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New Yorkers fight development in the documentary 'Battle for Brooklyn.'
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New Yorkers fight development in the documentary 'Battle for Brooklyn.'

(Jan. 12-Feb. 5) Taking on Shelter
Twelve of the region’s visual artists collaborate to present “Shelter” at Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia. Each one expresses personal interpretations of the term on canvas and paper through early February.

(Jan. 13-15) Battle for Brooklyn
A group of New Yorkers band together to try and save their shelter in Battle for Brooklyn, showing all weekend at Artisphere in Arlington. The documentary is centered around one man’s fight to prevent a new basketball arena and real estate development from being built in the heart of his Brooklyn community. Over the course of a seven-year fight he loses a fiancée, finds a wife and becomes a full-blown activist. The documentary is preceded by a short film called The Tragedy of Urban Renewal and is followed by a discussion with the directors.

(Jan. 13-15) Half-truth from Ohio
Eddie from Ohio is a folksy band from Northern Virginia. The band promises to live past that lie and win you over with harmonies, harmonicas and lyrically-driven melodies Friday through Sunday at The Birchmere in Alexandria.

Music: “Little People (Black City)” by Matthew Dear

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