Author Archive for Ally Schweitzer

Q&A: New York-Bound Adam Friedland On the Last Night of Funny Moms

Since December of 2012, Columbia Heights watering hole Wonderland has recurringly opened its upstairs bar to a small tribe of dweeby, self-effacing, pop-culture-literate comics and the people who want to hear their weird jokes. But after tonight, the laughter fades forever inside those walls.
Well, OK, Wonderland will still host comedy. But probably none like that [...]

One Track Mind: Puff Pieces, “New Nazis”

Standout Track: No. 2, “New Nazis,” a jumpy, punky slab from ex-Antelope and ex-Caution Curves threesome Puff Pieces, a combo of Mount Pleasant guitarist Justin Moyer (an occasional Washington City Paper contributor) and Brightwood residents Amanda Huron (drums) and Mike Andre (bass and vocals). The tune—from a 7-inch on Lovitt Records, out April 19—is darn [...]

One Track Mind: Nice Breeze’s “Transparency”

Standout Track: “Transparency,” a surf-tinged punk ditty by D.C.- and Arlington-based quartet Nice Breeze. The band has experimental roots—guitarist John Howard and drummer Martha Hamilton also play in noisy freeform act Plums, and guitarist Barrett Jones has made droney music with Obetrol—but this song is as Saran Wrap–clear as its name. Singer Andy Fox sounds [...]

Arts Roundup: Take Your Ultimatum and Shove It Edition

The Washington Post's editorial board smacks down Netflix/Media Rights Capital's icky ultimatum to Maryland. [Post]
It also applauds the dismemberment of the Corcoran, calling it "sensible" and "practical." [Post]
But it's still truly unfortunate to see the Corcoran leave us, writes Phil Kennicott. [Post]
Did the Huffington Post really just call George W. Bush an "outsider artist"? [Huffington Post]
The [...]

Arts Roundup: Death Cab Edition

Two new Union Station pavilions are forever dated by Death Cab for Cutie lyrics. [Racked, DCist]
The African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation raises money to repair the memorial. [AP]
Meet the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra. [WJLA]
FACT Magazine is giving away free tickets to U Street Music Hall's anniversary. [Blisspop]
Poetry group Split This Rock has a [...]

Ian Svenonius Wants to Devitalize Your Neighborhood

This new Chain & the Gang song is an anti-gentrification anthem, right? "I wanna devitalize the city/I wanna devitalize the air/I wanna devitalize just about everywhere," chants songwriter/vocalist Ian Svenonius on "Devitalize," a track that premiered today on Vice's Noisey outlet.
The song is from the band's forthcoming album, Minimum Rock 'n' Roll, out on Svenonius' Radical [...]

Arts Roundup: Pinball Drop Edition

Netflix shakes down Maryland for more House of Cards tax breaks. [AP]
The owner of the Pinball Museum, formerly of Georgetown and Baltimore, is selling off his pinball machines. [WTOP]
Ron Moten and go-go supporters battle Prince George's County on go-go. [NBC 4]
University of Maryland to host symposium on issues in black theater. [WAMU]
The D.C. Docent chimes [...]

Arts Roundup: The Big Breakup Edition

University of Maryland surprised and dismayed by collapse of plans to team up with Corcoran. [Arts Desk]
Corcoran's staff, students, and faculty also surprised by the news. [Arts Desk]
Museum leaders say Corcoran dissolution was the best option at hand. [Post]
Matthew Hemerlein (Lo-Fang), interviewed. [New York Times]
Chris Brown trial date set for April. [AP]
Travis Jackson benny rescheduled. [...]

Arts Roundup: Pop the Corc Edition

It has come to this: The Corcoran to be dismantled, split up between National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. [Arts Desk, Post, New York Times]
A timeline of the Corcoran's woes [Post]
Tyler Green analyzes the Corc meltdown, saying it's been in the tea leaves since 2008. (Though some would argue it's been longer than [...]

Arts Roundup: Up Yours, Snow Edition

Architectural firm picked to redesign Martin Luther King Jr. Library. [Housing Complex]
The prez loves his HBO drama series. [Huffington Post]
Netflix is ramping up its lobbying efforts on the Hill. [CPI via Huffington Post]
Woolly Mammoth is like, "F a snowstorm." [Post]
A new book prize honors deceased Politics & Prose co-owner Carla Furstenberg Cohen. [Post]
Ron Moten releases [...]