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(Jan. 20-30) GENESIS Genesis walked away from 2010's Capital Fringe Festival with top honors. The story of a troubled patient in a mental institution tackles questions of faith and morality at Northwest Washington's Warehouse Theater Thursday night through the end of January.

(Jan. 21-April 8) FRIDAY BECOMES ECLECTIC Strathmore's Friday Night Eclectic series returns to North Bethesda Friday with three of the District's rising rappers. X.O. teams up with RAtheMC and AB the Pro for an evening of hip hop alphabet soup.

(Jan. 21-22) 18TH STREET SINGERS SPAN CENTURIES A group of young professionals living on Washington's 18th Street realized they shared a love for choral music and decided to do something about it. The result is the 18th Street Singers, performing their seventh annual Winter Concert Friday and Saturday at First Trinity Lutheran Church all the way down on 4th Street.

(Jan. 22) BRAZILIAN GUITAR QUARTET For some serious solos you can take in the chops of The Brazilian Guitar Quartet Saturday night at Georgetown's Dumbarton Church. The crack ensemble pays homage to the giants of Spanish and Brazilian classical music.

Music: "Hotel California" by Gipsy Kings

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Twitter Tries A New Kind Of Timeline By Predicting What May Interest You

Twitter has struggled to attract new users. Its latest effort at rejuvenation is a new kind of timeline that predicts which older posts you might not want to miss and displays them on top.

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