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(Feb. 17-Dec. 4) OPEN DIALOGUE The National Museum of African Art is fostering cross-continent collaboration—teaming artists up to draw inspiration from each other. South Africa's Sandile Zulu uses fire to accentuate his elaborate paintings while Brazil's Henrique Oliveira morphs wood into sculptures that look a lot like elaborate paintings.

(Feb. 18-27) SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT British playwright Graham Farrow crosses the pond to stage "Talk About The Passion" at the Writer's Center in Bethesda this weekend and the next. The drama depicts a father's struggle with justice after his son is murdered.

(Feb. 17) MÖBIUS STRIP For something homegrown, there's D.C.'s Möbius Strip Thursday night at The Velvet Lounge on U Street. The rockers love cacophony, but owe so much more to harmony.

Music: "The Modern Age" by The Strokes

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A Compelling Plot Gives Way To Farce In Franzen's Purity

The new novel reveals sharp observations and a great, sprawling story. But critic Roxane Gay says the book gets bogged down with absurdly-drawn characters and misfired critiques of modern life.
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Huge Fish Farm Planned Near San Diego Aims To Fix Seafood Imbalance

The aquaculture project would be the same size as New York's Central Park and produce 11 million pounds of yellowtail and sea bass each year. But some people see it as an aquatic "factory farm."
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Europe's Ongoing Migrant And Refugee Crisis And The Future Of Open Borders

The Austria-Hungary border has become the latest pressure point in Europe's ongoing migrant crisis. An update on the huge influx of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa and the future of open borders within the E.U.

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Environmental Outlook: How to Build Smarter Transportation And More Livable Cities

A new report says the traffic in the U.S. is the worst it has been in years. Yet, some urban transportation experts say there's reason to be optimistic. They point to revitalized city centers, emerging technology and the investment in alternative methods of transportation. A conversation about how we get around today, and might get around tomorrow.

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