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Good shows worth seeing will be part of the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival this weekend. For more international flavors, there's Imamyar Hasanov (shown) and Pezhham Akhavass, two Azerbaijani musicians who will bring the sounds of the Caspian Sea to D.C.

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Tourists as well as police on patrol in cities have turned to the Segway as a means to get around. The Smithsonian Institution is offering Segway tours on the Mall. (The Washington Times)

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Tourists as well as police on patrol in cities have turned to the Segway as a means to get around. The Smithsonian Institution is offering Segway tours on the Mall. (The Washington Times)

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People crowd the pathways of the National Mall for the kick off of the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife festival. (Caitlin J. Rattigan/ The Washington Times)

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James Mundia, originally of Kenya, takes the oath of allegiance to become a citizen of the United States during a naturalization ceremony Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Twelve candidates from 12 different countries were issued the oath of citizenship. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Asma Iqbal, originally from Pakistan, waits with her daughter Eshal Choubhry, 2, and her sister Sadia Kalsoon to get her picture taken with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright after becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Iqbal was one of 12 candidates who were issued the oath of citizenship. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright smiles as she looks up at newly naturalized citizen Olugbenja Obasanjo, a major in the U.S. Army, following a naturalization ceremony Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Albright, herself a naturalized citizen, was the keynote speaker for the event. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Olubenja Obasanjo, a major in the U.S. Army, has a quiet moment after becoming a U.S. citizen Thursday, May 24, 2012 at a naturalization ceremony at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright looks at medals on newly naturalized citizen Cristhian Perez Lujuan's marine uniform following a naturalization ceremony Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Perez Lujuan was one of 12 candidates who became citizens. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Newly naturalized citizen Vy Tuong Nguyen, of Vietnam, shakes hands with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright after receiving her certificate of citizenship at a naturalization ceremony Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Michael Alvarez Montoya (right), originally of El Salvador, looks up as he waits to go on stage to receive his certificate of citizenship from Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citieznship and Immigration Services, at a naturalization ceremony Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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James Mundia, originally of Kenya, grabs Asma Iqbal, originially from Pakistan, as the two wait in line to receive their certificates of citizenship Thursday, May 24, 2012 at a naturalization ceremony at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Twelve candidates from 12 different countries became citizens. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, herself a naturalized citizen, recites the oath of allegiance with 12 newly naturalized citizens during a naturalization ceremony Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Afterwards Albright donated objects from her diplomatic career, including the red suit she was wearing when she was named the first female secretary of state, a UN peacekeepers hat and a briefcase, to the museum. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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James Mundia, originally of Kenya, takes the oath of allegiance to become a citizen of the United States during a naturalization ceremony Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Twelve candidates from 12 different countries were issued the oath of citizenship. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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The Titanoboa exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History features video interviews about the discovery of fossils of the largest snake species known to have existed on the planet (which researchers are comparing to finding Tyranosaurus Rex), as well as illustrations.

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The Titanoboa exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History features video interviews about the discovery of fossils of the largest snake species known to have existed on the planet (which researchers are comparing to finding Tyranosaurus Rex), as well as illustrations.

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The NASA Space Shuttle Discovery sits on a road prior to a welcoming ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum annex in Chantilly, Va., on April 19, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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The NASA Space Shuttle Discovery sits on a road prior to a welcoming ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum annex in Chantilly, Va., on April 19, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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The NASA Space Shuttle Discovery sits on a road prior to a welcoming ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum annex in Chantilly, Va., on April 19, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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The NASA Space Shuttle Discovery sits on a road prior to a welcoming ceremony at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum annex in Chantilly, Va., on April 19, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)