Archive for November, 2012

D.C.’s Finest Comedy Talk Show, You, Me, Them, Everybody, Turns Three

Speaking with Brandon Wetherbee on the phone is like talking to a good friend—and not only because the 29-year-old is relaxed and witty in an occasionally self-effacing way, but also because his voice is really familiar, if you've listened to his talk show, You, Me, Them, Everybody.
The live show, originally only available through the web before [...]

If a Tree Explodes on the National Mall…

Several hundred viewers—and probably a few dozen unknowing workers at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services across the street—are all asking themselves right now: What the hell was that?
Well, the "that" in question was an explosion on the National Mall, one triggered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, [...]

DMV Beats: RAtheMC, A Plus, G Two—and DMV Apps!

RA Factor
It was surprising to see rapper RAtheMC as a contestant on the second season of Fox's X-Factor. Not that the Largo, Md., rapper didn't deserve it—it's just that her appearance seemed to come out of nowhere. And while she was eliminated in October, she doesn't seem too bummed about it. On her new single, [...]

Photos: Tree Explosion, National Mall

Openings: “Exclamation Point” at The Fridge, Erica Rebollar’s “Space Junk”

It's definitely the holiday season in D.C., and if you can't tell just by walking outside, the arts will remind you: 'Tis the season for Christmas-themed ballets, plays, and exploding pine trees. But anyone who wants to skirt holiday cheer needn't stay at home.
Saturday, the Fridge's owner and director Alex Goldstein unveils his first solo show, "Exclamation [...]

Tanlines’ Jesse Cohen on Phantasmagoria, Tower Records, and iPods

If you hung out at the long-gone Phantasmagoria rock club in Wheaton, Md., in the late 1990s, you may have bumped into Jesse Cohen. Half of the Brooklyn-based electronic-pop group Tanlines, Cohen, a Potomac native, fondly remembers the punk and ska shows he saw there. In fact, he found out about many of those shows [...]

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Mal Jones

Mal Jones is a local web cartoonist and member of the DC Conspiracy whose story about the War of 1812, " Burn, Washington, Burn," appears in the District Comics anthology. His artwork also appears regularly in the free Magic Bullet comics newspaper.
For most of 2012, he's been working on The Giant War web comic, which [...]

E.D. in the E.U.: Aachen, Germany

Dispatches from E.D. Sedgwick's winter tour through Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland.
We wake in a small room in Potsdam above the club we played the night before. Like many rooms in Charles Dickens novels, the room is heated by a coal stove. Bricks of coal lie in a bucket by the stove. Singer L. [...]

ToDo ToDay: Contemporary Classical! A New Documentary About D.C. Murals!

For the minimalists who couldn’t get enough John Cage during the September celebration of the composer’s centennial, or were disappointed by the dining options near the National Gallery of Art, tonight’s concert at the Atlas Performing Arts Center offers the chance to eat, drink, and be wowed by the avant-garde. Performing tonight are yMusic (shown) and [...]

Today: A Tree Blows Up on the National Mall

In what may be one of the first planned explosions on the National Mall, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang is expected to blow up a 40-foot pine tree this afternoon in honor of the Sackler Gallery’s 25th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Art in Embassies program.
Using 2,000 firework-like explosives, Guo-Qiang will take the pine [...]