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Diamonds, rubies and ordinary rocks star at area's new Mine Gallery.

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A memorial to the commander of the Civil War's Massachusetts 54th Regiment comes to town.

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A profile of America's most successful playwright as he prepares "Proposals" for pre-Broadway run




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Museum Exhibitions

Other museums are preparing exhibitions on American icons from "Star Wars" artifacts and a Mathew Brady retrospective to African American sacred music to 200 years of Washington blueprints.

SEPTEMBER

26-"Mathew Brady's Portraits: Images as History, Photography as Art," a retrospective on Brady's work and development of photography. The National Portrait Gallery show gathers 100 images of every form of his incredible output. Through Jan. 4, 1998.

OCTOBER

10-"Planning Washington's Monumental Core: L'Enfant to Legacy," a look at the history of blueprints for Washington's public buildings and roadways, at the National Building Museum. Through June 30, 1998.

11-"Wade in the Water: African American Sacred Music Traditions." The sweet and piercing strains of gospel music will be traced from slavery to today's choir lofts and stages in this review. The National Museum of American History show is based on the Peabody Award-winning radio series. Through Dec. 7, 1997.

30-"Star Wars: The Magic of the Myth." A potential exhibition blockbuster for the National Air & Space Museum, the show features 200 props from director George Lucas's trilogy. Through October 1988.

NOVEMBER

13-"Blue Guitars," a salute to guitarmakers who broke the boundaries, at National Museum of American History. Through Oct. 1, 1998.

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