The curious story of the Mall’s lone privately owned plot

In a city where it’s tough to throw a rock without hitting a civic building, it’s easy to pass the Vermont-marble structure at 2215 Constitution Ave. without giving it a second thought. Passersby who do notice the Beaux-Arts building, flanked by classical vases, offset by expansive stairs, and e
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Yorgos Lanthimos totally gets that you might hate his movies. He’s fine with that.

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” is a horror film. It’s also a black comedy, a family drama and a peculiar evocation of the Iphigenia myth.For much of the film, it’s hard to understand why its characters are acting as they do, and even when the picture finally starts to come into focus, the fi
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In the galleries: Drawing as meditation

Painstakingly made with pencil marks and black, white and gold ink, Susan Stacks’s abstract drawings are both sumptuous doodles and celestial skyscapes. In the pictures in her Adah Rose Gallery show, cloud and dragon shapes emerge from closely spaced lines and fields of stipples. The patterns sugg
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TV highlights: ‘Drop the Mic’ premieres on TBS

Finding Your Roots (WETA and MPT at 8) Writer Ta-Nehisi Coatest filmmaker Ava DuVernay and author-activist Janet Mock learn about their family histories. The Voice (NBC at 8) The battle rounds end. 2017 World Series (Fox at 8) Baseball’s biggest game begins. Fresh Off the Boat (ABC at 8:3
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The shocking novels that scared the hell out of America

Satanic possessions, bleeding banisters, monster sharks, children in the attic — all this as familiar to readers as their morning coffee, but where did these horrors come from and how did they make themselves at home? Grady Hendrix tells us all about it in his lavishly-illustrated “Paperbacks Fr
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Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ comes fully alive in this new edition

The first year I taught “Frankenstein,” I was 23 years old and knew little about the novel — or anything else, for that matter. The edition I chose for my students did not help: It had no notes, no biographical material, no supplemental readings, no appendixes, no chronologies and no historica
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TV highlights: ‘Scared Famous’ premieres on VH1

(All times Eastern.) Dancing With the Stars (ABC at 8) Singer Shania Twain is a guest judge. Lucifer (Fox at 8) Lucifer and Chloe investigate the murder of a youth counselor who worked for a high-end reform program. Supergirl (CW at 8) Supergirl joins J’onn on a personal mission. The V
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Talking to myself: Two ways of looking at Carrie Mae Weems’s new work

Critic A: There’s a line between performance art and performance. Carrie Mae Weems’s project “Grace Notes: Reflections for Now,” which premiered at the Spoleto Festival last year and came to the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater on Friday night, shines a spotlight squarely on it. As perf
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Cardi B keeps them waiting — and waiting — at Echostage

Thirty minutes before doors opened at the sold-out Echostage on Thursday night, a line stretched all the way down Queens Chapel Road and around the corner for a full block. The woman of the hour was effervescent rapper Cardi B. Last month, she became the first solo female rapper to top the Billboard
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TV highlights: ‘The Walking Dead’ returns with its 100th episode

(All times Eastern.) Too Funny to Fail (Hulu streaming) This documentary examines the downfall of ABC’s very short-lived series “The Dana Carvey Show,” which bombed despite having a writer’s room that included Louis C.K., Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Robert Smigel and Charlie Kaufman. T
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