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China continues to throw legal obstacles at artist-activist Ai Weiwei, to discredit him at home (obscenity and bigamy charges) and abroad (tax evasion). So in July, surprising no one, China rejected Ai’s appeal that the state’s tax authorities had violated his rights in raids that culminated in the $2.4 million case brought against him—as well as his disappearance from the public view for some three months. It is his public re-emergence, on Twitter and in a new documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, that appears to have enraged Chinese authorities, so much so that China has refused to participate in festivals that have screened the feature. No surprise there: Filmmaker Alison Klayman follows Ai as he happily, and effortlessly, makes trouble for his autocratic handlers. MORE >> (Kriston Capps)

The film opened July 27 at E Street Cinema. See our showtimes for listings.


Izakaya Seki, a Japanese restaurant in the U Street/Shaw area, is now open. Inside the chic minimalist dining room, you’ll find dishes like beef tongue with yuzu miso, wasabi chicken tenders, fried sea eel, and an array of sashimi. The drink menu has a wide selection of sake, as well as Japanese beers and whiskeys. Izakaya Seki, 1117 V St. NW; (202) 588-5841;sekidc.com (Jessica Sidman)


Natalie Hopkinson discusses her book Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City. We reviewed this treatment of D.C.’s homeground sound and cultural identity earlier this month. (7 p.m., Politics & Prose, free)