Arts Roundup: Grammy Diss!
Where'd the love go: Back in February, Jonathan L. Fischer dug into how small-time, local artists were racking up Grammys despite not being famous. He concluded it was a result of top-notch networking, particularly membership in the local Recording Academy. Then in April, the Grammys shed about 30 categories, including the urban alternative category, in which D.C. artists had been nominated every year for four years. Fischer predicted that category's demise would probably have an impact on local nominations. And it seems he's right. This year's slate was just announced, and there are fewer locals than last time around, according to the Washington Post's Chris Richards.
Hey man, nice shot: While Spielberg's Lincoln is being shot in Richmond, the town square is being made up to look like D.C. Reports the Richmond Times Dispatch: "The Capitol's North Portico, where Gov. L. Douglas Wilder made history with his inauguration in 1990, has been dressed with a colonnade to resemble the North Portico of the White House during the Civil War."
Then that happened: The National Christmas Tree Lighting is a known clusterfuck. If you (smartly) did not attend, but still wanna know what happened, well, here you go.