Archive for October, 2012

Arts Roundup: Nothing Doing Edition

Almost everything arts-related is closed or canceled today. [Washington City Paper]
Theater J hosts its first show on the Sabbath! [Theater J]
Don't think you can while away the day buying Brazilian records, either: Som is closed [Facebook]
A profile of Submerge founders No Kings Collective [Post]
All you ever wanted to know about hat design at Arena Stage [...]

Hurricane Sandy: (Almost) Everything’s Canceled

Hurricane Sandy's on her way and D.C. is shutting down. Here's your list of arts events that have already been canceled, as of 9 p.m. Sunday. Check back on Arts Desk Monday for an updated list.
UPDATE: This post has been updated as of 6:09 p.m. on Monday.
Last night, we posted a long list of Sandy-related [...]

Photos: Dinosaur Jr @ Black Cat

Some bands say they play loud; some may claim to be the loudest. I wonder if those bands have seen Dinosaur Jr.
At Thursday's sold-out show at Black Cat, J. Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph brought walls upon walls of Marshall amplifiers. Anyone standing near the club's house speakers would have been in for a world of [...]

Openings: Edward Gorey and Art for Democracy

What's new this weekend in local arts.
It's a fruitful collision that only comes 'round once every four years: Halloween meets the presidential election. Accordingly, this weekend brings a couple of new arts events that plumb the spirit of both.
Beginning tonight, Happenstance Theater Company presents its annual Cabaret Macabre at the Round House Theatre in Silver [...]

DMV Beats: Mitt Romney Money, Javier Starks, and Ndamukong Suh’s Favorite Workout Jam

Every week, Arts Desk's hip-hop writers drop news, music, culture—and generally put you on game.
Pimp Romney

At Halloween parties across the land this weekend, the people who once dressed up as Sarah Palin or a teary-eyed Glenn Beck will come up with costumes that spin off the one-liner of the season: Mitt Romney’s "binders full of [...]

Watch: Pig Destroyer’s Crazy, Ape-Centric New Video

Pig Destroyer, perhaps D.C.'s most beloved local metal band, has a darkly stylish new video for "The Diplomat"—from the band's new album, Book Burner—that features Kubrickian apes, creepy dudes in a space Mercedes, and a kick-ass action scene. It all adds up to a pithy critique of the beasts we are and the beasts we [...]

ToDo ToDay: Horror for Snobs! Champagne! Prog!

Most horror fans have a subgenre they love most. At the AFI Silver Theatre tonight, there’s something that’ll sate any horror junkie’s jones. For the classicists and the snobs, the evening opens with F.W. Murnau’s silent film Nosferatu, complete with live musical accompaniment by Not So Silent Cinema. Afterward, there’s a chance to see Brian De [...]

We Still Care: A Conversation With Rhett Miller of Old 97’s

Formed in Dallas in 1993, the alt-country act Old 97's combines the heart-tugging wordplay of Townes Van Zandt with the attack of The Clash. After a couple of indie releases in the mid-'90s, the group was the beneficiary of a bidding war, signing with Elektra Records. Their major-label debut, 1997's Too Far to Care, remains [...]

Arts Roundup: Messy Metro Edition

Once again, Hollywood has completely ignored actual D.C. geography. The perpetrator this time: TNT's Leverage, which placed Silver Spring and White Flint in the middle of downtown on a recent map. [DCist]
Discovery plans to air a special about redecorating the White House between presidents. [Post]
Start lacing up your skates: Another outdoor ice rink is coming [...]

RZA on The Man With the Iron Fists and Learning From Quentin Tarantino

As the leader and producer of hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan, RZA wears many hats. So it shouldn't be much of a surprise that the actor, author, producer, and musician Bobby Diggs decided to try his hand at directing movies, too.
RZA's directorial debut, The Man With the Iron Fists, opens in the D.C. area tomorrow. He [...]