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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 21

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July 21-Jan. 18, 2015: Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems

Philanthropist and art collector Marjorie Merriweather Post is considered to be one of the most important 20th century clients of French jeweler Cartier. From the 1920s through the 1960s, the American socialite commissioned a number of custom-made jewelry sets, accessories and jeweled frames that are currently on view at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Liana Paredes curated the exhibit and says there’s more to the collection than just glitter and glam. She points out a broach that Post commissioned right after the Great Depression.

“The broach with aquamarines does not have lots of diamonds or rubies or emeralds as we’ve seen in earlier periods,” she says. “So aquamarine is a semi-precious stone and hence more appropriate for times of austerity.”

July 26: The US Air Guitar Championships Mid-Atlantic Semifinals

You can attend the US Air Guitar Championships Mid-Atlantic Semifinals at the 9:30 Club this Saturday night at 8. On invisible instruments, contestants will perform a song of their own choosing before shredding to a surprise song. Three winners from the event will advance to the August 9 finals in Kansas City.

Music: “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend (From The Musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) [Karaoke Version]” by Party Tyme Karaoke

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