Archive for October, 2013

Reviewed: Michael Francis Reagan at Gallery A

Michael Francis Reagan's cartography resurrects an age when maps were more than just functional—they were art.
Sometimes, Reagan’s work, which has appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian magazine, the New Yorker, the New York Times and Bon Appetit—calls to mind those old maps in which anthropomorphic clouds blew gales across the ocean.
Reagan is apt to drop an [...]

Cypress Hill’s B-Real Talks Weed

Everybody knows about Cypress Hill. "How I Could Just Kill a Man." "Insane in the Brain." "Rap Superstar." But less known among non-fans and non-stoners are the group's efforts to educate the masses about the benefits of marijuana.
Prior to Cypress Hill's show at the Howard Theatre tonight and on the heels of Washington City Paper's [...]

Jazz Setlist: So Long, Suck Month

It is with no sadness at all that we bid farewell to one of the cruelest months for D.C. jazz that I can remember—one that took two more casualties with it on the way out. R.I.P., Dick Morgan and Frank Wess.
Friday, Nov. 1
When he was in town three years ago,  I said "it is an [...]

Head to Head: Ron Charles vs. Ron Moten

A series in which two local figures share their thoughts on developments in D.C.-area culture. For this edition, we talk to Washington Post Deputy Book World Editor Ron Charles and Peaceoholics founder and former Ward 7 D.C. Council candidate Ron Moten.
Washington City Paper: Would you wear this “Don’t Be a Bama” T-shirt?
Ron Charles: I would [...]

RIP Frank Wess, D.C. Jazz Flutist and Tenor Saxophonist

Frank Wess, a pioneering jazz flutist and tenor saxophonist who spent his formative years in Washington D.C., associating himself with the city for the rest of his life, died yesterday afternoon of kidney failure, reports NPR. He was 91 years old.
A beloved and highly respected player, Wess had a long and extraordinarily versatile musical life—moving from [...]

ToDo ToDay: The Woman in Black and Loads of Halloween Stuff

If you believe that Halloween is first and foremost about getting creeped out, Keegan Theatre’s got the ticket: The Woman in Black. The play, about a lawyer who hires a young actor to retell the story of a ghostly young woman who has haunted him for decades, is creepy enough on its own, but its film [...]

Arts Roundup: Extended Service Edition

Metro extends service for tonight's Drake concert at Verizon Center. [WJLA]
Before you see her second show at Lincoln Theatre tonight, watch Neko Case play a Tiny Desk concert. [NPR]
Arnold Schwarzenegger was in D.C. last night. [WJLA]
D.C. jazz pianist Dick Morgan has died. [Post]
Bootsy Collins bails on his agreement to serve food at Miriam's Kitchen yesterday, but [...]

One Track Mind: Jail Solidarity, Any Space, Whatever

Standout Track: No. 4, “Resume Power,” from D.C.’s Jail Solidarity. The trio’s powerful debut recording, Any Space, Whatever, is a four-song cassette/digital EP that’s 25 minutes of sludgy doom. On “Resume Power,” about the Fukushima disaster in Japan, the guitars start clean before exploding in the chorus as drummer Kristin Eliason, 29, and guitarist and [...]

Dirt Farm: Awerewolf

“D.C. is a Very Important City”: A Conversation with James Blake

I try to put my mom onto new music. Some stuff she likes, other stuff she loves. But of all the albums I've told her about, James Blake's Overgrown gets the most burn by far.
"My mom's a huge fan of your album," I tell Blake before our discussion begins. "That's a great start!" Blake says with a [...]