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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Dec. 7

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Rima Schulkind's 'Word Play' is one of many totems exploring our disposable culture at Touchstone Gallery
Rima Schulkind
Rima Schulkind's 'Word Play' is one of many totems exploring our disposable culture at Touchstone Gallery

(Dec. 7) A heartbreaking work of fundraising genius
Author Dave Eggers has helped open 826 chapters across the country. The organizations encourage elementary and high school students to get creative with their writing. 826DC launched just over a year ago in Columbia Heights. The non-profit showcases some of the fiction and poetry penned by D.C. students tonight during Baby, It’s Cold Outside, a holiday fundraiser at The Gibson in Northwest.

(Dec. 8) What does your data say about you?
Facebook can be a funny place. All those opportunities to "poke", "friend", and "ignore" are explored in e-GEAUX BETA tomorrow night at Artisphere in Arlington. The improvised theater production invites audience members to provide their own Facebook information for an interactive performance that promises to challenge assumptions about personal relationships, technology and social media.

(Dec. 7-24) Eclipsed by the Cloud
For some increasingly obsolescent technology there’s Eclipsed by the Cloud showing until Christmas at Touchstone Gallery in Northwest. The exhibit features totems made out of discarded devices, including rotary telephones, iPods and typewriters.

Music: “In Motion” by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross


Making Art Off The Grid: A Month-Long Residency At A Remote National Park

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.
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Why Millions Of American Men Have Left The Workforce, And How To Bring Them Back

Today’s unemployment rate is down sharply from the height of the Great Recession. But more than a fifth of American men had no paid employment last year, and seven million of them have stopped looking altogether. Why men are leaving the workforce – and how to bring them back.


Tesla Surprise: It's A Profit

The company posted a profit of nearly $22 million for the third quarter, the first quarterly profit since 2013. Tesla attributes the good results in part to new stores.

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