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There’s something about “Slow Burn” by Kacey Musgraves. It’s been in my head since she won the Grammy for album of the year. Her voice is beautiful, even ethereal, and the song is a delicate bit of acoustic silk—the drums don’t even kick in until the minute-40 mark. On the other hand, the ly…

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810 Weekend Gallery, 810 Caroline St. New works by Beverley Coates (watercolors), Penny A. Parrish (photography) and Lynn Abbott (acrylics and oils). 540/371-4099.

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WASHINGTON—The Vietnam War, which tore this country apart and forever changed its politics and culture, has never been the subject of a Smithsonian exhibition.

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Politically unstable environments can foster prolific artistic careers. In going through the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ newest show—“Hollar’s Encyclopedic Eye: Prints from the Frank Raysor Collection,” I overheard a visitor ask, “Who would have thought if you want to see [England’s] Charl…

Anthropologists from the islands skirting Australia report a common experience. Friendly villagers warn the visitor against the dangerous inhabitants over the next hill: they’re blood-thirsty cannibals, etc. When the field worker ventures into that no-man’s-land, he is warned the villagers h…

It has been a long time since I have read a novel story is at once so pulse-pounding and so literary, but Karen Thompson Walker’s new novel, “The Dreamers” is truly the whole package.

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I’m not going to lie, a vegetarian restaurant was a bit of a tough sell for my carnivorous crew. My Deli Soup—the name might conjure up cold cuts, but trust me, there’s no beef, pork or chicken on tap—sounded great to those in our group who can stomach the idea of a diet leaner on meat. But …

There comes a time in most people’s lives when they realize the basic building block of the universe is bull[expletive]. Frank Zappa said it’s stupidity, but stupidity needs something to feed on, and that’s bull[expletive]. It’s a chicken-or-the-egg situation.

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810 Weekend Gallery, 810 Caroline St. New works by Beverley Coates (watercolors), Penny A. Parrish (photography) and Lynn Abbott (acrylics and oils). 540/371-4099.

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Since slime was first introduced in the mid-’70s and sold in a miniature trash can, the squishy, slippery substance has thrilled generations of children—and parents who couldn’t resist its allure. The folks at the Science Museum of Virginia are hosting a special Science After Dark event high…

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“Freaky Friday” is getting a fresh look for a new generation, and theatergoers can catch a musical adaptation of the mother-daughter body-swapping classic at Chancellor High School, starting (you guessed it) Friday. The high school’s spring musical is a collaboration between the theater and …

IF I HAD to choose between reading nonfiction history or historical fiction, I’d choose young adult sci–fi. Meaning, history is not in my comfort zone. It conjures memories of poring over 500-page textbooks with a highlighter, trying to stay awake and hoping for a passing grade in American H…

Zachary R. Wood, author of “Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America,” will speak at noon Tuesday at the Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad St., as part of the Carole Weinstein Author Series.

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J.M. Barrie created an enchanting world of make-believe with fun and memorable characters. There’s Peter Pan and The Lost Boys, Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, and let’s not forget the Darling children and their adorable caretaker dog, Nana.

Since forming American Aquarium 13 years ago while a student at N.C. State, frontman BJ Barham has seen the band’s personnel change multiple times. Usually the changes evolved gradually as members quit for personal reasons, but in 2017 the band completely changed members, leaving Barham as t…

I once harbored an obsession with “It Rains Everywhere I Go,” a bluegrass tune by Lynne Morris. I played the song a lot, and would tell other people to listen to it. I loved the lilting banjo melody, the gentle bounce of the rhythm and Morris’ delicate voice. My friends asked if anything was wrong.

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Area families will have an opportunity to experience two world-class performing arts groups this weekend as the Mark Morris Dance Group and the creatures of Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium take the stage at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.

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810 Weekend Gallery, 810 Caroline St. New works by Beverley Coates (watercolors), Penny A. Parrish (photography) and Lynn Abbott (acrylics and oils). First Friday reception 6-8:30 p.m. 540/371-4099.

When you spend as much time in the kitchen as I do, you pick up a few tricks along the way. Some are designed to simplify recipe prep work. Others help make cleanup easier, which means I can instead use those precious minutes to enjoy what I cooked—or chase a toddler, or sit down for (just) …

After a few days as a guest in “The Paragon Hotel,” Lyndsay Faye’s historical fiction novel, I feel as though I’ve truly been on a trip. Through Harlem when it was more Italian than African–American; through Prohibition; Portland, Ore., in 1921; the early days of the Italian Mafia, the black…