Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Joker Was Here Edition

Lights Out for the Erotic Gallery?: The MOCA DC gallery in Georgetown is again on the brink of shutting down, TBD's Maura Judkis reports. In a press release first published by Lenny Campello, the gallery's owner, Dave Quammen, announced he is near the end of his financial rope. "I have kept the gallery open for [six and a half] years, at a personal cost during that time well in excess of $25,000 – out of my pocket, not to mention the at least 70 hours per week, at no income from the gallery," Quammen wrote in the release. MOCA DC also had run-ins with its landlord over the erotic parties Quammen hosts at the gallery. He's also considering raising the gallery's membership fees—currently it's $40 a year, other galleries charge as much as $150 a month.

Everything But the Time Card: WaPo theater critic Peter Marks saw the stage adaptation of John Grisham's A Time to Kill at Arena Stage, leading to the conclusion that "British actors are to Shakespeare" as Americans are to legal procedurals. Much of the cast, Marks notes, is made up of "card-carrying members of the Dick Wolf Drama Guild." (Man, I miss Law & Order.) But the show doesn't appear to be any more compelling than the 1994 film adaptation starring Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, and Samuel L. Jackson. "It’s mashed-potatoes theater, easy to digest and decently filling, but nothing you have not swallowed 1,000 times before." Where's Lennie Briscoe when we need him?

Pop Culture References We Care About: Last week, the Post ran a silly feature on references to real colleges in works of fiction. The Phillips Collection's Experiment Station blog has a post up about references to its collection that have popped up in books, movies, even the Crate & Barrel catalog. (The book for the "Calder Miro" exhibit is positioned under a sleek ottoman.) There's also the turn that Edward Hopper's "Approaching a City" made in Batman. The Joker was there.

Yesterday on Arts Desk: Swampoodle reviewed; DJ Stylus' Indonesian mixtape; Elizabeth Huey at the Heiner.

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