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(Dec. 22-Jan. 9) GLITTER AND BE GAY If your Wednesday looks like it may end up lacking some musical theater, there's "Candide" at Washington's Sidney Harman Hall Wednesday through the first week of 2011. Leonard Bernstein's adaptation of Voltaire's satire follows Candide from a sheltered paradise to a quotidian struggle that comically challenges his optimistic outlook on life and love.

(Dec. 22) HEMP, DRIED FLOWERS, GLOSSY GLAZE, AND PRESTO! Washington's Tonic Restaurant in Mount Pleasant shows some love to local artist Kreg David Kelley through next year. The painter employs traditional tools as well as naturally occurring materials –- like hemp and dried flowers -– to create colorful modernist portraits.

(Dec. 22-Jan. 15) HOLDING UP/GOING HOME Two artists share the spotlight in holding up / going home at Hamiltonian Gallery on U Street in Northwest through mid-January. Both tackle the disposability of objects: one with paintings of geometric structures that resemble our trash and the other with sculptural fusions of industrial materials.

Music bed: Across The Sea by Hanoi Janes

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The Music And Legacy Of Motown

Motown founder Berry Gordy and director Charles Randolph-Wright of “Motown the Musical" join Diane for a conversation about the history of Detroit's famous sound.

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Will Montgomery County Go "Bottoms Up" On Liquor Laws?

Since Prohibition, Montgomery County has held the purse strings on liquor sales, meaning the county sells every drink from beer to bourbon to local bars and restaurants. But local business owners are pushing back from this system, claiming it lacks efficiency and leaves customers waiting. County officials say they are holding out for alternatives that protect those within the industry. We discuss both sides of the issue today.

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Exelon's Chief Strategy Officer On Its Proposed Takeover Of Pepco

Kojo chats with Exelon's chief strategy officer about the company's vision for electric service in the Washington region, and its argument for why its acquisition of Pepco is in the best interest of customers.

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Computer Guys And Gal

Another year is coming to a close and the Computer Guys And Gal are here to discuss this year's biggest technology news, including the growth of virtual reality and the "Internet of Things."

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