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Marc Rothko has issues in Red at Arena Stage.
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Marc Rothko has issues in Red at Arena Stage.

(Jan. 20-Mar. 4) Painting the town
The Tony Award-winning drama Red makes its District debut today at Arena Stage. Playwright John Logan’s portrait of late Russian abstract painter Mark Rothko depicts the master struggling with a series of large-scale works for an elite New York restaurant while a new assistant accuses him of being a sellout. Rothko is forced to confront his demons or be crushed by an ever-challenging art world through early March.

(Jan. 20-21) Into Sunlight
New York-based Robin Becker Dance drops by D.C. tonight to perform Into Sunlight. The work, inspired by best-selling author David Maraniss’s Vietnam War account [They Marched Into Sunlight](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Marched_into_Sunlight), touches on the effects of war on those in battle abroad and those fighting for peace back home.

(Jan. 22) Year of the Dragon
If you didn’t get your New Year’s celebrating in a few weeks ago you can ring in the Chinese New Year Sunday night at U Street’s Bohemian Caverns. Min Xiao-Fen -- master of the four-stringed Chinese pipa - plays traditional Chinese classical music and mixes in some Miles and Monk for good measure.

Music: “String Quartet No. 5 - V” by Phillip Glass

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