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'Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations' features superb music and a top-notch cast

The TemptationsWASHINGTON, D.C. — The hottest theater ticket in town may be the smash hit, Hamilton, playing at the Kennedy Center, but the second hottest is definitely for a show just a few doors away.

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'On the Town' is a musical experience with moxie

On The TownOLNEY – The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland in College Park has been commemorating this milestone with a series of productions such as a June concert featuring selections from his musical dramas, including “West Side Story,” “Candide,” and “On the Town.”

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Netflix Documentary “The Recovery Boys” Gives Hope to Those Addicted to Opioids

Following the screening of the Netflix documentary “The Recovery Boys” in June at an AMC theater in Washington, D.C., Laury, a 61-year-old Rockville mother and grandmother, said she was encouraged to learn about a program that is approaching the opioid crisis in a different way.

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Tastee Diner in Laurel: As American as the Fourth of July

LAUREL — The small Tastee Diner chain, opened in 1935, is a venerable staple in the historic districts of Laurel, Bethesda and Silver Spring. Anticipating Independence Day, I took a trip to a couple of these restaurants in the chain to experience a bit of Americana as American as the Fourth of July – or as apple pie, keeping with the diner theme.

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County native rapper Substantial experiments with first instrumental album “The Garden”

Substantial 4NORTH BRENTWOOD – Surrounded by local artifacts and artwork plastered all over the walls of the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center (PGAAMCC), rapper Substantial said he felt at home. With over 30 guests in attendance for the release of his first full instrumental project, the artist released a huge smile as the crowd sung along on command. 
 
“I just love the idea of every time I do a release, I am basically able to celebrate in the community I grew up in,” Substantial said. “…Just the idea that it is closer to home so it gives my family, friends and the few fans I have in this area [to celebrate].”
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‘The Merchant of Venice’ at Greenbelt Arts Center

MerchantGREENBELT – The Rude Mechanicals troupe makes the bold choice of performing “The Merchant of Venice” at the Greenbelt Arts Center (through June 30). “The Merchant of Venice” is regarded as one of Shakespeare’s problematic plays, though these are among Shakespeare’s most interesting. Using a mostly female cast, this production embraces a spirit of experimentation. While not always entirely successful, the boldness of interpretation is interesting and at times even riveting.  

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