Archive for September, 2012

Photo: Brooke Shields (Allegedly) Smoking Weed With Bad Brains’ H.R.

According to a maaaybe reliable source and Grantland writer David Hill, this is an authentic 1983 photo of model Brooke Shields smoking weed next to Bad Brains frontman H.R.
Shields would have been 18 at the time, depending on the month. H.R., according to his manager, had just lost a tooth after "hitting a huge stage divider [...]

ToDo ToDay: Sonic Circuits Festival! Photos of Detroit!

The overarching sensibility of the Sonic Circuits Festival Experimental Music Festival is easy to summarize—it celebrates out-there musicians and cutting-edge composers who have solid cred in one way or another—but no two editions of the festival ever seem to be the same. In 2011, the center of gravity was Silver Spring; this year it’s all [...]

Violinist Mark O’Connor On Playing Whatever the Hell He Wants

Violinist, fiddler, guitarist and mandolin player Mark O’Connor is something of a musical polyglot, or maybe schizophrenic. As a composer, his music blends classical music with jazz, bluegrass, Appalachian folk, flamenco, and whatever else he’s feeling at the moment, and his collaborators range from Yo-Yo Ma to Rosanne Cash. Apparently bored with simply performing music, [...]

The Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli: “There’s a Get-Down Factor In D.C.”

When The Afghan Whigs broke up in 2001, the band from Cincinnati, Ohio, ended an underappreciated career as one of alternative rock's most soulful and sinister acts. Leaving behind a legacy of ups (creative) and downs (commercial), The Afghan Whigs hopped from a self-released debut (1988's Big Top Halloween) to Sub Pop success to major [...]

Reviewed: Frank DiPerna and Dan Tague at Civilian Art Projects

Frank DiPerna’s exhibit at Civilian Art Projects is all about flatness, both real and contrived. DiPerna, a photographer and professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, has traveled the globe documenting murals and other wall surfaces, from a gate spray-painted with skulls in Mexico to a Dolce & Gabbana ad on a beach [...]

Arts Roundup: King Kahn Edition

Shakespeare Theatre Company Director Michael Kahn named to the Theater Hall of Fame. [DC Theatre Scene]
"Photograffeur" (the dude is French) JR will install a building-sized photograph mural at 1401 T St. NW. [Style Blog]
You have a favorite obscure punk 7-inch, too, don't you? [Impose]

David Behrman and Sonic Circuits Are So Right for Each Other

One of the marquee events at this year's Sonic Circuits Festival is the David Behrman Ensemble's performance Friday of "My Dear Siegfried," a piece inspired by correspondence between Siegfried Sassoon (one of Britain's famed World War I poets) and Behrman's father, S.N. Behrman (a playwright and New Yorker writer). Like so much of the music [...]

Renoir Painting Found at Flea Market Was Stolen From Baltimore Museum

The valuable Renoir painting found at a West Virginia flea market two years ago was apparently stolen from the Baltimore Museum of Art in 1951. Museum director Doreen Bolger tells the Washington Post that an FBI investigation is underway.
The painting, discovered by an unnamed Virginia woman who purchased it for $7, was due to be auctioned off at [...]

Jazz Setlist, Sept. 27-Oct. 3: Finding Joy in Smooth Jazz

Thursday, Sept. 27
Since two years ago, when Washington City Paper named Elijah Balbed D.C.'s Best New Jazz Musician, he's only gotten better. The tenor saxophonist—who has a sleek, lyrical sound both brawny and understated—remains one of the hardest-working artists in the District, gigging heavily as both leader and sideman (including as the final saxophonist for [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: The Years of the Cat

H Street NE, which transformed quickly from a dilapidated commercial strip to a hypergentrified attractant of quirky businesses, is not immune to controversy. But there's probably one H Street story most people could agree is a success: the tale of Al, the orange tabby who lived at Palace of Wonders—then later Red Palace—during the neighborhood's [...]