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Montgomery County Tax Dollars at Work: The Fillmore Silver Spring has announced its first round of ticket sales. Presales for Mary J. Blige, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, Cheap Trick, Chromeo, and others began yesterday, and end tonight at 10 p.m.; public sales begin Friday at 10 a.m. Going Out Guide has a complete list of tickets that go on sale Friday.

Global Recession, The Rap: Remy, the guy who brought us “Arlington: The Rap,” has got more important shit to mock, courtesy of Reason.tv. “Raise the Debt Ceiling” is the third in a series of collaborations between the comedian (real name Remy Munasifi) and the libertarian magazine. Sarah Godfrey at TBD is impressed: “Munasifi’s rap skills are put to the test as he is forced to work ‘stimulus,’ ‘Medicare,’ ‘unsustainable’ and ‘quantitative statutory budget restraints’ into his rhymes.”

Steel is Real: To the mother-daughter duo that stars in Keegan Theatre’s production of Steel Magnolias, the play hits close to home, says Jane Horwitz. Robert Harling’s work, which revolves around a Louisiana beauty salon in the ’80s, depicts the suffering of a mother, M’Lynn, whose diabetic daughter dies after becoming pregnant. Sheri Herren, who portrays M’Lynn, lost her mother in early May. Some scenes were been difficult for Herren to rehearse, particularly a final scene in which M’Lynn delivers a painful, grief-stricken speech. It was “very difficult to do that last scene, even reading it. I couldn’t get through it,” she says.

Yesterday on Arts Desk: Dance in the Capital Fringe Festival sinks to an all-time low, reports Rebecca J. Ritzel; Arts Desk contributors tell us how to sweat at the Smithsonian.