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The first large-scale clash of the Civil War near Manassas, Virginia, on July 21, 1861, left a thousand soldiers dead and many more wounded. It was a rude awakening for people who were anticipating a short and bloodless war.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Enrico David: Gradations of Slow Release is the largest US museum survey of this distringuished artist’s work. It includes sculpture, painting, installation, and works on paper that develop a unique vision of the human form. His work is both abstract and figurative, capturing many feelings of human emotion.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 11:00 a.m.

Find out what inspired the so-called Beat Generation of the 1950s–a fascinating, maddening, provocative and, in the end, utterly American group of writers.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

The Washington area is a book lover’s playground, with excellent local bookstores satisfying every kind of literary taste. Join four knowledgeable booksellers from independent shops as they share their picks among upcoming titles in genres they know and love—and spotlight area authors you should know about.

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Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.