Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

The Sleigher: Ariana Grande, “Santa Tell Me”

This sugary, plummy ditty isn't exactly a special snowflake.

A Christmas Carol Smackdown! Olney Theatre vs. Keegan Theatre

A Christmas Carol is like crack to theater companies: do it every year or not at all, but after your first hit, you’re hooked on that sweet holiday revenue. No other play can rake in the kind of cash to pay for the rest of your season, which is why this year we have a [...]

Choral Christmas Smackdown! The Washington Chorus vs. Choral Arts Society

Much like retail businesses, choral groups have a standard yearly schedule. They live a meager, hand-to-mouth existence 11 months of the year, but December is when they cash in. For the second in our annual series of holiday smackdowns!, Arts Desk offers a consumer report on Christmas concerts from two of our leading choral groups: [...]

Messiah Smackdown: National Philharmonic vs. National Symphony

Handel’s Messiah is one of those unfortunate holiday traditions you can’t escape, like ugly sweaters and fruitcake. Every year, choruses trot out the Christmas standard (actually, it was first performed in April) as their end-of-the-year moneymaker, which is to choral groups what The Nutcracker is to ballets.  Churches, too, love Handel’s oratorio, a sure way [...]

Watch a New Mynabirds Video, Hear a New Mynabirds Christmas Song, Get Amped for THE SLEIGHER

Laura Burhenn doesn't need no stinkin' presents this Christmas. She says as much in her new song, "All I Want Is Truth (for Christmas)," which is out in 7-inch form today on Saddle Creek. But! You can download the song free, HOWEVER IT WILL DESTROY ALL OF YOUR YULETIDE ILLUSIONS, USING, I THINK, PEDAL STEEL. [...]

Arts Roundup: Christmastime for the Jews Edition

Hello! Tomorrow is Christmas!
Surely many of you will be busy unwrapping presents and donning ugly sweaters and eating delicious things, but not I! See, I'm Jewish, and I've already had my seasonal allotment of gifts and comfort food. But for members of the tribe, there's still plenty to do tonight and tomorrow, including:
- Movies and [...]

Free Download: A Low Budget Christmas

Kev Brown, Kaimbr, and Roddy Rod ring in the holidays.

Paw Tracks Releases Insane Christmas Single

Paw Tracks has released its first holiday seven-inch. One side is Reverend Green featuring Kria Brekkan (the tweest voice from tweest-band Mum) and Antony of Antony and the Johnsons (again, very distinctive voice). The flip side is Abby Portner's (of Rings) new solo project Drawlings. You want child-like wonder wrapped up in avant X-Mas cheer? [...]