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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, July 9

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Cross MacKenzie Gallery promises cooler climes this summer.
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Cross MacKenzie Gallery promises cooler climes this summer.

(July 10) Is This Art?

You ever tag along to some exhibit by some renowned abstract expressionist and stare at some shapes for a few minutes before concluding that this piece of "art" is something your three-year-old could produce with a couple of crayons and a pair of minutes? The American Art Museum feels your pain, or at least is willing to try and convince you otherwise. The museum holds a series of discussions and tours focusing on modern and contemporary art beginning with Is This Art? tomorrow evening. Respectful debate is highly encouraged.

(July 10-31) Chilly incentives

There are a lot of galleries in the District, so if you run one, you have to find some way to beat the competition--like promising cooler climes. That's the strategy Northwest Washington's Cross MacKenzie Gallery is taking this month. Hot Properties & Cool Air features the work of veteran talent and new additions displaying artwork that will take the viewer to cooler places. Plus, the air conditioning will be on.

Music: "Ambulance" by Blur

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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