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The Washington Ballet’s annual Nutcracker had to ditch live music this year. In its place, says Sarah Kaufman, is a “a truly horrendous recording” of Tchaikovsky‘s score. [Post]

Take a look at WPFW-FM’s new revised schedule. The most dramatic change: Most music has been slashed from workday hours. [City Desk]

A while back, publishing company TufAmerica filed an awfully poorly timed lawsuit against the Beastie Boys, whose member Adam Yauch had just died of cancer, for unauthorized sampling of Trouble Funk‘s “Drop the Bomb.” The remaining Beasties now want that lawsuit dismissed. [Hollywood Reporter via Post]

Mike Paarlberg calls out the Virginia Opera for stooping to Garrison Keillor-level corniness [Arts Desk]

Orange Juice in Bishops Garden rounds up its favorite local used bookstores [OJBG]

The Washington Post does its usual splurge of coverage on the Kennedy Center Honors [Post]