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the Cornel West Theory celebrates its new album Saturday at U Street Music Hall.
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the Cornel West Theory celebrates its new album Saturday at U Street Music Hall.

(July 30) New theories

Washington’s the Cornel West Theory lays political and cultural commentary over electronic and hip-hop beats. The group’s namesake Princeton professor liked its music so much that he helped out with some spoken word on Theory’s last album. West speaks on the new one, too. the Cornel West Theory celebrates the release of The Shape of Hop-Hop to Come Saturday night at the U Street Music Hall in Northwest Washington.

(July 30) Better Said Than Done

For some old-fashioned storytelling in front of a live audience Better Said Than Done presents Summer Lovin’ - A Hot Night of Cool Stories at Jammin’ Java Saturday in Vienna. The Northern Virginia storytelling posse corrals a number of entertaining tales of summer romance for the occasion.

(July 29) Life in A Day

And if you want to see some honest stories told through a modern medium Life in A Day opens today at Washington’s West End Cinema. Directors Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald asked camera holders across the globe to capture their lives on July 24, 2010. Over 80,000 videos from Australia to Zambia were then uploaded to YouTube and edited into the feature documentary.

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