Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Live Music Returns to DC9 Edition

You loved them together in Anchorman and, uh, Bewitched; now Will Ferrell and Steve Carell will share the screen again in The Office.

Morning, all. Hope you navigated your way through last night's snow okay. I'm sure some of you have the day off as a result. Whether you're off or whether you're working, hope your day's a good one.

TBD's Sarah Godfrey reports that DC9 will begin hosting concerts again in March. The club announced on Twitter that Murs will perform March 15 and the Gay Blades on March 23. The concerts will mark the club's first since the Oct. 15 death of Ali Ahmed Muhammed outside the club.

Bummed about Steve Carell's impending departure from The Office? Maybe the news of Will Ferrell's arrival, however temporary, to the show will cheer your heart. The Saturday Night Live alum will join the sitcom for a several-episode arc this season. He'll play a branch manager who, according to the NBC press release, "proves to be just as inappropriate” as Carell's Michael Scott. Are we surprised?

I know you all read and loved Kriston Capps' cover story on Pink Line Project's Phillipa Hughes last fall. Remember how a a guy attempted to snatch her purse last fall? Well, its seems he's been incarcerated since then, and he had time to reflect on his actions while in jail. Hughes received an apology letter from him, via the prosecutor's office. She considering writing back. I gotta say, his handwriting is better than mine.

Like the Phillipa cover, I'm sure you also read Steve Kolowich's review two weeks ago of The Decemberists' new album, The King Is Dead. He calls it "musically bright and very listenable." Apparently about 93,567 listeners agreed–enough to give the band its first number one album on the Billboard chart. The most units one of the band's albums sold in its first week out? A mere 19,000, with 2009's The Hazards of Love.

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