Author Archive for Arts Desk

Sounds About Right: The Best Local Albums of 2014

Replay the year in D.C.'s raddest albums and EPs.

Genre Dysphoria: The Best D.C. Music of 2013

With Chuck Brown in his eternal resting place and Ian MacKaye settled down and playing only occasional dates with The Evens, how has D.C. music moved on?
In 2013, the answer was clearer: This is a hip-hop town, at least more than it was before. The area now has three significant hip-hop exports: trap-rap up-and-comer Fat Trel, [...]

If the Corcoran Must Move, Where Should It Go?

A few serious and silly suggestions
No, the Corcoran wouldn’t rake in the tourist dollars in Anacostia, at least not anytime soon, but it’ll finally demonstrate some long-term vision. There are lots of vacant or blighted properties in the Ward 8 neighborhood; presumably the Corcoran could snap something up for a song. It wouldn’t be alone [...]

Fat Trel’s Nightmare on E St.: The Arts Desk Breakdown

Fat Trel's Nightmare on E St., the most-anticipated local hip-hop mixtape in some time, finally arrived today, following several months of delays and enough hype to suggest the 21-year-old could be D.C.'s next big rap export. Nightmare on E St. was recorded around the United States and features appearances and beats from Lex Luger, Big K.R.I.T., [...]

Mr. Smith, Go Home! Nominees for the Worst Washington Movies Ever

Washington Life's list of "The 100 Best Washington Movies Ever" earlier this week was, well, pretty stupid. Nearly every film listed was about federal Washington; the titles were chosen by a mysterious, unnamed WL Film Committee; and then there was Arch Campbell's introduction salivating over the scenic but very obvious beauty of the National Mall and [...]

D.C. Memoirs We’d Like to See

Plenty of people embark on second careers. But for anyone who’s had even the smallest brush with fame, there’s really only one sensible path: memoirist. In recent weeks, a number of books from D.C. luminaries, bright and dim, have crossed our desks: former TV producer and Nathans owner Carol Joynt’s Innocent Spouse (tell-some), iconic boxer [...]

Solas Nua Premieres Play in New York

Founded in 2004, Solas Nua is a D.C.-based arts organization dedicated to the production and proliferation of contemporary Irish art. Though it is still a young organization, Solas Nua has already received rave reviews for past productions of Enda Walsh’s Disco Pigs, organized the yearly Capital Irish Film Festival, and [...]

DJ Stereo Faith Alive and Tweeting After Surgery

He's been active on Twitter all day, so it looks like DJ Stereo Faith is doing OK following surgery to remove a tumor from his auditory canal. Recently, the city's alt-DJ scene came together to throw a benefit for Stereo Faith to help cover the bill. Check back here during the week for an update on [...]

This Week in Record Reviews: Arcade Fire and Bun B

We're a day late getting this online, and already, Arcade Fire's anticipated third album, The Suburbs, seems to have generated a long and full debate. Pitchfork is a fan; The Washington Post's Chris Richards is not. For the most part, the notices are enthusiastic.
Washington City Paper's Ramon Ramirez is less chipper, however. He says the [...]

This Weekend in Film: Farewell at Bethesda Row

The director Christian Carion's latest film, Farewell, opens this weekend at Bethesda Row Cinema. Benjamin R. Freed reviewed it in April when it showed as part of Filmfest D.C.:
Farewell, which gets its title from the code name of a KGB turncoat who gave Soviet intelligence to France in the early 1980s, would like to be [...]