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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, May 2

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Khaira Arby rocks the calabash gourd and several indigenous West African tongues tonight at DC9.
Khaira Arby
Khaira Arby rocks the calabash gourd and several indigenous West African tongues tonight at DC9.

(May 2) Art of Athens
Summer is always a good season for the arts in Athens. That’s why a news crew would be inclined to follow three artists around. Such is the setup in 2010’s Artherapy, screening tonight at the Avalon Theatre in Northwest Washington. The Greek film tracks a singer, a street artist, and an actor as they try to perfect their respective forms during turbulent times.

(May 5) Help a Master out
Some real life artists who have made it through the turbulence of graduate school share their work this Saturday at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Studio Center in Baltimore. You’ll have the opportunity to browse, and even buy, paintings, sculpture, photography, and mixed media works by the school’s graduating masters.

(May 2) Khaira, Queen of the Desert
A master vocalist stops by Northwest’s DC9 tonight for an evening of desert blues. Mali’s Khaira Arby is considered the queen of indigenous music in her native Timbuktu. The soulful songstress tackles a number of social issues in a number of languages while keeping the beat on her calabash gourd.

Music: “Assalam Felawan” by Bombino


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