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Ryan Little leads this week’s arts section with his look at the career of Robert Hosea Williams, a recording engineer whose exquisite, long lost recordings of ’70s D.C. soul have now seen the light of day. Kriston Capps reviews two installations by Ai Weiwei, the wry, political Chinese artist who spent part of 2011 detained by his nation. Bob Mondello reviews WSC Avant Bard’s staging of The Bacchae, and draws a line from Euripides to Mitt Romney. Tricia Olszewski reviews Bernie, Richard Linklater‘s black-comedy treatment of a gruesome Texas crime, and This Is Not a Film, which documents the monotony faced by an Iranian director after he is censored by the regime. Bonus! Joe Warminsky reviews A.C.R. 1999, which documents an unreleased session by pseudomystic Dischord rockers Lungish.
And if you pick up a physical copy of the paper, turn to page 27, where you’ll find a very large version of this photo—-our just-ahead-of-deadline tribute to Chuck Brown.