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Tadd Dameron, A Jazz Master With A 'Lyrical Grace'

Dameron was a composer and pianist who fused the sophisticated arrangements of the Big Band era with bebop's complex harmonies. A new biography shines a light on the too-brief life of the man known as "The Architect of Bop."
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Painter Llyn Foulkes Creates On The Fringes Of The Art World

Artist Llyn Foulkes has been an underground force on the Los Angeles art scene for more than 50 years. His work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney in New York and L.A.'s MOCA. He's won first prize at the Paris Biennale, and he's been on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, as a musician. Carolina Miranda has a profile of a very unusual man.
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Secretary Of Education Arne Duncan Plays Not My Job

We've invited Duncan to play a game called "Now, don't be fresh ... I just take dictation!" Three questions for the secretary of education about the education of secretaries.
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Career Suicide Or Lifesaver? Why A Professional Foodie Went Vegetarian

Washington Post food editor Joe Yonan took a bit of a professional risk this week by publicly declaring his vegetarianism. He's not alone: Many Americans say they've cut back on meat in recent years, and like Yonan, they cite health as a primary concern.
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From 'Oz,' A Less Than Magical Prequel

Director Sam Raimi and star James Franco can't provide enough pizzazz to carry Oz the Great and Powerful aloft. Their effects-heavy prequel to 1939's Wizard of Oz serves up a long-winded answer to a question most probably weren't asking.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 8

This weekend you can enjoy some professional dance, witness a live storytelling event, and check out a festival dedicated to bringing communities together through films celebrating the people, stories and cultures that make D.C. unique.

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Plague Of Locusts Has Israelis Asking: Are They Kosher For Passover?

Some have proposed a culinary approach to the millions of locusts that made their way from Egypt to Israel this week: Eat 'em up. Plenty of world cuisines can offer inspiration, but there's a catch: Rabbis don't agree locusts are kosher.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, March 7

You can dance the blues away at two local performances by avaunt-garde companies, or check out some text-based paintings that highlight how information can be relayed through abstract art.

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Book News: Who's Afraid Of Sheryl Sandberg?

Also: Self-portraits of famous authors; why two major spring novels have the same title; and literary statues from around the world.

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