WSC Tragedy: Police identified a man found dead of unknown causes in Columbia Heights this weekend as Gaurav Gopalan, a 35-year-old aeronautical engineer who was also involved with Washington Shakespeare Company (now WSC Avant Bard). The company’s artistic director. Gopalan began as a volunteer with the company and then directed and stage-managed. Among his credits: A 2009 comedic take on Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.
Flag Raising: Pitchfork weighs in on the new Wild Flag debut, which, for some reason, both this paper and The Washington Post saw fit to review a week early. Pitchfork likes it, too, although its case that Wild Flag’s passionate rock ‘n’ roll pastiche is an outgrowth of member Carrie Brownstein‘s cultural criticism—-her arguments that forward momentum in art requires some bruising—-might be a bit of a stretch. The record is awesome, but it’s also 95 percent throwback, and therefore comfortable. You get these songs instantly. So does your dad.
A Farewell to Bros: Off-topic, sure, but read this modest proposal for the makers of the rumored Entourage feature film, from the personal blog of Arts Desk contributor Benjamin R. Freed.
Today on Arts Desk: Wrapping up our DC Shorts coverage, talkin’ with Marshall Keith, and more.