Arts Desk

Don’t Be Bored: Noisy, Gutless, Absurd

Tonight's big show is Jay-Z and Kanye West at the Verizon Center. They're touring in support of Watch the Throne, their collaborative album from earlier this year, about which WCP contributer Ramon Ramirez was not totally jazzed:

Watch the Throne is often noisy, gutless, and absurd: like every time a limping Jay-Z grabs the mic and raps about his American Express Black Card over techno. Lyrics skate by on familiar vocal timbres that rehash classic lines from more fruitful years, like “I’m from the murder capital/where they murder for capital.”

But how often do you get to see the world's two biggest rappers live, with ludicrous production budgets? I'd be there, but I'll be too busy jet-setting tonight. 7:30 p.m. at the Verizon Center. $59.50-$250.

MUSIC

The Ives Project kicks off at Strathmore—read Mike Paarlberg's interview with the pianist leading the program, the very quotable Jeremy Denk.

ESL Music is hosting a low-to-the-ground show at Montserrat House starring lounge bohos AM & Shawn Lee. $10, and you should probably buy ahead of time. 10 p.m. Wear a vest, probably.

THEATER

The Occupy D.C. protests don't end at McPherson Square, it seems. In Keegan Theatre's thoughtful take of The Crucible, religious anxieties give way to class tensions—and it's no accident,Rebecca J. Ritzel writes, that the production has some 99 percent vibes on offer: "Not only are these text-grounded interpretive twists timely, they make The Crucible more than an allegorical tale about revenge, paranoia, and religion. And given that themes of paranoia, inspired by the 1950s Red Scare, established The Crucible as an American classic, that’s high praise. Credit director Susan Marie Rhea with closely reading Miller’s text, and honoring it with a production worth seeing."

STORYTELLING

In a furniture store.

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