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From The Heart Of Egypt's Revolt, The Pulse Of Artistic Life

Egypt's capital has been associated with protest and political upheaval. But an arts festival attempts to clear away the dust and revitalize a once-glorious cultural hub.
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Shawn Westfall Celebrates A Decade Of Teaching Improv Comedy

Ten years after the D.C. Improv Comedy School started with a handful of students, more than 1,800 people have trained here.

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'Into Darkness,' Boldly And With A Few Twists

The 12th film based on Gene Roddenberry's '60s sci-fi TV show is the second to star a new group of actors as Kirk, Spock and their crew. J.J. Abrams returns as director, and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch plays the memorable villain.
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At Washington & Lee, Dancers Practice Their Art 40 Feet Above The Ground

Aerial dancing is a physically demanding art form developed in the 1970s and only taught at Virginia's Washington & Lee. The troupe will be at the Corcoran on May 30.

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Book News: Amazon's Tiny Tax Payment Draws Fresh Scrutiny

Also: Afaa Michael Weaver on being a black poet abroad; ebook sales jumped 44 percent last year; Cormac McCarthy's beach body.
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A Polley Family Secret, Deftly Pieced Together

In a striking documentary, Sarah Polley turns the camera on her own family. The director and actor, known for films such as Away from Her and The Sweet Hereafter, was teased growing up about not looking like her actor father. At 27, she discovered that it wasn't a joke.
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Coming To 'Americanah': Two Tales Of Immigrant Experience

The new book from Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a knockout of a novel about immigration that transcends genre. It's everything from a coming-of-age novel to a romance to a comic novel of social manners to an up-to-the-minute meditation on race.
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Breast Cancer, Risk And Women's Imperfect Choices

When Angelina Jolie went public about her preventive mastectomy, women who have struggled with the same tough choices spoke out about the dilemmas of medical choice.
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Book News: Justice Department Says Apple Led Price-Fixing Ring

Also: George Orwell's rules for making tea; what Antigone can teach us about the burial of Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
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Easy Rawlins Is Alive, Or Is He?

After six years, author Walter Mosley breathes life back into his detective hero Easy Rawlins — thought dead after crashing his car off a cliff. Easy embarks on another case, but as the lines blur between death and dying, he may discover answers to questions he hadn't thought to ask.

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