Author Archive for Mike Madden

The (Hanukkah) Sleigher: Katherine Jenkins, “8 Nights of Joy”

More like eight nights of oy.

The Sleigher: A Very Special Thanksgivukkah

It's back: Arts Desk's annual frank assessment of new holiday music
Oy Vey: Kosher food (and wine) producer Manischewitz got massively into the Thanksgivukkah spirit by sponsoring a contest for the best song for this "holiday," which occurs about as often as people whose ancestors arrived on the Mayflower go to shul. Thanks to the combination [...]

The Sleigher: YouParent, “Mama’s Too Hot for Christmas”

HO HO WHO: YouParent is the self-declared "THE MOST UNUSUAL FAMILY ON YOUTUBE with 7 kids (5 adopted)." Their Christmas song, "Mama's Too Hot for Christmas," addresses the woes of living in season-free, warm climates at Yuletide. Other videos include "HAIR CONDITIONER (TEENS TALK)," "BABY IN THE HOUSE: SINGLE MOM/CUTE BABY," "Thanksgiving (Annoying Parents Flirting," [...]

Crafty Bastards Moving to Union Market

Crafty Bastards, the massive indie arts fair that Washington City Paper has sponsored since 2004, will have a new home this year: Union Market.
The fair, which had set up for the last seven years at the Marie Reed Learning Center in Adams Morgan, will take place Nov. 10 at the new venue. Union Market, opening [...]

Going to Chuck Brown’s Funeral? Get There Early

If you're going to Chuck Brown's funeral tomorrow at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, get there early.
An advisory from Mayor Vince Gray's office just went out, with this warning highlighted in yellow text:


Officials also suggest [...]

Channel 50 Airs Chuck Brown Interview at Uline Arena

On WDCW-TV, Mark Segraves devoted his entire NewsPlus show this week to a 2010 interview he did with the late Chuck Brown at Uline Arena. Uline, which is no longer open, was where Brown started working as a shoe-shine boy when he arrived in D.C. as a kid—as well as the Howard Theatre, where Brown [...]

Video: Remembering Chuck Brown

Here are some thoughts from fans of Chuck Brown, gathered outside the Howard Theatre last night, on what made the Godfather of Go-Go great, and why he'll be missed.

Chuck Brown: A Family Affair

On Aug. 31, 2001, Chuck Brown played one of his annual birthday concerts at the 9:30 Club. It was a kind of go-go carnival; E.U., Backyard Band, and 911 opened for the Godfather. (The whole thing would later be released as a double album and DVD.) My uncle had done some legal work for Brown, so [...]

D.C. Reacts to Chuck Brown’s Death

The sad news of Chuck Brown's death spread quickly Wednesday afternoon. Here's some instant reactions.
From Raheem DeVaughn:
RIP to the GodFather of GoGo Chuck Brown. My heart hurts today a great icon has been lost.
— Raheem DeVaughn (@Raheem_DeVaughn) May 16, 2012

Backyard Band's Anwan "Big G" Glover:
My Heart Hurts. Man I Love You Chuck Brown.
— Anwan Big [...]

Marketing The Dictator

This "invitation" arrived at Washington City Paper's offices today, with no return address (but with a postmark indicating it was mailed from Hollywood ZIP code 90038):

The numbers, which do use the Zimbabwe country code, don't appear to be working. And Lazarus Dokora does appear to be the deputy minster of education, sport, art, and culture. But [...]