Archive for June, 2012

Why Shy Glizzy Won’t Be at the Fat Trel/Chief Keef Show Tomorrow

D.C.'s Fat Trel and recent Interscope signee Chief Keef are headlining a much-anticipated show tomorrow night at DC Star on Queens Chapel Road NE. And while the venue is expecting  a massive turnout, one local won't be in attendance: rapper Shy Glizzy, who's been banned from the show. "As of [Wednesday] we were expecting over a [...]

Much Dithering at the Building Museum and O Street Studios About Artist Spaces

Last week, I wrote a City Lights pick about a panel being hosted by the National Building Museum to discuss artist and DIY spaces in D.C. I pegged it to the closing of Subterranean A, one of the city’s best-loved DIY spaces.
In retrospect, this was a mistake.
I’ve been to panels at the Building Museum before; [...]

Riot Act Comedy Theater Co-Founder Sues Partners, Says He Was Forced Out

Something funny is going on at the soon-to-be-former Riot Act Comedy Theater, but it’s not a laughing matter.
When news broke last week that the Chinatown comedy club would be shutting its doors this weekend, General Manager Peter Bayne told Arts Desk it was a matter of finances. “The business model just hasn’t worked out financially [...]

Meet Folkz, the Rapper/Producer Formerly Known as Whitefolkz

David "Whitefolkz" Simmons once struck a quintessentially gangsta pose: He kept his eyes perpetually covered in shades—and he carried a pimp cup.
But by last September, Simmons had grown tired of the grind—of sitting in the studio and picking glossy beats in the hopes of securing some radio play. He stopped performing live shows and stepped back from the [...]

What to See at the Folklife Festival This Weekend

Update, June 30: The festival is closed today due to damage from the storm last night. The Rinzler Memorial Concert has been moved to the Baird Auditorium in the National Museum of Natural History. The festival will reopen tomorrow, July 1. Original post below.
This weekend, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is rolling out a bunch of [...]

Steven Soderbergh on Getting Male Strippers Right in Magic Mike

Steven Soderbergh knows what women want—and what dudes don't. His latest feature, Magic Mike, is an, ahem, intimate look at the world of male strippers. Obviously, the very subject potentially alienates a large segment of the population. Obviously, this is not what a director aims for.
And yet: “I think it’s not for men,” Soderbergh admits [...]

ToDo ToDay: The Grownest and the Sexiest

Once upon a time in D.C., if you heard someone over 40 saying they were “going to a go-go,” you might’ve assumed that person was just singing a little Smokey Robinson. With the notable exception of Chuck Brown performances, go-go shows weren’t especially hospitable to 35-and-over fans in the early 1990s. It seemed that while [...]

Arts Roundup: Healthy Living Edition

Businesses in D.C.'s National Park Service-controlled parks? "It can only be about healthy living"! [Examiner]
Meshell Ndegeocello dedicated a James Brown song to Sen. John Boehner, and other observations from Bring Back the Funk. [Style Blog]
"Vintage showrooms" has got to just be a fancy term for a place that you can buy worn-before duds of the [...]

Jazz Setlist, June 28-July 4: The Megagroup

Saturday, June 30
There are supergroups, and then there's Spectrum Road. But it feels like an undersell to refer to this quartet as a supergroup—how about megagroup? In the context of fusion, it's just about the only term that works: guitarist Vernon Reid (Living Colour), bassist Jack Bruce (Cream), pianist-organist John Medeski (John Scofield, Medeski Martin [...]

Soundclash Turns 10: A Decade of DJing Classic Reggae

For a decade, the Soundclash Jamaican music night at Marx Cafe has been one of D.C.'s musical treasures. Named after the island soundsystem competitions, this last-Friday-of-the-month dance night features a crew of local and guest DJs trying to top each other with selections of reggae, ska, rocksteady, dub, and a bit of dancehall. The Soundclash crew [...]