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(Nov. 18-Jan. 2) A TALE OF TWO CAROLS As we descend upon December, the District abounds with Christmas. You have your pick of at least two distinct Christmas Carols this season: Ebenezer Scrooge begins to plumb his past, present, and future with harmony tonight in A Broadway Christmas Carol at Alexandria's MetroStage. And come Saturday, the purists can get their traditional Dickens at Ford's Theatre in Northwest Washington.

(Nov. 18) WASTE LAND Visual artist Vik Muniz stepped away from the contemporary art world a couple of years ago to help make Waste Land. The documentary was praised at this year's Sundance Film Festival for its uplifting portrayal of garbage-pickers at the world's largest landfill. Waste Land screens tonight at 8 at the Hirshhorn Museum on the National Mall.

(Nov. 19-May 8) A FABLE FOR TOMORROW And a stone's throw from Waste Land is A Fable for Tomorrow, opening...tomorrow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibit surveys the often-epic paintings of Alexis Rockman, who has been depicting the natural world with wit and wizardry for two decades.

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Remembering Robert Swanson, Advertising's 'King Of Jingles'

Robert Swanson revolutionized American advertising and wrote some of the most memorable ad jingles of the 1950s and '60s for products ranging from Campbell's Soup to Pall Mall cigarettes. He died at 95 July 17 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.
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More Than Just Saying 'Cheese,' Hundreds Sit Test To Become Official Experts

The American Cheese Society will begin proctoring its next Certified Cheese Professional Exam in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, during the group's annual conference.
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Democratic National Convention Day Two: Uniting The Party

An update on day two of the Democratic convention: Bill Clinton takes the stage and ongoing efforts by party leaders to build unity.

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How To Help Teens And Children Fight 'Tech Addiction'

Many parents and therapists say obsessive internet use is a very real problem for some teens and children. But the term “internet addiction” is controversial and not officially recognized as a disorder. How to help kids who compulsively use computers and mobile technology.

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