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Heidi Fowler, "No. 100.22.009 (detail)". 2009. Recycled plastic bottle caps, junk mail, magazine pages, glue on panel. 48" x 48".
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Heidi Fowler, "No. 100.22.009 (detail)". 2009. Recycled plastic bottle caps, junk mail, magazine pages, glue on panel. 48" x 48".

(April 22) GREEN DAY Project 4 Gallery on U Street closes out its "Green Works" exhibit in style to mark Earth Day. You can appreciate art made from recycled materials before a panel discussion with local designers, architects, and chefs on living an eco-friendly lifestyle in an eco-friendly community.

(April 22-May 27) GOURDFUL ART Artist David Hicks feels a strong connection to the earth's bounty and the evidence is in his gourd-shaped sculptures. They vary in size and texture and end up looking like a number of other familiar objects like nests or insect pods. The fun is in the associations drawn by the viewer at Georgetown's Cross Mackenzie Gallery through the end of May.

(April 22) THE CONSTANT GARDENER If you're interested in the art of sustainable gardening the United States Botanic Garden offers some pointers Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Conservatory Terrace on the National Mall.

(April 22-June 5) ON THE BRINK Ruined opens Friday at Arena Stage in Southwest. The Pulitzer Prize winning play manages to perfectly depict the hopelessness of war while telling a reaffirming and hopeful story of a matriarch who tries to keep the peace in Congo.

Music: "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" by The Talking Heads

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It Takes A Nation: Art For Social Justice At The Katzen Arts Center

As the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, graphic artist Emory Douglas created striking visual images for the movement's publications and posters.

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Long Absent In China, Tipping Makes A Comeback At A Few Trendy Restaurants

Viewed for decades as capitalist exploitation, tipping is now being encouraged at some upscale urban restaurants catering to wealthy young customers. Restaurateurs insist it's strictly voluntary.
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It Takes A Nation: Art For Social Justice At The Katzen Arts Center

As the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party, graphic artist Emory Douglas created striking visual images for the movement's publications and posters.

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DDOT Questions Metro's Ability To Protect People With Disabilities For Ride-Hailing Paratransit Trips

As Metro looks to reduce the cost of its expensive MetroAccess paratransit service, they're turning to ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft to provide low-cost trips. Some critics say they represent a race to the bottom.

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