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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.

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Making Art Off The Grid: A Month-Long Residency At A Remote National Park

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.
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Why Millions Of American Men Have Left The Workforce, And How To Bring Them Back

Today’s unemployment rate is down sharply from the height of the Great Recession. But more than a fifth of American men had no paid employment last year, and seven million of them have stopped looking altogether. Why men are leaving the workforce – and how to bring them back.


Tesla Surprise: It's A Profit

The company posted a profit of nearly $22 million for the third quarter, the first quarterly profit since 2013. Tesla attributes the good results in part to new stores.

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