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Will TV ever get D.C. right? Frankly, that was never the point, argues Tom Carson in his essay on Washington-set TV shows on the cover of this week’s Washington City Paper. Leading the arts section is Chris Klimek‘s wrap-up on the seventh Capital Fringe Festival—-which, he argues, finally feels professional. Derek Hills breaks down the economics of the Fringe production his troupe staged (they made about $400 in the end). Tricia Olszewski reviews two films that probably don’t need to exist: Len Wiseman‘s remake of Total Recall and Gérald Hustache-Mathieu’s Nobody Else but You, a macabre (and deadly boring) French thriller involving a Marilyn Monroe wannabe. Marc Masters reviews a reissue of obscure songs by the mid-’80s D.C. band Mission for Christ, who uniquely blended hardcore, go-go, and more. In galleries, John Anderson files look at the current state of craft art as seen in the Renwick’s “40 Under 40” exhibition while Kriston Capps checks out Randall Scott Projects’ current photography pop-up in Shaw. And in One Track Mind, Ramon Ramirez talks to The Archives, a politically minded roots-reggae crew who still know how to write a good love ballad.
Oh! And don’t miss this week’s food section, featuring an appearance by former punk rocker Geoff Turner.