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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, August 13

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Ching Ching Cheng's "Argus" demonstrates how the artist uses bits of books to sculpt paper cameras.
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Ching Ching Cheng's "Argus" demonstrates how the artist uses bits of books to sculpt paper cameras.

Aug. 13-Sept. 8: Deep Summer Exhibitions
VisArts at Rockville is hosting four solo exhibits through September 8, including a retrospective collection of drawings, paintings, prints and sculpture by Neena Birch. A mixed media installation by Ching Ching Cheng explores memory, machines and imagery with cameras carved from the pages of books. Childhood games and memories are colorfully depicted in recent drawings and paintings by Josette Gestin, while artist Martin Weishaar uses basic materials to portray the challenges associated with resource extraction.

Aug. 14-18: Salomé
It’s not too late to see Oscar Wilde’s Salomé at The Atlas Performing Arts Center in Northeast. In the tragedy, Princess Salomé agrees to dance for her stepfather in exchange for a gift of her choosing. However the femme fatale desires neither diamonds nor jewels and asks instead for the head of John the Baptist, the one man who is not transfixed by her beauty. You can see the play tomorrow night through Sunday.

Music: “Don’t Lose Your Head (instrumental)” by Zion I

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