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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, December 30

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In Flashdance—The Musical, Jillian Mueller plays Alex Owens, an independent young woman who's a little rough around the edges, but dreams of being a professional dancer.
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In Flashdance—The Musical, Jillian Mueller plays Alex Owens, an independent young woman who's a little rough around the edges, but dreams of being a professional dancer.

Dec. 30-Jan. 19, 2014: Flashdance-The Musical
The '80s film Flashdance  told the story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and exotic dancer by night who dreams of being a professional performer. Now through January 19 you can see Flashdance-The Musical performed at The Kennedy Center. The stage adaptation features more than a dozen new songs in addition to hits from the movie's Grammy Award-winning soundtrack, including "Maniac," "Gloria" and "Flashdance-What a Feeling."

Dec. 31: Slightly Stoopid & Passafire
You can usher in the New Year with some reggae beats at The Fillmore in Silver Spring. For more than a decade, Slightly Stoopid has been playing what it describes as "a fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk." Tomorrow night at 9 you can hear the San Diego-based band perform with special guest Passafire, a musical group from Savannah that blends rock, reggae and dub.

Music: "Circle House Blues" by Slightly Stoopid

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