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New national African-American museum could help, hurt smaller institutions

When the new National Museum of African American History and Culture opens Saturday on the National Mall, a century after it was first proposed, it will be greeted by an outpouring of joy. The gleaming bronze behemoth standing out amid a phalanx of white marble will be dedicated by President Barack...

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  • What not to miss at 2016 Baltimore Book Festival

    What not to miss at 2016 Baltimore Book Festival

    Here are some highlights at this year's Baltimore Book Festival:  What's Gnu: Check out the debut of the Paws & Pages Stage, which has animal programming plus adoptable pets. Featured authors include Mikita Brottman reading from “The Great Grisby” (4 p.m. Saturday); Bronwen Dickey, “Pit Bull: The...

  • American Book Award winner Susan Muaddi Darraj among highlights of Baltimore Book Festival

    American Book Award winner Susan Muaddi Darraj among highlights of Baltimore Book Festival

    During World War I, the author Susan Muaddi Darraj's grandfather was kidnapped by the Turkish army from his village in what is now Palestine. His wrists were bound with a rope, and he was and marched to Damascus behind a horse. "Everyone in his village assumed he was dead," Darraj says during an...

  • Best bets for kids, teens at Baltimore Book Festival

    Best bets for kids, teens at Baltimore Book Festival

    There's so much happening at the annual Baltimore Book Festival, it can be hard to keep up — especially if you have a bunch of little ones in tow. To make things easier, here are some highlights of the festival's offerings for kids and teens: Between the Pages, Behind the Scenes: The Art and Words...

  • Family-friendly 'Kiddie Flamingos' keeps anarchic spirit of Waters original

    Family-friendly 'Kiddie Flamingos' keeps anarchic spirit of Waters original

    What if you not only made John Waters' proudly X-rated "Pink Flamingos" kid-friendly, but actually cast preteens in the roles of the defensively filthy Babs Johnson, the perverse Connie and Raymond Marble, and the egg-static Edie the Egg Lady? You'd get a performance just a tad less disgusting,...

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