Archive for March, 2014

Hello From City Paper’s New Arts Editor

Hi, Arts Desk readers!
I’m Christina Cauterucci, City Paper’s new arts editor and, as of today, the host of this blog.
As a longtime supporter of alt media and the creativity that thrives in this city, I’m excited to bring new ideas and insight (and a little bit of sass) to the paper’s arts coverage.
One of the [...]

Listen: Fat Trel “Too Much” and “How U Feel”

Fat Trel fans have been eager to hear a full project from their favorite goon since he inked a deal with MMG, and the D.C. rapper has responded with a steady stream of music in the lead-up to his next mixtape, Gleesh. On "Too Much," he reworks Drake’s earnest standout track of the same name [...]

ToDo ToDay: “Kiyochika: Master of the Night,” Cosmonauts, and Toro Toro Opens

When the Tokugawa shogunate ended in 1868, Japanese leaders began rapidly transforming Tokyo into a modern capital. Upon returning to Tokyo following a six-year exile, self-trained artist Kobayashi Kiyochika set out to capture his new city using traditional and Western techniques. Kiyochika’s works are studies in light, capturing the city’s rapid changes at dawn and [...]

Protect-U Announces Double-LP Release Date, Posts New Track

D.C. synth duo Protect-U  will release Free USA, its first true LP, on May 13 via hometown label Future Times. Members Mike Petillo (a co-owner of the label) and Aaron Leitko are planning at least three performances locally in the run-up to the release date: A set at the Select DC Vanguard Festival on April [...]

Arts Roundup: Music Madness Edition

D.C. music legends compete in an interactive NCAA-style bracket. [Post]
Invest in these six artists before their work gets too pricey. [Refinery29]
Listen to the debut track from ambient-pop duo VEDAS. [D.C. Music Download]
Playwright Allyson Currin tells a family folktale in The Carolina Layaway Grail. [Theatre Washington]
Two classical music impresarios will bring live accompaniment back to the Washington [...]

Nas at the Kennedy Center, Reviewed

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Illmatic, the debut album by Nas that set the gold standard for East Coast hip hop, came out. Actually no, when you see Nas rapping in a tuxedo backed by the National Symphony Orchestra, it’s not that hard to believe. For rock bands like Metallica, doing [...]

ToDo ToDay: Alsarah and the Nubatones, “The Krazyhouse,” and The Jet Age

Alsarah and the Nubatones’ new album, Silt, starts off with a catchy call-and-response pop number, but you won’t hear “Habibi Taal” on Hot 99.5. It’s sung in Arabic and includes accompaniment on the stringed, pear-shaped oud and a hand-held wide-frame drum. Languid, traditional numbers like “Bilad Aldahb” and “Rennat” spotlight Alsarah’s melancholy as she longs to [...]

Brazil’s Luisa Maita on Samba, São Paulo, and Speedy Beats

Brazilian Luísa Maita’s alluring, samba-rooted vocals may conjure up for most Americans images of Rio beaches, but Maita, who performs at Artisphere Saturday, is a city girl who has spent more time on the streets of her hometown of São Paulo, Brazil. This daughter of a parking lot owner/musician father and a record producer mother [...]

Arts Roundup: Breezy Edition

Last night, City Paper critic Kriston Capps discussed the future of the Corcoran with the Post's Philip Kennicott and Modern Art Notes' Tyler Green. Here's what was tweeted from the room. [Post]
D.C. prosecutors want to get Chris Brown out of jail in L.A. so he can stand trial for assault here. [Post]
How to put a giant fiberglass Buddha back together [DCist]
Brightest Young [...]

What the Next Fort Fringe Could Look Like

For years, it’s been clear that the Capital Fringe Festival couldn’t stick around its scrappy, aberrantly cheap campus near Mount Vernon Square forever: The land, owned by Douglas Development, is simply too valuable. Now the festival is finally making plans to move, and will abandon the current Fort Fringe by the end of the year.
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