Archive for May, 2012

Going to Chuck Brown’s Funeral? Get There Early

If you're going to Chuck Brown's funeral tomorrow at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, get there early.
An advisory from Mayor Vince Gray's office just went out, with this warning highlighted in yellow text:


Officials also suggest [...]

Dirt Farm: Weekly News Recap

Chuck Brown’s Public Viewing Refuses to Be Rained Out

Chuck Brown’s all-day wake/public viewing at the Howard Theater was rained on yesterday evening, but refused to be rained out.
Around 8 p.m., police began asking the large crowd gathered outside of the venue to disperse because of an impending storm. Vendors packed up their bootleg Chuck Brown t-shirts and fled, as did [...]

ToDo ToDay: Capital Pride Kicks Off

Yes, Capital Pride happens every year. But so does the Super Bowl, and we love it anyway (full disclosure: Washington City Paper is a sponsor of Capital Pride). And like the Super Bowl, Pride is getting a little more tech-savvy: Now, this two-week-long celebration of queer culture has an app. According to Pride spokesperson Missy Toms, [...]

Chuck Brown’s Memorial: Politicians, Go-Go Musicians, Celebrities, and the Apprentice

The final installment of the D.C.'s official celebrations of Chuck Brown takes place tomorrow in halls D and E of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Some good news: After yesterday’s long line outside the Howard Theatre in the brutal heat, this should be a cooler event.
Doors will open at 10 a.m., and ceremonies will actually [...]

Xanadu at Signature Theatre, Reviewed

It's been just a few months since director Matthew Gardiner had me grinding my teeth with rage; now he's got me giggling like a teenager. Something to be said for a guy who can follow up a grim campus-rape drama with a perfectly pitched roller-disco musical.
Then again, what's not to like about Xanadu? Douglas Carter [...]

Arts Roundup: Not-So-Secret Country Career Edition

Oddisee in Spin! [Spin]
Beertown returns. [Post]
AOL cofounder Jim Kimsey moonlights as a country singer. [Washingtonian]
The D.C. Arts Commission wants artists to design public art for Connecticut Avenue NW. [Borderstan]

Veep, Week 6: Pissing Contests

In which Arts Desk and DCist discuss Veep, HBO's comedy series about the vice presidency
I'm with you, Ben: This week's Veep was 90 percent bummer. The sputtering launch event for the anti-obesity program; the mad dash to the elementary-school photo op; the reveal that Selina might be pregnant, the (mistaken) reveal that shark-nosed White House [...]

DC Improv Owner Mark Anderson Is Missing

Mark Anderson, the 60-year-old owner of the DC Improv comedy club, has been missing for two weeks, according to a statement the club sent out today. His disappearance could be related to a severe episode of paranoia.
By phone, Kim Thomas, the sister of Anderson's wife Holly, tells City Paper that Anderson is suffering from "delusional fears [...]

The Poster Spotter: The Yellow Dogs, Dangerosa, Washerwoman

Considering the design merits of show posters spotted around the District
The Show: The Yellow Dogs, Dangerosa, and Washerwoman at Comet Ping Pong on May 18
Description: A face in profile, with prominent nose and teeth, is rendered in red; its outline is duplicated in gradient shades of orange. The face is swathed in wavy lines—fingers? dreadlocks? [...]