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In this month’s After Hours: Dada has come to the National Gallery of Art. But what is Dada? On the subject of art: the lobby at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has an interesting art exhibit of its own. Plus book reviews on the founders of two law firms, Martin Luther King Jr., the Stella Awards, and wrongful convictions. Also a look at Carnival, and the latest from the Cork Reporter.
Dada’s Here! It’s not every day that a urinal turned upside down becomes a revered work of art. But it epitomizes exactly the dramatic rebellion launched by the Dada artists around the time of World War I. Washington hosts this country’s first exhibit of Dada art at the National Gallery of Art. But what exactly is Dada?
The Art of the Paper Trail Branden Wallace spends his days as a designer and graphic artist at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, and his evenings and weekends creating works of art. Now, Wallace’s two worlds have come together in the firm’s lobby. • The ‘Toughest, Meanest SOB Around’ The life of Louis Johnson is in many ways a Washington parable. Fired by two presidents, Johnson did what any self-preserving lawyer would do after a high-level but bruising government stint — he returned to his namesake law firm and reeled in blue chip clients. • The Antitrust Champion From Wyoming It’s impossible to look at Washington, D.C.’s legal history without coming upon the name of Thurman Arnold, the New Deal-era antitrust czar and founder of one of the city’s most prominent law firms, Arnold & Porter. • So Close to the Promised Land Taylor Branch’s At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years 1965-68, the third and final volume in his massive history of the civil rights movement, covers the last three years of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, from his triumph in Selma, Ala., to his murder in Memphis, Tenn. • About That Lonely Elephant A list of frivolous cases, supposed winners of the Stella Award, circulates on the Internet. Though these cases are fictional, the popularity of this Internet joke inspired Randy Cassingham to collect these stories in a book. • Innocent and Jailed Books about wrongful convictions abound. That’s because wrongful convictions are so frequent that they’ve spawned an entire genre. Although some of the books are poorly researched and written, most tell compelling narratives.
Carnival Sings in the Canaries Today is Rose Monday, the day most carnivals hit fever pitch as we near the Lenten fast leading to Easter. The promise of letting it all hang out drives the carnivals in Rio, Venice, Cologne, Portugal, Martinique, Bolivia, Mexico, and, of course, New Orleans. • Bubbly From the Aussies The Cork Reporter takes on Australia bubbly wines. Sparkling shiraz can be very good or very bad.

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