Author Archive for Shawn Willis

This Weekend: My First Time at DCAC

After premiering off-Broadway in 2007 and making international rounds, Ken Davenport's My First Time opens tonight at the District of Columbia Arts Center. In the age of M4W, T4M, and adultfriendfindering, the play humorously and thoughtfully asks this question: Where did it all begin?
The play features four actors who recount awkward, raunchy, and sometimes traumatic first [...]

The Rally to Restore Big Sunglasses: A Look at Fashion at the Jon Stewart Demonstration

The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear wasn't just an inchoate protest against babbling cable TV hosts. It was the liberal-arts-educated Northeasterner's equivalent of New York Fashion Week. In that spirit, here's a look at some of the outfits on America's greatest runway, the National Mall.

Your Weekend Music Roundup Has Been Eclipsed: The Straight, No Chaser Edition

Are you really surprised? We're being hit from all angles this weekend. HU Homecoming, Halloween, and rallies? So we'll make this brief, because I know darn well you have other things to do, like pick up your silken Cab Calloway Zoot Suit for the Cotton Club at Marvin or dust off your corduroy blazer [...]

Weekend Music Roundup : Chuck Berry, Felice Brothers, Nicki Minaj

Most of the good stuff tonight sold out already. Saturday's major options seem limited to DJ Pauly D at Fur; Nicki Minaj, Jane Jetson's slightly tawnier cousin at DC Star; or another questionably "spectacular" (read: leaning toward just plain spectacle) rapper, Lil B.

The Best of Friday, but Unfortunately Sold Out:

Chuck Berry with Daryl Davis. 8 [...]

Eli “Paperboy” Reed vs. Mayer Hawthorne: Battle of the Little White Boys who Make Big Black Man Music

Two men, two backing bands with nostalgic-sounding names—in a neo-soul showdown, who reigns supreme?  The '60s-inspired Motown/Philly Soul/Stax sounds of Eli "Paperboy" Reed and Mayer Hawthorne aren't particularly innovative, but they do pack a bonafide wallop. Call them rock 'n' soulers or soul revialists—both are on a sanctifying mission to transcend the label of "imitator." [...]

Weekend Music Roundup: Anti Edition

Most weeks, Music Roundup curates your best options for the weekend, followed by—natch—the rest. We're flipping the script this week, and highlighting a few acts we would usually suggest you avoid.

The Rest of Friday

How do you feel about Michael Buble? Not great, I'm guessing. Well, David Choi falls somewhere between a less showy Buble and [...]

Watch What’s Popping Up on U Street

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery is finding new ways to infuse art into your daily grind. Currently undergoing renovations and located at 1632 U St. NW, the space has found itself improvising. You won't find any "Whoops! Excuse our mess!" signs displayed in the windows. Instead the Gallery has invited area installation artists to attack [...]

Weekend Music Roundup: Eschenbach, Kid Congo Powers, We Were Promised Jetpacks

Best of Friday:

Last weekend marked Christoph Eschenbach's debut performance as National Symphony Orchestra's music director. Tonight, he will play piano in a free all-Beethoven program on the Millennium Stage before the NSO performs in the Concert Hall. He'll be joined by violinist Christian Tetzlaff. NSO members Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osborne, violin, Mahoko Eguchi, viola, and Rachel Young, cello. [...]

Weekend Music Roundup: Tallest Man on Earth, Po Po, Foals

Best of The Weekend:
Swedish manpeach Kristian Matsson–aka the Tallest Man on Earth, to be accompanied Sunday night with Sean Carey–is too often compared to a young Dylan. Sure, he's able to be rambling and confessional in a single verse. But he can also produce some pretty masterful guitar plunking. Generally accompanied only by guitar, he [...]

Ignite DC: Bite-Size Prescriptions for the Future that Won’t Help You with Zombies

Photo Courtesy of La Tur via Flickr
When it comes down to it, Ignite events are basically TED talks for audiences with severe ADD.
The series started in 2006 in Seattle, and the events allow speakers five minutes and 20 slides each to expound on an idea. Our local arm, Ignite D.C., will make its fifth go [...]