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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, June 4

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John Cage dabbled in abstract watercolors when he wasn't making music on the avant-garde.
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John Cage dabbled in abstract watercolors when he wasn't making music on the avant-garde.

(June 4) And the beat goes on...

Some folks go Mozart, others go Monk. Some prefer Billie over Bach. If you love your jazz and your friends love their classical and you never really get to go enjoy music together, The Kennedy Center has a social solution for you tonight. It's called Jazz Meets the Classics. Several classical compositions are performed by an all-star lineup of jazz hands, including master clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera.

(June 4-Sept. 9) A different kind of Cage

Little known fact: Avant-garde composer John Cage was an avid writer and visual artist. A few of his watercolor works are showing not too far from the prints of his close friend Jasper Johns through early September at The Phillips Collection in Northwest. Like much of his music, the paintings were inspired by the ancient Chinese Book of Changes.

(June 4-7) My name is Bill and I'm an alcoholic

Bill Wilson was going to drink himself to death if he didn't make some lifestyle changes back in 1934. The ones he made influenced generations to come and even how society viewed alcoholism. The founder of Alcoholics Anonymous is given the documentary treatment in Bill W., screening at Northwest's Avalon Theatre through Thursday.

Music: "Blue Train" by John Coltrane


An Exuberantly Dark First Novel Explores The Chaos Of Central Africa

Fiston Mwanza Mujila's novel, Tram 83, is a freewheeling tale about life in an imaginary place inspired by the author's home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Critic John Powers has a review.
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Sen. Harry Reid Sues Makers Of Exercise Band Over His Injuries

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How Skyscraper Construction Ties Into Tech Bubbles

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