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Festival revives spirit of the Renaissance

The time of ages past is nigh upon us. Prepare thyself for a rapturous adventure, one of brutish lords and scallywag knaves, of ribald jest and divine combat, of beasts and nymphs and ... standstill traffic? The lofting fumes of a congested I-495 brought an abrupt end to my mental preparation and left me sitting uncomfortably erect in the unforgiving benches of a chartered yellow school bus headed for the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

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Tickle Me Elmo doll taken to new extreme

A lot of things can change in 10 years. Take the last decade, for instance. We've seen technology grow at unprecedented rates, making our lives more productive and our access to pornography that much greater. We've experienced the rebirth of religious fundamentalism, in both the East and West, thankfully ditching the political correctness movement of the early '90s.

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Gallery reaches 'zenith'

"Spartina: A Myriad of Grasses" and "A Lifetime Reverence for Wood" Showing through Oct. 1 Zenith Gallery 413 7th Street, NW Free admission Grade: A Deciphering an artist's inspiration can be an arduous if not futile endeavor. So often in contemporary art, form becomes secondary; figures disappear, lines vanish into plains of color and texture and motivation and meaning become shrouded by the very abstractions they foster.

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Springtime is right time for haircuts

I think its time for me to get a haircut. The brilliant explosion of keratin and pigment that perches like a brooding vulture atop my craggy dome of a head has reached its zenith of acceptability. My gently worn woolen hat had up 'til now served its purpose honorably, striving to contain the radioactive plume that was just longing to break free and blanket the innocent countryside with a red-tinged fog of death.

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TV from others' misery

BEN LOZOVSKY Attention to all appropriate personnel: In my continuing effort to attract and enrapture readers with my bi-monthly musings, I would like to unveil my new policy in regards to potential content. No longer am I satisfied with writing columns about tales of everyday loss, struggle and sadness.

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Go! Team's nostalgia energizes audience

Retro doesn't go as far as it used to in music nowadays. The overabundance of bands who are content with simply repackaging musical archetypes for unsuspecting audiences has taken credibility away from forward-minded musicians looking to the past for inspiration.

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Spring road trip prompts rediscovery and inspiration

Time seems so endless yet passes so quickly. Like the poet Ovid wrote, "Tempis Fugit" - time flies. Before college, time didn't seem to matter as much. It wasn't my concern; all I had to do was fill in the hours that weren't predetermined, fleetingly wasting them away with topical analgesics for my mind.

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D.C. gets watered down with drips

District residents and suburban castaways, rejoice: it appears that Washington has finally arrived. Bust out those debutante gowns; this is the grand coming out party. After years of wallowing in obscurity and square-ness, D.C. has hit the big time. And to who do us simple, bucolic metropolitanites owe thanks for such an honor? American Apparel.

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Cheney's antics are bad, but not that bad

I was hunting at a friend's ranch in Texas the other day when a funny thing happened. While engaged in shooting quail, I accidentally shot...two gay cowboys in the midst of furtively expressing their forbidden love. I know it wasn't my fault, so I don't feel there is any reason to show remorse, or to let my adoring public know about the events that transpired (besides issuing this brief statement explaining my lack of culpability, of course).

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Influential producer's life cut short

The hip-hop world has seen its fair share of tragedy during its short and often tumultuous history. Now, it continues to feel the gripping pain of loss, as the music community mourns the death of acclaimed producer and musician Jay Dee a.k.a. J Dilla. Born James Yancey, Dee passed away Feb.

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