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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 26

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Baby Universe is co-presented by Wakka Wakka Productions and Nordland Visual Theatre of Norway.
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Baby Universe is co-presented by Wakka Wakka Productions and Nordland Visual Theatre of Norway.

Jun. 26-Jul. 14: Baby Universe: A Puppet Odyssey
Baby Universe: A Puppet Odyssey opens today at The Studio Theatre in D.C. Written and directed by Kirjan Waage and Gwendolyn Warnock, the science-fiction play centers around the last inhabitants of a dying planet. With certain-destruction looming on the horizon, scientists are scrambling to create a new universe, which they hope will save the population. You can see the show, and its cast of nearly 30 puppets, through July 14.

Jun. 26-Jul. 7: Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival kicks off today, bringing a host of practitioners of new and old, living traditions to D.C. This year’s programs include Hungarian Heritage: Roots to Revival, One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage, and The Will to Adorn: African-American Diversity, Style, and Identity. The free outdoor festival takes place on the National Mall between the Smithsonian museums, and runs through July 7.

Music: “Last Living Souls” by Gorillaz

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