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How many women are playing in area music festivals? Not too many, it turns out. [Arts Desk]

Artisphere cost Arlington millions of dollars. Here’s why they still shouldn’t have shut it down. [WCP]

Touring bands dish on their favorite things about D.C. [D.C. Music Download]

An approving ode to Olivia Neutron-John [Post]

A Q&A with visual artists Becky Borlan, Nehemiah Dixon III, and Ric Garcia of the Gateway Arts District in Prince George’s County [East City Art]

The forthcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture opens a preview of its first planned exhibitions today. [Post]