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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, October 28

Duke (Khris Davis) and Roya (Melis Aker) share a moment in Love in Afghanistan.
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Duke (Khris Davis) and Roya (Melis Aker) share a moment in Love in Afghanistan.

Oct. 28-Nov. 17: Love in Afghanistan
In Charles Randolph-Wright’s Love in Afghanistan, hip-hop artist Duke travels to Bagram Airfield to entertain the troops. But his trip takes an unexpected turn when he meets Roya, a beautiful and feisty interpreter. As the two develop a close bond, they learn that some things are worth fighting for, no matter the cost. You can see the play at Arena Stage in Southwest through November 17.

Oct. 28: Acrassicauda
Ever heard someone say they couldn’t live without music? Well Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda risked death just for playing their songs, and some of their fans were killed for listening to them. But tonight at the Black Cat you and your friends can head-bang all you want at the band’s first-ever D.C. show. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Update: The Acrassicauda show has been canceled.

Music: “Garden of Stones” by Acrassicauda

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Examining The War On Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film And Fiction

Two new works of art — the documentary film Cartel Land and the novel The Cartel — shine a light on the seemingly endless drug war in Mexico. John Powers says both works are bleak, but gripping.
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With Petition & Protest, Pressure Builds On José Andrés To Pull Out Of Trump Hotel

Local pressure is building on restaurateur José Andrés to sever his ties to Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, who in a speech said immigrants coming into the U.S. are criminals and "rapists."
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With Petition & Protest, Pressure Builds On José Andrés To Pull Out Of Trump Hotel

Local pressure is building on restaurateur José Andrés to sever his ties to Republican presidential contender Donald Trump, who in a speech said immigrants coming into the U.S. are criminals and "rapists."
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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

The president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, chats about the future of higher education — and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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