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(Dec. 29-30) MONTY ALEXANDER Monty Alexander tickles the ivories Wednesday and Thursday night at Blues Alley in Georgetown. In his 40-year career, Alexander has performed with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie to Quincy Jones. The piano man fuses the traditions of American Jazz with the music of his native Jamaica.

(Dec. 29-Jan. 7) MADE IN DAGENHAM When you think of 1960s revolutionaries, a coterie of feisty factory girls from Dagenham, England, may not immediately come to mind, but that could change after you see "Made in Dagenham", screening now at Washington's E Street Cinema. The film follows the working-class women from the London suburb's Ford factory as they fight for equal pay and rights.

(Dec. 29-Jan. 16) RISE AND FALL Photographer Fiona Tan concerns herself with memory -- namely how unreliable our recollections can be. Her images explore the space between subjective remembrance and factual record. "Rise and Fall" showcases the Indonesian-born artist's work through mid-January at the Sackler Gallery on the National Mall.

Music: "Bag's Boogie" by Dizzy Gillespie

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Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.
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Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."
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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.

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Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

Google's already tested three of the pollution-sensor equipped cars in Denver, and is currently trying them out in the Bay Area.

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