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Stirring Adventures, At Home (In A Zoo) And Abroad

Holiday pleasures We Bought a Zoo and The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn are pure entertainments — not high art, but solid family films that just want to show an audience a good time.
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City Hopes 'Girl With Dragon Tattoo' Will Save Lincoln Theatre

City officials are betting on the hit movie The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo to revive the foundering Lincoln Theatre on U Street NW.


Unusual Diego Rivera Work Restored in Mexico City

Murals by Mexican artist Diego Rivera can be found all over the world, but some of his most unusual works are in Mexico City. There, a recently renovated fountain doubles as a municipal water pumping station, revealing Rivera's skills as both a sculptor and architect.
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'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Dec. 21

Ann and a whole lot of harmonicas.


'Breadcrumbs': Young Readers Follow A Wintry Tale

Anne Ursu's novel is a modern-day fairy tale set in the snowy woods near Minneapolis. In the latest installment of NPR's Backseat Book Club, Ursu explains that Breadcrumbs was inspired by her own childhood memories of white winters in Minnesota.

DVD Picks: 'Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale'

Bob Mondello recommends a charming home video pick you almost certainly missed — and one that might make you think twice about sitting on Santa's lap.

The Story Of The Chitlin' Circuit's Great Performers

Before the Civil Rights movement, segregated American cities helped give birth to the Chitlin' Circuit, a touring revue that provided employment for hundreds of black musicians. Rock historian Ed Ward profiles two recent books which illuminate the conditions these musicians endured.