Arts Roundup: Laugh at Themselves or at Someone Else Edition
Culture War Council: A symposium on art and censorship took place at the Corcoran on Saturday, with lots of art-worlders weighing in on L'Affaire Wojnarowicz. Although there were plenty of protests last fall and lots of media coverage following the Smithsonian's removal of a work of video art by the late David Wojnarowicz from its "Hide/Seek" exhibit," some panelists said the response to censorship was muted and not coherent enough. Other said the culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s are back. City Paper contributor Kriston Capps countered on Twitter: "I feel it is mistaken to call the incident a culture war," adding "When @corcorandc buckled under pressure, it was coming from Sen. Jesse Helms. But @smithsonian folded under Glenn Beck-style intimidation."
Riot Act's Act 2: The Washington Post reports that Riot Act, a comedy club that was located a few years ago on 14th Street NW, will reopen at 8th and E streets NW this June. One of the owners is Geoff Dawson, the man Washingtonians can blame for Buffalo Billiards and Rocket Bar, who tells the Post that "there isn't a person on earth who doesn't like to laugh at themselves or at someone else." Hence: success? Well, maybe.
Awards Casualty: TBD reports that the Hyatt Crystal City is collecting donations for the employee injured during fights that broke out there during the fifth annual DMV Awards earlier this month. The employee, Antonio Illanes, was hit with a bottle says he lost sight in his left eye. Damn.
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