Archive for March, 2013

D.C.-Flavored Pussy Galore EP to Be Reissued for Record Store Day

The man you may know as rock star Jon Spencer, who did this amazing shit, and who likewise did this amazing shit, spent a brief but fruitful time in D.C. during the '80s. His band was called Pussy Galore, and they recorded an EP called Groovy Hate Fuck in Alexandria in 1986. Vinyl copies of [...]

Reviewed: “Mirror to the World” at Photoworks

Frank Van Riper is well-known in the D.C. area for his writings on photography as well as his book of moody black-and-white photographs, Serenissima: Venice in Winter. (Van Riper is also considerably less well-known for photographing my wedding.) Now, Van Riper, a photography teacher at Glen Echo’s Photoworks studio, has curated the exhibition, "Mirror to [...]

Arts Roundup: Michael Kaiser’s Future Hubbie Edition

Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser is getting married to a nice guy he met at the gym. Adorbs! [Post]
Following problems with the registration process, the 2013 Small Press Expo adds more tables—and now it might be the biggest SPX in history. [SPX via ComicsDC]
(Former) D.C. band Tennis System wants your donations. [Tennis System]
"Pump Me Up" curator Roger [...]

Lotsa Pop Losers Festival: An Oral History

The Lotsa Pop Losers festival was held in Bethesda, Md., and Washington, D.C. on October 26 and 27, 1991. Jointly sponsored by local labels Simple Machines, Teen-Beat, and Slumberland, the event served as a showcase for some of the more pop-oriented indie-rock bands active on the East Coast, pulling together bands from New York, Boston, [...]

Reviewed: “Planetfall” at the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Anyone who’s been to a planetarium shouldn’t be surprised at how beautiful space is. But then an exhibit like "Planetfall" reminds you all over again.
The exhibit at the American Association for the Advancement of Science features images by Michael Benson, who takes data from interplanetary probes by NASA and the European Space Agency, digitally enhances [...]

Dirt Farm: Return!

ToDo ToDay: Duncan Trussell! Christo! Psychic Mirrors!

Comedians are philosophers, but few philosophers are comedians. Duncan Trussell, the stand-up and podcast host, is one of the few with the ability to analyze the human condition and make his humor rise to the realm of dharma. His podcast waxes on his foibles, fallibilities, and family problems—a recent episode featured his dying mother. But [...]

Arts Roundup: Tiny Desk Concerts Edition

D.C. band The Strangest Places launches a Kickstarter campaign for its debut album. [The Deli Magazine]
As NPR relocates, so do Tiny Desk Concerts. [Post]
New project D.C. by the Book maps literature set in D.C. [DCist]
The Evens are goin' to California. [Dischord]

ToDo ToDay: The Revival Tour! Craft Brewers! Watsky!

The fate of the aging punk has dominated the cultural dialogue lately, but please, save your tears for the punk lifers. Many have ambled onto an alternate career path: boozy acoustic troubadour. One result of this transition is the Revival Tour, a showcase for aging singer-songwriters well-versed in the drunken shout-a-long. Leading the operation is [...]

Planned Chuck Brown Amphitheater Scales Back

Saturday morning, Cleveland Park design firm Marshall Moya and the District's Department of General Services unveiled changes to the planned Chuck Brown memorial and amphitheater in Ward 5. The changes were announced at a community meeting at the Washington Center for the Aging.
New renderings show that the design firm has rethought a few aspects of [...]

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