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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, June 14

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Layla Mohammed portrays life in war-torn Iraq at the Davis Performing Arts Center this week.
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Layla Mohammed portrays life in war-torn Iraq at the Davis Performing Arts Center this week.

(June 13-July 29) The battle that was

A group of friends fueled by anger, love, hope, and pride struggle to contain the mysteries ravaging New York City’s gay community in The Normal Heart. The unrelenting, mostly autobiographical Tony Award-winning play by author and activist Larry Kramer looks at sexual politics during the AIDS crisis at Arena Stage through late July.

(June 14, 16) 9 Parts of Desire

Georgetown University stages 9 Parts of Desire tonight and Saturday night at the Davis Performing Arts Center. The heartbreaking one-woman show delves into what it means to be a woman in war-torn Iraq with portraits of ordinary and extraordinary artists, Communists, doctors, wives, and lovers.

(June 14-Aug. 4) So teach us to number our days …

Alexandria’s Margaret Adams Parker presents woodcuts, etchings, and sculpture dealing with religious and social justice themes through early August at Crossroads Gallery in Falls Church. Parker hits on those big themes with subtle portraits of pregnant women, late-night commuters, and elderly couples. 

Music: "Places" by Shlohmo


Historic Art, Luxury Apartments Battle Over Berlin's Famous Wall

A stretch of the old Berlin Wall has stood for decades as an open-air gallery, covered in fine art and graffiti. Bids for luxury developments in the area have artists hitting the streets in protest.

Mark Bittman Is Stepping Down, But He Still Has More To Say About Food

One of the most influential food writers in recent years is leaving his job at The New York Times — to join a California food startup. "This is a calling, in a way," he says.

Nancy Pelosi On The 'Awesome Power' Of The House Speakership

The House's upcoming agenda can "be one that is a successful path to the future or it can be a calendar of chaos, and that really is up to the Republicans," Pelosi said.

#MemeOfTheWeek: That Article From The Onion About Mass Shootings

The article reveals what the writers really feel about mass shootings in America, something mainstream media couldn't do.

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