Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: Gerhard Richter and Fat Tire

The cult of personality around Gerhard Richter’s paintings is nearly as fervent as the cult of economics. In 2011, The Economist wrote, “The market for Richter paintings is deep and widespread... many periods of Mr. Richter’s painting enjoy strong global demand.” Later, Citigroup Senior Art Advisor Jonathan Binstock published a study in which he declared that Richter “has recently emerged powerfully as the next great market force among the tradition of 20th-century painters including Pablo Picasso, William de Kooning, and Andy Warhol.” Then there’s Manhattan’s Postermasters Gallery’s “Richteriana” exhibit—closing this week—that “attempts to examine the current canonization” of the German giant through works by six artists that use him as a springboard. All of this is a good deal more interesting than Gerhard Richter Painting, Corinna Belz’s follow-up to her 2007 film Gerhard Richter’s WindowPainting is literally an hour and a half of Gerhard Richter painting: We see him meticulously apply layers of paint to a canvas; the camera pans out; repeat. The only diversions are brief conversations between Richter and the cogs in his machine, including gallerist Marian Goodman, art critics, and collaborators. Nonetheless, Belz’s documentary is a refreshingly placid alternative to the chatter surrounding Richter’s role in money and art. The film opens today at E Street Cinema. (Alex Baca)

More Friday

Deathfix, the moody pop band led by Rich Morel and Fugazi's Brendan Canty, shares a bill with Peanut Butter and Dave and Lady Cop at 9 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. (202) 388-ROCK.


Once upon a time, New Belgium beers didn’t exist in D.C. Only in 2011 did the Colorado-based brewing company expand its distribution to the area. Fat Tire Ale is a starter beer for burgeoning IPA fans, but its conspicuous absence had hopheads salivating over its arrival. In addition to flooding beer lists (craft or not) since then, New Belgium has also sponsored a bunch of events that appeal to bike people, including the recent New York-to-D.C. Climate Ride. Its latest promotional effort is the Tour de Fat, a traveling cycling circus that will wend its way through D.C. for the first time today. But it’s not all about knocking back brews, donning costumes, and parading on two wheels in the name of marketing. The Tour de Fat is supposed to “spread…the good word about the positive societal offerings of the bicycle.” To that end, the event’s most fanciful occasion will be a car-for-bike trade, for which a willing participant will hand over their keys in exchange for a fully-loaded commuter bike. Even more feel-goody: The Tour de Fat benefits the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Mid-Atlantic Offroad Enthusiasts, Black Women Bike D.C., and Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling. The Tour de Fat begins at 9 a.m. at Yards Park, 3rd and Water streets SE. Free. (Alex Baca)

Destroyer, the long-running art-pop project of Dan Bejar, arrives at the 9:30 Club a year after Kaputt, the act's sophisticated and ambient U-turn from 2011. Read Arts Desk's interview with Bejar, then see the band play with Sandro Perri at 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20.


Caribbean music is a worldwide phenomenon because it’s easy to grind your hips without knowing what the singer’s going on about. But it’s much harder for those not steeped in island culture to parse cultural references and slang in the pursuit of laughter, which is why Caribbean comedy still appeals mostly to folks born in that region. But even those unversed in patois needn’t shy from the Caribbeana Comedy Festival, which is now in its 24th year. Brooklyn-born headliner Wil Sylvince (shown) draws on his Haitian heritage for more than a few japes, but he made his name on BET, HBO, and Showtime at the Apollo. Trinidad’s Willard “Lord Relator” Harris is a legend in calypso, which has long been a vehicle for double entendres leading to belly laughs. And Lindon “Fatman” George, Susan Kennedy, Dennis “Sprangalang” Hall, and others are confident that non-Caribbeans are more fluent in island-speak than they think. The Caribbeana Comedy Festival begins at 7 p.m. at the Howard University Cramton Auditorium, 2455 6th St. NW. $35 in advance, $40 at door. (301) 459-1775. (Christopher Porter)


This year's Silverdocs begins on Monday with a film about Journey. Warm up for it with...well, a film that's a little bit about Journey. Tricia Olszewski had fun at the cock-rock jukebox musical Rock of Ages, although she admits it'll help if you're of a certain age and aesthetic disposition.


Pacifico Cantina opens Saturday at 10 a.m. on Barracks Row. The Mexican restaurant is the latest project from Xavier Cervera, the restaurateur behind Molly Malone's, the Chesapeake RoomLola's, and several other Captiol Hill eateries. Expect fairly straight-forward Tex Mex offerings: nachos, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos, and fajitas. While it's too soon to vouch for the food, the roof deck looks pretty sweet and the restaurant serves buckets of beer and a long list of tequilas, so you can't go wrong there. Pacifico Cantina, 518 8th St. SE; 202-507-8143. (Jessica Sidman)

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