Archive for April, 2013

Johnny Marr @ 9:30 Club

It has been said that ex-Smiths frontman Morrissey was about wearing one's politics on your sleeve, while lead guitarist Johnny Marr was about the music. After the Smiths disbanded, Marr's signature guitar sound cropped up in his collaborations with Bernard Sumner (in Electronic), Bryan Ferry, Modest Mouse, and The Cribs—though Morrissey proved to be much more enthusiastic about releasing [...]

Smithsonian to Display Bill Koch’s Vast Collection of Western Ephemera

Coal and oil billionaire William Koch, brother of Tea Party backers Charles and David Koch, is bringing his vast Western art collection to the Smithsonian American Art Museum from March 28 to August 24, 2014. More than 1,000 pieces of Western art will be on view in "The Western Frontier," and the entire show will [...]

ToDo ToDay: Other Desert Cities! How to Destroy Angels!

How much are we willing to sacrifice to appease our families? The characters in Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities, now playing at Arena Stage, frequently grapple with this issue, but any sort of consensus between family members seems out of reach. When Brooke, the Wyeth family’s only daughter, returns to celebrate Christmas with her family [...]

Arts Roundup: Cathedral Competition Edition

The earthquake-damaged Washington National Cathedral competes for $100,000 in repair money. [WTOP]
Imagination Stage announces its 2013-14 season. [D.C. Theatre Scene]
You can now buy Hard Art, the new book of D.C. punk photos from photographer Lucian Perkins, in the Dischord store. [Dischord]
Hey, theater people: Prolific Tweeter and playwright Gwydion Suilebhan holds the key to your Twitter [...]

Sequestration Temporarily Closes Parts of Hirshhorn, African Art Museum, and Smithsonian Castle

Today, the Smithsonian announced that some parts of the Hirshhorn, the National Museum of African Art, and the Smithsonian Castle will temporarily close beginning Wednesday. The closures, which will last until Sept. 30, come as a consequence of the sweeping federal budget cuts known as sequestration.
Before today, the Smithsonian would only say that some unspecified [...]

DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story, Reviewed

History seldom gives us figures of pure good or evil, but if it ever does, it’s either through sports or politics. Such are the circumstances surrounding the death of Roberto Clemente in 1972. The baseball legend died in a plane crash delivering medical supplies to Nicaragua, which had suffered a catastrophic earthquake earlier that year. [...]

ToDo ToDay: Johnny Marr! D.C. Lit Party!

Morrissey has always enchanted the press, but The Smiths had a second genius in the band: guitarist and co-songwriter Johnny Marr. The British guitar hero showcased his signature jangle on tracks like “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” and “This Charming Man,” that still inspire pretty much every indie-pop band today. Since The [...]

Arts Roundup: New Mural! Edition

Gaia's mural on Barracks Row is complete. [East City Art]
Broadcaster Bob Wolff donates historic sports interviews to Library of Congress. [WTOP]
Brother Ah maintains WPFW's jazz pedigree even while the radio station's fate remains uncertain. [Post]
The story of a Prince George's County-raised African American woman who found special meaning in the Holocaust Museum. [Post]
What the Grant [...]

“Come Get Some”: A Lit Party Without the Stale Crackers

Literature and poetry readings can be a bore. Too many are sullied by bad wine, stale crackers, and an abundance of feelings—a nasty combination that could scare off even the most ardent lit lovers. But members of D.C.'s literary community want you to know it doesn't have to be that way. Readings—and the people who [...]

DMV Beats: Kokayi, Logic, The White Mandingos, SmCity, and Javier Starks

Kokayi’s Grind
Deanwood MC Kokayi is on a roll. On Monday, we learned that Ebony magazine named him, wife Seshat, daughter Phina, and son Dahvi one of the coolest black families in America. Then we learned that Kokayi secured a Sister Cities grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which will fund his [...]