Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Barrypic Edition

You Put Me Out in Hollywood: The Reliable Source says a Marion Barry biopic starring Eddie Murphy is in development by HBO. Also attached to the made-for-TV film, the column reports, are Spike Lee as director and John Ridley as writer. Um: whoa. I don't even know what to say, other than don't screw this up, D.C. Film Office. This thing better not shoot in Baltimore.

The King of 14th Street: David Montgomery profiles Busyboys & Poets/Eatonville owner Andy Shallal in Washington Post Magazine, cycling through the restaurateur's background (Iraqi-born son of a diplomat, worked in a pizza shop as a kid) and the emergence of his art-cum-activism-cum-culture business model. Montgomery engages and more or less diffuses two of the criticisms frequently lobbed against Shallal—that he's misrepresenting or even exploiting the imagery of the Harlem Renaissance that drives his Busboys chain, and that his restaurants at 14th and V streets NW is both a holdout against gentrification and a driver of it. Read the article. And then read Tim Carman's award-winning, slightly gonzo Washington City Paper profile of Shallal from 2009—in which Shallal attempts to hire a top toque for Eatonville via a Top Chef-like contest. Things end not swimmingly.

Today on Arts Desk: More reviews from Capital Irish Film Fest. More Sleigher!

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