Archive for January, 2013

DMV Beats: Humane, Young Sir, and the Return of the Cornel West Theory

Humane’s Society
Between tuition checks at Hampton University and later Delaware State, 24 year-old Triangle, Va., transplant Sterling Fitzpatrick decided to focus the entirety of his brain power on hip-hop. Mom and dad disapproved. “It’s hard because your parents believe music is worthless,” says Fitzpatrick, known on scattered and promising mp3s as Humane, “It doesn’t help [...]

Dan Zhu with the National Symphony Orchestra, Reviewed

For a violin soloist, Dan Zhu is good at being unobtrusive. Chalk it up to shyness, or youth, but either way, it’s not the ideal rep to cultivate in a field that rewards showmanship.
So in his National Symphony Orchestra debut last night, Zhu didn’t take many risks with Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, a safe [...]

Tomorrow on the Mall: An Arts-Infused March for Gun Control

Like most of the country, Arena Stage's Artistic Director Molly Smith was horrified when she first heard about the massacre in Newtown, Conn. But after moving past her initial shock and sadness, Smith got to work. With her partner, Suzanne Blue Star Boy, Smith began organizing the March on Washington for Gun Control, which will [...]

The Bang on a Can All-Stars Can Be Whatever You Want Them To Be

The Bang on a Can All-Stars ensemble formed in 1992 almost out of necessity. In 1987, composers Julia Wolfe, David Lang, and Michael Gordon inaugurated what would become an annual tradition: the Bang on a Can Marathon, a 12-hour concert meant to explore a vast range of musical styles and build an appreciation for new music. But in the [...]

Openings: Cabaret, Stephanie Miracle

What's new this weekend in local arts.
Today, one of America's best-loved plays begins its run at one of America's most famous theaters: Our Town, Thornton Wilder's classic play about life in a small New Hampshire hamlet, celebrates its 75th anniversary with a new production. The play runs to Feb. 24 at Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. [...]

A Brief Introduction to SwagHeemHoops

Rap/R&B crew SwagHeemHoops has posted dozens and dozens of no-budget videos on its YouTube page over the past year or so. As is clear in the examples below, the product's quality is always questionable, but the Greenbelt, Md., group's hunger for attention is certainly not. A very short email interview with group member Dylan "PrinceDylannova" [...]

ToDo ToDay: Benoit & Sergio! Todd Glass! Chelsea Wolfe!

Don’t hate Benoit & Sergio for making it look so easy: The two house-music makers radiate the kind of leisurely, I’m-on-a-boat, what-of-it? chill-bro ennui that might make working-class house practitioners tear off in search of even the lowest quality Trax Records 12-inch. But queue up Benoit & Sergio’s two fabulous recent EPs, A Bridge So [...]

Arts Roundup: Urban Fishing Edition

Watch the trailer for Urban Lines: Fish Where You Are, a new documentary about fly fishing in the Potomac. [PoPville]
Local artists respond to the Newtown massacre at Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Art, a gallery operated by a former journalist who survived being shot in Guyana in 1978. [Post]
Moody's Investor Service says Smithsonian's fiscal future [...]

Widowspeak Gets Smaller, Sounds Bigger

Give a good band time to grow and it might do just that. Take Widowspeak’s album Almanac: A fuller realization of the psychedelic, country-western-tinged indie rock heard on its self-titled 2011 record, the Brooklyn's band latest is an immediately inviting document of its atmospheric, Neil Young-indebted sound. The band comes to Black Cat tonight on a brief [...]

Jazz Setlist, January 24-30: Potpourri

Thursday, Jan. 24
The Smithsonian's American Art Museum runs jazz performances in its Kogod Courtyard every third Thursday, but this year it's trying a novel sort of series. Local musicians are taking on the music of jazz greats, living and dead, with local and legend matched by instrument (trumpeters covering trumpeters, pianists covering pianists, etc.). This [...]