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(Feb. 18) LITERARY REVOLUTION Azar Nafisi's "Reading Lolita in Tehran" is a best-selling book based on the author's experience teaching Western literature to female students in Iran after the revolution. Friday night you can see the story in opera form at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park.

(Feb. 19) FUN FIT FOR A PRESIDENT Presidents Day isn't until Monday, but the celebration beings Saturday with crafts, scavenger hunts and performances at Washington's National Portrait Gallery.

(Feb. 20) NUMBER TWO There's more presidential play Sunday at Alexandria's Lyceum. You can take a glimpse into the nation's second presidency as first lady Adams takes the stage with Navy Secretary Benjamin Stoddert to discuss life with President Adams and the nation's Quasi-War with France respectively.

(Feb. 19) ONE WORLD, MANY VOICES Presidents Day isn't the only reason to celebrate this weekend. Monday is also the 12th International Mother Language Day. You can dance in the name of language preservation at "One World, Many Voices", an evening of performance from across the globe Saturday night at Washington's Sixth and I Historic Synagogue.

Music: "I'm On Fire (Cousin Cole's Bad Desire Mix)" by Bruce Springsteen

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Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.
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Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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