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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 23, 2015

A playwright presents a new show about a middle-aged woman looking for a special activity partner. Two artists present abstract work.

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Find Unforgettable Art In A Most Unlikely Place: A Pittsburgh Mattress Factory

The unusual installations at The Mattress Factory include a gallery with a hole in the floor, a mirrored room full of mannequins and polka dots and an entire townhouse woven with miles of black yarn.
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Known As A Collector, Gustave Caillebotte Gets His Due As A Painter

Caillebotte was an independently wealthy artist who — unlike his Impressionist buddies — didn't need to sell paintings to make a living. Now, many of his works are on display at the National Gallery.
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Jesus In A Lowrider: El Rito's Santero Carves Saints In Modern Clothing

Nicholas Herrera puts his own touch on the tradition of saint carving. The santero works out of his studio in a small New Mexico town — but his edgy work can be found in museums around the country.
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"The Orphan Sky"

Singer, composer, and- most recently- author Ella Leya was born in Communist Azerbaijan and received asylum in the United States in 1990. Leila, the main character of her new novel "The Orphan Sky" shares a similar story. We talk with the first-time novelist about the rarely-explored setting of Azerbaijan and how music influenced her life and writing.

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"The Orphan Sky"

Singer, composer, and- most recently- author Ella Leya was born in Communist Azerbaijan and received asylum in the United States in 1990. Leila, the main character of her new novel "The Orphan Sky" shares a similar story. We talk with the first-time novelist about the rarely-explored setting of Azerbaijan and how music influenced her life and writing.

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Take A Trip To D.C.'s Indoor Beach, Where It's Always 75 And Sunny

The National Building Museum has created an unusual oasis — an ocean of 700,000 plastic balls — where D.C. locals and tourists can take refuge from the city's sweltering heat.
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Do It Like A Deity: A Dutch Artist Depicts Gods Gone Wild

At the turn of the 16th century, Joachim Wtewael painted passionate stories from the Bible and mythology. The Dutch artist was a very strict Calvinist, but on canvas, he let loose.
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What Right Do Muralists Have To The Buildings They Paint On?

Musicians have their instruments, painters have their canvases, and muralists have ... walls. But when the building a mural is on is changing, the muralist has to choose to fight — or say goodbye.

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