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"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Weekend Events, June 4-6, 2010

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(JUNE 5 & 7) LEAN & HUNGRY Lean & Hungry Theater does a little "radio Shakespeare," performing The Merchant of Venice in front of a live audience at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Northwest D.C. As local actors perform, so do the sound designers, treading through kitty litter and shaking sheet metal to transport audiences with sound to the struggles of Shylock and Antonio. The troupe holds a pre-show "Food for Thought" discussion tomorrow night at 6:30.

(JUNE 4-6) IBERO-AMERICAN AXE-OFF The Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian has plucked some of the finest guitar players from Spain, Portugal and Latin America, stringing them together for the fourth [Ibero-American Guitar Festival (http://www.dciberoamericanguitarfestival.org/2010/) kicking off today on the National Mall. The Spanish guitar is rocked six ways "through" Sunday in a series of concerts, discussions and master classes.

(JUNE 6-12) VSA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL And VSArts welcomes artists, educators and policymakers to the Kennedy Center this Sunday through next Saturday for the 2010 International VSA Festival. The premier arts and disability organization celebrates the work of those with and without disabilities, including a concert with the original Lady Marmalade, Patti LaBelle.

(JUNE 4-6) CARIBBEAN FILM FESTIVAL The 2010 DC Caribbean Filmfest will screen all weekend at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. Starting tonight, you can catch documentaries and dramas that offer insights into the music, politics, and culture of the Caribbean.

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Barry Meier: "Missing Man"

Nine years ago, former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran while on a mission for the CIA. The story of his secret journey to Iran, the CIA cover-up that followed and efforts to rescue the longest-held U.S. hostage.

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5,000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Revealed

Researchers discovered ancient "beer-making tool kits" in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. Analyses of funnels, pots and jugs show the brewers were using pretty advanced techniques.
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The Fight for D.C.'s Budget Freedom

Last week, a House committee with oversight of the District passed legislation that would block the ability of the Council to spend its own tax dollars.

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The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam

President Barack Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam. We discuss what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.

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