwork for a new extension at the San Jose airport. Join Goods as he shares examples of his work and leads an informal discussion about integrating art and science.

(November 5) DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA The Duke Ellington Orchestra meets at The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda tomorrow night at 8 p.m., as America's contribution to world music takes center stage. The band performs legendary jazz standards led by Barry Lee Hall.

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