Archive for September, 2013

Photos: Superchunk @ 9:30 Club

"The gentleman back there is requesting rock music," said Superchunk's Mac McCaughan to Jim Wilbur last night at the 9:30 Club. "I think we can fulfill that."
Superchunk recently dropped I Hate Music, its first release in three years, and the typically lively band seemed especially energetic last night—despite the lack of bassist Laura Ballance, who stayed [...]

Where to Get Your Museum Fix If the Smithsonian Shuts Down

UPDATE 3: The National Building Museum is offering free admission to government employees who show their IDs every day until the shutdown ends.
UPDATE 2: The National Geographic Museum will offer free admission to everyone tomorrow. Visitors can also enjoy a free film screening as part of National Geographic Live's "Tuesdays at Noon" program.
UPDATE: Provided the government [...]

ToDo ToDay: Isaac’s Eye, District of Literature, and Atoms for Peace

Shakespeare mastered the dramatic gore associated with eye-gouging when King Lear was first produced more than 400 years ago. Playwright Lucas Hnath further explores the scientific consequences of eye-gouging in his latest work, Isaac's Eye, which he discusses following a reading at the National Academy of Sciences. Read more >>> The reading begins at 6 p.m. at the National Academy [...]

Recap Time: Homeland Season 3, Episode 1

Where did we leave off with the District's most gripping romantic terrorism drama, Homeland? Well, a little chunk of the CIA's Langley headquarters was rubbled by evil, manipulative super villain Abu Nazir. The crack team of CIA operatives all felt manipulated, but most of the show's main characters survived, only mentally worse for wear.
Carrie helped [...]

Listen: Kev Brown’s Brazil Dedication

Landover, Md., producer Kev Brown recorded last summer's South Africa Dedication during a trip to the country. In December, Brown went to Sao Paulo for what he thought would be a two-week trip. He wound up staying there for two months. "I spent a lot of time in Brazil making joints," Brown tells Arts Desk. "So it [...]

Arts Roundup: Big Ol’ Fancy Library Edition

Guerilla Union had signed on to produce three Rock the Bells festivals at RFK. [Washington Business Journal]
Mount Vernon's fancy new Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington is now open. [Post]
In humbler library news, a reminder: D.C. library hours will extend Tuesday. [PoPville]
Another reminder: The National Aquarium closes today. [WTOP]
District puts out an [...]

How to Spend Rock the Bells Weekend (Without Rock the Bells)

Ticket holders may still be reeling from yesterday’s announcement that hip-hop festival-on-wheels Rock the Bells had been canceled. The two-day event, booked by California-based promoter Guerilla Union, was scheduled to take place at RFK Stadium Saturday and Sunday. Due to low ticket sales that would’ve led to a "devastating" financial loss, it’s no longer happening. [...]

DMV Beats: Wale’s “Bad” Milestone, Ras Nebyu’s Sporting Life

"Bad" Goes Platinum
Wale hit a new milestone this week as "Bad," his slow-burning ode to heartless women, went platinum. The song, which also features singer Tiara Thomas, is Wale’s very first platinum single. With three-quarters of 2013 complete, it’s safe to say that the rapper has had a good year: The Gifted became his first [...]

“It’s A Jazz Group, But…” A Conversation with Kneebody’s Kaveh Rastegar

The musical quintet Kneebody gets called "genre-bending" quite a lot; the New York Times may have improved on that by camming them "resolutely un-pindownable." The point is, the bicoastal group refuses to make music that's easily defined. The instrumentation and basic feel comes from jazz (and that's how the band sees themselves), but with large elements [...]

Reviewed: Rush

In Ron Howard’s Rush, Chris Hemsworth is the charismatic feel-gooder who, with his shining eyes and swoony smile, will fill the seats playing 1970s British Formula 1 racing legend James Hunt. The lesser-known Daniel Brühl, as Hunt’s Austrian rival/frenemy Niki Lauda, goes head-to-head, both fictionally and professionally, with the actor best known to audiences as [...]