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On the cover, Maura Judkis tracks down a painting of a mushroom cloud erupting over Washington, D.C. that went missing for nearly 30 years. Andrew Noz talks to D.C. rapper Kingpen Slim about his cinematic, meditative collaboration with New York’s Jim Jones. Leor Galil reviews a new retrospective from the disbanded Carissa’s Wierd, a precursor to Band of Horses, and concludes: Not bad. Marc Hirsh reviews the latest record by the reformed Crowded House and concludes: Meh. Tricia Olszewski reviews two films about families, the note-perfect The Kids Are All Right and the fluffy, tepid Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky. And Glen Weldon lets his nerd flag fly with a review of One Man Lord of the Rings, now playing at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

In City Lights picks: John Anderson reviews shows at Connor Contemporary and Curator’s Office. Plus: George Smallwood, Birdemic, Screen Vinyl Image, The Goodbye Girl, and Konono No.1.

And! Fringe & Purge! Fringe & Purge! Fringe & Purge!

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