Archive for August, 2012

On “Make My Day”

“When is he going to say ‘Make my day?’”
It’s late 1988, maybe early 1989, and I’m watching Dirty Harry for the first time, on VHS. Earlier, the trailer for The Dead Pool—the last of five Dirty Harry movies, notable mostly for an early appearance by Liam Neeson and for the sordid spectacle [...]

Categorizing the Music at Tomorrow’s Cricket Cemetery Showcase

D.C.’s Cricket Cemetery label hawks emerging hardcore and indie punk with defiant swagger. Its lack of a prevailing studio ideology is served well when the imprint rolls the dice on, say, a meticulous, structured EP that aims for harmonies. Make no mistake, the label's showcase at Black Cat Saturday will be loud, but also fair and [...]

Photos: Rodriguez @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Most of the time, shooting a concert is just a job. But there are some cases when it's more than that—when shoots can feel like capturing a significant moment in history. When I learned the story of rediscovered Detroit folk singer Rodriguez, I predicted his sold-out show at Sixth and I Historic Synagogue Thursday night [...]

Download: Akil Nadir’s Philosopher King

Longtime followers of D.C. underground hip-hop might remember Dirty Water, the super-lyrical duo of Akil Nadir and Joe.D. They were MCs before rapping was fashionable here, before folks from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia started calling the region the DMV.
Things have changed for Nadir and Joe, although they've stayed in the mix. Joe.D. now lives in [...]

Take It to the Bridge, Week 7: “Maid to Order”

This weekend in the Corcoran bridge: identity politics! Saturday, the Take It to the Bridge series hosts Carolina Mayorga's "Maid in the USA," in which the artist will be engaged in a constant act of tidying up the gallery's entryway.
The performance does something similar to the movie A Day Without a Mexican, drawing attention to residents that [...]

Eisenhower Memorial: Now With Doodads

The Eisenhower family may still loathe Frank Gehry's proposed design for a $142 million memorial to the 34th president of the United States, but whatever! The plans keep coming: The Eisenhower Memorial Commission announced yesterday that it would create a "high-tech virtual memorial" to pair with the monument.
Media-design firm Local Projects LLC is putting together [...]

ToDo ToDay: Story League Goes Upstairs

D.C.’s steadily growing storytelling scene is moving upstairs. Story League, the twice-monthly tale-telling contest co-founded early in 2011, has booked the Black Cat mainstage tonight—the first locally produced storytelling show at the club, and the first to attempt to fill its upstairs space. Story League shows typically revolve around a loose theme, like “Revenge” [...]

Arts Roundup: Trumped Laterally Edition

Eames Armstrong on performance, curation, and who's an artist [DC Performance Art, Pink Line Project]
"...The Trump International Hotel Washington D.C. will attempt to fit the composition and style of the city where it is located." Yawn. [Capital Business]
General tips for and a consideration of queer themes in the D.C. Shorts festival [Washington Blade]
Fat Trel, often [...]

Philip Roth Will Not Speak at National Book Festival, Says Library of Congress

Philip Roth (Portnoy's Complaint, American Pastoral) was one of the biggest names on the National Book Festival's lineup when the schedule was revealed in May. But Roth's name is now conspicuously absent from the fest's website.
Library of Congress spokesperson Gayle Osterberg confirms it's not a mistake. "Unfortunately Philip Roth is now not able to attend," she [...]

Red Onion Records & Books: Not Closing!

Josh Harkavy has had a change of heart.
In June, the owner of Red Onion Records & Books told Washington City Paper he was sick of running his basement store on 18th Street NW. Now, it seems, he's changed his mind. Harkavy posts on Facebook:
Hello everybody, remember that Facebook post/Citypaper [sic] article from a couple of [...]