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Jon Hamm gives his voice to Walt Whitman’s long-lost novel

Two shadowy pasts converge in Jon Hamm’s reading of Walt Whitman’s lost novel, “Life and Adventures of Jack Engle .” Published anonymously in the New York Sunday Dispatch in 1852, it was presented as the work of an author who chose to use “unreal names” to prevent identification. Now, t
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How the Midwest went from the idealized to the derided

Last week I was reading The Washington Post’s obituary of conservative power broker Roger Ailes and paused at this sentence about the disgraced head of Fox News: “He told a biographer that his dream for America was that it be allowed to return to its best self, which he put in the Midwest in abo
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Young cellist Christine Lamprea steps in to replace ailing soprano.

Christine Lamprea is a performer whose dramatic instincts are as focused on the quietest end of the emotional spectrum as on the noisiest. The young cellist, who stepped in on short notice to replace the ailing soprano Susanna Phillips at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on Wednesday, is ea
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Style Invitational Week 1229: Gorey bits from A to Z — give us edgy alphabet rhymes

(Click here to skip down to the winning protest slogans from Week 1225) S is for Speedo, too small for your size. T is the Trauma you’ve done to my eyes. (Rob Pivarnik) U is the Umpire, whom fans like to boo,V is the Vampire, who wants to suck, too. (Mark Raffman) Y is for You, and your what/w
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Billy Joe Shaver invented outlaw country music. Why is he still rambling around Texas in a van?

HUNTER, Tex. — A tall, stern-faced man with his arms crossed is standing in front of the stage and Billy Joe Shaver has had enough. He wraps up “Wacko From Waco,” a song he wrote about — true story — the time he shot a man during a barroom squabble. He was 70 then. He’s 77 now and a ha
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Indie curator showcases Rockville community

José Ruiz is a sought-after curator on the D.C. and New York art scenes, admired for his indie sensibility, eye for emerging talent, and efforts to make exhibitions less intimidating. “Even if it’s free, a lot of people don’t want to walk into a gallery or museum because they feel they don’
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A quartet of actors take the gloves off in a play with four thrilling corners

NEW YORK — Now, about that box of tissues. It sits on a table through all 85 minutes of Broadway’s “A Doll’s House, Part 2.” An ordinary cardboard container of Kleenex, the kind you find on any nightstand or bathroom vanity in America in 2017.Except “A Doll’s House, Part 2” takes pl
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In the galleries: Powerful messages that require few words

Some of the pictures in Victor Ekpuk’s “These Moments,” like his earlier ones, feature ideograms derived from Nsibidi, an ancient African writing system. But the most forceful piece in the Morton Fine Art show contains just one symbol: a crosshairs bull’s eye over a faceless man’s heart. T
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Star Wars at 40: Fans recall the magic of seeing the film during that first summer

“COMING TO Your Galaxy This Summer,” blared the lobby posters like a John Williams trumpet cue.It was early 1977, and anticipation for a curious coming attraction called “Star Wars” was building slowly but steadily. Twentieth Century Fox wasn’t quite sure what it had on its hands — this
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Looted statues, pottery returned to Italy after probe in NYC

NEW YORK — Seven ancient statues and pottery vessels are headed back to their homeland in Italy after authorities said they tracked down the stolen items in New York City.Dating back as far as the eighth century B.C., the artifacts were looted by Italian tomb raiders in the 1990s, then were smuggl
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