Posts Tagged ‘Avatar’

Arts Roundup: Washington Post Edition

Bruce: In Tuesday's Washington Post, Bruce Springsteen's introduction to journalism professor Dale Maharidge and WaPo photographer Michael S. Williamson's latest book, Someplace Like America: Tales From the New Great Depression, is repurposed for the Style section. Springsteen writes that Maharidge and Williamson's previous book, Journey to Nowhere, inspired him to pick up his pen: "I had [...]

Reading The Washington Times’ Revived Arts Coverage

This week, Washington City Paper is putting together its annual Best of D.C. issue, which means our newsroom is currently feeling pretty masochistic. In that spirit, I've decided to read The Washington Times.
Specifically, I'm interested in the Times' arts coverage, which beginning today has returned to the paper—in the form of the Life section—following an absence of some [...]

Gaia Eyes a New Age of D.C. Club Life

"We're definitely profit-driven, so we're not hippies," says Nico Laget, a man who sees serious benefits in the blending of pulsing house music and real-life congas.
Laget, 37, is the chief agent of D.C.'s "Gaia" parties, which are essentially immersive, multimedia, New Age-y house-music nights. A Frenchman born and raised in Africa, he is a veteran [...]

Arts Roundup: “Promote Your Product” Edition

Happy Thursday! And happy Earth Day! Avatar is out on DVD today, and James Cameron is using the holiday to shamelessly self-promote draw awareness to the environmental concerns he features in his film.
Filmfest D.C. is in full swing, showcasing international films throughout the District. Among tonight's is France's Lourdes, of which Tricia Olszewski writes, "There [...]

Arts Roundup: “No Haterade for DNA Test Fest” Edition

Good morning! It is, you know, that day! The one with the pranks! However, today's roundup is prank-free. Really, I promise. Promise promise.
In today's print City Paper, I write about the recent flaring-up of rumors concerning Drunkdriver and Pygmy Shrews drummer Jeremy Villalobos. In the last two weeks, allegations that he'd committed several acts of [...]

Morning Roundup: ‘Gondry Not Gaga For Gaga’ Edition

Morning, readers.
*First things first: Pomplamoose's fantastic cover of Lady Gaga's "Telephone":

*Michel Gondry, best known for directing inimitable music videos for everyone from The Rolling Stones to Björk, puts himself on the line by going against the masses, saying that he is "not interested" in Lady Gaga. Gaga's newest release, "Telephone," is [...]

The Oscars, Abbreviated

Illness has kept me from dishing out my Academy Award predictions and, lest the curse soon be lifted, will probably quash my desire to go live-blog-wild during the telecast.
But I can't be completely silent! So, before the inevitable song-and-dance-and-cheese opening, I offer this:
I remember a sweet time back in early December when I thought that [...]

Arts Roundup: “Ikebe Shakedown, Gorillaz, and Zombies” Edition

Morning, readers.
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*Above, please find your morning Afrobeat fix: Ikebe Shakedown on "Don't Contradict." [Full disclosure: That guy on the congas? That's Dave Bourla, college associate of mine. Further disclosure: Ikebe is a dirty, dirty band. Bourla says they'll hit Bossa Bistro, right around the [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘Film Criticism is Dead’ Edition

Mornin' folks!
Film criticism is dead! Brandeis professor Thomas Doherty has the scoop in the Chronicle Review. Whodunit? Doherty's theory: Blogs, on the Internet, with the Endless Waves of Unlearned Ranting. To illustrate this, Doherty points us to an example of a fan/critic site that apparently has not been redesigned since 1996. The rhetoric of blog-based [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘Your Body is a Post-Racial Wonderland’ Edition

Happy Monday, Arts Desk readers!
Fresh off detonating an n-bomb and other ordnance in an interview with Playboy, John Mayer descended into the bosom of Obama’s Post-Racial America to play a two-hour gig at the Verizon Center Saturday. In a remarkable show of restraint, the embattled musician managed to limit his word vomit to innocuous musings [...]