Author Archive for Jonathan L. Fischer

Fort Reno Wants Your Donations

In recent years, organizers of the Fort Reno summer concert series haven't exactly encouraged donations. "Where else can you go and receive things and not be shaken down for money?” lead organizer Amanda MacKaye told me earlier this month, for my cover story on the series' near-cancellation amid a dispute with the National Park Service. “If [...]

Watch Benoit & Sergio’s Video for “Your Darkness”

The last time Benoit & Sergio released an EP, the deep house-rooted D.C./Berlin duo had pop on their minds. Their latest, the Your Darkness EP, brings them back to the club.
The title track—whose Japan-set video premiered today on Billboard—is moody, streamlined, and Moroder-esque, with a slinky synth hook and sampled vocals from the Italian artist Silvie Loto. Some of Benoit & Sergio's best songs have [...]

American Century Theater Is Financially Stable. Why Is It Folding?

About 10 years ago, Arlington's American Century Theater was facing a doomsday scenario. With a deficit of more than half of its operating budget, "we were technically bankrupt," says Artistic Director Jack Marshall, who had to resort to using contributions from the troupe's then-current season to pay the previous year's bills. But the company soldiered on, reorganized its board, [...]

Arts Roundup: Sunken Costs Edition

D.C.'s attorney general now backs the plan to break up the Corcoran. [Post]
Local environmental and rowing groups oppose a planned Mia Feuer installation of a sunken gas station in the Anacostia River on the grounds that it "could single-handedly set back the river restoration and undo years of effort on the part of the D.C., Montgomery County, and [...]

Friday! Come to Our Show With Pygmy Lush and the Sea Life at the American Art Museum

Most happy hours: disappointing. Ours: totally essential.
This Friday, Washington City Paper is hosting an early-evening show at the Luce Foundation Center in the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of its regular Luce Unplugged series. We've asked two great local bands to play, 3 Stars Brewing Company will be on hand offering free beer samples, and [...]

Listen to the First Song From Ex Hex’s New Album Rips

Since late last year, the Mary Timony-led Ex Hex has given fans an excellent single, a charming food-fight music video, and a 7-inch containing a totally satisfying eight minutes of crunchy, rah-rah power-pop. Now the group, which also features Laura Harris (The Aquarium, Benjy Ferree) and Betsy Wright (Chain and the Gang), has an Oct. 7 release date for Rips, its upcoming debut album [...]

Here’s Fort Reno’s 2014 Lineup, After All

The Fort Reno concert series is back on following an agreement between organizers and the U.S. Park Police and National Park Police, which means a lot of people are probably wondering who's playing. (Actually: We already told you.) The first show is next Monday and features The Captivators—a ska band! at Fort Reno!—and arty Harrisonburg, Va., [...]

Fort Reno Concerts Are Back On

The concert series at Fort Reno Park is back on following a meeting between organizer Amanda MacKaye and officials from the National Park Service and U.S. Park Police today. MacKaye announced that the series was canceled last week, saying that NPS and USPP officials had not explained a request that the concerts pay for a Park [...]

Fort Reno Organizer to Meet With National Park Service Monday

Representatives of the National Park Service will meet with Fort Reno summer concert series organizer Amanda MacKaye on Monday. Yesterday, MacKaye announced that this summer's shows were canceled after she was unable to meet with Park Service and U.S. Park Police representatives to discuss her permit. MacKaye said that with only a month to go before the summer's [...]

National Park Service Responds to Cancellation of Fort Reno Concerts

Hours after Fort Reno organizer Amanda MacKaye pulled the plug on the annual concert series after saying she'd failed to reach an agreement with the National Park Service and U.S. Park Police, the Park Service has responded. According to MacKaye, the Park Service said that in order for the series to be approved for a permit, it would [...]

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