Archive for December, 2012

Photos: Salad Days Party @ Black Cat

Scott Crawford is no stranger to the D.C. punk scene. Thanks to a friend's sister, Crawford discovered the D.C. punk bands Scream and Government Issue when he was 12. "The first show I ever went to left me wanting more," he says. "I knew even then that I'd found my tribe."
Nearly 30 years later, Crawford is [...]

Promised Land, Reviewed

If you’ve been living under a rock—and that rock isn't harboring a trove of precious shale gas—perhaps you haven’t heard of hydraulic fracking. In that case, Promised Land is here to help.
Directed by Gus Van Sant with a screenplay by Matt Damon and John Krasinski (while we’re name-dropping, Dave Eggers wrote the storyline), Promised Land traces [...]

Les Misérables and Django Unchained, Reviewed

Les Misérables, as its title suggests, isn’t exactly two buckets of fun. But Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the stage musical is a passable entertainment if you don’t mind ignoring a few irksome questions. Questions such as: How exactly does a convict become a wealthy mayor in eight years? Why would a factory worker get fired [...]

Watch: Black Boo, “I Don’t Like Dallas”

The Washington Pigskins haven't been to the playoffs since 2008, when Coach Joe Gibbs tried to recreate the team's glory years of the 1980s. In the seasons following Gibbs' second retirement, the Skins haven't even been close to advancing to the postseason. So when they play the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday night, it's clearly the [...]

The 60 Books I Read in 2012

I read 60 books in 2012. They are listed below in mostly reverse chronological order.
Because I write book reviews for money, I offer this list to demystify/illuminate the art of reading/reviewing as I have come to understand it since reading my first book in 1981 at age four. Many reviewers, though they publish "Best of" [...]

Reviewed: David Myers and Harvey Kupferberg at PhotoWorks

In photography, the march of technology goes on, but good old black-and-white imagery never loses its authority. At least, that’s the conclusion one draws from a dual exhibit at Glen Echo’s PhotoWorks Gallery featuring David Myers and Harvey Kupferberg. In 2008, Myers lovingly documented burial places in Cairo colloquially known as the City of the [...]

The Sleigher: Justin Johnson, “Santa Claus Has a Drinking Problem”

... the after-Christmas edition.
HO HO WHO: It’s hard to say, based on the cutesy but ultimately unhelpful bio on his website and his meager IMDB profile. He’s ostensibly a comedian, but that’s in the eye of the beholder, I guess. This song is a cut from what he calls a “potential Christmas album.”

The Best Films of 2012

For film lovers, 2012 has not been kind. Hollywood supplied the expected dreck (special shout-out to Three Stooges!), but even the top talent deliv­ered work that was slightly off-target. The biggest disappoint­ment? Perhaps Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, which boasted impressive perfor­mances from Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman but whose sorta-Scientology-based story ul­timately went [...]

Artisphere Boots WSC Avant Bard

This post has been updated.
D.C. Theatre Scene reported this morning that Artisphere has given the boot to WSC Avant Bard, its in-house theater company for the last two years.
Artisphere spokesperson Annalisa Meyer confirms the news, saying the decision is part of the Rossyln cultural center's plan to cut operating costs. Meyer says WSC Avant Bard's [...]

The Best Images of 2012

Sometimes one image is enough to carry an exhibit. Here are my picks for the Top 10 images that appeared in photographic exhibits in D.C. in 2012.
1. Frank Hallam Day, ship hull images, Addison/Ripley Gallery
It’s difficult to choose the better of Day’s two photographs of ship hulls in “Waterline,” an exhibit loosely organized around the [...]