Benjamin R. Freed has an excellent oral history of the long-running Shear Madness, which has been delighting tourists and other frequently looked-down-upon demographics at the Kennedy Center for 24 years. Included in the package is Bob Mondello‘s re-review of the play, 24 years after he first savaged Shear Madness in the pages of Washington City Paper.
Chris Heller leads the arts section with a look at once-shuttered nightclub DC9’s smooth return to normalcy—-well, minus one booking snag. David Dunlap reviews a new five-CD box set of early recordings by fingerstyle-guitar pioneer and local son John Fahey. Tricia Olszewski reviews two films about trouble on the horizon: The stirring and paranoiac Take Shelter, and the aimless Butch Cassidy adventure Blackthorn. Chris Klimek reviews After the Quake, Rorschach Theatre’s adaptation of two short tales by the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. And in One Track Mind, Marcus J. Moore talks to Northern Virginia dubstep producer Martyn, who isn’t a massive presence on the local DJ circuit and explains why.