There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Chris Heller leads the arts section with his profile of David Swinson, a former punk-rock booker, failed Hollywood producer, and ex-MPD detective who’s just released his debut crime novel. Chris Klimek writes ecstatically of Astro Boy and the God of Comics, a new work about the classic manga character and his creator at Studio 2ndStage. Bob Mondello writes disparagingly of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s Civilization (All You Can Eat), an overstuffed and understructured dramedy about American consumption. Rebecca J. Ritzel writes approvingly of Forum Theatre’s The Language Archive—-about a linguist who’s having some trouble getting out the words “I love you.” Tricia Olszewski reviews Belgium’s Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film, Bullhead, which she wishes she could give half an Academy Award. And in music, Lindsay Zoladz pulls double duty, reviewing The Tender Thrill‘s retromaniacal garage-rock debut, and, in One Track Mind, chatting with Ugly Purple Sweater about a near case of infidelity.