Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Uncapped Recap Edition

Popped: Brightest Young Things' temporary art space, vitaminwater uncapped LIVE, is closing tonight, and I'm glad I don't have to worry about typing out its name correctly ever again. Tonight's bash has DJs in three different areas of the massive, labyrinthine space, including the Nouveau Riche dudes and Cam Jus, who carries the moombahton standard regularly at Velvet Lounge's Tropixxx dance night. The venue was an interesting experiment: That it felt like one giant advertisement was pretty gross, but I did have fun there a few times (D.C. Record Fair, dance jams from Future Times DJs, a nerd-off I participated in). I bet we'll see more nightlife experiments like this.

In Blackest Night: The total diss of DC Comics that comes at the end of WaPo's Green Lantern review is amazing:

No matter how many times he's been reimagined, Green Lantern retains a crucial flaw: He's a DC Comics character, without the weaknesses and neuroses that make Marvel Comics heroes interesting (sometimes even on screen). What superpower does the ring give the Lantern? He can use green energy to create whatever he sees in his mind. Given that kind of dramatic blank check, the movie's battles are sure to be anticlimactic. The Lantern is less engaging when embroiled in deep-space combat with Parallax than when doo-wopping to the Fleetwoods' "Come Softly to Me."

Hillyer Blues: Awesome local slowcore dudes Cigarette are kicking off The Recorder, a new music series at the Hillyer Art Space. The event is Monday from 7 to 9 p.m., which I hope doesn't mean that The Recorder overlaps with Fort Reno all summer.

Today on Arts Desk: More Source Festival reviews, Super Art Fight, Far Out vs. Hot Dang.

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  • Patrick Caulder

    So frustrating

    Why do you have to be such a downer all of the time and take cheap shots about good things happening in DC. This kind of consistent attitude from you and other writers at the city paper is why sites like are taking over and dominating the local media scene while archaic "free weeklys" are going out the door.

    What Vitamin Water came into this city and did for the community, artists, bands, performers and local organizations is a testament to the fact that some brands get it, know how to have fun and understand the demographics they are speaking too.

    The fact that there are logos in the building and that you have consistently knocked this throughout the event is ridiculous. There is a trade off that most consumers "get" and are willing to understand in order to enjoy these types of events. The fact that I was able to enjoy free Vitamin Water everytime I attended this event and had to see the building "branded" in order to catch free concerts is something I am o.k with. You guys need to start understanding that your publication is completely funded by brands, logos and advertising and if you would start to find creative ways to incorporate these sponsors and brands into events like this instead of bashing them you might be able to attract brands like Vitamin Water to work with you instead of

    See you tonight.