Arts Roundup: Fly Guy Edition
Everyone's a Hater: Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's history of the Lincoln assassination, Killing Lincoln, isn't being stocked by the musuem store at Ford's Theatre because the book doesn't meet the shop's standards for accuracy and documentation—and which, naturally, has led to a balls-out crazy comments section beneath The Washington Post's story on the ban. "The book could have 50 pages of footnotes," writes one blowhard, "liberals would still find fault with the book simply because it was written by a conservative." Update: The book is still on sale upstairs, in the shop in the Ford's Theatre lobby, which is operated by the Ford's Theatre Society. The museum store, in the basement, is run by the National Park Service. More on this soon!
Walker Abounds: The D.C. Docent points out that, in addition to the Corcoran's 30 Americans, Kara Walker is all over D.C. right now. The artist, known for cut-paper silhouettes that play with stereotypes of race, also has work in the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Multiplicities show. And there's a photographic portrait of Walker in the National Portrait Gallery's The Black List.
Snooki in Fairyland: Why is esteemed playwright Ken Ludwig premiering his newest play—which mashes up A Midsummer Night's Dream and Jersey Shore?—at a Fairfax High School? Peter Marks says that Ludwig wrote the play to be produced by high schools, a sold revenue stream if not a massive one. Welcome to the 99 percent, Ken?
X.O.'s xoxoxo: As promised, Fader has a new mini-documentary on D.C. rapper X.O., wherein he explains why you're "a fly guy" if you're from Northwest, why the real D.C. has more to do with Horace and Dickies than monuments or even Ben's Chili Bowl, and why everyone X.O. grew up with had a shirt from Madness. Can't say the guy doesn't rep!
Today on Arts Desk: "The Black List," reviewed. Occupy D.C., DIY-spaced.