Archive for July, 2014

Alas, The Doldrums Begin: Jazz Setlist, July 31-August 6

Yes, it's that slow period in August when the jazz scene dries up to a trickle. And yet, every desert has its oases; here are a few of ours.
Friday, August 1
There's some room for debate on the overlap between jazz and "creative music." The latter is more of a catch-all term for music that combines [...]

ToDo ToDay: Coen Brothers: Double Take, Give, and Protect-U

1984’s Blood Simple and 2007’s No Country for Old Men, Joel and Ethan Coen’s eerie, blood-soaked, uncomfortably hilarious Texas neo-noirs, have a lot in common, down to the creepiness and originality of their respective villains, the double-crossing P.I. Loren Visser and the double-crossing hitman Anton Chigurh. But while Blood Simple, the Coen brothers’ first feature, was a [...]

Reviewed: “Everyware” at Project 4 Gallery

The three artists featured in Project 4 Gallery’s “Everyware” exhibition operate on the frontiers of digital photography and social media, but their inspiration comes from the past as much as it does from the present and the future.
Aaron Cahill, William Deegan, and Lynette Jackson create “handheld digital art” by manipulating architectural and landscape photography, then [...]

Arts Roundup: Summer Reading Edition

The best museums in D.C. off the National Mall [DCist]
Philanthropist and ex-Ford's Theatre chairman Wayne Reynolds took to the witness stand to decry the Corcoran's fundraising efforts on the institution's third day in court seeking permission to dissolve. [Post]
Photos from after-hours at the Freer and Sackler Gallery [BYT]
Read a secret, deleted chapter from Marion Barry's [...]

One Track Mind: Mark Meadows’ “Once Upon a Purple Night”

Standout Track: No. 5, “Once Upon a Purple Night,” a gentle jazz waltz led by the wordless vocals of Christie Dashiell on Mark Meadows' Somethin' Good. At least, it starts out as a gentle jazz waltz. But after melodic, one-chorus solos by vibraphonist Warren Wolf, alto saxophonist Brent Birckhead, and pianist Meadows (and a restatement [...]

D.C.-Bred Comedian Sampson on Growing Up Gay, Black, and Pentecostal

On his Twitter bio, comedian and D.C. native Sampson describes himself as black, gay, and boss. Culled from his personal life, Sampson’s comedy mixes silly with serious by addressing racism and homophobia head-on. This Friday, Aug. 1, he’ll perform two sets at District of Columbia Arts Center in Adams Morgan. We caught up with the 28-year-old [...]

AB Gets Erotic on His New Track, “A Quarter After Morning”

"Can't think of a better way to start my day, than wrapped up in your chocolate legs."
That's just the opening line of Aaron "AB" Abernathy's new song, "A Quarter After Morning," out today. From there, the Deanwood resident uses a high-pitched falsetto to lay out exactly what he plans to do. "I know it's after [...]

ToDo ToDay: Michael Borek, Honeyblood, and Chefs Behind Bars

It’s been more than a quarter century by now, but my recollection of reading Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis in my freshman-year college European lit class remains fresh. Even for a cocky college kid, reading about Gregor Samsa’s transformation into an insect was unnerving. There’s nothing quite as creepy as Kafka’s famous character in Michael Borek’s photography exhibit [...]

Arts Roundup: Farewell, FreeFest Edition

Virgin Mobile Freefest won't be coming back to Merriweather Post Pavilion this year. [Arts Desk]
Watch the sexy, playful music video for ACME's newest tracks, "California Girls" and "Numbers Game." [D.C. Music Download]
Accusations of cronyism and drama galore at the Corcoran's first day in court... [Arts Desk]
...and on the second day, details of the school's proposed [...]

Virgin Mobile FreeFest Isn’t Happening This Year

Once upon a time, it wasn't fall until Merriweather Post Pavilion welcomed a slate of buzzy bands and EDM purveyors to play a free show for what seemed like half of D.C.'s under-25 population and all of its flower-crown wearers.
Those days are over—at least for now. Virgin Mobile USA announced today that Virgin Mobile FreeFest will [...]