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These D.C. youth confront the racism, homophobia, and other struggles in their lives through slam poetry. [Arts Desk]

Local electro act Den-Mate says, as a kid, she wanted to be Gwen Stefani when she grew up (and maybe still does). [Arts Desk]

A Q&A with Thomas Orgren of Persona Non Grata, an Arlington recording studio that’s worked with some of D.C.’s raddest bands [D.C. Music Download]

Was Artisphere doomed from the start? [Post]

A roundup of D.C. murals [BYT]