Archive for February, 2014

You’ve Got Whale: Moby-Dick at the Washington National Opera, Reviewed

Opera fans don’t get many opportunities to see things that nearly no one in the audience has seen before. It’s a test of how a work of art stands up on its own, without any famous aria or overture as a point of comparison. Some opera nuts may have seen Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick in Dallas, [...]

Dirt Farm: Takeover!

ToDo ToDay: Los Hacheros, GEMS, and Garry Winogrand

In addition to their traditional salsa arrangements, expect New York’s Los Hacheros to bring along a fair amount of joy when they perform at Atlas Performing Arts Center. The group has only been performing together since 2011, but its solid arrangements and lively original songs have impressed old-school salseros and young music fans alike. By [...]

Listen: Nike Nando and Nickelus F’s “Chubby Chaser” Remix

Maryland rapper Nike Nando has been working his ass off lately. In addition to opening for L.A. everyman rapper Dom Kennedy, he performed at the Fillmore on Sunday and has been releasing new music on a weekly basis since last month. The most recent installment is a remix of Nickelus F’s "Chubby Chaser" in which Nando [...]

One Track Mind: Nistha Raj’s Exit 1

Standout Track: No. 1, “Shivranjani,” from Exit 1, the debut album from Alexandria violinist Nistha Raj. The tune fuses a lulling classical North Indian melody with Wytold’s electric cello and the racing beatboxing and spoons of hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon, who fills the tabla role. “Christylez is very quick at picking up rhythms,” Raj writes [...]

Arts Roundup: Philomena in Potomac Edition

What will happened to that $40 million the Corcoran made from selling rugs last year? [Arts Desk]
After this year, Filmfest D.C. is almost certainly dunzo. [Arts Desk, DCist]
Go-go heroes UCB are reuniting for a Howard Theatre Show in April. [GOG Blog]
When D.C.-area residents let their homes become movie sets [Post]
A new song from local indie heroes Deleted Scenes [...]

Listen: Dunson, “Cross Town Lovers”

Maryland financial advisor-turned-rapper Dunson returns with the remix to "Cross Town Lovers," scoring a huge assist from John Legend. If you’re curious about how the rapper landed a feature from the Grammy winner, there’s a story:
This record was inspired by a hook that John had done a couple years ago but didn't use. He was generous [...]

The Corcoran’s $40 Million Magic Carpet Ride

Last June, the Corcoran Gallery of Art sold a small collection of rugs at Sotheby's. One of them, a famed 17th century Persian rug known as the Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet, after its distinctive patterning, outdid all predictions: The piece sold for $33.8 million, well over the $5 to $7 million estimate. In all, the lot [...]

Jazz Setlist, February 27-March 5: On Greater U Street

Thursday, February 27
There's a multidimensional aspect to theThe Greater U Street Jazz Collective's name. The quintet, populated by veteran D.C. jazz musicians, looks to remember and uphold the legacy of jazz life and culture, and through it the legacy of African-American life and culture, in D.C. U Street has long been the core of that [...]

Filmfest D.C. Will Probably End After This Year

The head of the annual Filmfest D.C. said last spring that the annual event was on the brink of shutting down. Today, a press release makes it official: This year's 28th Filmfest D.C. will be its last.
Last year, the festival's director, Tony Gittens, told the Washington Post that because of rising expenses and shrinking funds, the [...]