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(Dec. 11) GAMER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The University of Maryland's Gamer Symphony Orchestra caters to people who prefer a quiet evening at home with the controllers, but chances are they'll have some diehards come out to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park on Saturday. The orchestra's fall concert promises selections spanning all systems, including compositions from Final Fantasy X, Mega Man and Donkey Kong Country.

(Dec. 8-Jan. 9) A GIRL'S GUIDE TO WASHINGTON POLITICS Chicago's Second City is a breeding ground for comedic talent. The troupe returns to D.C.'s Wooly Mammoth with A Girl's Guide to Washington Politics. The production satirizes some of Washington's most influential, powerful and polarizing women through early January.

(Dec. 11-12) DANCE-OFF If you like powerful, but not so polarizing women, there's the Eureka Dance Festival 2010 at Dance Place in Northeast this weekend. D.C.-area choreographers premiere their latest works with the help of friends, including local folksters The Sweater Set.

Background music: Mario 64 by Gamer Symphony Orchestra

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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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Virginia's Own Tim Kaine Takes The Democratic Veepstakes

We consider Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine's regional ties and the pros and cons of his vice presidential candidacy as the DNC gets underway.

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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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