Archive for March, 2013

Photo: Bradley Criss Performance

Meat Poem For Georges, 500 Penn Street, NW.  March 29th.  © 2013 Matt Dunn

DMV Beats: Logic, Lyriciss, Phil Da Phuture, X.O., Maimouna Youssef, Nike Nando, and ‘Folkz

Logic Puzzle
Early Wednesday morning, XXL magazine unveiled its "2013 Freshman" cover, shining the spotlight on a "new" class of MCs. As usual, it's become the year's most talked-about hip-hop magazine cover and a lightning rod of controversy. Some said including ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Trinidad James, and honorary rookie Chief Keef was [...]

ToDo ToDay: Teatime Jamboree! Pig Destroyer Beer! Questlove!

Nothing screams spring like a country hoedown, and that’s exactly what the gang from D.C. podcast and live talk show You, Me, Them, Everybody has planned for its takeover of the Mansion at Strathmore. In addition to comedy, the group is also planning an Easter egg hunt, a series of craft activities led by Morgan Hungerford [...]

Robert O’Hara Tweaks The Mountaintop for Arena Stage Co-Production

The Mountaintop, Katori Hall’s award-winning play about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the night before he was killed at Memphis' Lorraine Motel, is enjoying a post-Broadway life at Arena Stage. But those who saw the work on Broadway should go into the new production with no preconceptions, because this version promises to be radically different.
In [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 29-April 3: It Might As Well Be Spring, Goddammit

Friday, March 29
There aren't a whole lot of vibraphonists on the D.C. jazz scene, but the most prominent of those few is a real wizard. Chuck Redd is also a drummer, and in that capacity has mentored many of the young musicians in the District. It's a much greater treat, though, to see him pick [...]

Arts Roundup: RIP All Roads Film Festival Edition

In his proposed 2014 budget, Mayor Vince Gray requests more than $140 million for library construction. [Loose Lips]
National Geographic kills the annual All Roads Film Festival. [Washingtonian]
Bette Midler has a soft spot for 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School, the PBS documentary based on Ward 1 high school DC Met. [Curbed]
Worn magazine [...]

After a One-Year Increase, D.C. Arts Funding Down to $7 Million

Released today, Mayor Vince Gray's proposed 2014 budget cuts the District's Commission on the Arts and Humanities budget by more than 40 percent. But it's not exactly a death blow: That decrease comes mostly from the loss of last year's one-time $6.8 million boost to the commission's budget, which more than doubled its funding in FY [...]

One Track Mind: Borracho, “Mob Gathering”

Standout Track: Side A, “Mob Gathering,” from a 7-inch co-released by No Balls Records and Ghost Highway Recordings. It’s a relatively slim slice of stoner/doom-rock pie: Borracho has been known to go long, but this one stops short of four minutes. “Mob Gathering” tells the story of a Mexican sharecropper caught up in a riot. [...]

Watch: The White Mandingos, “The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me”

The White Mandingos are a supergroup of sorts, made up of Bad Brains founding member Darryl Jenifer, Los Angeles rapper Murs, and Sacha Jenkins SHR, co-founder of hip-hop magazine Ego Trip.
The trio's debut album, The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me (out June 11), is a concept record told from the perspective of fictional character Tyrone White, a black rock singer [...]

ToDo ToDay: Ital, Floor, and the High-Achieving Emanuel Brothers

Ital’s DJ work is good enough not to necessitate any live-show frills, but the man puts on an impressive footwork display. When he performed at DC9 in September, he stomped and slid like an aquaphobe caught in a rainstorm behind his table of gear. His shimmying showed a visible passion far more entertaining than [...]

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