Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Charm City Offensive Edition

Oh, look. There's some snow on the ground. My street? Still not plowed. Pitfalls of living in Upper NW, I suppose.

Speaking of the Great Icy North, Sarah Godfrey notes that MuchMusic, the Canadian answer to MTV, is days away from launching a new version of RapCity that will likely bear little sonic resemblance (i.e., way too much Drake) to the BET program of the same name that ran from 1989 to 2009. But take heart, not all the news from Canada is bad. (h/t Maura)

Godfrey also took a look yesterday at the musical side careers of former stars of The Wire, including songs by Idris Elba (Stringer Bell), Tray Chaney (Poot Carr), Lance Reddick (Lt. Col. Deputy Acting Commissioner Cedric Daniels), Felicia Pearson (Snoop), and Anwan "Big G" Glover (Slim Charles). Unfortunately it appears Isiah Whitlock Jr., better known as State Sen. Clay Davis has not recorded any tracks, but there's at least one YouTube remix featuring his signature phrase:

More HBO news from Baltimore! The Sun reports that In the Loop director Armando Ianucci is filming a pilot there next month about a female vice president to be played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Tentatively called VEEP, the show is prompting Maryland Gov. Tommy Carcetti Martin O'Malley to brag that "Maryland has had a long and successful relationship with HBO."

Arts Desker Steve Kiviat has some more thoughts on the recent slate of Wammie nominations, notably the complete omission of metal bands and the Washington Area Music Association's apparent pay-to-play habits.

Moombahton Massive 2 goes down at U Street Music Hall tonight with D.C. expat Dave Nada.

And a local artist, Michael Enn Sirvet, designed a dining room table for Michael Jordan that features 32,292 tiny holes representing Jordan's career point total, Maura Judkis reports. Presumably drilling as many holes as instances Jordan got away with blatant traveling would have consumed the entire table.

American Idol is back with its new hosts, I'm told by both Mike Allen's Playbook and WaPo's Lisa de Moraes. In case you were afraid the revised lineup of judges would be boring, the new panel of Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, and Randy Jackson is about as exciting as Seacrest out.

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