Arts Desk

This Week in WCP Arts: Dave Mann, “30 Americans,” Toast

I've got this week's cover story with a profile of Dave Mann, the eccentric indie rocker behind the city's hardest-to-explain rock festival, Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie. Jeffry Cudlin leads the arts section with a review of the Corcoran's "30 Americans," whose art, he says, is stunning, but whose argument is nowhere to be seen. In theater, Chris Klimek has great things to say about Studio's manic-paced Lungs, while Trey Graham finds himself shocked at how bored he found himself in the pathos-heavy Parade at Ford's Theatre. In film, Tricia Olszewski says Toast doesn't really justify the price of admission, at least for non-foodies; she can get behind Weekend, however, a sparse gay romance whose story and treatment remind her of Before Sunrise. And Michael J. West is all about the new record by Claudia Quintet, an uplifting album featuring words from the poet Kenneth Patchen.

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