Gertrude Stein (Courtesy of Portrait Gallery)

Kennicott reviewed a new show about controversial friend of artists Gertrude Stein at the National Portrait Gallery. In “Gertrude Stein knew the right (and wrong) people, ” Kennicott said “She latched onto artists, celebrated their work, associated her name with them and, especially in the case of Picasso, used them to establish her own reputation as an astute connoisseur and observer of modern art.”

Marks examined an unusual task--an actor trying to make a play out of the layers of activity in the Occupy Wall Street encampment. In “The Civilians: Live from the streets, the Occupy Wall Street play...Ending to come,” Marks wrote “the objective was to get them talking, record them verbatim in performance, with songs and perhaps other evocative embellishments.”