Archive for June, 2013

DMV Beats: Visto, SmCity, Laelo, SK

Visto's Vibe
The beginning of Visto's new video is smooth, comedic, and pimpin' at the same time. A white Jaguar pulls up on H Street NE. The driver opens the rear passenger door, and the rapper steps out in paisley-print board shorts, brown boots, and a bow tie. His wardrobe doesn't match his ride. There’s a [...]

Unfinished Song, Reviewed

A chorus of elderly people singing "Let’s Talk About Sex" or dressed as metalheads while performing "Ace of Spades" isn’t all that funny. (Condescending, yes. Feel-good, no.) But that's what's offered as comic relief in writer-director Paul Andrew Williams’ weepie Unfinished Song.
Let’s get the script’s catalyst out of the way: The cancer-stricken Marion (Vanessa Redgrave), [...]

Five Books I’d Read

1. Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, by Brett Martin
I got super bummed when Tony Soprano died. (Because I think of James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, I will hereafter refer to Gandolfini as "Tony Soprano" in print and in conversation. [...]

ToDo ToDay: Loads of Local Music! Caribbean Partying! Capital Fringe Preview!

Once again, the DC Carnival parade won’t happen in D.C. this year. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait for July’s street fête in Baltimore for a chance to strut to live Caribbean soca. While the fifth annual Flags Till Morning DC Carnival takes place indoors and likely includes fewer folks in flamboyant feathered bikinis, Trinidadian [...]

Arts Roundup: Lincoln Theatre’s Next Step Edition

9:30 Club operators I.M.P. Productions takes over Lincoln Theatre. [Arts Desk]
Round House Theatre lets go of its Silver Spring venue. [Arts Desk]
The Evens play Fort Reno July 8, Paint Branch closes the series on August 8, and the full schedule is finally up. [Arts Desk]
Arena Stage's One Night With Janis Joplin goes to Broadway. [Post]
Spin gives [...]

Finally! Fort Reno Announces 2013 Schedule

We learned this morning that The Evens are opening this summer's free outdoor concert series at Fort Reno, and now we know the rest: The Fort Reno website finally posted the full schedule. The 10-show lineup includes local indie-rock faves like Typefighter, Southern Problems, Priests, Joy Buttons, Sunwolf, and Mary Christ, with Paint Branch—the duo of [...]

Round House Theatre Relinquishes Silver Spring Venue

Round House Theatre, the Montgomery County-based company that runs two theaters in Silver Spring and Bethesda, announced today that it will cease operating its Silver Spring black-box space when the company's lease expires on June 30, 2014. It's not yet clear how the space, which is owned by Montgomery County, will be used after that [...]

I.M.P. Productions to Take Over Operations of Lincoln Theatre

The city selected a new operator for the troubled Lincoln Theatre back in April, and now, finally, we know who it is. I.M.P. Productions, the company that owns the 9:30 Club and books Merriweather Post Pavilion, will take over booking at the U Street NW venue beginning in September, the mayor's office announced this afternoon.
The [...]

The Evens to Play at Fort Reno July 8

Indie rock and outdoor concert lovers, rejoice! Fort Reno has finally announced the first of its summer concerts. The Evens, Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina's folk-punk duo, will play at the Northwest D.C. park on July 8 at 7:15 p.m. No further shows in the twice-weekly concert series have been announced yet
Many have wondered in [...]

Meet a Local Cartoonist: A Chat with Art Hondros

Art Hondros has had an interesting year.  You may have seen his story "Fox Guy" in the Washington Post Magazine this March. He also did the cover to the latest edition of Magic Bullet. Now, he has just finished "Song of Sandy Hook," a comic on gun control.
Washington City Paper: What type of comic work or [...]