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Billy Crystal Finds Fun In Growing Old (But Still Can't Find His Keys)

Crystal isn't happy about turning 65, but at least he's finding a way to laugh about it. The actor and comedian's new memoir — Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? — is on the best-seller list and he'll be back on Broadway in November.
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Jack London Believed 'Function Of Man Is To Live, Not To Exist'

A new biography of the writer behind Call of the Wild and White Fang explores the life experiences that informed those works. London grew up in poverty, says biographer Earle Labor. "He was a dreamer, and a visionary. And his dreams and visions almost always outran his finances."
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Arena Stage Premieres 'Maurice Hines Is Tappin' Thru Life'

Broadway legend Maurice Hines is teaming up with the D.C.-born-and-bred Manzari Brothers to tap audiences through his incredible 40 years in show business.

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'First Deaf Rapper' Connects With Hearing And Hearing-Impaired Audiences

Prinz-D — who calls himself "The First Deaf Rapper" — is working on a new album for both hearing and hearing-impaired audiences.

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This Week On Metro Connection: Connections

From rappers and tappers to phones and food, we'll look at the ties that bind us, as we bring you a show about "Connections."

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A Photographer Turns Her Lens On Men Who Catcall

Social media was abuzz this week with the images of photographer Hannah Price, whose project documents men she encountered on the streets of Philadelphia. In an interview, she talks about the choices and intentions behind the project.
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Pucker Up, America: Beers Are Going Sour

A brew that has all the complexity of a wine and the zing of a Sour Patch Kid, these tangy beers are rising in popularity. And with few hops in them, they're a great option to try if you don't like bitter beers or prefer a pinot noir to a Pilsner.
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'12 Years A Slave': 160 Years Later, A Memoir Becomes A Movie

Solomon Northup was born a free man and lived the life of a respected musician until 1841, when he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. British director Steve McQueen's new film, starring British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, brings Northup's best-selling memoir to life in excruciating detail.
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Beat Manifesto: 'Kill Your Darlings,' Figuratively And ...

The film follows Beat Generation notables — Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr — as college students in the 1940s. NPR's Bob Mondello says it may succeed where other movies about the poets have failed. (Recommended)
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Gilbert Puts A Novel Spin On Love And 'All Things' Botanical

The memoir Eat, Pray, Love turned author Elizabeth Gilbert into a phenomenon. Now, she turns again to fiction with The Signature of All Things, a novel that reviewer Lizzie Skurnick calls "one of the best of the year."

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