This week, I’ve got the cover story with a freewheeling tale of indie rock on the high seas: In “A Supposedly Punk Thing I’ll Never Do Again,” I recount what, exactly, I learned on the Bruise Cruise. Bonus: a Bruise Cruise photo gallery from Darrow Montgomery.
Kriston Capps and Louis Jacobson lead the arts section with a look at why the closing of Bethesda’s Fraser Gallery is such a loss—-and why it happened. Ramon Ramirez checks in with South by Southwest dissenters Windian Records. In theater, Bob Mondello reviews two (or is it three?) plays by Edward Albee at Arena Stage, while Chris Klimek has fun at the noirish McCarthy-era farce Red Herring at Washington Stage Guild. Joe Warminsky reviews the strong new album by D.C. expat Carol Bui. Tricia Olszewski checks out a Phil Ochs documentary. Jeffry Cudlin reviews the National Gallery of Arts’ troubling yet worthwhile exhibit “Paul Gauguin: Maker of Myth.” And in One Track Mind, Benjamin R. Freed talks to goth-pop duo Lenorable.