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The Reduced Shakespeare Company rips Hollywood to pieces at the Kennedy Center.

(June 28-July 3) 187 movies in 100 minutes

The Reduced Shakespeare Company condenses 187 films into 100 minutes of farcical shtick in "Completely Hollywood" (abridged). Blockbuster clichés are rolled into comical combinations like Robert DeNiro and Jessica Tandy in Taxi Driving Miss Daisy through Sunday at the Kennedy Center.

(June 27-Aug. 4) Rocking in Fort Reno

The District's annual Fort Reno summer concert series gets underway Monday. Local rock bands make the most pleasant noise possible at Fort Reno Park in Tenleytown every Monday and Thursday evening through early August. Monday it's mostly a punk affair with Washington's Beasts Of No Nation and Railsplitter and the softer pop sounds of Arlington's Valley Tours.

(June 27-July 9) Crafty collection

The Mansion at Strathmore has nearly 200 crafty pieces made by crack contemporary artisans through early July. The Creative Crafts Council exhibition showcases the region's functional and decorative works in glass, clay, metal, wood and more.

Music: "Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Deodato

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