Arts Desk

This Week in WCP Arts: The Fridge, Fredric Wertham, Waiting for “Superman”

cover-issue906-lgErin Petty leads off this week's arts section by examining some of the neighborhood tensions faced by the outre-minded Fridge art space in Capitol Hill—tensions that came to a head last month thanks to some noisy new agers. Mike Rhode ponders what the opening of the papers of Fredric Wertham—comic books' real-life super-villain—means for comics scholarship. Petty also writes this week's One Track Mind, on the percussive experimental trio Moon Pie. Tricia Olszewski finds the story of Facebook a lot more interesting than the story of latter-day Disney animation in her reviews of The Social Network and Waking Sleeping Beauty. Benjamin R. Freed finds himself admiring the intentions if not the execution of the education-reform documentary Waiting for "Superman." David Dunlap Jr. sees No Age tightening its sound and sharpening its hooks, but not at the expense of its usual scuzz and eccentricity. And Louis Jacobson checks out "John Gossage: The Pond," and concludes that the work benefits from abandoning its creator's original linear structure.

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