Arts Roundup: The Laudable Follies of Follies Edition
Priorities: In his latest Huffington Post column, Kennedy Center prez Michael Kaiser says the arts center's production of Follies—which closed on Broadway Sunday night—did not recoup its financial investment, but the publicity made it all worthwhile: "No one production creates lasting acclaim for any arts organization and Follies did not change the history of the Kennedy Center," he writes, "but one or two major events a year, over a course of years, creates the impression of an interesting, vibrant arts organization."
Oof: So, who dropped the ball during Sunday night's Giants/49ers game? The Washington Post says in some parts of the Washington market, several commercials for Comcast's Xfinity package played at random points throughout the NFC championship game, including during one particularly critical play. Who's to blame? WTTG, says Comcast.
Down by Law: Members of a local graffiti group, KGB, were convicted earlier this month on charges of destruction of property, Prince of Petworth relays. (We discussed KGB in a cover story in September.) Most of the crew got a heaping helping of probation, fines, and community service, in lieu of immediate jail time; PoP commenters are irate.
Swan Song: Melody Records may be closing indefinitely, but its tunes live on: Employees submitted playlists of their favorite artists to WaPo's arts blog. Listen online; weep privately.