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Rain Pryor

An artist with one of the most recognizable names in show business is bringing new visibility to a small theater company in Baltimore.

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Memoir Traces How Cartoonist Lost Her 'Marbles'

Just before her 30th birthday, Ellen Forney received a diagnosis that finally explained her super-charged highs and debilitating lows: bipolar disorder. In Marbles, a new graphic memoir, Forney recalls both the pain and the humor of her path to stability.
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D.C. Considers Ramping Up Incentives To Lure More Movie Shoots

The D.C. Council is hoping to lure more movies to shoot on location in the District, and may provide more incentives to filmmakers looking to shoot in the city by increasing the film incentive fund.

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No Innocent Spice: The Secret Story Of Nutmeg, Life And Death

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice found in cakes and cider, and even spiking our spinach, if we're lucky. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan back in the 1600s.
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Real Chefs Grind It With A Mortar And Pestle

With mixers, blenders and food processors found in most kitchens, the primitive mortar and pestle may seem out of place. But the Stone Age tool can't be beat when it comes to creating tasty salsas, pestos and curries, chefs say.
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The Unsung Overdub Star In 'Sound Of Music'

In last week's interview with actor Christopher Plummer, host Scott Simon jokingly asked if he still sings "Edelweiss" once in a while. Several listeners wrote to point out that Plummer's singing was over-dubbed by Bill Lee. In an outtake from the interview edited for time, Plummer explains why the moviemakers decided to insert the voice of another singer.
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A Refugee's Multilayered Experience In 'Ru'

Kim Thuy based her award-winning novel Ru on her own experiences as a refugee from war-torn Vietnam. She says the word "ru" has a poetic double meaning: In archaic French, it means a rill or stream, but in Vietnamese, it means a lullaby to soothe a child.
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'Dallas' Villain Larry Hagman Dies At 81

Hagman played J.R. Ewing on television's long-running, prime-time soap opera Dallas. His family said in a statement that he died Friday afternoon of complications from a battle with cancer.
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A Boy, A Boat, A Tiger: Reflecting On 'Life Of Pi'

Ang Lee's meticulously controlled style makes a perfect fit for Life of Pi, a passionately overcontrolled adaptation of a wondrous adventure story with a surprisingly harsh sting in its tail.

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