Arts Desk

This Week in WCP Arts: Cherry Red, Stephen Malkmus, Attack the Block

Benjamin R. Freed leads the arts section with an elegy for Cherry Red Productions, which over its 16 years was D.C.'s raunchiest and most graphic theatre troupe. The group performs its swan song, a staging of the joke "The Aristocrats," later this month. David Dunlap reviews the latest, bestest record from Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, which contains the requisite number of Malkmusian zingers. Joe Warminsky reviews the first LP from D.C./Arlington noise freaks The Plums, who have been making free-form scuzz for a decade, and with panache. Tricia Olszewski pens a sober assessment of two drug-fueled films: Attack the Block, in which gangs and drug-dealers have to fight an alien invasion, and Magic Trip, in which the Merry Pranksters drop acid and tour the country. Rebecca J. Ritzel finds herself unmoved by Longacre Lea's new play Something Past in Front of the Light, in which the devil gets to star in a documentary. And in One Track Mind, Freed chats with D.C.'s The Chance, which makes post-punk in the Factory vein but claims New York as an influence.

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