Author Archive for Rebecca Mills

The Weird, Wild Legacy of D.C. Noise Musician Scott Phillips

Even in a scene that prizes pushing the creative envelope, D.C. musician Scott Phillips still found new ways to freak people out.
An adventurous performer who most recently made music under the name Gum Yummy, Phillips became enmeshed in the local noise community in the mid-1980s and quickly established a kind of infamy. After years of [...]

Alexandros “Alexi” Petersen: Gentleman, Scholar, and Punk Rocker

Following the tragic death of D.C. academic Alexandros "Alexi" Petersen, media coverage has tended to emphasize his remarkable professional accomplishments. Just days before the 29-year-old was killed last Saturday in a suicide bombing at a restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan, Petersen had arrived in the Afghan capital to assume a teaching post at the American University of [...]

What Went Wrong With the Planned Chuck Brown Memorial?

Langdon Park sits in a residential area in the eastern portion of Ward 5, just south of Rhode Island Avenue NE. Bordered by single-family homes, the vast, barbell-shaped green space is punctuated here and there by a playground, tennis courts, a pool, and a dog park. It’s a placid amenity in one of D.C.’s sleepier [...]