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Mandela: Too Big for the Big Screen

Thursday, December 5th, 2013
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When Idris Elba appears on a screen—and it needn’t be a big one—both his physical presence and his manner of speech make him a powerful


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William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time

Thursday, October 31st, 2013
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William Kentridge, born, raised and still living in Johannesburg, is a visual artist and man of ideas. As a white, anti-apartheid South African, his art



Woman Around Town: Neeta Helms –
The Class Act Behind Classical Movements

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
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We’ve all heard that old joke: “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.” But how do you get a world renowned orchestra—with


MJ and Daughter

How I Became the Adopted Parent of an African Elephant
And Why You Should, Too

Monday, July 30th, 2012
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Last night I saw a TV commercial about spaying our dogs and cats. There’s way too many abandoned animals in our crowded shelters, and this


MJ and Jeep

Out of Africa—My Adventure with Lions,
Tigers, and a Teenage Daughter

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
by on Living Around

It was getting into the eighth hour and I was starting to get a bit fidgety. I’ve done seven-hour flights, even eight, but I was


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Nando’s Peri Peri: A Hot Time in the Old Town

Monday, February 27th, 2012
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Nando’s Peri Peri is fast becoming a D.C.-area hot spot, the emphasis on HOT. The Afro-Portuguese restaurant specializes in grilled chicken that’s kicked up a



Woman Around Town: Marina Franklin—Funny Lady

Sunday, October 11th, 2009
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Marina Franklin is a rising star in the world of comedy. She’s not an overnight star. She’s been through all the preliminary steps that so


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