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"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, November 26, 2009

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(Preview Nov 28-29; festival Dec 4-Jan 2) WINTER LIGHTS As the nights get longer, it's getting dark enough to enjoy Gaithersburg's Winter Lights Festival earlier and earlier. This strung-up extravaganza winds three and a half miles through Maryland's Seneca Creek State Park. The drive takes visitors on an illuminated journey past more than 380 scenes and 65 animated displays.

(Through November 28) THE REAL STORY OF THE SUPERHEROES Photographer Dulce Pinzon draws inspiration from comics at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Columbia Heights, where "The Real Story of the Superheroes" is on display through Saturday. From a window-washing Spiderman to Superman-as-bike-courier, Pinzon's photos portray immigrants as heroes of the every day.

(November 24 - December 20) AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago brings August: Osage County to The Kennedy Center through December 20th. This gripping and funny play, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, centers around an Oklahoma matriarch whose family is on the verge of meltdown.

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TV has a bad guy problem. The rise of morally ambiguous anti-heroes like Tony Soprano has pushed chewier, more melodramatic villains aside. What we gained in nuance, we lost in sheer, hiss-worthy fun.
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Minnesota Cracks Down On Neonic Pesticides, Promising Aid To Bees

Minnesota's governor has ordered new restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, which have been blamed for killing bees. Many details of the plan, however, remain to be worked out.
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Supreme Court Declines To Reinstate North Carolina Voter Restrictions

After the high court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, North Carolina and other states enacted laws that critics said were aimed at making it harder for minorities to vote.
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Results From Congressional Primary Races And New Concerns About Hacks Into State Voting Systems

Join us to discuss results from primary challenges to Republican Senator John McCain, Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others and new concerns possible Russian hackers breaking into U.S. state voting systems.

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