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(March 9-12) STRUT YOUR STUFF Howard University's Department of Theatre Arts celebrates the music of the 1930s and 40s Wednesday night through Saturday with "The All Night Strut! A Jumpin' Jivin' Jam!" at the Ira Aldridge Theater in Northwest Washington. The musical production portrays Americans who turned to swing, blues and jazz to escape the realities of the Great Depression and World War II.

(March 9) CZECH CHANGES If you feel like checking out a film Wednesday night, Northwest's Avalon Theatre screens another in its "Lions of Czech Film" series. The 2009 drama "Changes" features four interconnected storylines about people from all walks of life coming to terms with existence in Prague.

(March 9-April 8) TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS Existence in Anacostia is the stuff of "Try a Little Tenderness as Painful as It Seems", showing through early April at Honfleur Gallery in Southeast Washington. Visual artist Ben Skinner employs artifice and unorthodox materials to highlight the unfamiliar features of familiar scenes.

Music: "Salt Peanuts" by Dizzy Gillespie


Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea

American journalist Suki Kim spent six months teaching English at a North Korean University that serves the sons of the elite. She chronicles her experience in a new book, Without You, There Is No Us.

From NFL To 'Scandal,' Whole Foods Buys TV Ads To Boost Its Brand

A pioneer in selling organic, sustainable groceries, Whole Foods now finds itself beset by competitors. So it's launching its first national ad blitz to sell socially conscious consumers on its story.
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Watchdogs Call For Independent Ethics Enforcement On Capitol Hill

The only ethics oversight in the U.S. Senate is an internal ethics committee that is often perceived to do no policing at all. The watchdog group Public Citizen wants that to change.


In Silicon Valley, Paying For Access To Peace Of Mind

The San Francisco area is the home to the high-tech sector and has a history of embracing Eastern spirituality. Now the two meet in the yoga and meditation classes popular with the local tech workers.

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