Oprah Winfrey talks to reporters during a press tour that followed the launch of her cable network, OWN, in January. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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The hot holiday gift Beyblades are seen in the FAO Schwarz store in New York City. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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A model shows a view of the Crystal Bridges pavilion some museum staff refer to as "the armadillo" because of how its curved, copper bands resemble the animal's shell. John Horner/Crystal Bridges Museum of Art hide caption

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Adele at the MTV Video Music Awards in August. Jason Merritt/Getty Images hide caption

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Kennedy Center fellow Reem Kassem recently used her Kennedy connections to help organize an outdoor arts festival in Alexandria, Egypt. Kennedy Center hide caption

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The Washington Performing Arts Society's Children of the Gospel Choir performing at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage July 31, 2011. Courtesy of the Kennedy Center. hide caption

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George Pelecanos' 17 crime novels take place in and around Washington, D.C. Pelecanos has also written for HBO's The Wire and Treme, which take place in Baltimore and New Orleans, but he says his novels will always be set in D.C. Mai-Trang Dang via Flickr hide caption

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