Archive for October, 2013

Reviewed: “Women of Vision” at the National Geographic Museum

The National Geographic Museum exhibit, "Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment," begins with a somewhat odd declaration by the curator: "I cannot look at a photograph and tell you whether it was shot by a woman or by a man." Of course not—no one could. But as the text continues, the curator's idea [...]

The Maracuyeah DJs Talk Touring Mexico and Their Last Party of 2013

Local DJ duo the Maracuyeah Collective recently returned home from a brief tour in Mexico, and tonight, members DJ Mafe and DJ Rat throw themselves a homecoming party at U Street club Tropicalia. They'll be joined by DJ Marcelo C., a New York City Latin disco and pop DJ who mans the Rico Suave party at Fontana's. This will be Maracuyeah's [...]

Jazz Setlist, October 24-30: Freedom Summer in the Fall

Thursday, Oct. 24
The most common—inevitable, really—point of comparison you'll hear for vocalist Madeleine Peyroux is the great Billie Holiday. It's an obvious frame of reference; Peyroux shares Lady Day's easy, sliding phraseology and the husky edge to her instrument. Sometimes you could easily confuse one for the other. Still, don't go looking for a modern-day [...]

ToDo ToDay: Frank Hallam Day, The Lonely Forest, and Misun

Frank Hallam Day—one of the D.C. area’s most accomplished photographers—has a new exhibit about Africa, and, as he likes to put it, it’s “not the usual giraffes-in-the-sunset approach.” The prints stem from the more than 8,000 images Day has taken in sub-Saharan Africa, some dating back to 2002 and others from just a few weeks [...]

One Track Mind: Wes Felton, Imagine the Future

Standout Track: No. 7, "The One," a sultry-paced slow jam from Wes Felton's recent album, Imagine the Future. On this track, the Deanwood native, who also goes by W. Ellington Felton, channels Aaliyah in an ode to his soul mate ("Your love is a one in a million," Felton sings. " goes on and on [...]

Arts Roundup: Riffin’ Edition

Pink Line Project founder Philippa Hughes has breast cancer; will undergo a double mastectomy next week. [Arts Desk]
A look at how previous government shutdowns impacted the Smithsonian [Smithsonian Collections Blog]
Reminder: The Sackler Gallery's yoga exhibit is now open. [AP]
Photos show just how damaged the U.S. Capitol dome is. [WBJ]
Local jazz website/concert organizer Capital Bop launches a new [...]

After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Philippa Hughes Makes Big Changes

In many respects, this summer has been a typical one for Philippa Hughes. But “typical” for Hughes means unreal in the best possible ways. The Pink Line Project founder spent two months eating and surfing in Los Angeles, Sicily, and Portland, Ore. She took a writing workshop in Maui conducted by author Rebecca Walker. At [...]

Dirt Farm: Headless

Rappin’ With Cheech and Chong About Weed, D.C. Museums, and Annie Hall

When Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong scored a surprise hit with their 1978 film Up in Smoke, marijuana legalization was unheard of and the horrors of Reefer Madness still lurked in people’s minds. The pair became a force in the normalization of pot, even after they broke up in the 1980s. Reunited for a comedy [...]

ToDo ToDay: Of Montreal, Father John Misty, and Foul Swoops

It’s easy to forget that Kevin Barnes, Of Montreal’s enigmatic leader, was once a twee-pop maestro. The group’s new album, Lousy with Sylvianbriar, harkens sweetly back to the days of Cherry Peel and The Gay Parade, reemphasizing, for the first time in at least 10 years, simple guitars over glittery synths. It’ll be interesting to see how the change [...]