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(Feb. 7-March 6) HEAVY LIES THE CROWN Oedipus El Rey opens Monday at Northwest Washington's Wooly Mammoth Theatre. The modern retelling of "Oedipus Rex" sets the tragedy in Los Angeles where a juvenile delinquent turned king puts it all on the line for one woman.

(Feb. 4-25) MONSTROUS ART The Monstrous artwork of Jessika Tarr isn't nearly as grisly as it sounds. Taking her cue from children's literature and the illustrations found in the more playful of German storybooks, Tarr depicts dark and provocative themes with bright colors and fantastic imagery at Hillyer Art Space in Northwest through the end of the month.

(Feb. 7) CHORUS FEVER There's nothing dark about the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington presenting a double header of upbeat, a cappella pop harmonies, traditional choral compositions, and Broadway tunes Monday night at Washington's National Theatre.

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Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."
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Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

It's called yaupon. Native Americans once made a brew from its caffeinated leaves and traded them widely. With several companies now selling yaupon, it may be poised for a comeback.
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Fannie Lou Hamer and the Fight for Voting Rights

Kojo explores the life and legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer, a poor Mississippi sharecropper who became an outspoken voice in the civil rights movement and the fight for voting rights.

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Computer Guys and Gal

Chrysler recalls cars to boost their cybersecurity. Microsoft debuts its new Windows 10 operating system. And navigation tech could bring us robotic lawn mowers. The Computer Guys and Gal explain.

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