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Amanda Abrams leads off this week’s arts section with her pronouncement that D.C. choreographers are overusing—-and often misusing—-video in their productions. Still, some have succeeded, and she shares some of their advice for successfully marrying dance and video.

Film critic Tricia Olszewski reviews the Michelle Williams/Ryan Gosling drama Blue Valentine and the ponderous, seascape-heavy Alamar—-two films involving breakups. Ben Westhoff reviews the latest album by bluesman T-Model Ford, whose bio may be somewhat apocryphal, but whose pain and experience still come through in the music. Michael J. West reviews the latest album from Joe Lovano‘s Us Five ensemble, a nerdy tribute to Charlie Parker. And in One Track Mind, Erin Petty talks to Burtonsville eccentric Trumpet Grrrl, who is, indeed, a girl with a trumpet.

In City Lights: Candide! The Max Levine Ensemble! Marc Bamuthi Joseph! John Kocur! Lego! Woodturning! and Grant Hart!