For a moment earlier today, as politicians lined up on the stage to send off the Godfather of Go-Go, what began as a festive memorial started to feel like a game of one-upmanship. Mayor Vince Gray said he would ask the D.C. Council to name a park after Chuck Brown, who died May 16. Del. [...]
Archive for May, 2012
The DC Jazz Festival is something of a glutton, in that it consumes everything within its sphere. The "Jazz in the 'Hoods" wing of its programming means that all of the club gigs, bar gigs, even unique weekly events like Jazz Night in Southwest get absorbed into the festival's scope. There are two exceptions, though, [...]
Foon Sham's latest exhibition at Project 4 invites viewers to contemplate both his materials and the way his works come together. Abandon the formal qualities of the cones and vessels, and examine how they are constructed—in terms of parts and process. Sawing sections of wood yields sawdust. Sham exhibits both, erecting a boundary of blocks [...]
Watch Chuck Brown's memorial service here:
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If that isn't working, you can watch via the D.C. Office of Cable Television's Channel 16 streaming site. You can also follow along with a live blog here.
Ted Alexandro has at least two Facebook pages. One of them is typical for a working comedian: It’s got show announcements, YouTube clips, and choice one-liners for the fans. But Alexandro’s other Facebook page is like a news ticker for the Occupy movement. Even in the waning days of the protests in New York, the [...]
As many as 14,500 people will fill the Walter E. Washington Convention Center today for Chuck Brown's funeral. We'll be blogging it live from 11 a.m to 4 p.m.
3:25 p.m. Ceremony was heartfelt, raucous, right. Check back on Arts Desk later today for more updates!
3:24 p.m. Rev. Freeman giving a benediction. No more Satan talk [...]
The Water St. Project may have run for a mere 11 days in April and Art Whino's G40 exhibition may have migrated to Richmond, but the phenomenon of street-art-driven pop-up parties is hydra-headed and furious: For one night next week, the street-art nonprofit Albus Cavus and AIGA, a professional organization for designers, is taking over a [...]
Bob Mondello leads this week's arts section with a meditation on familiarity on D.C. stages: A pair of recognizable faces helps The Illusion at Forum Theatre work its spell, while Arena Stage's The Music Man manages to move but brings little that's interesting to this American mainstay. Chris Klimek riffs about the dystopian rock 'n' [...]
The Eisenhower family still opposes the steel tapestries in Frank Gehry's design for the Eisenhower Memorial [Post]
President and CEO Neal Perle will exit the Washington Performing Arts Society at the end of the 2012-2013 season. [Classical Beat]
Talking with artist Robin Bell about his outdoor projections at the Monseñor Romero Apartments in Mount Pleasant [20kUnderDC]
On the jazz-for-twenty-somethings evangelism [...]
The District's Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will propose several changes to the licensing rules that govern shops selling used goods—which might be welcome news for some of the businesses that DCRA and the Metropolitan Police Department cracked down on in April. Eric Rogers, the agency's acting business licensing administrator, announced the changes today [...]