Archive for October, 2013

ToDo ToDay: A Stig Dagerman Appreciation and The Dickies

Many Scandinavian artists are known for their dark, despairing aesthetics but Stig Dagerman may challenge that reputation. Celebrated for the humanity and hope that drove his work, the prolific Swedish novelist, poet, and journalist was one of Europe’s most acclaimed writers when he committed suicide in 1954. In honor of the upcoming publication of four [...]

Arts Roundup: Big Hot Mess Edition

Love's liquor license suspended for a whole lot of unpaid taxes. [Post]
Courtland Milloy: Howard University's YardFest is a shame. [Post]
Chris Brown's uncle doubts that his nephew would have hit that guy in front of the W Hotel. [WJLA]
Nevertheless, Brown checks into rehab after his D.C. arrest. [Post]
Blues Alley temporarily closes for repairs, cancelling some shows. [...]

Blues Alley Closes for Repairs, Cancels Some Shows

It's been a rough month for jazz clubs. Bohemian Caverns remains closed for repairs after a freak car accident penetrated its exterior wall. Then, beginning this week, shows listed on Blues Alley's website were suddenly canceled, with ticketholders offered refunds.
The culprit, says Blues Alley owner Harry Schnipper, is repair work that the club had been [...]

Alison Baitz Debuts Her “Delightfully Pointless” Zine, On Flora

When Alison Baitz started working on her new zine, On Flora, she may have been a little out of her depth. She bought props on a whim, wasted $100 taking photos with disposable cameras (none of which came out), and set overly ambitious goals for how fast her product would sell. “I think I was a [...]

Jay Simon on Must Have Records, Songcraft in Dance Music, and His Next Release

Fans of D.C.'s Future Times crew know Jay Simon as a DJ who operates with an instantly gratifying combination of smoothness and verve; his sets never veer from the idea that house music—whether it's a cut from 25 years ago or from last week—is dance music. Simon also has started a label, Must Have Records, [...]

ToDo ToDay: Frightened Rabbit and Susan Marshall & Company

Just because Scott Hutchison, primary tunesmith for Scottish indie rockers Frightened Rabbit, expertly chronicles the death of romance, it doesn't mean we should wish him a broken heart. But when Hutchison said 2013’s Pedestrian Verse LP was primarily about a wrecked romance, it’s fair to say it felt like a welcome return, however bittersweet, to classic weepy anthems [...]

Arts Roundup: It’s Just a Misdemeanor Edition

Chris Brown's charge downgraded to a misdemeanor. [City Desk]
New portrait of the female Supreme Court justices revealed! [Post]
Clinton Yates talks to Cool "Disco" Dan about his mental health, his best pal, and the Cool "Disco" Dan documentary. [Post]
Maybe House of Cards won't wrap after Season 2 after all? [Huffington Post]
There is a Sesame Street parody [...]

Reviewed: “Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990″ at the National Building Museum

“Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990” at the National Building Museum offers a scope as sprawling as the city it documents, encompassing architecture, transportation, urban development, entertainment, the environment, and consumerism.
The exhibit is largely respectful in tone—it’s no City of Quartz, Mike Davis’ classic, dyspeptic assessment of the city published in 1990, not long before [...]

DMV Beats: Oddisee, Maimouna Youssef, Black Cobain, Al Bundy, and Asheru

Oddisee
Oddisee doesn't do many videos. He dropped one recently for "After Thoughts," but he doesn't actually appear in it. So the rapper/producer's new video for "Own Appeal" was kind of a surprise. It offers a glimpse into Odd's work routine: "The outside environment really plays a huge part in what I make," he says at [...]

ToDo ToDay: Latino Art, William Tyler, and the Future of Music Summit

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s new exhibition, “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art,” surveys 72 artists and 92 works from the museum’s collection to present a vision of Latino identity since the mid-1900s. But beyond a common ethnolinguistic history, the diversity among the artists’ works breaks down any notion of a shared vision. [...]

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