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"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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(Through March 14) MAHALIA There's a revival going on at Alexandria's MetroStage bringing back Mahalia: A Gospel Musical through March 14th. The Helen-Hayes award-winning production follows Mahalia "Halie" Jackson on a wave of song from the shanties of New Orleans to the "magic circle" of Carnegie Hall, in a hilarious and touching hand-clapping show.

(January 27-February 21) PERMANENT COLLECTION Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland opens its newest play, Permanent Collection tomorrow night. The discovery of eight remarkable African sculptures leads to a confrontation about art and race, and the politics at play in a museum's display.

(January 30-March 6) PROJECT 4 Project 4 gallery along D.C.'s U Street Corridor opens the exhibit Underbelly this Saturday and running through March 6th. The artist with a numeral in his name, Adam "5100" Feibelman, hails most recently from San Francisco, bringing images of the Bay City's architecture from a kaleidoscopic point of view.

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