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Tape Fear: Cassettes are back! You may have heard this. Actually, the piece on cassette culture from yesterday’s WaPo is nicely reported and mostly avoids trend-piece tropes; the paragraphs on cassette manufacturers like National Audio Company in Springfield, Mo., are especially worthwhile. Ah, but how to make the piece relevant to D.C.? By only mentioning locals named in my recent two items on local cassette releases. Research!

Fending Off a Closing Reception: D.C. Art News publishes a plea for support from MOCA D.C. gallery owner David Quammen—-who appeared in WCP‘s pages last year as he struggled to keep his space’s regular erotic parties going. Quammen’s suffered a series of ailments in recent years, and writes that he is now struggling to keep the gallery open.

For a Sondheim: At the cast party for Follies‘ opening, director Eric Schaeffer, also of Signature Theatre, tells the Reliable Source what he wants to do next. Hint: Does not rhyme with Isney World.

Today on Arts Desk: New shows at Curator’s Office and Heiner Contemporary.