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Alex Baca leads off this week’s arts section with her reflection on the state of University of Maryland student-run station WMUC—-which she says ought to declare independence. Joe Warminsky reviews three strong albums from local labels: New Des Ark and Pygmy Lush LPs from Lovitt, and the latest Joe Lally record from Dischord. Chris Klimek has heaps of praise for Folger’s new translation of Cyrano, though he says Washington Stage Guild’s The Apple Cart, by George Bernard Shaw, is a bit dated despite taking place in the future. Trey Graham writes that Arena Stage’s mounting of Ruined, about a refuge-cum-saloon during the Second Congo War, succeeds via its most powerful moments despite some muddled ones. Tricia Olszewski says Roland Joffe‘s Spanish Civil War epic There Be Dragons is a snoozer; she has kinder words for the documentary Circo, about a struggling, family-owned circus in Mexico. And in One Track Mind, Christopher Porter talks to local sound artist Richard Chartier about a recording made using sounds from a Grand Tonometer (if you have to ask…)

In City Lights: Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Free Comic Book Day, Chaplin Fest, Dirty Beaches, Phosphorescent, Grazia Toderi.