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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


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The Politics Hour - May 6, 2016

Metro announces its maintenance plan--and the service disruptions it will cause. Election watchdogs question Baltimore primary results. And Republicans in our region are put on the spot about supporting GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.


Beyond 'Sesame Street': A New Sesame Studios Channel On YouTube

Sesame Workshop, the company behind Sesame Street, unveils a new initiative to reach kids in a digital and mobile age. NPR gets a sneak peek.

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