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Trombone Short at the Monterey Jazz Fest in 2010. He'll play the Louisiana Swamp Romp at Wolf Trap in Vienna on Sunday.
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Trombone Short at the Monterey Jazz Fest in 2010. He'll play the Louisiana Swamp Romp at Wolf Trap in Vienna on Sunday.

(June 4-5) Folk, Swamp Romp and 18th Street Singers

Washington welcomes Summer 2011 with music this first weekend of June:

The Washington Folk Festival showcases some of the traditional tunes, dance, and crafts that are a part of the region’s past Saturday and Sunday at Glen Echo Park.

For some traditional sounds from New Orleans, there's the Louisiana Swamp Romp at Vienna's Wolf Trap Sunday. Expect some of the best of the Big Easy’s Cajun, Blues, Zydeco and food.

The young professionals of Washington's 18th Street Singers squeeze in their annual spring concert Sunday at the Kennedy Center. The set includes major choral works, pop renditions and a commissioned composition.

(June 3-5) What the Fool?!?

If you find yourself in Baltimore this weekend, Quest Theatre Company presents "What the Fool?!?" at Theatre Project on West Preston Street. The site-specific performance is actually set at Theatre Project: The venue awakens the soul power of an otherwise bland man with a terrible comb-over.

Music: "Wade's Waltz" by Michael Doucet

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Twitter Tries A New Kind Of Timeline By Predicting What May Interest You

Twitter has struggled to attract new users. Its latest effort at rejuvenation is a new kind of timeline that predicts which older posts you might not want to miss and displays them on top.

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