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(March 7-19) B.F. PINKERTON'S BUTTERFLY Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" has returned to Washington National Opera. An innocent geisha falls in love with an American naval officer in the beloved production. The caddish naval officer breaks the geisha's heart through March 19 at the Kennedy Center. Grammy-award wining soprano Ana Maria Martinez gives the performance wings.

(March 7-13) INDIE FILM FEST The D.C. Independent Film Festival has corralled documentaries, animated shorts and features from around the world for over a decade. This year's program continues through Sunday at a number of venues in the District and Arlington. Saturday brings Harry Shearer's post-Katrina documentary "The Big Uneasy" to Gala Theatre in Northwest Washington.

(March 7-26) CYCLING IN TAKOMA Painter Marcie Wolf-Hubbard loves nature. It's what she depicts in her art and she even paints her collages on recycled materials. You can see Rock Creek Park and other familiar scenes through the end of the month at the Takoma Park Community Center.

Music: "El Pico" by Ratatat

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To Survive The Bust Cycle, Farmers Go Back To Business-School Basics

Farming is entering its third year on the bust side of the cycle. Major crop prices are low while expenses like seed, fertilizer and land remain high. That means getting creative to succeed.
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Power Plant Fight In Prince George's County

A predominantly African American community in rural Prince George's County recently filed a federal civil rights complaint in response to plans to build a third power plant in one town, and fifth in the region.

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