Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Banned From the Back Porch Edition

Good morning, D.C.!

The biggest arts-related news afloat over the past 24 hours (or, the entire weekend and Monday, too) is a simple question: Can one be banned for life from the Smithsonian? From DCist: "Protests over the removal of David Wojnarowicz's A Fire in My Belly from the National Portrait Gallery began to pick up steam last week, when about 100 people marched from Transformer Gallery, who had displayed the work in its front window, to the Gallery. Now, some are taking the protest into the halls of the Portrait Gallery. Two D.C. residents—Mike Blasenstein and Mike Iacovone—were detained on Saturday after they stood outside the entrance to the "Hide/Seek" exhibit where Wojnarowicz's piece was originally hosted, and played the video on an iPad attached to Blasenstein's neck." We've got the police notices here. TBD has more on the general business of censorship, from the Smithsonian itself.

The Facebook movie—I mean, The Social Network—and Inception picked up a bunch of nice accolades from the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association. DCist covers Cyprien Gaillard and Mario Garcia Torres at the Hirshhorn (think eerily abandoned buildings and videos of street riots). Click Track says Warpaint at Rock & Roll Hotel was underwhelming, given its name.

Here on Arts Desk, we announce that reunited District darlings the Dismemberment Plan will play on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Jan. 20. There's a new label in town, from the New Atlantis Collective, backing up avant-garde jazz. And, what about an all-local music festival?

Enjoy your Tuesday!

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