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BWI official confirms that, yes, the new Animal Collective album is playing there right now

An official with Baltimore-Washington International Airport confirmed that the new album from Baltimore-bred psych-pop group Animal Collective is indeed playing over terminal speakers. Maybe you're hearing it right now as you prepare to fly home for Thanksgiving, or maybe you should knock off work early for the holiday weekend and go hear for yourself.

Jonathan O.

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Anna Deavere Smith to deliver new solo performance on school-to-prison pipeline at Center Stage

The award-winning actor, playwright, and activist Anna Deavere Smith, known for her roles in "The West Wing" and "Nurse Jackie" as well as her celebrated one-woman, documentary-style plays, will perform her newest work "Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The Baltimore Chapter" at Center Stage for two shows only on Dec. 5 and 6.

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Review: 'X's and O's' offers a thought-provoking examination of our football conundrum

Recently, I took my girlfriend to her first NFL game, between the Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars. She went to the bathroom and missed a big interception by Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb but, she later told me, the loud cheers coming from all the stalls told her everything she needed to know.

If that doesn't fully demonstrate America's obsession with football, I don't know what does.

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Listen to 'Ascetic,' a new ripper from local punks Birth (Defects)
Q&A: Former NFL player Dwight Hicks talks about acting in 'X's and O's,' changing football, and more

As a football player, Dwight Hicks had an eight-year pro career that included two Super Bowl championships and four consecutive selections to the Pro Bowl. As an actor, he's landed small parts in the shows "Cold Case," "How I Met Your Mother," and "The X-Files" and films "Armageddon" and "The Rock."

His two jobs merge in "X's and O's," the football-centric play opening at Center Stage on Friday.

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Premiere: Listen to a new track from Benny Boeldt