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Erin Petty leads this week’s Washington City Paper with a look at D.C. balloon artist Katie Balloons—-and the ways in which her reality show, The Unpoppables, diverges from, well, reality. Chris Klimek reviews Juno and the Paycock at Washington Shakespeare Company, an Irish play that starts out like a comedy, but gets bleaker, and bleaker, and bleaker…. Tricia Olszewski reviews two films about men fighting against the path laid out for them: The Adjustment Bureau and A Somewhat Gentle Man. In music: Casey Rae-Hunter reviews Deep Politics, the new album by Oregon post-rockers Grails; Brent Burton checks out the latest from Grayceon, a metal band with a cello; and Marc Hirsh listens to the new record by sport-obsessed dad-rockers The Baseball Project. And Eve Ottenberg reviews This Vacant Paradise, the new wealth-and-emptiness novel by Victoria Patterson.
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