Author Archive for Lindsay Zoladz

The Robert Bresson Despair-O-Meter

This weekend, the National Gallery of Art kicks off what just might be one of the most exciting repertory film events to hit D.C. this year: a month-long, 13-film retrospective honoring the career of renowned French auteur Robert Bresson (1901-1999). Known for his resolutely minimalist aesthetic, his preference for casting non-actors, and his bleak spiritual [...]

Nine Important Facts About Diane Keaton’s Book Signing at Sixth & I

If you shop at Talbots, you probably had a pretty hard time deciding what to do last night. Martha Stewart was giving a talk at the DAR Constitution Hall, Annie Leibovitz was doing a signing at Politics & Prose, and—as a part of the media tour promoting her new memoir Then Again—Diane Keaton was at Sixth [...]

Fairytale in the Pizzeria: The Raincoats at Comet, Reviewed

It's been a rough year for the legendary women of British punk. In the span of just six months, we lost both Ari Up, the frontwoman of reggae-punk rebels The Slits, and Poly Styrene, whose otherworldly wail defined the sound of anti-capitalist crusaders X-Ray Spex. Though remembered best for their stereotype-shattering roles in the late [...]

DC Shorts: And Now for Something Completely Different

Dual murder plots, double suicides, and a feel-good story about a grown man who rides a pink child's bicycle—rarely does a trip to the movies hit as many different tones as does your typical shorts program. You could strain to find some recurring themes in DC Shorts' Program 4 (meditations on aging, do-gooder guys fumbling [...]

A Girl Can Do What She Wants to Do: A Look Back at C.L.I.T. Fest D.C.

"Why can't I just be myself?"
This is a question that's posed near the end of Amy Oden's documentary From the Back of the Room. It's spoken by Bratmobile co-founder and on-again-off-again D.C. resident Allison Wolfe, but the film—which screened last night at the Black Cat to conclude the feminist punk gathering C.L.I.T. Fest—suggests it's something [...]

Who Took the Bomp? Le Tigre on Tour, Reviewed

Riot grrrl's in the middle of a cultural victory lap. In the past year alone, the early-'90s punk feminist movement has seen some noteworthy milestones: Sara Marcus published Girls to the Front, a terrific and meticulously documented history of the movement; NYU's Fales library opened the first comprehensive archive of riot grrrl zines; and Kathleen [...]

Why College Radio Is Worth Saving

It looks like WMUC will live to broadcast another year. Last week, Arts Desk reported on the severe budget cuts that threatened to pull the plug on the University of Maryland’s student-run radio station, but on Sunday the university’s student government held an emergency meeting and allotted more than $10,000 in additional funds to campus [...]