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Kriston Capps has this week’s cover story with a profile of Adrian Parsons, the performance artist and activist who became a symbol of the Occupy D.C. encampment this winter when he starved himself for D.C. voting rights. Mark Athitakis leads the arts section with a consideration of the latest noir novel from George Pelecanos, whose worldview seems to have brightened somewhat as D.C.’s crime stats have done roughly the same. John Anderson reviews Jonathan Monaghan‘s video artwork “Sacrifice of the Mushroom Kings,” currently on view at Curator’s Office. Rebecca Ritzel tells the haters to back off; The Religion Thing at Theater J earns its cutesiness. Trey Graham is impressed by Faction of Fools’ commedia dell’arte take on Romeo and Juliet. Tricia Olszewski admires the intimate performances in the Iranian film A Separation. And I talk to two garage rockers, The Doozies, who sing efficient songs about dogs and cheeseburgers.