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"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Wednesday, January 6, 2010

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(January 7-23) LION IN WINTER Churches are playing a part in the arts, providing venues for theater in the D.C. region. So it is with the St. Mark's Players on Capitol Hill. The troupe opens Lion in Winter on Thursday. The historical play depicts the family life of Henry II, capturing a snapshot of the royal relatives on Christmas in the year 1183, as siblings and spouses vie for the throne.

(January 8 & 9) CATHEDRAL VESPERS The Washington National Cathedral provides a magnificent venue for Claudio Monteverdi's timeless masterpiece, Vespers of the Blessed Virgin. In concerts Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., the musicians of the Folger Consort will perform this work, published in Venice in 1610.

(January 7) THE GRAHAM KEIR GROUP The Graham Keir Group featuring Lena Seikaly hits Twins Jazz Club in D.C.'s U Street corridor with a double dose of hard bop, Thursday night at 8 p.m. Keir blends his guitar with the piano, bass and drums of his group members and the vocal stylings of Seikaly.

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Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

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