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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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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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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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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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The Latest: Britain resumes sharing bombing intel with US

MANCHESTER, England — The Latest on the investigation into the Manchester concert bombing (all times local):10:55 p.m.British police say they have resumed sharing intelligence about the Manchester bombing with U.S. counterparts.Britain had halted the exchange of information after details of the Ma
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A gala that actually commemorates something

Art gives us new perspectives and leads us to see things in different ways. I confess I didn’t expect Wednesday night’s concert at the Kennedy Center to do either: A centerpiece of the culminating week of John F. Kennedy Centennial celebrations, it featured the National Symphony Orchestra playin
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For Bon Iver, it remains all about the voice

It’s rare to see the star of a large outdoor rock concert begin a show doubled over, looking like he might puke. That was the pose Justin Vernon struck moments into the Bon Iver show Wednesday night at Merriweather Post Pavilion, before rising to the microphone to trill, “It might be over soon.
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A Laurie Anderson pilgrimage? Just don’t tell her you’re calling it that.

North Adams, MASS. — You are sitting, floating through the virtual clouds, when you hear that unmistakable voice coming through the headphones. The glittering buildings. Paper being shredded on the floor. It is Laurie Anderson, the artist most famous for her fluke 1981 hit “O Superman” but a
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