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A new documentary takes a look at a very ambitious urban housing project that crumbled quickly.
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
A new documentary takes a look at a very ambitious urban housing project that crumbled quickly.

(March 9-15) The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
When Pruitt-Igoe was completed in St. Louis in 1956 it was heralded as the housing project of the future. Two decades later the sprawling complex was reduced to rubble. The project became a cautionary tale for many a proponent of modernist architecture and public assistance programs, but a new documentary offers a different take. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth opens Friday at Washington’s West End Cinema.

(March 7-May 15) Pollock’s Centenary
Jackson Pollock passed in 1956, but he would have turned 100 this year. The Archives of American Art at 8th and F Streets marks the occasion with a collection of photos and papers donated by Pollock’s wife, brother, and friends.

(March 9-May 6) Ah, Wilderness!
Another American legend is acknowledged at Arena Stage beginning Friday. The theater hosts the Eugene O’Neill Festival with plays, readings and lectures. First up is Ah, Wilderness! O’Neill’s comedy finds 17-year old Richard Miller coming of age over the course of one fateful 4th of July in 1906.

Music: “4th Movement: Kucheza Blues” by Randy Weston

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