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The Capitoline Venus crosses the pond for a summer in Washington.
The National Gallery of Art, http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2011/venus/fullscreen.shtm
The Capitoline Venus crosses the pond for a summer in Washington.

(June 9-30) Art Every Day

You can only get Art Beat five days a week, but Artisphere in Arlington presents "Art Every Day" through the end of June. The project features the murals and site-specific installations of local visual artist Linda Hesh at Artisphere and on 62 of the tables at the Pentagon City Mall's food court. You're invited to interact with the works through photo posts on Facebook, if you're into that kind of thing.

(June 9-July 17) The Great Dinosaur Mystery

Starting today, you should not be caught off guard by dinosaur sightings at Glen Echo Park. "The Great Dinosaur Mystery" brings Doctor Vander Plastercaster and Detective Joe Kafootsie to the Park's Puppet Company Playhouse to help decipher dinosaur messages. Prehistoric puzzles plague the duo through mid-July.

(June 9-Sept. 5) Capitoline Comes To Capital

The Capitoline Venus isn't exactly prehistoric, but the famed nude statue packs some historical heft while attempting to cover up. One of the best-preserved sculptures from Roman antiquity leaves Rome for the first time since Napoleon stole it for a summer in the District. Six feet and six inches of sculpted marble modesty are on view at the National Gallery of Art through early September.

Music: "Theme from Jurassic Park" by John Williams


High Glamour Infuses A Forbidden Love Affair In 'Carol'

Todd Haynes' new film chronicles a lesbian affair between a middle-aged married woman and a young store clerk. Critic David Edelstein says Carol captures the thrill of a once-forbidden subculture.

Some Ancient Farmers Grew Fava Beans Before They Grew Grains

The fava bean is a key staple in much of the world. Researchers say they've found fava beans in the Galilee region of Israel dating over 10,000 years ago — before grains had been domesticated there.

Caught Between A Turkey Leg And A Political Diatribe? We're Here To Help

Nobody wants a side of politics on his or her Thanksgiving table, but it's probably going to happen. Here's some advice to get you through — you may need to buy a duck quacker, though.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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