Author Archive for Ally Schweitzer

Arts Roundup: Silo Edition

Local cabdriver/rock star Hailu Mergia talks music with booker Jim Thomson. [Vinyl District]
An oral history of The Beatles' D.C. invasion [Post]
Hey, it's local native Dave Grohl (and some other famous people) playing The Beatles. Nope, The Beatles stuff ain't stopping anytime soon. [Spin]
Michael Kaiser says: Beware of silos, arts organizations! [Huffington Post]
New Veep trailer, folks. [Huffington Post]
The Washington Post [...]

Arts Roundup: How You Doin’? Edition

Possible designs for Martin Luther King Jr. Library released. [Housing Complex]
Kennedy Center expansion OKed by feds. [AP]
Talk show host Wendy Williams donates her stuff to the Smithsonian. [AP]
An analysis of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's next season [Post]
Stomp dancers advise the Gallaudet Dance Company. [WJLA]
The Julie Ruin has a new music video [Pitchfork]
Relive The Beatles' 1964 concert at [...]

We’re Co-Presenting a Free Show Tonight, and You Should Come

Paint Branch and The Walking Sticks are playing the Luce Foundation Center (inside the Smithsonian American Art Museum) tonight. Washington City Paper is co-presenting the concert with the museum. Here are 10 reasons you should come:
1. Both of those bands were among Washington City Paper's favorite music in 2013
2. The show is free
3. "American Cool" opens today [...]

Watch: Deleted Scenes’ Video for “Stutter”

The kookiest track D.C.-founded indie-rock band Deleted Scenes has made to date, "Stutter," now has a kooky (and great! And quite dark!) music video. The star? Dustin Diamond. Yes, Screech. A miserable, gets-the-crap-beat-out-of-him Screech.
Deleted Scenes' full-length Lithium Burn, the followup to 2011's Young People's Church of the Air, is out April 15. Fingers crossed for more insanity.

Arts Roundup: Last Exit to Brookland Edition

Lorde will headline Preakness InfieldFest. [Post]
Beatle hair: In 1964, uncool Washingtonians (and the Washington Post) hated it. Anyone surprised? [Post]
Eight things to know about The Beatles' first U.S. concert, which happened to take place here. [WBJ]
D.C. is America's most literate city, at least according to one ranking. [Post]
Brookland, rising arts district [East City Art]
An interview with the [...]

Arts Roundup: Thoroughly Roasted Edition

Library of Congress debuts a new, massive "Songs of America" database. [In the Muse]
Even before its second season premieres, House of Cards gets a third season, and Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey talk about it. [Huffington Post]
Rhino Bar to host a Philip Seymour Hoffman retrospective. [DCist]
Local comics roast Dan Snyder; lots of tasteless jokes happen. [...]

Baltimore-Set Documentary 12 O’Clock Boys Opens Friday at West End Cinema

If you missed it at AFI Docs last year, be merry: 12 O'Clock Boys opens at West End Cinema this Friday.
The 2013 film directed by first-timer Lotfy Nathan takes a look at a posse of risk-taking dirt-bike riders in a poverty-stricken section of Baltimore. At its heart is a young kid, Pug, who yearns to join the [...]

Arts Roundup: $2 Million Punk House Edition

The house where Minor Threat played its first show is on the market for $2 million. [Curbed]
ANC rejects Ghana Cafe's request to add live entertainment. [Short Articles About Long Meetings]
Neutral Milk Hotel says its forthcoming local tour stop will be its last for the foreseeable future. [Pitchfork]
dog & pony dc takes Beertown to New York. [Post]
Newman's Own [...]

Arts Roundup: ICE ICE Baby Edition

The historic Franklin School to become a contemporary art museum with rotating exhibits. [Housing Complex]
Dani Levinas, the entrepreneur and arts patron that will retool the Franklin School with his Institute for Contemporary Expression (ICE), talks about the project's next steps. [Post]
But is an art museum the best use of the building? [Greater Greater Washington]
The Ex [...]

Arts Roundup: Party Bus Edition

Money-losing LivingSocial will shutter its 918 F St. event space. [Post]
Phillips Collection scoffs at claims of forgery. [Post]
Corcoran awaits sale of valuable Monet. [Post]
Northeast Library reopens today. [DCist]
Shakespeare Theatre Company announces its 2014-15 season. [Post]
A profile of Robert Edsel, the guy who helped the Monuments Men film come to be. [Post]
Baltimoreans, get on the Wye [...]