Author Archive for Erin Petty

Arts Roundup: Cancelation Edition

For anyone planning on attending tonight's Linkin Park concert at the Verizon Center ,well, I guess you'll have to find other plans. Lead vocalist Chester Bennington is ill, and the band is canceling the show. Refunds will start being issued tomorrow. Somehow I don't think this is going to affect too many of you.
Put this [...]

Press Preview at the Textile Museum: A Tour of the Tour

Today I attended the Textile Museum's press preview for "Second Lives: The Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles," which opens to the public tomorrow. It's a small, 18-piece display intended to complement the museum's big spring exhibition "Green: the Color and the Cause," set to open in April."Second Lives" showcases items like quilts, jackets, and wall [...]

Morning Roundup: Switcheroo Edition

Morning all. Normally my colleague Alex Baca writes the Tuesday roundup, but you've got me instead. Not to worry, Baca fans–she'll be back on roundup duty Thursday.
WaPo's Anne Midgette has got the scoop on the Washington National Opera's lineup for the 2011-12 season. The WNO will open with Tosca in September; other works include Werther and, [...]

Stayin’ Classy: Arts Highlights from Our Classes Guide

For folks with artistic aspirations, finding arts-related classes in this week's Stay Classy cover package is less obvious than you might think. Arts and Crafts and Performance, sure, but Travel and Culture? Technology? Yep, you just may find the class of your dreams in those categories, too. Below, some places to check out.
Arts and Crafts
Think [...]

Arts Roundup: Live Music Returns to DC9 Edition

Morning, all. Hope you navigated your way through last night's snow okay. I'm sure some of you have the day off as a result. Whether you're off or whether you're working, hope your day's a good one.
TBD's Sarah Godfrey reports that DC9 will begin hosting concerts again in March. The club announced on Twitter that [...]

Arts Roundup: National Edition

Morning all. I don't know about your neck of the woods, but police presence has been screamin' this morning in Petworth. Meanwhile, in the world of arts...
The New York Times' Cathy Horyn examines the gown Michelle Obama wore for Hu Jintao's state dinner. She seems impressed by Obama's choice of the festive red dress with [...]

Bored on Your Day Off? No Need to Be

Last Friday, we gave all you lucky ducks who don't have work today some ideas about what you can do to celebrate MLK Day.
To recap, there are choral options galore:

At the John Phillips Sousa Middle School in Southeast, students sing, dance, and recite excerpts of King's speeches at the "In Celebration of MLK: Lift Every [...]

Arts Roundup: Old News Edition

Last night my colleague Jonathan L. Fischer checked out the Moombahton Massive 2 at U Street Music Hall, headlined by the genre's creator, Dave Nada. Nada, the subject of Fischer's cover story a few weeks ago, was back in town from L.A., where he moved last year. I can't guarantee any post-event coverage on the [...]

Artisphere Names Executive Director

In the three months Artisphere has been open, the Rosslyn-based arts center has been without a leader. Until now. It was announced today that José Ortiz has been named the organization's executive director.
Ortiz brings with him an impressive resume: He arrives to Artisphere from the Harvard Art Museum, where as deputy director he oversaw the [...]

Arts Roundup: Adult Beverage Edition

Hello, Arts Desk readers! Well, I thought we were out of the holiday arts doldrums, but it turns out it's not so. The arts scene still seems to be a bit slow. Nevertheless, I've scoured the web for the new and noteworthy. And at least last night's episode of Top Chef was new.
Riding the box [...]