Archive for July, 2012

ToDo ToDay: Sex, Drugs, and H.I.P.S.

Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive, the nearly 20-year-old nonprofit that helps connect sex workers with much-needed medical and social resources in D.C., is making its foray into the art world. “Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll D.C.,” opening tonight, assembles pieces of art—mainly illustrations, paintings, and photographs—inspired and made by sex workers and drug users from the [...]

Arts Roundup: Suburban Edition

Weezer to play suburban Microsoft store for geeks. [ArlNow]
Obama Victory Fund planning a fundraiser featuring the cast of The Martha's Vineyard. [Huffington Post]
Luxury movie theaters coming to Montgomery County. [Post]
Fiesta D.C. still without a casa. [DCist]
The National Museum of American History's new director started yesterday. [ArtDaily]
The story of our times: CVS to replace a [...]

Highlights From Friday’s Parks and Recreation Shoot in D.C.

Last Friday afternoon, with the Parks and Recreation crew in town to film scenes for an episode in which Leslie Knope and her team travel to D.C., bored office drones flocked to Twitter to chatter about the whereabouts of the skeletal crew and cast.
Relying on intel from @ParksandRecinDC and the D.C. Film Office, I tracked [...]

Photos: The Gaslight Anthem, Dave Hause @ U Street Music Hall

In a sold-out show Friday night at the U Street Music Hall, Gaslight Anthem's audience pogoed, crowd surfed, and screamed along through the band's blistering 19-song set, one that pulled from all areas of their discography. By the time the band wrapped things up with a downright searing version of "'59 Sound," the walls were [...]

Hip-Hop + Electronic Music = Trillectro Festival

Two months ago, DC to BC blogger Modele "Modi" Oyewole was sitting around with his friends Quinn Coleman and Marcel Marshall. The trio discussed the state of popular music, and what to call the marriage of hip-hop and electronica. "Trillectro," Oyewole recalls telling his friends. The name stuck.
On Aug. 11, Oyewole, Coleman, and Marshall will [...]

Arts Roundup: Comceptual Edition

Unlikely New York art collector Herbert Vogel—a major National Gallery of Art benefactor and the subject of this lovely documentary—has died. [Post]
A deep dive into the Corcoran's flagging fundraising efforts [Post]
Explained: Those goofy baseball-player sculptures at 20th Street and Virginia Avenue NW [District of Sculpture]
"Comceptual" art? [Pink Line Project]
Howard Theatre as dance venue: It stinks. [...]

ToDo ToDay: Phil Donahue in the House!

On a trip to Walter Reed Medical Center in 2004, iconic talk show host Phil Donahue met Tomas Young (shown), a soldier from Kansas City who’d been shot in the chest after only four days’ service in Iraq. Moved by Young’s story, Donahue and filmmaker Ellen Spiro embarked on documenting the veteran’s transition to a [...]

Mike Daisey to Perform Monologue About Steve Jobs Scandal for Free at Woolly Mammoth

If you read all the way to the end of my recent cover story on divisive monologuist Mike Daisey's return to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company — where he "birthed" his much-discussed show The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs in 2010—then you know he has already begun to perform a new monologue reflecting on [...]

Mini-Golf at the National Building Museum: A Hole-by-Hole Account

Don't play the National Building Museum's architect- and developer-designed miniature golf course this weekend. Or next weekend. Or any weekend. If you're going to check out the museum's 12-hole summer attraction—and you should—just tell your boss your dog ate your grandmother and do it on a weekday. Avoid the line, and bottle any potential frustration [...]

The Time I Interviewed The Promise Ring’s Drummer and My Voice Recorder Quit

Yeah, that happened.
I spoke with Dan Didier, drummer for The Promise Ring and Maritime, on Monday, with the intention of posting a routine Q&A transcript here. Except, well, my voice recorder quit 54 seconds into the conversation.
Didier said some really smart and funny things about touring in a reunited emo band [...]