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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Feb. 25

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A portion of the "Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s" at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
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A portion of the "Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s" at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Feb. 25-Apr. 7: Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s

Sure, D.C. is known for its politics, but our nation's capital also has a unique art scene and history. Now through April 7 you can head to The Corcoran Gallery of Art to see Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s, a series highlighting Go-Go, the prominent punk and hardcore scene, and graffiti artists such as COOL "DISCO" DAN, who left his mark all over the city.

Feb. 25-Mar. 1: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend

Georgetown University alumnus Mike Birbiglia returns to his alma mater for a week-long run of My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, the comedian and actor slash writer's latest Off-Broadway hit. The Hoya will perform an unplugged version of the show, which provides an honest account of some of his memorable missteps in love. The Friday show is already sold out, but you can still snag tickets to see the performance through Thursday at the Davis Performing Arts Center.

Music: "Give Em What They Want (instrumental)" by DMX


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