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On the cover, Mike Riggs logs miles with Jeff Krulik, maker of the classic rock doc Heavy Metal Parking Lot,on the occasion of his latest opus, Heavy Metal Picnic. Chris Klimek wonders why there aren’t more politically minded shows at Fringe. Kriston Capps maps a rare collaboration between a gallery and the Smithsonian. I interview D.C. instrumental duo Authorization about its post-punk tone poem “Full Flight.” Dave Dunlap Jr. reviews a new anthology from lost ’60s psych act Spur. Brent Burton reviews the new record by Castevet, an American black metal band that’s making the Scandinavian genre its own. Film critic Tricia Olszewski reviews a documentary about nuclear weapons and the latest fiction from Alain Resnais, which is also something of a bomb. And Chris Klimek reviews Passing Strange at Studio Theatre, which he says does far more for the tired rock-musical genre than it probably deserves.

In City Lights picks: John Anderson reviews shows at G Fine Art and the McLean Project for the Arts, and Erin Petty reviews “Graphic Masters III” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Plus! Lorin Maazel conducts Stravinsky, Fool’s Gold plays DC9, Next Reflect Dance Collective performs Electro Shutdown & the Pea at Dance Place, and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti brings its damaged art pop to the Rock & Roll Hotel.

And don’t forget: Fringe & Purge!