Arts Desk

To Do Today: Vocal Colors, In It Together Fest, and Nicole Henry


How do you describe a work of visual art through song? This is the challenge facing two members of the Wolf Trap Opera Company, soprano Amy Owens (above) and baritone Morgan Pearse, when they perform at the Phillips Collection. After considering several pieces from the museum’s permanent collection and the music in their own repertoires, the musicians will pair art and song, reflecting on the relationship between the two. You could hear showtunes, classical arias, or pop standards presented in conjunction with works by European Impressionists or American folk artists. Read more >>> The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Phillips Collection, 1600 20th St. NW. $8–$20. (202) 387-2151. (Caroline Jones)


Del Campo has a new arepas menu available on the bar and patio. The dozen offerings include lobster salad with corn and smoked trout caviar as well as wagyu sirloin with chorizo and chimichurri. Prices range from $5 to $9. The arepas are available for lunch, dinner, and late-night happy hour from 10 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday. Del Campo, 777 I St. NW. (202) 289-7377. (Jessica Sidman)


In It Together Fest, a four-day celebration of D.C. DIY music and art, begins tonight with BRNDA's album release show at the Black Cat. The local garage-pop act will play with Wildhoney and Den-MateRead our guide to make the most of the fest's 20+ events. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.

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What You Should See at This Weekend’s In It Together Fest


Tonight marks the start of the second In It Together Fest, a four-day DIY celebration of D.C. art, music and activism. This year’s fest has expanded to 20+ events scattered across Northwest and Northeast D.C., from scrappy basement shows to the Black Cat mainstage.

To make the most of your InFest experience, you’ll want to choose wisely. We challenge you to attend as many events as you can on the stacked lineup, but here’s a guide to the fest’s highlights to help you make the most of this weekend’s programming.

The good news? Whatever events you decide to attend, you’ll be raising money for a good cause—proceeds from this year’s fest go to local charities We Are Family, Collective Action for Safe Spaces, and the DC Abortion Fund.


In Petworth, DC DIT hosts Paint Branch (two former members of Q and Not U) at the veteran house venue Paperhaus, along with Norwegian Arms, Chief Scout, and Wanted Man.

Or, if you’re going for quantity, stick around U Street/Shaw for a quirky dance party at BRNDA’s album release show at the Black Cat, with Wildhoney and Den-Mate (top). A short walk down Florida Avenue, 453 Florida hosts Blizzard Babies, Bless, and Valencia, blocks away from Baby Bry Bry’s solo set at the questionably-named 69:30 Club (where, full disclosure, the writer of this guide lives).

Also: Near Northeast, Laurel Rose, Atoka Chase, and Pat Jones at Glowhouse


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Arts Roundup: InFest Returns Edition

Organizers of this year's In It Together Fest, which starts today, set up an anti-sexual harassment training for all volunteers. [Arts Desk]

A call for the National Museum of African Art to remove the portraits of and quotes by Bill Cosby from its exhibition of his collection [Hyperallergic]

A loud 11-year-old boy reviews a Loud Boyz record. [BYT]

Bravo's starting a reality show about rich black women in Potomac, Md. Here are a few of their names. [Post]

D.C. people who are good at 'gramming [Washingtonian]

Local actors Nancy Robinette and Andrew Long are headed to Broadway to join the cast of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. [DC Theatre Scene]

To Do Today: code name: CYNTHIA, Brandon Flowers, and Jill Scott


Paris in the 1940s: The Nazis have rolled in and there’s mystery in the air. What will become of Europe’s cultural capital if this dictatorship takes hold? In Karen and Steve Multer’s new musical, code name: CYNTHIA, it’s up to one intrepid spy to keep world order in check. One particularly loose-lipped source eventually gives Betty Thorpe the information she needs to stop the spread of fascism and save her own life in the process, turning her into the U.S. government’s closest equivalent to a superhero. The production, inspired by true events, is lousy with romantic trysts, making it the ideal way to pass time until The Americans, our nation’s greatest spy drama, returns from hiatus. Read more >>> The play runs July 29 to Aug. 16 at the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE. $25. (202) 631-6291. Jones)


Centrolina’s market is taking on the faux-holiday of National Lasagna Day with a lasagna bar featuring a number of lasagnas and wine tastings. Four different lasagnas will be available from 4-7 p.m.: Bolognese ($12.95); beet, spinach, and goat cheese ($8.95); Swiss chard, spring onion, and wild mushroom ($9.95); and a dessert option with stone-fruit compote ($7.95). Centrolina, 974 Palmer Alley NW. (202) 898-2426. (Olivia Adams)


Scottish art rock band Django Django takes the stage at the 9:30 Club tonight with Seattle-based pop quartet Beat Connection. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25. Read more To Do Today: code name: CYNTHIA, Brandon Flowers, and Jill Scott

In It Together Fest Returns Tomorrow


Cayetana will play at Saturday's main showcase at St. Stephens.

D.C.'s second annual In It Together Fest returns tomorrow with a four-day-long celebration of DIY music and art that features more than 70 local and touring bands spread across 19 venues.

Although In It Together Fest 2 has a larger lineup than last summer’s inaugural festival, co-founder Mike O’Brien says the biggest changes to the event occurred under the hood.

O’Brien says the organizers worked to strategically schedule events on Saturday, the festival’s busiest day, by planning early afternoon shows at DIY venues like the Beehive and Crack Rock Creek Church that wouldn’t conflict with the main festival showcase at St. Stephen’s. This year’s showcase will also be more streamlined, too, hosting 10 bands (including Cayetana, Thou, and several D.C.-area acts) playing alternating sets on two stages.

“Hopefully people will be able to see more of what they’d like to see,” O’Brien says.

In addition, the organizers collaborated with the nonprofit Collective Action for Safe Spaces on a sexual harassment workshop for festival volunteers and staff members at participating venues.

“We want to make sure that all the spaces that are participating are equipped with the appropriate knowledge and, to some degree, training regarding how to deal with potentially hairy situations that come along with hosting events,” O’Brien says.

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Arts Roundup: Free Glizzy Edition

Rapper Shy Glizzy was arrested in Silver Spring on Monday night after a dispute with his girlfriend. Onlookers captured it on video. [Arts Desk]

The Phillips Collection has its greatest-hits photo holdings on view. [Arts Desk]

Photos of the return of Run for Cover at the Black Cat [DC Music Download]

Download a colorful illustration of D.C. for your phone or computer wallpaper from artist Richard "CHAOS ABZU" Mijangos. [A Creative DC]

Volunteer with local arts organizations. [DCist]

Shy Glizzy Arrested in Silver Spring

glizzyLocal rapper Shy Glizzy was arrested in Silver Spring last night.

An onlooker captured the arrest in a video on Instagram, which shows Glizzy bent over the hood of a cop car while two officers search him and at least one other looks on. Some bystanders shout "Free Glizzy" as they watch; others yell "fuck 12," a rebuke of the cops. Glizzy yells an apparent defense: "She put her hands over my mouth!" Watch the video after the jump.

Glizzy, born Marquis Amonte King, has paid bail and been charged with disorderly conduct, failure to obey lawful order, obstructing an officer, riot, and resisting arrest, according to an online record. (XXL first reported the news.) Arts Desk has contacted Glizzy's management and will update this post when we hear back.

Update 7/29, 5:31 p.m.: According to an AP report, the arrest followed Glizzy's confrontation with officers who were searching another man for drugs. Glizzy tried to stop the search, telling the officers they needed a warrant, and attempted to bring others into the dispute.

Incidentally, the rapper just dropped a new track with fellow XXL Freshman Class member Fetty Wap.

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To Do Today: Beres Hammond, Interpol, and Sand


For the better part of five decades, Jamaica’s Beres Hammond has captivated reggae fans with his pleading, syllable-stretching R&B delivery. The veteran crooner usually lends his soulful style to romantic tunes known in Jamaica as lovers rock, but he’s also testified about social justice on smooth tunes like “Truth Will Live On” and “Putting Up Resistance.” On his last release, the 2012 double album One Love, One Life, he devoted one disc to love songs and one to tales of struggle. In a Jamaican music world filled with flashy, motor-mouthed dancehall rappers and purist Rastafarians, Hammond presents a sleek alternative. Read more >>> Beres Hammond performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $39.50–$75. (202) 803-2899. Kiviat)


Are you a fan of Veloce but sometimes leave with an indescribable emptiness that could be filled with beer? How about half-priced seasonal craft beer? Today through July 31, the restaurant is serving beers (11 a.m. to closing) from Ballast Point, 3 Stars, Boulevard, and many other brewers. Half-off happy hour for the beers plus $7 pizzas, including the July seasonal pizza, lasts from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Throughout the rest of the day, beers are priced between $6 and $8, and pizzas are full price. Check Veloce’s Facebook page to see which two beers will be featured on any given day. Veloce, 1828 L St. NW. (202) 290-1910. (Olivia Adams)


After a brief hiatus, New York-based rock band Interpol returns to the stage and performs at Echostage tonight. 7 p.m. at 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $40. Read more To Do Today: Beres Hammond, Interpol, and Sand

The Phillips Collection’s Greatest Photo Hits

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“American Moments: Photographs from the Phillips Collection” is the Phillips' first exhibit to exclusively show images from its own holdings. The exhibit includes work by a wealth of big names—Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Bruce Davidson, Walker Evans, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and Edward and Brett Weston—but also a number of lesser-known photographers, like Louis Faurer, Esther Bubley, and Clarence John Laughlin. Both groups of photographers manage to produce some of the exhibit’s best work, as well as some of its least interesting efforts.

The exhibit is heaviest on mid-20th century work, particularly documentary images of ordinary Americans. This portion of the exhibit is decidedly uneven. Bubley, for instance, documented workers around the country, from oil roughnecks to tobacco harvesters, and did a whole series on bus riders during World War II, but rarely does her work soar above the mere explanatory. Even a photographer as talented as Abbott produces only middling images from an event that should have provided a wealth of gripping material: a trip along the length of U.S. 1 in the mid-1950s.

Equally mundane are a selection of images from Life magazine, including Alfred Eisenstaedt’s 1940 Phillips skyscraperfashion shoot featuring models wearing pinafores, a reminder that for all of Life’s landmark photography, it also included a lot of humdrum work. (Eisenstaedt redeems himself with a 1943 image of several kids—Sky Mastersons in training—playing cards on the streets of Red Hook.)

The exhibit does better with images of the big city: Abbott’s glorious soft-focus aerial view of Manhattan at night, Faurer’s hard-boiled characters standing in front of a sign that says, “Dance with Beautiful Girls,” and the underrated Godfrey Frankel’s photograph of matrix-like shadows from an elevated train track. In an impressive image from 1980, Brett Weston captures a series of reflections in rectangular, modernist glass windows—some precise and straightforward, some phantasmagorical.

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Arts Roundup: Garfield Musical Edition

How Garfield became a brand-new, trippy-looking musical at Adventure Theatre at Glen Echo. [Arts Desk]

It's your last chance to see some of Capital Fringe's most popular shows! A few have been extended through this week. [Fringeworthy]

The DJs of WHFS are hawking new merchandise to promote a documentary about the station's heyday. [Washingtonian]

SpeakeasyDC is now Story District. Hopefully a few bars that currently dub themselves "speakeasies" will follow suit and ditch the inapt moniker. [DCist]

Photos of the U.S. Air Guitar Championships at the 9:30 Club [BYT]

An interview with bass-baritone Eric Owens, who'll perform in the Washington National Opera's Lost in the Stars in February [DC Theatre Scene]