Arts Desk

This Week in CP Arts: 100 Washington Artists, Cornel West Theory, Dinner for Schmucks

cover-issue897-lgDamn. We were getting used to having the cover story. I've no immediate ideas for an arts angle on Vincent Gray, so let's get into it.

Kriston Capps leads the Arts section with his look at the forthcoming book 100 Washington Artists and its author, Lenny Campello—who, it happens, is also an art dealer who's represented a number of the artists in his tome. For this week's One Track Mind column, Joel Mason-Gaines checks in with the always-interesting, always-controversial Cornel West Theory, which just released a new mixtape. Ryan Little reviews the latest record from loop-happy indie eccentrics Menomena. Ted Scheinman reviews the Numero Group label's excellent Local Customs: Low Star Lowlands compilation, which documents the early-'70s scene of Beaumont, Tex. And film critic Tricia Olszewski watches Dinner for Schmucks and Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel.

In City Lights: John Anderson reviews "New Now" at Hamiltonian Gallery. Mike Riggs thinks about Lilith Fair, and dredges up a childhood memory. Plus: Mustock musical festival, HAPPY BIRTHDAY WINDIAN RECORDS, Two in the Wave at the National Gallery, Robyn at the 9:30 Club, and the Temporium on H Street NE.

We gave our heroic theater reviewers a week off, but they've got a great post-mortem on this year's Capital Fringe Festival over at Fringe & Purge.

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