Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: Two Trips to Guapo’s Edition

Good morning! Wale has offended Baltimore. Later today on Arts Desk, we'll ponder: Why does D.C.'s biggest rapper have the lamest controversies ever?

The Washington Post Magazine thinks this air-guitar champion is worth your time. Plus: The National Pinball Museum is coming to the beleaguered Shops at Georgetown Park mall.

Why does WaPo's Blake Gopnik get to review the Hirshhorn's Yves Klein retrospective twice?

City Desk points to a Flickr stream of historic D.C. photos uploaded by DDOT. Sockets posts a seriously hot new track from the Cornel West Theory, from the group's forthcoming mix tape. Ruffian Records files an update—Ruffian and Sockets will be collaborating on a series of split 7-inches of D.C. bands. Names mentioned in the Ruffian post: Buildings, Noon:30, Imperial China.

Got my review copy of the Arcade Fire's The Suburbs yesterday, and I've yet to complete a straight-through listen. I'll save my overall impression for, well, when I have one. For now, my favorite moment on the record comes nearly an hour in, on the Régine Chassagne-sung "Sprawl II (Mountains Be...)," which has a "Heart of Glass" bounce and a foreboding tint. As for the critical love: It's trickling out, even though the record doesn't land until August 3. Oh, and: Since I wanted an excuse to embed that Cap'n Jazz clip up yonder, here's a reminder that tonight's Black Cat installment of the band's reunion tour is very sold out.

City Desk's Matt Dunn has a Fort Reno portrait. Worn Magazine has more shots of good-looking showgoers. Also, Worn's Joshua Yospyn shares my Fort Reno routine. He writes:

  1. Drive or metro to Guapo’s for margaritas by 6:30 pm;
  2. Pay bill and walk to Fort Reno’s field by 7:30 pm;
  3. Commit to watching at least two of the bands;
  4. Gaze at smoke bomb plumes wafting out of the porta-potty;
  5. Feel kinda old since the field contains a lot of high school students;
  6. Hit the ice cream truck to feel young again;
  7. and Get tired from the margaritas and head home.

Only thing missing? The return visit to Guapo's.

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