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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.


Making Art Off The Grid: A Month-Long Residency At A Remote National Park

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.
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Why Millions Of American Men Have Left The Workforce, And How To Bring Them Back

Today’s unemployment rate is down sharply from the height of the Great Recession. But more than a fifth of American men had no paid employment last year, and seven million of them have stopped looking altogether. Why men are leaving the workforce – and how to bring them back.


Tesla Surprise: It's A Profit

The company posted a profit of nearly $22 million for the third quarter, the first quarterly profit since 2013. Tesla attributes the good results in part to new stores.

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