Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: The Primary Criterion Is Excellence Edition

Foggy Bottom of the Heap: The Kennedy Center Honors are just the worst. WaPo's Paul Farhi has a report from the event, which is too expensive for you to attend, has nothing to do with anything ("The primary criterion in the selection process is excellence"), and is rich in this kind of scene: "The pre-show red-carpet arrivals were once again one of those weird only-in-Washington rituals, with politicians stacking up behind movie stars, musicians and recording artists. Newt Gingrich and wife Callista were early arrivals (turns out 'Mamma Mia!' is a big Gingrich favorite — did not know that) , just ahead of another former House speaker, Nancy Pelosi," reports Farhi. Awards went to Meryl Streep, Barbara Cook, Yo-Yo Ma, Sonny Rollins, and Neil Diamond. The show—and it is a show a lot more than it is an awards ceremony of actual import—airs on Dec. 27 on CBS.

D.C. in Lishui: E. Brady Robinson, an associate professor of visual arts at the University of Central Florida, has won a grand prize of 10,000 renminbi—or about $1,571!—at the "American Life" competition of the 2011 Lishui Photography Competition in China. Why do we care? Because her exhibit is called "Desks as Portraits: An Inside Look at the DC Art World," and features photographs of the works paces of various D.C. notables. Such as: the Cultural Development Center's Karyn Miller, the photographer William Christenberry, and Ayris Scales, the former acting director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

WAFCA WAFCA WAFCA: The Washington Area Film Critics Association—of which our Tricia Olszewski is a member—has announced the winners of its annual awards. Quickly: The Artist is best film, Martin Scorsese is best director (for Hugo! cool.), George Clooney is best actor (The Descendents), Michelle Williams is best actress (My Week With Marilyn), and so on.

Today on Arts Desk: Occupy D.C. meets DIY sitcom.

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