Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Was It Good for U? Edition

Theater of Dissent: In Sunday's WaPo, Peter Marks examines what happens when Theater J—prone to button-pushing as it is—pisses off certain supporters of the state of Israel and its ruling Likud party. In short: Last March, when Theater J hosted the Israeli Cameri Theatre's staging of Return to Haifa by the Palestinian writer Ghassan Kanafani, a group called Citizens Opposed to Propaganda Masquerading as Art led a campaign to defund Theater J, the in-house company of the D.C. Jewish Community Center. It didn't work. But amid all this, Theater J's regular Peace Cafes, co-hosted with Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal, got kicked off the premises. For some reason. The story isn't totally clear on this. Also: Everyone involved in the story realizes that making controversial art is, um, controversial.

Zombie Ceiling: WaPo profiles Jason Zinoman, son of Studio Theatre's Joy Zinoman and the author of Shock Treatment, a history of the horror filmmakers who in the '60s and '70s brought new depths to the genre. (Washington City Paper reviewed the book last month.) Naturally, one WaPo commenter blames big government: "I call them dumbing down of America and waste of good money. We should be building talents with the media not making freaks. I object to any of my taxpayer money funding junk." Au contraire, Tea Partiers! George Romero's may be generally interpreted as critiques of capitalism, but they're also damn good survivalist guides. When the zombies come, you'll be glad you have your guns!

Shake Shake Shake Shake Shake Shake: Brightest Young Things pimps hard for local disco duo Big/Bright, a task I'm glad includes so many animated gifs.

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