Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Hide/Seek Week No. 2 Edition

It's so very cold this morning. Here's today's cultural snark attack:

In the wake of Hide/Seek appreciators Mike Blasenstein and Mike Iacovone's scuttled attempt to display David Wojnarowicz's A Fire in My Belly on an iPad at the entrance to the National Portrait Gallery's exhibit over the weekend, TBD's Maura Judkis suggests that Blasenstein and Iacovone are the first Americans to use the device as a vehicle for protest. I'm inclined to accept Judkis' assessment considering her "internet searches reveal[ed] no other uses of iPad for protest (and you'd better believe that if there had been an iPad protest sign in America, Applephiles would have blogged about it)."

They were not, however, the first worldwide. That distinction went to an economic protest in Lithuania last month.

In other Hide/Seek updates, America's favorite blowhard Pat Buchanan took a break from yelling at Mika Brzezinski to weigh in on an exhibit filled with "the kind of pictures that used to be on French postcards."

The Post filled up on the theater today. Peter Marks reviews Studio 2ndStage's production of Jez Butterworth's Mojo, a grim tale of mid-20th century London club promoters written with "blistering language and dirty dealings of the comedies of David Mamet" and a "delectably scabrous view from the bottom of the barrel." Fun!

Also from 15th and L, Celia Wren looks at the Chicago-based director Mary Zimmerman's local productions of Candide (running through Jan. 9) and Arabian Nights (starting Jan. 14).

Back on TBD, Sarah Godfrey asks one of the more self-revealing questions about Christmas music. Sure, we at City Paper have our "Sleigher" appreciations of quirky, seasonal one-offs, but, as Godfrey ponders, is it OK to enjoy smooth jazz around the holidays? Godfrey enjoyed seeing concerts by Peter White at Birchmere and one at Strathmore featuring the alto saxophonist Dave Koz and—gasp!—Kenny G.

Hey, Jon, I just got a great idea for "The Sleigher."

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