Neda Ulaby Neda Ulaby reports on arts, entertainment, and cultural trends for NPR's Arts Desk.

Mary Timony Brings 'Understated Swagger' To Ex Hex

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Every year, David DeBoy and The Hons (Wendy Savelle, center, and Karen Fitze) perform a live — and often sold-out — show in the upstairs cabaret of a Baltimore restaurant. Courtesy of David DeBoy hide caption

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'Crabs For Christmas': A Tuneful Baltimore Tradition (Really!)

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Charismatic Singer Joe Cocker Dies At 70

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Author Of 'Clifford' Children's Books Dies At 86

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Quvenzhané Wallis, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, plays little orphan Annie in the new film adaptation of the 1977 musical. Barry Wetcher/Sony Pictures Entertainment hide caption

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The Annie Of Tomorrow Has The Same Hard Knocks, But Different Hair

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Something tells us OkCupid won't be including an identifier for people who are attracted to pirates. Oivind Hovland/Ikon Images/Corbis hide caption

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Sapiosexual Seeks Same: A New Lexicon Enters Online Dating Mainstream

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In an independent, Australian film, a single mother (Essie Davis) and her troubled young son (Noah Wiseman) are terrorized by a mysterious character from a children's book called Mister Babadook. Matt Nettheim/Causeway Films hide caption

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Beware The 'Babadook,' The Monster Of Your Own Making

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'Do They Know It's Christmas?' Raises Hackles As Well As Dollars

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Gary Wilmes, James Stanley and Pete Simpson star in Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men. Julieta Cervantes hide caption

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In 'Straight White Men,' A Play Explores The Reality Of Privilege

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In Mallory Ortberg's modern retelling of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, Miss Havisham texts wedding dress photos from a blocked number. Madeline Gobbo/Courtesy of Henry Holt & Company hide caption

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If Literature's Great Characters Could Text, They'd Charm Your Pantalets Off

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Study Says Parents' Media Exposure Trickles Down To Children

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Waterless Worlds The New Hot Dystopia

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HBO To Start Online Only Streaming Service

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Has Gone with the Wind withstood the test of time? Above, Vivien Leigh (left) as Scarlett O'Hara and Hattie McDaniel as Mammy. Anonymous/AP/New Line Cinema hide caption

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When It Comes To 'Gone With The Wind,' Do Kids Today Give A Damn?

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Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Awarded MacArthur Fellowship

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