Arts Desk

This Week in WCP Arts: Big Graffiti, Imagining Madoff, Wild Flag

Jonna McKone has this week's cover story with her look at the institutionalization of local graffiti culture via galleries, nonprofits, and even government programs—and what that means for the form itself. Bob Mondello leads this week's arts section with a review of Imagining Madoff—the long-delayed Deb Margolin play that generated a national controversy when one of its original characters, the Jewish literary figure Elie Wiesel, threatened to sue. Rebecca J. Ritzel also reviews a play about two people sitting around drinking, The Stenographer at Venus Theatre. Ally Schweitzer reviews two big indie-rock releases: The debut of supergroup Wild Flag and the sophomore LP from local scene standard-bearers Deleted Scenes. Joe Warminsky reviews the new record from D.C. glam mystery Edie Sedgwick. Tricia Olszewski sees two films with striking, glazed-over aesthetics and little else: Bellflower and Mr. Nice. And in One Track Mind, Ryan Little talks to Regents, whose members are veterans of some D.C. hardcore but have a nice song about Baltimore.

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