Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: High and Dry Edition

Which Way to the Idioteque?: We tried to warn you. Alex Baca analyzed the map, suspecting that Radiohead, "however well-intentioned, might have fallen prey to the totally confusing L'Enfant Plan." The British didn't always have this much trouble getting around town. While things went fine in other places—say, Times Square—the geniuses behind The Universal Sigh were not prepared to hawk papers around the capital. People drove hundreds of miles, wasted their lunch hours, even lied to their employers, all to hang around a sleepy corner of Brightwood. The Union Station drop went better, Ryan Little found. The newspaper flap might even be chilling Anglo-French relations—The Guardian put the blame squarely on Pierre L'Enfant.

Mo' Math Problems, Mo' Money: The price to sweat one's face off in a dark, stuffy warehouse while taking in a quirky play just went up, The Washington Post reports. The Capital Fringe Festival, which returns July 7, upped its prices yesterday. The buttons, mandatory for all Fringe activities, will be $7, up from $5, while actual show tickets are jumping from $15 to $17. "What we do has value," Fringe executive director Julianne Brienza told the Post, "and the math isn't working."

Wu-Tang Jazz: After seeing a graphic designer mash up Wu-Tang Clan album covers in the vintage style of jazz powerhouse Blue Note Records, Gerald Watson was inspired to commission a mash-up from the DJ 2-Tone Jones, mixing Wu with classic jazz. NPR Music has the story, as well as a sample track, "Astral C.R.E.A.M."

Yesterday on Arts Desk: How Fat Trel and the Board Administration fell apart. Scena Theatre's "genuine Irish production" of The Weir.

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