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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Feb. 20

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Alyson Shotz's monumental nail and yarn sculptures are enhancing space at the Phillips Collection.
Alyson Shotz
Alyson Shotz's monumental nail and yarn sculptures are enhancing space at the Phillips Collection.

(Feb. 20) This one's for you, George

Happy Presidents Day! If you're looking for a way to fill your afternoon The Kennedy Center marks George Washington's birthday with a concert. The National Presidents Day Choral Festival features Howard Hanson's Song of Democracy, John Rutter's Gloria, and a few more patriotic favorites.

(Feb. 20-March 10) Words With Friends

A different George is the protagonist of The Language Archive, showing at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring. This one's a brilliant linguist, consumed with preserving dying languages. At home, George struggles to find the words to preserve his disintegrating marriage; at work, his archival assistant is so in love with him that she's speechless. The comedy asks whether love is a universal language or a well-intentioned dream through March 10th.

(Feb. 20-May 27) Ecliptic

Washington's Phillips Collection has a few monumental works until the end of May. Brooklyn-based artist Alyson Shotz showcases three massive sculptures made of yarn and nails in Ecliptic.

Music: "Prizewinning" by Julianna Barwick

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Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

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The Politics Hour - April 29, 2016

Kojo reviews Maryland's primary results and what they mean for the region and November's elections. The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of Virginia's former governor. And a major funder of youth programs in the District is bankrupt.

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