Arts Desk

Read Our Annotated Guide to 2011!

There's no arts section to recap this week. For our Dec. 23 issue—on stands today!—the Washington City Paper staff took a look back on the year that was. No surprise, then, that a good chunk of our Annotated Guide to 2011 is devoted to the arts. Pick up a copy! Or read it online. Either way, inside you'll find:

Afro-Blue (they kicked ass)

Arena Stage (it was D.C.'s smartest theater, but it still hit a funding wall)

Artisphere (yes, blame Rosslyn)

Bethesda (still not an arts hub)

Bluebrain (experimental pop band as app entrepreneurs)

Dance Exchange (dance isn't the only focus anymore)

Dismemberment Plan, the (the only thing bigger would've been a Fugazi reunion)

Fillmore Silver Spring, the (we freaked out over nothing)

Gold Leaf Studios (and why D.C. has an art-workspace problem)

Imagining Madoff (finally)

Jefferson Memorial (or: the pre-Occupy Occupy?)

Moombahton (it went global, but to what end?)

Movie theaters, east of the Anacostia (don't hold your breath)

Pop-ups (endearingly ephemeral cultural spaces—or malicious symbols of economic peril?)

Sockets Records (big ups)

Street Art (sigh)

Sweet Tea Pumpkin Pie (the rock festival we deserve?)

Talent agents (they're here, but the theater scene is still quiet and friendly)

Timony, Mary (D.C.'s biggest rock star)

Wale (the DMV should direct its cheerleading elsewhere)

Wugazi (and why it was an oddball cultural moment)

Plus, tons of non-arts things.

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