There are just way too many reasons you should pick up this week’s Washington City Paper. Chiefly! Fall Arts Guide! Yesterday we highlighted our critics’ picks from the 72-page guide; tomorrow we’ll have our bad-ass fall listings online. Pick up a copy! Keep it in your laptop case!
On the cover! Will Sommer profiles the incomparable Dennis Sobin—-phone-sex innovator, sex offender, ex-con, playwright, politician, and prolific musician. We should all be so accomplished! Check back on Arts Desk this week for an update on Sobin’s, um, guitar orchestra.
Brandon Wu leads the arts section with his look at The Muffins, a remnant of D.C.’s little-known experimental scene of the 1970s. The band is headlining the first event of this year’s Sonic Circuits this weekend. Ryan Little talks to Ra Ra Rasputin about a song that makes up for failed latter-day attempts by other bands to revive synthpop. David Dunlap Jr. considers the surf pop of non-surf-pop band The Drums. Ben Westhoff listens to a new MF Doom live record and concludes that, yes, it actually features MF Doom. Film critic Tricia Olszewski reviews Easy A and A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop—-both remakes of sorts, both…OK. In theater, Trey Graham sees All’s Well and Ends Well and Circle Mirror Transformation, and Bob Mondello sees Glimpses of the Moon. And Annie Galvin reviews the sixth novel by Emma Donoghue, Room.