Archive for January, 2014

ToDo ToDay: Impossible!, Gun Crazy, and Humble Fire

Happenstance Theater is experiencing a bout of depression. Set in 1930s America, Impossible! A Happenstance Circus poses a simple question: What’s a circus like without the funding? Gone are the brass bands, manic lions, and fear-inducing clown getups. Instead, it’s a visual showcase of skill, talent, and passion created by the performers themselves. The Happenstance team [...]

D.C. Poets and Spoken-Word Heads Reunite at Kennedy Center

From February 1994 to August 1996, D.C.'s poetry and spoken-word scene had a home at It's Your Mug Café. Located at 2601 P St. NW in Georgetown, the former café—now an antique store—hosted a weekly Tuesday night open mic that drew some of the best and brightest in the poetry community. Tonight, seven wordslingers and two [...]

Listen: John Fahey’s Strange Mixtapes for a Record Store Clerk

Does it come as a surprise that American Primitivism guitar hero John Fahey made extremely weird mixtapes?
A couple of months ago, Chicago musician Nathaniel Braddock posted to Soundcloud a series of mixtapes he says were made by the late guitarist in the 1990s. According to Braddock, they were intended for Braddock's then-future-wife, who was working [...]

When D.C. Punks Were Prizefighters

In an exhibit two summers ago at Georgetown's Addison/Ripley Fine Art, a little slice of D.C. music history might have gone over the heads of some gallery-goers.
The history could be found in a series of images by local painter and photographer Dan Treado. His photos, part of a 1987-1988 project called "All My Friends Are [...]

Arts Roundup: Mo Rocca Edition

Mo Rocca will moderate a panel at the big Kennedy Center arts summit this weekend. [AP]
Ford's Theatre crawls with feds at Violet's opening night. [Post]
Local artist Theodore Taylor wins an award for his illustrations in a hip-hop children's book. [Post]
Travis Morrison's The Burlies release an EP. [Arts Desk]
New artist studio space available for rent in Bethesda. [...]

Dirt Farm: Buzzfeed

Watch: A Rockyesque Inspirational Video From RAtheMC

As Arts Desk reported back in November, Brookland recording hub House Studio recently launched a record label, and D.C. rapper RAtheMC was the first signee. Today, RA dropped a new video for "Inception," a day after she spoke with WPGC's Peter Parker about her career and her father's recent passing.
The video takes a brooding look at RA's workout and [...]

Listen: The Burlies’ Self-Titled EP

The Burlies, the other band of Dismemberment Plan frontman Travis Morrison, released a new three-song EP on Wednesday. It's not a physical release—just an online joint, streamable via Soundcloud, YouTube, and Bandcamp—and it's got the same wacky-to-grown-ass-man ratio of D-Plan's recent full-length, Uncanney Valley.
A previously released (and raucous) Burlies song, "The Ocean," is track No. 2.
If [...]

Reviewed: Michael Horsley at DCAC

Michael Horsley is best known for his documentation of pre-gentrification D.C., but in “At the Crossroad: A Topography of Space, Time and Memory,” an exhibit of new and newish works at DCAC, Horsley turns the page—at least a bit—to a more varied conception of the American landscape.
While the exhibit includes a bunch of examples of [...]

Jazz Setlist: Lori Williams, Albert “Tootie” Heath, and Helen Sung

Thursday, Jan. 30
The only thing better than Lori Williams' velvet voice, expressive and elastic time, and delectable phrasing is the irrepressible joy she communicates with every syllable. Williams simply loves to sing, and it shows. In that sense she's like Ella Fitzgerald, who was always absolutely delighted to be with you. But only in that [...]