Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Local Natives Edition

Smithsonian-Free Cuba: Somebody's not too happy with the Smithsonian Institution's travel division and, despite the fact that said division is explicitly not federally funded, that someone is a congresswoman. Arts Post says: "In her statement, [Ileana] Ros-Lehtinen, a Cuban-American, criticized how the Smithsonian advertised the tours. 'The ad fails to mention that Cuba is a state-sponsor of terrorism or that Castro’s thugs repeatedly and routinely beat and harass the innocent Ladies in White while they peacefully march down a street,' she said."

Shudder: First, Melody Records. Then, Penn Camera. The death march of local analog media continues forward with the latter's closing of five of its eight locations. Per Penn's website: "A dramatic decline in sales performance during the preceding holiday period has precipitated this action."

She's Even a Native Washingtonian!: A press release from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities announces a newly installed deputy director of the agency. Lisa Richards Toney, formerly "an arts management consultant specializing in strategic planning and production and event management," served four years as DCCAH's arts program manager and interim deputy director. And, yes, the press release flaunts Toney's place of birth.

Yesterday on Arts Desk: Jiffy Lube Live semi-un-bans tailgating! Local hip-hop videos ranked by their sincerity!

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