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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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Birmingham Chefs Test Appetite For New Flavors With Supper Clubs

Pop-up dining experiences are cropping up across the country. While diners savor an exclusive meal, chefs get to try out recipes and gauge the local market for their food before opening a restaurant.
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Court Orders Government To Explain The Hold Up With 7,000 Clinton Emails

A federal judge wants the Department of Justice to formally explain why it hasn't been able to meet a deadline set for releasing all of Hillary Clinton's emails from her time as secretary of state.
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Password Security Is So Bad, President Obama Weighs In

In unveiling a sweeping plan to fund and revamp cybersecurity, the president asks citizens to consider using extra layers of security besides the password.

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