Archive for July, 2012

Ink Fast: D.C. Zinefest Happens Tomorrow

Reload those staplers and commandeer your boss' Xerox machine—it's time for D.C. Zinefest.
The second annual DIY expo, put on by the D.C. Zinefest Collective, hits St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and this year, more than 35 zinesters, cartoonists, distributors, and independent publishers are signed up to [...]

H Street Playhouse to Move East of the River

Today at a presolicitation event at the Lincoln Theatre organized by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Mayor Vince Gray dropped a whole bunch of arts news: One, the Lincoln Theatre is seeking a new operator. And two, H Street Playhouse, which started looking for a new, cheaper spot in January of [...]

Lincoln Theatre Seeking New Operator

Mayor Vince Gray dropped some big news this afternoon in a presolicitation event at the Lincoln Theatre: The historic U Street NW venue is officially looking for a new operator. A request for proposals (RFP) is expected to go out in the next 30 days, confirms Lionell Thomas, director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts [...]

Talent Buyer Vicki Savoula Leaving Black Cat

After 10 years booking music at the well-known rock club on 14th Street NW, Vicki Savoula is leaving Black Cat, effective Aug. 3.
She's not abandoning her perch for another club—Savoula, 33, is leaving the music business entirely, embarking on a new career in education. (When asked where she's headed, she declined to give specifics.) She [...]

ToDo ToDay: Carolyn Malachi, The Olympics

D.C. singer Carolyn Malachi has made long strides in a relatively short time. Her debut album, Revenge of the Smart Chicks, was self-released in 2008; by 2010, her song “Orion,” which detailed a complicated romance between a mermaid and astronaut, was nominated for a Grammy. Tonight, Malachi headlines a benefit show tonight to aid independent artists [...]

Reviewed: Hana Kim and Shana Kim at Flashpoint

For a region so recently addled by an electricity-snuffing derecho, an exhibit titled “Atmospheric Front” sounds positively ominous. Fortunately, the installation at Flashpoint isn’t so off-putting, though it also doesn’t quite live up to its potential. Two sisters, Hana Kim and Shana Kim, had the idea of suspending cotton twine from the ceiling using wires [...]

Arts Roundup: Super-Secret Edition

Sasha Lord, Girl Scout wonder [Pink Line]
Denver Museum of Nature and Science chief curator and vice president of research and collections Kirk Johnson tapped to head the National Museum of Natural History. [Washington Post]
Mike Daisey, liar, is still magnetic in his reprisal of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. [New York Times' Arts [...]

Corcoran to Hold Two Community Meetings in August

The Corcoran Gallery of Art announced today that it will hold two more community meetings to address its future and a few other critical issues facing the gallery and college. The first "listening session," scheduled for Aug. 2 at 7 p.m., will discuss gallery matters; the second, on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., will focus [...]

Jazz Setlist, July 26-August 1: Countdown to the Doldrums

Yes, folks, August will soon be upon us, and it's traditionally the slowest month for jazz in D.C. (Hell, it's the slowest month for D.C., period.) But July, in its final week, seems determined to give us the goods.

Thursday, July 26
I've already heard this four-night trio gig at Blues Alley credited to drummer Jimmy Cobb; [...]

ToDo ToDay: “Off the Wall” at Contemporary Wing

Tracey Emin, Kara Walker, and Damien Hirst is shown in detail, above) aren’t usual suspects in the D.C. gallery scene. But Contemporary Wing, the new gallery led by Lauren Gentile, is bringing a few of the biggest names from the ’90s and aughts to 14th Street NW through the secondary market. “Off the Wall: Established [...]