Arts Desk

This Week in WCP Arts: Emily White, Ai Weiwei, and Ben Affleck

Lindsay Zoladz has this week's cover story with a profile of Emily White, the 21-year-old American University student and former NPR intern who became an unlikely Internet lightning rod this summer when she wrote about how she barely buys music. Kriston Capps leads the arts section with a review of the Hirshhorn Museum's elegant, weirdly conservative, and nevertheless great retrospective on the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. In film, Tricia Olszewski reviews Ben Affleck's latest directorial effort, Argo, which might be his first movie that's strictly for grownups, as well as documentarian Eugene Jarecki's indictment of the American war on drugs, The House I Live In. Chris Klimek reviews two plays about how our past affects our present: Signature Theatre's pathos-heavy Dying City and Spooky Action's madcap Reckless. Bob Mondello checks out Arena Stage's not-entirely-necessary re-creation of a Haight-Ashbury lovefest, One Night With Janis Joplin. Rebecca J. Ritzel applauds Forum Theatre's season opener Holly Down in Heaven, about a pregnant girl exiled to a basement along with 200 talking dolls. And in One Track Mind, Zoladz chats with indie-rock trio Southern Problems about mixing the personal, the political, and the space-operatic.

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