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The U.S. Marine Band says Beyoncé lip-synched the National Anthem at Monday’s inauguration, and the backpedaling begins! [WJLA]

In a blog post that declares poetry dead, Post humor blogger Alexandra Petri manages to enrage poets and mailmen alike: “Poets are like the Postal Service—a group of people sedulously doing something that we no longer need, under the misapprehension that they are offering us a vital service.” [Post]

The March on Washington for Gun Control, planned in part by Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith, takes place this Saturday. [Post]

Al Green turned down an invitation to sing at the presidential inauguration [AP via Huffington Post]

Smithsonian curators scout the inauguration for artifacts to put in the forthcoming Museum of African American History and Culture [AP via Huffington Post]

The Post‘s Phil Kennicott on lip-synching: “It’s fraud, pure and simple, and serious musicians shouldn’t do it.” [Phil Kennicott]

After retiring from Politics & Prose, co-founder Barbara Meade is blunt about what she won’t miss about the book biz. [Post]

Dish Network closes 300 additional Blockbuster stores [ABC News]

Brightest Young Things makes a list of the top 25 DMV artists to watch this year [Brightest Young Things]

Mayor Vince Gray will deliver his State of the District address Feb. 5 at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. [Art 202]

Herndon’s Elden Street Players change name to NextStop Theatre, go pro [Washington Business Journal]