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Word from this recently almost-dead newspaper: Go see Dan Kennedy speak about his new book, The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century. In the book, Kennedy looks at three major newspapers under new ownership, Aaron Kushner’s Orange County Register, Bezos’ Washington Post, and Henry’s Boston Globe. (Kushner failed so badly, he didn’t even make the title of the book.) Among the many useful observations in the book: The golden age of newspapers that so many long for was an anomaly, and the 1941 movie Citizen Kane is relevant to today’s news landscape. Kennedy’s main effort, though, is to examine the newspaper business at a time when wealthy individuals are, in some corners, replacing corporate owners, and to explain how those struggling through the morass to deliver quality news can revive an industry. Read more>>> Dan Kennedy speaks at 6:30 p.m. at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. $5-$10. (202) 662-7561. press.org. (Alexa Mills)
OH AND ALSO
Genre-blending singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ben Harper performs with bluesman Charlie Musselwhite at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $55.
The Mosaic Theater Company presents The Vagrant Trilogy, a production that follows the life of a displaced Palestinian family, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. 7 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $20–$60.
The National Museum of American History continues its run of Let’s Get It Right: Work Incentive Posters of the 1920s, an exhibition exploring how employers once encouraged their workforce in the form of 16 posters. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.
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