Archive for May, 2014

ToDo ToDay: Michael Ian Black, Foul Swoops, and Hudson Mohawke

Michael Ian Black has had his hands in a lot of cookie jars over the years—first as a member of The State’s comedy collective, and later for his roles in Wet Hot American Summer and the TV series Ed. Even if Black is a little older and slightly less awkward now, expect a few summer camp references to sneak into his [...]

Arts Roundup: Concert Hall Presser Edition

Sofar (Sounds From a Room) might bring mystery living room concerts back to D.C. [D.C. Music Download]
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney introduced one of his favorite bands, Guided By Voices, at the Black Cat. [DCist]
A reflection on art fairs, after New York's Frieze Week [East City Art]
Philippa Hughes is writing a memoir, and she [...]

The Breaks: This Week in DMV Hip-Hop

The breakbeat is hip-hop’s backbone—and this new column, The Breaks, aims to be the backbone of the DMV hip-hop scene across the board. This week’s edition includes the first leak from Nike Nando’s new project, Logic’s trip to Sway in the Morning, more insight from Mannie Fresh’s NPR visit, and Mobb Deep’s D.C. show tonight. [...]

Celebrate Black Pride at the One-Year Anniversary of Patty Boom Boom’s Batti Party

Black Pride weekend kicked off last night, bringing thousands of people to D.C. to celebrate the fortitude of the LGBTQ community through a series of social, educational, and activist events. Anyone still searching for a Sunday night event that'll rock until the wee hours of Memorial Day morning need not look any further than Patty Boom Boom’s Batti [...]

ToDo ToDay: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Sharel Cassity, and Local Limoncello

“Only God can judge me,” 2Pac boasted on the track of the same name. For Judas Iscariot in Forum Theatre’s latest production, that’s unfortunately not the case. In the darkly comic play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, a selection of jurors gathers somewhere between heaven and hell to decide the fate of Jesus’ betrayer. Was [...]

Crash Through a Ball Pit of Empty Cans in “Bottomless Mimosas”

Ball pits were fun to play in as a kid, but now that I'm old enough to worry about things like staph infections and hidden pools of vomit, the thought of diving into one makes me want to zip myself into a hazmat suit and never come out.
"Bottomless Mimosas," then, is a welcome substitute—the installation, at [...]

Arts Roundup: Binge Watch Edition

Want to spend 13 hours in a dark room watching Orange is the New Black? There's a Kimpton hotel for that. [DCist]
Vox's Matt Yglesias, performance artist Holly Bass, Fugazi's Brendan Canty, and Transformer's Victoria Reis discuss the future of the arts in D.C. [Arts Desk]
A guide to the National Gallery of Art's Jazz in the Garden, if [...]

Jazz Setlist, May 22-28: Arrival Day

Thursday, May 22
Herman Sonny Blount, whom posterity does and always will know as Sun Ra, was born 100 years ago this day in Birmingham, Ala. Of course, if you know anything about Sun Ra, you know that even that story is not so simply told. Ra claimed to be a native not of Alabama, but [...]

Celebrity Facematch: A Guessing Game for Gallery Scenesters

Once you’ve been to more than a few art openings in D.C., you start to recognize a regular cast of characters. There’s the tatted-up white girl with a sunny smile, the Asian guy in hipster glasses with a camera around his neck, the attractive young power couple, the well-dressed Washington City Paper fine arts critic.
And [...]

The Future of D.C. Arts, as Told by Matt Yglesias, Holly Bass, Brendan Canty, and Victoria Reis

Start a kids-only lending library of donated instruments from established musicians. Team up with local affordable housing activists to lobby for responsible development. Sell art through subscription services. Amend zoning laws to carve out space for art studios.
That's how D.C. arts will stay solvent in the future, according to the guests at last night's District of Change: Making [...]