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The second annual Art in Exile: Middle East Voices festival kicked off yesterday. [DCist]

In his new book, Joshua Stephens—an anarchist and former dog walker—discusses conflicted feelings about gentrification in D.C. [Washingtonian]

The Howard Theatre owes more than $260,000 in unpaid taxes, is under review by the attorney general. [Post]

Celebrities dine for D.C. statehood…in West Hollywood. [Post]

Listen to the first album in 15 years from Falls Church’s Aerialist. [Bandwidth]

D.C. film critics name Spotlight the best film of 2015. [Arts Desk]