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25 notable Washingtonians pick arts and culture highlights of 2010

A look at 10 of the best cultural experiences of 2010, as selected by our panel of notable Washingtonians.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010; 10:11 PM

The avalanche of end-of-year culture retrospectives scrambles our circuits, so we asked 25 notable Washingtonians to winnow down the best-of pickings for us. Here are their top picks across arts and culture - everything from fine arts to festivals, movies to movements, hyperlocal to extra-global.

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IN D.C. | The Sweetlife Festival that was put on by Sweetgreen in the Dupont area. I performed there but there was also another band - a local alternative rock band - called U.S. Royalty, and I really enjoyed their set. It was just a fun time.

ELSEWHERE | Definitely Leaders 1354 in Chicago. They're a clothing boutique. It's the style of clothing I like to wear: streetwear fashion. But it doesn't stop there. They have a high-class denim selection. They have artsy toys. They also have paintings for sale from various artists. It's a dope spot altogether.

ASHOK BAJAJ

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IN D.C. | Arena Stage opening night. The whole theater, the whole experience - it's the best thing to happen to D.C. this year. It's architecturally unique to the city. I think it rivals some of the major theaters I've seen in New York or Chicago. It's awesome.

ELSEWHERE | Assisi. I have been to Italy many times before, but this time I had a culture guide who was showing me the differences from one city to another, even in their pasta dishes.

FRED BOLLERER


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