Arts Desk

Arts Roundup: “Hold Yuh” Edition

Hello! I'm sure there a lots of fascinating things to aggregate this morning, but first: Let's talk about Gyptian. No, no, not the smooth-singing dancehall star, not specifically. I'm talking about "Africans," the "Official African Remix of Gyptian’s 'Hold Yuh,'" which landed in my inbox yesterday, which stars a bunch of D.C. artists and producers, and which my colleagues can expect to hear blasting from my cube later today. Let us listen!

DOWNLOAD: Harrison “Harry Baba” Nwozo and DJ Manixx and many, many guests – "Africans"

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Not to shill for a friend, but Liz Isenberg—formerly of this area, these days of Providence, R.I., and whose voice you might know from albums by Deer Tick—does her own cover of "Hold Yuh":

DOWNLOAD: Liz Isenberg – "Hold You (Hold Yuh)"

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OK! Things you should read! First, over at TBD, Sarah Godfrey's excellent story yesterday about the go-go's private-school circuit, about how since The Internet Happened those events can be unmanageable, and about a May kerfuffle at a Georgetown Day go-go. Mark Jenkins reviews Imperial China in the Post's Weekend section. The frickin' massive Artisphere in Rosslyn is nearing completion—or might not be!!!!1!!!—reports WaPo's Jaqueline Trescott, after attending a hardhat tour of the new multipurpose arts center, which occupies the old Newseum, which is where at least one fictional president was shot. There will be lots of dancing there! Also:

The 125-seat black box will be the new base for the Washington Shakespeare Company, the avant-garde classical company, which Kaplan said will stage 32 weeks of programming there. Across the street, the 387-seat Spectrum Theatre will be programmed under the Artisphere umbrella, bringing the whole project 62,000 square feet.

In addition to the Washington Shakespeare Company, the center will be home to Bowen McCauley Dance, which is choreographing a new piece for Artisphere's opening weekend, and the National Chamber Ensemble. The Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse and Alexandria Symphony will program some events there. The building also includes space for the Artisans Center of Virginia, a craft organization.

The 125-seat black box will be the new base for the Washington Shakespeare Company, the avant-garde classical company, which Kaplan said will stage 32 weeks of programming there. Across the street, the 387-seat Spectrum Theatre will be programmed under the Artisphere umbrella, bringing the whole project 62,000 square feet.
In addition to the Washington Shakespeare Company, the center will be home to Bowen McCauley Dance, which is choreographing a new piece for Artisphere's opening weekend, and the National Chamber Ensemble. The Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse and Alexandria Symphony will program some events there. The building also includes space for the Artisans Center of Virginia, a craft organization.

Over on Arts Desk! The Caribbean have composed a sound installation for the Arts on N Festival that I have not heard, but from frontman Michael Kentoff's description—"Basically harp, fanciful moments in the soundtrack, to go along with this…weird, subterranean, very colorful, very exotic space”—I bet it would go great with "Double Rainbow." This is a good thing! Also: We have discovered D.C. reggaeton! Also: DJ Stereo Faith, subject of Chris Heller's feature this week, is scheduled for surgery today to remove a tumor from his auditory canal.

Let's end this with another local mp3. Here's a song from the upcoming EP by Arlington's The Torches. It's out Aug. 24 on Lujo Records.

DOWNLOAD: The Torches – "Mister Vampire"

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