Archive for July, 2014

De La Soul Heckled Me From the Stage for Taking Photos

De La Soul has always been on my top 10 favorite groups, ever since my freshman year of college, when my friend Gloria from the South Bronx played 3 Feet High and Rising for me. I was instantly won over by the group's wit, intensity, clever wordplay, and creativity. Chuck D and Public Enemy taught me about life, Grandmaster Flash taught me [...]

The Blackbyrds’ Kevin Toney Has a New Partner in Song: His Daughter

Some people believe “Rock Creek Park” is the official song of Washington, D.C.—or, at least, that it should be. The Blackbyrds, who co-wrote the 1976 hit, were pushed out the Howard University classroom and on international tour by the late trumpeter Donald Byrd, head of jazz studies at the university. Since then, artists ranging from Public Enemy [...]

All Things Go Is Hosting a Music Festival This Fall

Union Market might be D.C.'s go-to venue for artisan breads and locally sourced meats, but this year, it's made room for another offering on the menu: homegrown music festivals. Following the success of U Street Music Hall's June electro-dance fete, Union BBQ, D.C.-based music blog All Things Go will host its first-ever music festival at Union Market's Dock 5 this September 13.
The [...]

ToDo ToDay: Coeurs, Drenge, and Airport Half-Smokes

As part of the National Gallery of Art's series on the work of the late French director Alain Resnais, the museum has partnered with the French embassy to show Coeurs, Resnais’ lighthearted mélange of 50 short scenes based on the 2004 Alan Ayckbourn play Public Fears in Private Places. The screening comes just prior to the U.S. release of [...]

Arts Roundup: 25-Hour Art Binge Edition

Nudity, vomiting, and lots of feelings: what our reporter witnessed during 25 straight hours of performance art at DC Arts Center [Arts Desk]
Barack Obama will award WAMU's Diane Rehm with the National Humanities Medal. [DCist]
The secret to selling out a Capital Fringe show? Serve booze and talk about sex. [Post]
Sarah Schaffer and Ben Richter of [...]

Photos: Bebel Gilberto @ 9:30 Club

Seeing Bebel Gilberto live on Sunday night at the 9:30 Club, the same adjective kept coming to my mind: hypnotic. Her voice, her dance moves, even her hair, were all siren-like. Born to Brazilian music icons João Gilberto and singer Miúcha, Gilberto's music has always been completely innovative, mixing her traditional bossa nova roots with more [...]

I Watched the Entirety of a 25-Hour Art Show at DCAC

This past weekend, in honor of its 25th anniversary, DC Arts Center (DCAC) exhibited art nonstop for 25 hours. The goal was to one-up the First 24, the venue's inaugural all-night show that celebrated its opening in 1989. That show, recalls DCAC executive director B. Stanley, was a resounding success, despite being broken up by the cops after getting too raucous. This [...]

ToDo ToDay: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Sun Kil Moon, and a Hemingway Birthday Celebration

Is it the only book in history to get high marks from your aunt’s suburban book club, your 13-year-old neighbor, and your English-major friend who finds Jonathan Franzen prosaic? Yes, probably. And in 2012, Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was translated into a similarly appealing theatrical production at London’s National Theatre. [...]

A D.C. Judge Accepted a Challenge to the Corcoran’s Partition. What Happens Next?

Advocates who aim to preserve the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design won a major victory in court yesterday. As the Washington Business Journal reported, D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Okun awarded standing to several members of the Save the Corcoran group that filed a motion to intervene in the legal proceedings to [...]

Arts Roundup: Lessons from Homme Edition

Life lessons learned from Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, who played Merriweather Post Pavilion last week [BYT]
Listen to PLOY's undeniably dancey "On/Off." [D.C. Music Download]
Activists from Save the Corcoran will be allowed to advocate in court against the dissolution of the gallery and college. [Post]
Alexandria's Torpedo Factory celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new [...]