Archive for January, 2013

Arts Roundup: “My Jihad” Edition

"My Jihad" ad campaign coming to D.C. Metro stations [Huffington Post D.C.]
Police search for a suspect in last weekend's D.C. Soundstage shooting [WJLA]
Politics & Prose hosts an open mic for authors who printed their books with the bookstore's Opus self-publishing machine [Post]
Frau Eva drops a new EP [D.C. Music Download]
A look inside D.C.'s LGBT music [...]

Uptown X.O., Colour de Grey, Reviewed

Uptown X.O. used to rap for the sake of rapping. While D.C. rapidly gentrified, the MC chose to overlook the socioeconomic changes sweeping his hometown, opting for a romanticized view of his city—and himself.
So X.O.'s music sounded relaxed, carried by an air of cool confidence. With an offbeat flow, he sloughed off negative energy with charismatic [...]

Kennedy Center Announces $100 Million Expansion, Plots to Take Over Potomac River

Today, the Kennedy Center announced plans for a $100 million expansion that will finally give the arts center much-needed space for education and rehearsal. The first major expansion since the center opened in 1971, the initiative adds about 60,000 square feet south of the facility. But most titillating is the Kennedy Center's plot to slowly [...]

ToDo ToDay: Andrea Fraser! Drinks and Dessert!

Many annoying tropes of performance art can be traced to Andrea Fraser but tonight at the Corcoran, she'll present a reflective piece. The artist will reenact a 1972 broadcast about feminism. The original “Men on the Line, KPFK” piece interviewed four men on their feelings about the feminist movement; Fraser will read those transcripts, performing [...]

Arts Roundup: Helen Hayes Edition

The 2013 Helen Hayes Awards nominees are here! [Theatre Washington]
Toby's Dinner Theatre racked up eight nominations for its production of The Color Purple; Signature's Dreamgirls, Woolly's The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, and Folger's The Taming of the Shrew also fared well. [Post]
The Washington Performing Arts Society hires a new president: Stanford Live director Jenny Bilfield [...]

Smithsonian Sticking With Secretary G. Wayne Clough

Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough won't be leaving his position anytime soon, top Smithsonian executives announced after a meeting of the institution's Board of Regents today. Clough was first appointed in July 2008—and contrary to what some outlets have reported, he's not at the end of a five-year term.
"I serve at the pleasure of the Board of [...]

Neighborhood Swatch: Where to See D.C. Issues on Gallery Walls

Exhibits with local ties, now on view or opening soon at D.C. galleries.
"Here Nor There"
Joshua Wade Smith spent two days walking along the train tracks that connect Baltimore and D.C., then filmed himself walking from the train tracks to Hamiltonian Gallery. His show aims to stir thoughts about how repetition and the mundane “can be [...]

Our 10 Favorite Tweets from the “Ian MacKaye” Twitter Account

For those of you who are waiting for Ian MacKaye to join Twitter, it's never going to happen. But at least you can follow ♥ ~*iAn_mAckaYe*~ ♥, a not quite official account re-imagining our revered punk statesman as a 13-year-old girl. Inside jokes for harDCore fans abound, along the lines of @JadedPunkHulk, only less angry [...]

ToDo ToDay: D.C. Meat Week! Beware of Mr. Baker!

Unlike virtuosic hard hitters like Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham or The Who’s Keith Moon, former Cream drummer Ginger Baker used his talents for evil, competing with bandmates Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce instead of complementing them by hanging back. Bad vibes followed Baker away from the kit, as made clear in Beware of Mr. Baker, a [...]

Arts Roundup: District of Coachella Edition

The Make-Up, Deathfix, and The Evens scheduled to play Coachella 2013 [Coachella]
Five shot at D.C. Soundstage nightclub on Benning Road NE [Post]
New ad campaign tries to make D.C. look sexually adventurous [Post]
In concert with the Corcoran's "Pump Me Up" exhibit, 9:30 Club will host a punk and go-go mash-up Feb. 24 [Post]
Comedian Todd Glass loves the [...]

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