Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Benny Blanco’s Bad Music Edition

A profile of 24-year-old Benny Blanco, the Reston producer who's responsible for some of the most inescapable pop-radio fodder [New York Times]

Peter Marks doesn't mince words in a critical piece about Arena Stage's local-playwright woes and Artisphere's recent ejection of its in-house theater company, WSC Avant Bard. [Post]

A vapid feature on expecting women in the arts makes an astounding discovery: women can still perform their jobs while pregnant [Post]

When both the lead and her understudy fell ill before a recent performance of Arena Stage's My Fair Lady performance, ensemble member Hannah Willman stepped in to play Eliza Doolittle with only "a couple of" hours' rehearsal, and reportedly killed [Post]

Talking to D.C. Washington, the awesomely named Woodbridge military contractor who periodically sings the National Anthem at Pigskins games [Post]

Anne Midgette on classical music at the inauguration: It's mostly there to be symbolic [Post]

Reston's Used Book Shop, soon to be the community's only book store, turns 35 [Post]

The Library of Congress now has 170 billion tweets in its archives [AP via WJLA]

U Street Music Hall's Blisspop is selling its own Obama inauguration T-shirts [Blisspop]

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