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Art Beat: Wednesday, Oct. 20

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"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour:

(Oct. 20) THE EXTRA LENS The Extra Lens used to be called The Extra Glenns, which was a collaboration between The Mountain Goats and The Human Hearts, but let’s not complicate things. Two master lyricists weave stories together with simple acoustic guitar progressions and ornate arrangements tonight at Northeast Washington’s Rock & Roll Hotel.

(Oct. 23) SWEET HONEY DC’s Sweet Honey in the Rock tells a different story Saturday night at Washington’s Warner Theatre. The a cappella ensemble performs songs form the Black church, bringing the clarion calls of the civil rights movement to contemporary audiences. The traditional is transformed by dance and frenetic hand percussion by six women influenced in equal measure by hip-hop, jazz, African chants, and ancient lullabies.

(Oct. 21-Jan. 16) GUILLERMO’S EVERYTHING Argentine artist Guillermo Kuitca has circled the globe, and that’s fitting: The artist explores themes of migration and disappearance, often featuring mapping motifs in his paintings. Guillermo Kuitca: Everything opens tomorrow at the Mall’s Hirshhorn Museum.

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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

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If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union cavalryman wrote in 1865. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

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Verizon Buys Yahoo For $4.8 Billion In Cash, Touting Gains In Mobile

The deal comes more than a year after Verizon paid $4.4 billion to acquire AOL; as part of Verizon, Yahoo will join the same division AOL currently occupies.

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