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Cyro Baptista & Beat The Donkey bring all sorts of fun to Baltimore's Patterson Saturday night.
Cyro Baptista & Beat The Donkey
Cyro Baptista & Beat The Donkey bring all sorts of fun to Baltimore's Patterson Saturday night.

(July 28-Aug. 7) A rock opera that isn't afraid to hit rock bottom

The last days of a dying rock band are chronicled in Rock Bottom at Northwest Washington's DC Arts Center. The rock opus is set in Amsterdam, where a band called Blood Orphans is attempting to complete the last leg of its tour. The dark comedy sees the band's members through some tough times until early August.

(July 30) Cyro Baptista & Beat The Donkey

If you'd rather see a band that isn't on the brink there are the eclectic sounds of Cyro Baptista & Beat The Donkey at Baltimore's Patterson Saturday night. Baptista's Brazilian percussion has helped flesh out the sounds of Paul Simon, David Byrne and Dr. John. With his own band, the veteran musician blends world music with jazz for a singular style that's sure to make you move.

(July 27-Aug. 28) Culture & Clay

The Washington Ceramic Guild presents Cultural Crossings: Culture & Clay at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria for the next month. Time-honored clay-making techniques from Native American tribes to the Far East are shared in the exhibit.

Music: "Anarrie" by Cyro Baptista & Beat The Donkey

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Remembering Robert Swanson, Advertising's 'King Of Jingles'

Robert Swanson revolutionized American advertising and wrote some of the most memorable ad jingles of the 1950s and '60s for products ranging from Campbell's Soup to Pall Mall cigarettes. He died at 95 July 17 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.
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Forget Instagram. We've Been Showing Off Fancy Food For Centuries

Scroll through social feeds long enough, and you're bound to come across someone gloating about their incredible meal. But exotic or aspirational foods have been used in Western art for 500 years.
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Democratic National Convention Day Two: Uniting The Party

An update on day two of the Democratic convention: Bill Clinton takes the stage and ongoing efforts by party leaders to build unity.

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How To Help Teens And Children Fight 'Tech Addiction'

Many parents and therapists say obsessive internet use is a very real problem for some teens and children. But the term “internet addiction” is controversial and not officially recognized as a disorder. How to help kids who compulsively use computers and mobile technology.

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