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Area theater companies will mount numerous world premieres by women playwrights in 2015. [Post]

Woolly Mammoth, in concert with African Continuum Theatre, will stage six short plays inspired by the Travyon Martin case. [Post]

Black Cat staff craft a soundtrack for NSA spies. [Post]

General Motors Foundation gives $1 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. [Post]

Friends remember Alexandros “Alexi” Petersen, an accomplished academic and punk frontman recently killed in Afghanistan. [Arts Desk]

Philippa Hughes, the WAMU profile. [WAMU]

Billy Joel to play Nationals Park. Again. [WTOP]

DC Jazz Festival announces its 2014 lineup. [Arts Desk]

GEMS cover Seal. [Stereogum, Gorilla vs. Bear]

Why Travis Jackson mattered to the D.C. punk scene. [Arts Desk]