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On the cover this week, Simon van Zuylen-Wood penetrates the gooey center of LivingSocial’s HQ on 918 F St. NW, a magical Shangri-La of ball pits, rock-climbing walls, beer-soaked parties, and deep-set brand allegiance. It’s a must-read.

Inside arts, Tricia Olszewski declares both Skyfall and Lincoln successes—-with a few minor quibbles, like, why is James Bond drinking Heineken now? On the grazer page, I take a look at some of the strong local and nonlocal images on view in this year’s FotoWeekDC, and Marcus J. Moore chats with MC Incwell about his Stylistics-sampling, monogamy-loving track “Pretend.”

In theater, Rebecca Ritzel mostly enjoys The Edge of the Universe Players’ sports-meets-philosophy play Atheist’s Paradise, but wonders if it tries to hard to say Very Deep Things.