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(April 4-10) URBAN OPERA If you've been waiting for someone to breathe fresh air into opera, you may find what you've been looking for in UrbanArias. The Washington-based troupe has been known to work Skype chats, knife throwing, and I Love Lucy into their short, adventurous performances. You can catch Ricky Ian Gordon's "Orpheus and Euridice" tomorrow night at Arlington's Artisphere.

(April 4-23) ART VON EICHEL What's most interesting about the paintings of Julia von Eichel is that they're potentially different every time you see them. The artist uses razorblades to etch images onto a think layer of burnished oil pant. Her elaborate carvings vary depending on your angle and light at Addison/Ripley Fine Art in Northwest Washington through the end of the month.

(April 4-April 7) CONFORMIST AND MAMMA Silver Spring's AFI Silver has brand new prints of two films that take you to Italy through Thursday. Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Mamma Roma" tells the tale of a prostitute who attempts to leave her trade for the sake of her son. And Bernardo Bertolucci's masterpiece "The Conformist" chronicles the desperate attempts of one man to conform to 1930s fascism.

Music: "Something About Us" by Daft Punk

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Cult Survivor Documents 2 Decades Inside 'Holy Hell'

Will Allen directed the documentary Holy Hell, which depicts his experience as a videographer and member of The Buddhafield cult. Allen used his own footage, as well as his interviews with other former members, to make this documentary.
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Evaporated Cane Juice? Puh-leeze. Just Call It Sugar, FDA Says

Companies cultivating a healthful image often list "evaporated cane juice" in their products' ingredients. But the FDA says it's really just sugar, and that's what food labels should call it.
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The Politics Hour - May 27, 2016

Congress votes to override DC's 2013 ballot initiative on budget autonomy. Virginia governor faces a federal investigation over international finance and lobbying rules. And DC, Maryland and Virginia move to create a Metro safety oversight panel.

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After Departure Of Uber, Lyft In Austin, New Companies Enter The Void

Earlier this month, voters in Austin, Texas, rejected an effort to overturn the city's rules for ride-hailing companies. Uber and Lyft tried to prevent fingerprinting of their drivers, and now both have left town. A few other ride-share companies have popped up to help fill the void. NPR explores how people are getting around town without Uber and Lyft.

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