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"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, July 8, 2010

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(July 9-17) THE NINA VARIATIONS The vicissitudes of a doomed relationship are wrung dry in The Nina Variations, aptly staged in The Bedroom at Fort Fringe tomorrow night through July 17. Nina and Treplev revisit their relationship over the course of several short scenes in the half-homage, half-deconstruction of Anton Chekhov's classic, The Seagull.

(July 8-December 30) INUIT TO WIN Contemporary Inuit art has arrived at the Canadian Embassy on Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Washington and it’s staying put until the end of the year. Nipirasait: Many Voices showcases a distinctive portrait of Inuit life and culture in the Canadian Arctic through 36 prints from artists of all ages.

(July 9-10) ENTER THE SANDMAN SIMS The hook of Howard "Sandman" Sims used to denote a bomb at The Apollo Theater, but the man behind the hook was an artiste in his own right. The tap and sand dancing innovator is paid homage in Keepin It Moving: The Legacy of Sandman Sims playing Friday and Saturday nights at Dance Place in Northeast Washington.

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Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, recommends a graphic novel about trash, a George Eliot classic and a children's book about a bear pianist.
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Why Does Every New Restaurant Look Like A Factory?

The stripped-down look of exposed brick, poured cement floors, and Edison light bulbs is popular in restaurants across America. One reporter dares to ask, "Seriously, why?"
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Why Local Nonprofits Haven't Fixed Poverty

As long as there has been poverty, there have been people trying to end it. We explore the obstacles and inefficiencies local nonprofits run into when trying to solve society's stubborn problem.

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Can We Trust Our Cars?

There were more airbag recalls this week, and VW has agreed to pay nearly fifteen billion in its emissions cheating scandal. Meanwhile, cars with driverless technology are becoming available, but whether they will make us safer is up for debate. A look at auto safety and consumer trust.

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