Author Archive for Mike Madden

Adrian Parsons on the NFL Playoffs

D.C. artist/activist (or is it activist/artist?) Adrian Parsons spends most of his time these days advocating for the District's rights and joining Occupy D.C. events. But on Sunday, he also weighed in on the Ravens-Patriots and Giants-49ers NFL playoff games.


Adrian Parsons

Sun, Jan 22 2012 20:56:59


The Sleigher, Retro Edition: Otis Redding’s “White Christmas/Merry Christmas Baby”

Ho Ho Who: It's Otis Redding. If you don't know who he is, you're probably just reading a blog post about pop music because you're getting paid to leave a spammy link in the comments. Released in 1968, the year after Redding died in a plane crash, this Christmas covers single never charted. But it [...]

DC Shorts: Family Films

The DC Shorts family showcase fell to me to review because my wife and I are expecting our first child any day now. Expecting the worst sort of Teletubbies-meet-Elmo brain-killing nonsense, I was pleasantly surprised: This is, for the most part, a collection of gorgeously animated or shot films that are sweet, nuanced, touching, and [...]

Congress’ Next Cultural Vanity Projects

Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., told The Washington Post this week that he has a dream: that the National Gallery of Art will take over the Art Deco–laden Apex Building at 6th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue. So what if the Federal Trade Commission has used it for offices since 1938?
But unlike most Republicans, who might [...]

Who Says a Funk Band Can’t Play Rockville?

Census findings earlier this year that the District's black population had slipped to barely 50 percent seemed to set off a competition among local news organizations (Washington City Paper included) to refer back to the 1975 Parliament album Chocolate City as often as possible. What, then, to make of the announcement that George Clinton and [...]

Post Pops Up

Running a newspaper isn't easy. Every day, you've got to fill all that space with stories (though at least the economic downturn means there's less space to fill—fewer ads, fewer stories). So it's easy to sympathize with the impulse that led The Washington Post's editors to run a Los Angeles Times feature on pop-up restaurants [...]

Watch Mike Riggs Discuss Real Housewives!

Bravo executives didn't get around to canceling Real Housewives of D.C. until last week. But Washington City Paper contributing writer Mike Riggs had foretold the show's demise before it even started airing.
In a cover story last summer, Riggs wrote that the District is where reality shows come to die:
Welcome to reality TV’s Washington: Wealthy women [...]

Write Your Own Government Shutdown Haiku

If the federal government shuts down tonight, taking the D.C. government along with it, public libraries around the District will be closed. Which means the second annual haiku contest at the Cleveland Park branch, scheduled to end tomorrow, may not go as planned! (Timed to coincide with the Cherry Blossom Festival, contest entries must be [...]

Filmfest DC, Previewed: Flamenco, Flamenco

This week's dead-tree Washington City Paper devotes an insane amount of copy to Filmfest DC, which runs from April 7-17. Here's our review of one of the festival's many musically inclined selections.
At some point in the near future, Viacom will have finished its inexorable march into every country on the planet and will start launching [...]

D.C. Boy is Now a Man

This video, apparently produced by Scott Freiman to celebrate his son Zachary's bar mitzvah, has it all—vuvuzelas, random shots of Oprah Winfrey, a soundtrack that's just catchy enough to get stuck in your head and just awful enough to make you want to die afterwards.
"I was born 13 years ago in Washington, D.C.," Zach sings. [...]