Posts Tagged ‘Barrelhouse’

ToDo ToDay: An Ella Fitzgerald Musical, Bar Pilar’s New Happy Hour, and Los Campesinos!

Starring in a biographic jukebox musical requires a lot from actors. They have to embody a well-known person without resorting to caricature, and they have to sing well enough to keep the crowd from wishing they were hearing the real deal. Sometimes (Jennifer Holliday in Dreamgirls) this works; other times (anyone who’s ever tried to play [...]

Arts Roundup: Library Shutdown Edition

Southeast Neighborhood Library closes for a month, citing necessary repairs. [DCist]
In this interview, Barrelhouse poetry editor Dan Brady talks about the local lit group's first book of poetry. [HTML Giant]
Predict the Helen Hayes Awards nominees! [D.C. Theatre Scene]
Local band Mission South is breaking up. [D.C. Music Download]

ToDo ToDay: Mom Baby God, Toro y Moi, and Yip Deceiver

This week, explore the anti-abortion movement without having to deal with Values Voter Summit crazies. For two nights, Mom Baby God plays a theatrical game of devil’s advocate. The play, written by Madeline Burrows, probes the mindsets of the people campaigning to limit women’s reproductive rights. Attendees will receive nametags upon arrival, and for the next two [...]

ToDo ToDay: “The Salon of Little Deaths” and Hothouse Happy Hour

For an exhibit titled “The Salon of Little Deaths,” the Hamiltonian Gallery’s current production doesn’t show much sex. But in the works of Milana Braslavsky, there’s a not-too-subtle sexuality at play. Read more >>> The show is on view Tuesdays to Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m., to June 15 at Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U St. NW, [...]

“Come Get Some”: A Lit Party Without the Stale Crackers

Literature and poetry readings can be a bore. Too many are sullied by bad wine, stale crackers, and an abundance of feelings—a nasty combination that could scare off even the most ardent lit lovers. But members of D.C.'s literary community want you to know it doesn't have to be that way. Readings—and the people who [...]

Barrelhouse Lit Mag Publishes Its First Book, Bring the Noise

Since launching in 2005, D.C. literary journal Barrelhouse has been publishing short stories, poems, and essays about all manner of human experiences. But where it's diverged from traditional literary magazines is in its outright celebration of pop culture—all of it, good and bad, silly and serious, widely revered and widely shunned.
This week, Barrelhouse expanded beyond its [...]

Big Lucks Lit Mag: Bringing Weird Writers Together

Of the hundreds of literary magazines published every year, the world seems to pay attention to a prestigious few. What if your work doesn't fit the tone of The Paris Review or The New Yorker? Are you just supposed to give up? If you ask Mark Cugini, the answer to that question is a resounding [...]

ToDo ToDay: Office Drudgery! Free Dessert! D.C. Bike Party!

Dying to challenge your cubicle mate to a duel? Relatively certain your boss is a demon? Or do you just like a ripping yarn told rippingly? Then hop over to the inaugural performance of D.C.’s newest reading series, “Stories on Stage,” presented by local literary magazine Barrelhouse. The literary performances pluck two stories from the magazine’s [...]

Barrelhouse Hosts Indie Lit Summit on Saturday

When it comes to quality fiction, keen-eyed local readers probably know to keep it indie. With over a dozen print and online literary magazines and small publishers, D.C.’s literary scene is growing and formidable. This Saturday's  Indie Lit Summit, aimed at bookish types from D.C. and Baltimore, aims to address the scene and its future.
Organized [...]

Five Ways The National Book Festival Should Earn Its Second Day

Anybody who’s cared about culture in the past decade has had reason to hope for more subsidies from billionaires. In 2002 pharmaceutical heiress Ruth Lilly gave a surprise $100 million gift to the Poetry Foundation. The following year Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, died and left $200 million to NPR in her [...]