Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: More Gold Leaf, Bluebrain, and Gentrification

Pitchfork Gets In On the Bluebrain Action: In advance of Bluebrain's newest "location-aware album"—which will be based on New York's Central Park—P4K chats to the brothers about video games, the "needless distinction" between "what exists in the virtual world and what’s existing in the physical world," and the future of location-based music. And yup, Ryan Holladay references both Myst and The Legend of Zelda in a single interview.

WAMU Gets In On the Gold Leaf Action: DCentric talks to D.C. band Laughing Man about the closure of Gold Leaf Studios, where the band pays "a couple hundred dollars" (per month, presumably) to practice in the space. All of that will disappear in January, when the studios will be shut down to make way for development. Moving out of the space is "really bad for the synergy of the creative process," says band member Luke Stewart. "It puts momentum on hold in terms of what we’re working on."

Goodbye, Quirky 14th Street: Borderstan reports that Pulp, the whimsical card and gift shop at 14th and S streets NW, will close November 23. The shop's owner, Ronald Henderson, died in 2009; the shop never found a new owner. With this news, it seems that the artsy phase of Mid City's gentrification has begun to transition into Phase Three: tapas totalitarianism. (Day-bed domination?) Pulp's demise is the latest in a string of other recent business closures in the area, including Mid-City Caffe, Playbill, Go Mama Go!, Miss Pixie's, and Irvine Contemporary.

Today on Arts Desk: This week's issue is out now. Keep your eyes on the boxes! Plus: more updates about Lincoln Theatre.

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