Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: George Pelecanos’ D.C.

Sure, he strays from time to time—up to Baltimore to write and produce The Wire, or down to New Orleans to do the same for Treme—but eventually, George Pelecanos always returns to D.C. in his fiction. In last summer’s novel The Cut, Pelecanos sets a tale of crime and vengeance as grisly as he’s ever written against the backdrop of a gentrifying District. The word “hipster” never actually appears, but the book’s hero, Iraq war veteran-turned-private eye Spero Lucas, is a sort of antidote to the myopic little twits who have moved into town lately, and who spend most of the book blissfully ignorant of the darker business going on around them. (Yes, Lucas rides his bike around town, too, but he’s not wearing tweed when he does it.) Tonight, Pelecanos chats about and signs the book near the epicenter of the development that’s cropped up in the District—and into his novels—in the last decade. Pelecanos discusses his book at 7:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 387-7638. (Mike Madden)


Dueling post-rock bands! Scotland's Mogwai specializes in the morose and the dramatic; Battles' take on the genre is winking, acrobatic, and unafraid to be silly; and both bands occasionally indulge in sci-fi imagery. Mogwai performs with Balam Acab at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Sold out. Battles performs with Imperial China at 8 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15.


The Bombay Club is giving diners a culinary tour of India this month with special three-course menus highlighting cuisine from different parts of the country. This week, chef Nilesh Singhviwill feature dishes from Rajasthani, the largest state in India. The region, located in the northwest corner of the country, encompasses most of the Great Indian Desert where water and fresh produce is scarce. As a result, people of the region had to prepare food that could last for several days. Dried fruits and nuts, spices, and yogurt are common in the cuisine. In the next two weeks, The Bombay Club will also feature cuisine from Mughlai in Northern India and Hyderabadi, the "City of Pearls." The menu is priced at $52 per person or $78 with wine pairings. The Bombay Club, 815 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 659-3727. (Jessica Sidman)

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  • Patience

    What precisely is the purpose of posting "Sold Out" events to a "To Do" list?

  • Jonathan L. Fischer

    @Patience: We usually omit sold out events. I included Mogwai because their audience overlaps with Battles'. Apologies for harshing your mellow.

  • Cap City Records Panhandler

    6th & Chesapeake SE, the real cut. I'm there 24/7/365 non-fiction

  • Big Tony

    Im there too cap city, usually I'm tip toeing out of your moms window though

  • Cap City Records Panhandler

    Big Tony: You're a gump.

  • Big Tony

    Watch your mouf son, I could have been yo' daddy if that ape didnt beat me up the steps

    Now run along and get OG Big Tony a soda, before you get yo feelings hurt you jive turkey

  • Cap City Records Panhandler

    OK, simp...

    Because no reviewers of "The Cut" are out in the streets and know the real heartbeat of the city no one called GP on his borrowing from a real-life case.

    United States Attorney’s Office
    District of Columbia
    U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.

    Friday, October 21, 2011
    Public Affairs

    Police Officer Sentenced to 15-Year Prison Term
    For Robbery Attempt That Ended In Murder
    - Officer Was On Duty In Marked Squad Car At Time of Attack -

    WASHINGTON - Reginald Levester Jones, 42, a former Metropolitan Police Department officer, was sentenced today to 15 years in prison on charges stemming from a robbery conspiracy that led to the murder of one of the alleged participants, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department.

    Jones, of Upper Marlboro, Md., pled guilty in August 2010, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree murder. Jones agreed to cooperate with the government and testify against his longtime friend and co-defendant, Raylen Wilkerson, 35. However, the government ultimately could not sponsor him due to issues with his veracity. He was sentenced by the Honorable Michael L. Rankin.

    According to the government’s evidence, on November 30, 2009, Jones and Wilkerson and four other men - Arvel Alston, Roshun Parker, Arvel Crawford, and Jarvis Clark – met at Wilkerson’s automotive detailing shop in Suitland, Md., and agreed to a plan to rob a man. They conducted an unsuccessful search for the targeted victim, utilizing multiple vehicles, including Jones’s marked police cruiser. The next day, December 1, 2009, they met again and executed the robbery attempt at approximately 9 p.m. in the 4300 block of 4th Street SE.

    The victim fought back and was shot by Arvel Crawford, but he ultimately survived. During the robbery attempt, Arvel Crawford also shot and killed his own father and fellow conspirator, Arvel Alston, 40. Jones, who was on duty at the time, used his marked cruiser to clear the area in order to make the robbery easier and he parked the cruiser near the buildings to act as a look-out, with Wilkerson sitting in the front passenger seat. When the robbery went awry, Jones and Wilkerson fled the scene in the squad car, ignoring citizen pleas for help.

    “Instead of locking up robbers and murderers, Reginald Jones decided to become one of them,” said U.S. Attorney Machen. “His disgraceful conduct is an affront to the dedicated professionals at the Metropolitan Police Department who sacrifice to keep us safe every day. With today’s sentence, Reginald Jones will replace the police uniform he dishonored with a prison jumpsuit.”

    “Today’s sentencing reinforces to the community that people who commit crimes in this city will be treated equally,” said Chief Lanier. “No matter who you are, if you commit a crime in Washington, DC, you will be arrested, prosecuted and held accountable.”

    Wilkerson, of Landover, Md., was the only conspiracy member to go to trial. He was found guilty in July 2011 of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence. Wilkerson was sentenced in September 2011 to 21 years in prison by the Honorable William M. Jackson. During the sentencing of Wilkerson, Judge Jackson noted his role as one of the ringleaders who recruited younger, easily influenced men to commit crimes. The judge agreed to the government’s recommendation for an upward departure from voluntary sentencing guidelines.

    Jones and the other three defendants pled guilty to charges in the case. Arvel Crawford, now 20, of Washington, D.C., did not cooperate with the government and was sentenced to 18 years in prison for killing his father. Roshun Parker, 29, and Jarvis Clark, 21, both of Temple Hills, Md., cooperated with the government and testified against Wilkerson. Parker was sentenced to three years in prison by Judge Rankin. Clark was sentenced to time served and given a lengthy period of probation by Judge Jackson.

    In announcing today’s sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen and Chief Lanier praised the outstanding efforts of the many MPD detectives and members who worked on the case. They also commended those at the U.S. Attorney’s Office who assisted in the case, including Intelligence Analyst Lawrence Grasso, Information Technology Specialists Claudia Gutierrez and Ron Royal, Security Specialists Tanya Via and Katina Adams, and Paralegals Fern Rhedrick and Sharon Newman. Finally, they praised the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Glenn Kirschner, who initially investigated the case, and the teamwork of Assistant U.S. Attorneys Laura R. Bach and John G. Giovannelli who completed the investigation, indicted, and tried the case.

  • Big Tony

    good find chief