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The Queen of Versailles is the somewhat rarer rags to riches to rags story.
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The Queen of Versailles is the somewhat rarer rags to riches to rags story.

(Aug. 14-Oct. 7) Don't Mess

Arlington's Signature Theatre is first out the gate with a new season of productions. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas opens today. The Tony Award-winning musical comedy takes you out to Miss Mona's Chicken Ranch brothel just in time to see a crusading TV personality make it his next moral target. A bevy of working girls and the town's sheriff band together to ward off that morality through early October.

(Aug. 14-16) From Rags to Riches to Rags

For a rags to riches to rags story, The Queen of Versailles is showing at the Bethesda Row Cinema this week. The acclaimed documentary explores the virtues and flaws of the American dream through the rise and fall of one of the country's richest real estate moguls.

(Aug. 14) Kuenta i Tambu

If your ears are eagerly awaiting some fresh sounds Kuenta i Tambu brings traditional Afro-Caribbean music with European dance beats to The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage tonight. The Amsterdam-based band's name translates to "stories and drums," and the name fits--you will hear lots of singing and chanting laid over infectious beats.

Music: "You Put a Spell on Me" by Matthew Dear

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Peru's Pitmasters Bury Their Meat In The Earth, Inca-Style

Step up your summer grilling game by re-creating the ancient Peruvian way of cooking meat underground in your own backyard. It's called pachamanca, and it yields incredibly moist and smoky morsels.
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Food Packaging & Pricing

Have you ever popped open a bag of potato chips only to be disappointed by the number of crisps in your bag? It's not just you. To avoid raising prices, companies often increase their "nonfunctional slack fill" or the difference between the volume of product and its container. We talk about how food packaging affects your recipe and wallet.

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Environmental Outlook: The Growing Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

A look at the growing fossil fuel divestment movement.

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Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph

Entrepreneurs are turning to Oak Ridge National Lab's supercomputer to make all sorts of things, including maps that are much more accurate in predicting how a neighborhood will fare in a flood.

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