Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: In House Edition

A Family Affair: Yesterday we reported that Phil Kennicott, the Washington Post's architecture/sometimes classical music/sometimes arts critic has been hired as the paper's new arts critic. The Post has been searching for a critic since Blake Gopnik left in December.

Wallowing in the Muck: WaPo's Dan Zak and TBD's Amanda Hess attended the icky Charlie Sheen show at DAR Tuesday night, and emerged with golden chalices brimming with good copy. From Zak: "If the abusive ex-star of a CBS sitcom can compel a legion of citizens to pay $104.25 apiece to be doused in cultural bile, is the free world a little too free?" Hess: "Every woman in the audience was treated as a potential receptacle for Sheen's penis."

Radio Free College Park: WMUC is reeling after the University of Maryland's Student Government Association realized it didn't have enough cash to adequately fund most student groups. The Diamondback reports that the station requested $27,000 and was allotted $7,000. To cover basic costs including phone and Internet bills, the station requires at least $14,000.

RIP: Gerard Smith, the multi-talented bassist in TV On the Radio, has died following a battle with lung cancer.

Newfangled Gadgetry: The Washington Post Company has reportedly sunk between $5 and $10 million into Trove, a mobile-geared news aggregator that launched yesterday. The Post's senior VP and chief digital officer Vijay Ravindran says, "We believe launching Trove is a good step toward understanding what the future of news could look like." Definitely, if the future of news looks very confusing. In other cutting-edge media news, this week's edition of the City Paper is out today, and you can pick up a copy at your local coffee shop.

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