Archive for May, 2012

Channel 50 Airs Chuck Brown Interview at Uline Arena

On WDCW-TV, Mark Segraves devoted his entire NewsPlus show this week to a 2010 interview he did with the late Chuck Brown at Uline Arena. Uline, which is no longer open, was where Brown started working as a shoe-shine boy when he arrived in D.C. as a kid—as well as the Howard Theatre, where Brown [...]

ToDo ToDay: Memorial Day Weekend Edition

The Half Street Fairgrounds, a collection of shipping containers circled around a fallow parking lot across from Nationals Park, failed in its first attempt at becoming a destination for pop-up retail: Jewelry and clothing didn’t mix well with booze and music, the vendors said. So this summer, Fairgrounds management is doubling down on the tunes, [...]

Afrika Bambaataa: Young Rappers Need Teachin’

Hip-hop is all about bragging rights: who's got the biggest chain, the iciest wrist, and the best rhymes. So how's this for a brag: Afrika Bambaataa helped create hip-hop, a perch only a few can claim.
His use of electronics not only crystallized hip-hop's electro-funk sound, it set the course for the creation of electronic dance [...]

Arts Roundup: In Memorium Edition

Old photos of Memorial Day 1942, mostly involving a parade around the White House. Historic eye candy! [DCist]
R.I.P. Hal Jackson, who broke color barriers across many Washington radio stations. [New York Daily News]
Protect-U on its start in D.C., plus five influential songs! [Fact]
A plea for peace-focused monuments. [Huffington Post D.C.]

Chuck Brown’s Public Viewing, Memorial Set for Next Week

D.C. will get the opportunity to send off the Godfather of Go-Go next week, the mayor's office and Brown's family announced this evening. A public viewing of Chuck Brown's remains will take place Tuesday, May 29 at the Howard Theatre from 11 a.m to 10 p.m. A memorial service will take place Thursday, May 31 at [...]

Photos: Garbage @ 9:30 Club

Not too many bands could take off seven years between releases and still have a big fan base. But Garbage—Shirley Manson, Butch Vig, Duke Erikson, and Steve Marker—are mostly playing as tight as they ever did, and they were rewarded with a sold-out crowd last night at the 9:30 Club. With the arch of an [...]

D.C. Does Moogle

Yesterday would've been the 78th birthday of Robert Moog, the inventor of the Moog analog synthesizer, aka one of the coolest-sounding instruments in the history of music. As it often does on the birthday of a famous weirdo, Google created a "doodle" in tribute: a functional facsimile of a Moog. Surely the Web's more musical [...]

Vitamin A: David Haxton’s “Painting Room Lights”

In which one of our art critics highlights a favorite work on view in a local gallery.
A couple months ago, when the Smithsonian American Art Museum unveiled its video game show,  a little gallery next to the exhibit was closed for installation. The latest installation of "Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the [...]

ToDo ToDay: Cynthia Connolly’s America

As a kid growing up in Los Angeles, Cynthia Connolly watched art-deco signs whiz by from the backseat of her mother’s car. Her exhibit at Civilian Art Projects captures the years she later spent tracking down fascinating signs, traveling to places in Arizona, Louisiana, New York, West Virginia, and the D.C. area. Her D.C. signs—Bloomingdale [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Remembering Chuck Brown

Leading this week's paper is our package of remembrances for Chuck Brown, who passed away last week. In it you'll find:

Sarah Godfrey on Brown's legacy as a folk hero who helped D.C. endure misery, then change
Shani Hilton on learning to love go-go
Marcus J. Moore on Brown's unlikely role as a rap patriarch
Andrew Noz on what [...]