Archive for May, 2012

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.

1. Seagalogy: The Ass-Kicking Films of Steven Seagal, by Vern.
I had a friend who claims to have seen Above the Law six times in the movie theater. (When I say "my friend," I don't mean me. I mean, I actually do have a friend [...]

“A Family Affair”: Mourners Line Up for Chuck Brown’s Public Viewing at the Howard Theatre

“Chuck shirts! Chuck shirts!” vendors cried as they worked the line stretching from the Howard Theatre, where crowds had assembled to say goodbye to Chuck Brown today. The scene was part concert, part tourist gathering, part block party; friends greeted each other from across the street, hawkers hollered, local politicians made the necessary appearances.
People in [...]

Listen: Yaboy Dave and House Studio’s “Breathe”

Back in March, I singled out House Studio DC as D.C.'s best recording hub, following the young operation's quick ascent to prominence in the DMV. So I'd understand if Yudu Gray Jr. and his squad decided to chill out. Not so fast.
The studio's recently released single, rapper Yaboy Dave's "Breathe," is the first from the House Vol. 1 [...]

ToDo ToDay: ’90s Alt-Rock, African Dance, and Colin Powell

Colin Powell may not be a first-team member of the George W. Bush administration rogues gallery, but he wasn’t exactly marginal. For all the intrigues that pitted the folk-hero Secretary of State against Voldemortian colleagues like Donald Rumsfeld, it’s easy to forget that it was Powell who went to the U.N. to make the phony [...]

Chuck Brown’s Public Viewing Is Today

This is the week D.C. says goodbye to the Godfather of Go-Go. If you're planning to pay respects to Chuck Brown—whose remains can be viewed today at the Howard Theatre—here's how it'll work.
Today's public viewing takes place today from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. Expect big crowds; the folks at the Howard don’t [...]

Arts Roundup: Gary Sinise Edition

Gary Sinise to National Mall full of people: RUN FOR YOUR LIVES. [AP/Huffington Post D.C.]
After hitchhiking across the country, grabbing rides from Here We Go Magic and a town councilman from Maryland, cult-film director John Waters has arrived in San Francisco. [DCist]
A profile of Colin K. Bills, a rising lighting designer in the D.C. theater [...]

Last Chance: Theater Alliance’s Hum, Reviewed

For the first 30 minutes of the world-premiere play Hum, Theater Alliance challenges Synetic Theater in the race to create the best dialogue-free drama in D.C. There’s well-crafted choreography, an engrossing electronic soundscape, and attractive actors in their underclothes.
And then the characters in Hum start talking, and it’s no longer much of a contest. But [...]

Silverdocs Slate Includes Films About Bad Brains, Ai Weiwei

This June marks the 10th iteration of Silverdocs, and for the second year in a row, the film festival seems to have placed a special emphasis on music: The annual celebration of documentary film opens on June 18 with Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey's, Ramona Diaz's film about Arnel Pineda, a formerly homeless Filipino singer [...]

A Guide to Outdoor Movies in the D.C. Area

Even if the weather's been screaming summer for a while, Memorial Day tells us the season's arrival is official. Summer in D.C. means a slower pace, a seemingly infinite reservoir of scandals, and swarms of godforsaken mosquitoes and interns. But more important, summer means movies: In theaters, at home, and on iPhones, Washingtonians escape the [...]

This Weekend in Global Music: Mahmoud Ahmed, Skah Shah, and More

Can’t jet away for the Memorial Day weekend? You'll find plenty of live and DJed international sounds in the area, including groups from Ethiopia and Haiti and selectors from Jamaica, Brazil, Ghana and Angola. I spoke on the phone with renowned Ethiopian guitarist Selam Seyoum Woldermariam, who'll back up Ethiopian stars Gosaye Tesfaye and Mahmoud Ahmed [...]