Author Archive for Jenny Rogers

(e)merge, Sonic Circuits, or Bentzen Ball: Which is for You?

Do you want to wear your new luxe crop top or your Acid Mothers Temple T-shirt?

Mia Feuer’s Gas Station Installation Scrapped Altogether

Artist Mia Feuer's planned gas-station installation is officially off. Plans to install the piece, a full-sized replica of a gas station proposed as part of the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities' 5x5 series, in the Anacostia River were scrapped last week, with the commission saying it was pursuing other locations for the project. But [...]

Mia Feuer Won’t Install a Gas-Station Sculpture in the Anacostia, After All

Artist Mia Feuer's plan to install a sculpture of a sunken gas station in the Anacostia River has been shelved. The buzzy proposed project first hit a snag yesterday, when a coalition of opponents sent a letter to the arts commission objecting to Feuer's piece. The sculpture, "Antediluvian," was part of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities' "5x5" exhibition [...]

How (e)merge Landed Ai Weiwei for Its Vetting Committee

In a nice score for D.C.'s (e)merge art fair, Ai Weiwei has agreed to serve on the annual event's vetting committee. Ai, whose political activism in China has made him one of the most high-profile artists working today, will evaluate each online submission. Hirshhorn assistant curator Mika Yoshitake and Rebuild Foundation director Jeffreen Hayes join [...]

It Was 50 Years Ago Today

Fifty years ago today, The Beatles played their first U.S. concert on a glorified boxing-ring stage at the Washington Coliseum at 3rd and M streets NE. For the band, it was a first taste of a live American audience (and American politics—the day after, President Lyndon B. Johnson reportedly told British Prime Minister Sir Alec [...]

Rappin’ With Cheech and Chong About Weed, D.C. Museums, and Annie Hall

When Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong scored a surprise hit with their 1978 film Up in Smoke, marijuana legalization was unheard of and the horrors of Reefer Madness still lurked in people’s minds. The pair became a force in the normalization of pot, even after they broke up in the 1980s. Reunited for a comedy [...]

Washington Post’s Monica Hesse Writes a Second Young Adult Novel

Monica Hesse, the Washington Post's most unexpectedly controversial Style section staff writer, has written a sequel to her first young adult novel. BURN follows STRAY, a dystopic tale set in D.C. that's one part romance and two parts weird imagining of the American foster-care system. (Think more The Giver and less The Hunger Games, with [...]

The Way We Spiv Now: Ian Svenonius Inaugurates Club Lip-Sync

Ian Svenonius has a new day job. "Impresario at the Club Lip-Sync," he says.
The new gig, which might last exactly one day, has the Chain & the Gang frontman emceeing a lip-sync dance party at Adams Morgan vintage shop Meeps tonight. Svenonius says he's long dreamed of a pantomime party in which bands mouth the words [...]