In a chilling cover story for this week’s Washington City Paper, Rend Smith revisits the death of Ali Ahmed Mohammed following an incident outside of the nightclub DC9, setting out to discover who, exactly, Mohammed was.
Trey Graham leads the arts section with his consideration of the play Black Watch, an inventive and widely praised work about the experience of Scottish soldiers fighting in Iraq. Bob Mondello reviews the Folger Elizabethan Theatre’s very liberal take on The Comedy of Errors. Ryan Little pens an obituary for Brendan Majewski, an artist and musician who helped make D.C.’s Quix*o*tic a hometown favorite. Tricia Olszewski reviews the films The Illusionist and The Housemaid—-the first being notable for its Tati-esque heart, the second for its innovations in douchiness. David Dunlap reviews the pan-proof latest album from Malian singer and guitarist Sidi Toure, while Nevin Martell reviews reissues of the two best Jayhawks albums. Eve Ottenberg reviews Philip Stephens’ novel Miss Me When I’m Gone, for which Lexapro is a solid chaser. And in One Track Mind, Michael West talks to jazz trio The Jolly Brothers about a tune inspired by their jazz guitarist dad.