Author Archive for Alex Baca

H Street Playhouse Reveals New Anacostia Home: 2020 Shannon Place SE

H Street Playhouse, which Mayor Vince Gray announced last week would be moving to Anacostia, revealed its exact location at a press conference today: 2020 Shannon Place SE.
The warehouse—which is located directly behind The Hive, a communal work space—was used during the Lumen8Anacostia temporium event earlier this year. H Street Playhouse presented three short readings [...]

H Street Playhouse to Move East of the River

Today at a presolicitation event at the Lincoln Theatre organized by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Mayor Vince Gray dropped a whole bunch of arts news: One, the Lincoln Theatre is seeking a new operator. And two, H Street Playhouse, which started looking for a new, cheaper spot in January of [...]

Arts Roundup: Super-Secret Edition

Sasha Lord, Girl Scout wonder [Pink Line]
Denver Museum of Nature and Science chief curator and vice president of research and collections Kirk Johnson tapped to head the National Museum of Natural History. [Washington Post]
Mike Daisey, liar, is still magnetic in his reprisal of The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. [New York Times' Arts [...]

The Time I Interviewed The Promise Ring’s Drummer and My Voice Recorder Quit

Yeah, that happened.
I spoke with Dan Didier, drummer for The Promise Ring and Maritime, on Monday, with the intention of posting a routine Q&A transcript here. Except, well, my voice recorder quit 54 seconds into the conversation.
Didier said some really smart and funny things about touring in a reunited emo band [...]

Arts Roundup: Listen Local Now Edition

Hear a new track from The Doozies, "1997." (We One Track Minded them in January). [Prefix]
Hear an all-vinyl-everything mix from Protect-U. [Spinner]
Albert Einstein memorial, yarn-bombed, then un-bombed [DCist]
An activist-created vegetable garden in Park View gets the warm-and-fuzzy video treatment. [Style Blog]

Arts Roundup: More Mr. Daisey Edition

All Fringe everything! We have Fringe & Purge. DC Theatre Scene has Tent Talk. And the Post has a weather forecast! [Tent Talk, Style Blog]
"I would still do it": Nelson Pressley profiles Mike Daisey. [Post]
Mark Jenkins on Barnett Newman's "Stations of the Cross" (read our review, too!). [Express]

Much Dithering at the Building Museum and O Street Studios About Artist Spaces

Last week, I wrote a City Lights pick about a panel being hosted by the National Building Museum to discuss artist and DIY spaces in D.C. I pegged it to the closing of Subterranean A, one of the city’s best-loved DIY spaces.
In retrospect, this was a mistake.
I’ve been to panels at the Building Museum before; [...]

Arts Roundup: Healthy Living Edition

Businesses in D.C.'s National Park Service-controlled parks? "It can only be about healthy living"! [Examiner]
Meshell Ndegeocello dedicated a James Brown song to Sen. John Boehner, and other observations from Bring Back the Funk. [Style Blog]
"Vintage showrooms" has got to just be a fancy term for a place that you can buy worn-before duds of the [...]

Arts Roundup: Locals On Edition

Office of Future Plans member Gordon Withers on the music-sharing kerfuffle (spoiler: actual solutions!) [Tumblr]
"You, Me, Them, Everybody" (and former City Paper contributor) host Brandon Wetherbee on women in comedy (spoiler: they belong) [HuffPoDC]
Jesse Tittsworth, mock organ donor [Josh Sisk]

Fort Reno Schedule Finally Announced

This summer's Fort Reno concert series kicked off this past Monday night, and the second installment—with BRENDA, Art Sorority for Girls, and Edie Sedgwick—will start this evening at 7 p.m.
But the full schedule wasn't announced until, well, now. It's up. Hallelujah. It's the requisite mix of relative unknowns (Cigarbox Planetarium, East Paw) and local heavy-hitters [...]