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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 12

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Boyz II Men is coming to the D.C.-area this week.
Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men is coming to the D.C.-area this week.

August 12-24: The Fall of the House of Usher: A New Musical

Pallas Theatre Collective presents The Fall of the House of Usher: A New Musical. Struggling artist James Cleary is summoned to the Usher mansion to paint a portrait of his childhood friend, Roderick Usher, who is convinced that both he and his sister Madeline will soon fall victim to a fatal family curse. But once the painter arrives at the decaying residence, he discovers there is something more sinister at work. Written by Molly Fox and Sarah Hirsch, the show is based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story of the same name. You can check it out at Anacostia Arts Center through August 24.

August 12: Boyz II Men

R&B vocal group Boyz II Men is still touring and harmonizing, albeit as a trio. Originally a quartet, the band achieved recognition in the ‘90s for soulful songs such as “On Bended Knee,” “Water Runs Dry” and “The End of the Road.” The Grammy Award-winning group performs tonight at 8 at The Fillmore.

Music: “Funny How Time Slips Away” by Jazz Instrumentals


An Exuberantly Dark First Novel Explores The Chaos Of Central Africa

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Louisiana Chef Paul Prudhomme, Who Popularized Cajun And Creole Food, Dies

The internationally renowned chef sparked a cooking craze and inspired other New Orleans restaurateurs. He was 75.

Best Twitter Reactions To McCarthy Withdrawing From Speaker Race

The political world was shocked when the GOP House leader took himself out of consideration for speaker. Rep. Charlie Rangel tweeted that unlike his smoothie, things weren't "smooth" for McCarthy.

How Skyscraper Construction Ties Into Tech Bubbles

There's a lot of talk in Silicon Valley about a tech bubble.Our Planet Money podcast team examines one possible indicator of a bubble: architecture. Very, very tall architecture.

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