Posts Tagged ‘Cool Disco Dan’

ToDo ToDay: Fête des Lumières and Cool “Disco” Dan

When the residents of Lyon, France, survived the plague in 1647, they celebrated by lighting candles and offering tributes to the Virgin Mary. More than three centuries later, the display has evolved into a sweeping lights party that draws millions of tourists to the town in early December. Now, with the help of Alliance Française [...]

Arts Roundup: It’s Just a Misdemeanor Edition

Chris Brown's charge downgraded to a misdemeanor. [City Desk]
New portrait of the female Supreme Court justices revealed! [Post]
Clinton Yates talks to Cool "Disco" Dan about his mental health, his best pal, and the Cool "Disco" Dan documentary. [Post]
Maybe House of Cards won't wrap after Season 2 after all? [Huffington Post]
There is a Sesame Street parody [...]

Arts Roundup: Back In Business Edition

Shutdown ends, Smithsonian reopens. [WJLA]
Molotov Theatre sells its own energy drinks, hot sauce, and salsa. [WBJ]
What a former D.C. police officer thinks about graffiti tagger Cool "Disco" Dan [Post]
Art collecting for n00bs [Washingtonian]
During the shutdown, local vintage and consignment shops cleaned up. [City Paper]
What was the shutdown's impact on arts in the District? [Arts Desk]

Spray of Reckoning: How Cool “Disco” Dan Became a D.C. Mascot

Through its streetcar days, its riots, its crack epidemic, and its many-flavored scandals, Washington has remained a town of hoary legends. Men’s names, etched into marble; dead generals astride horses, gazing stonily into rush-hour traffic—for generations, these cold and glory-drunk statues have passed as public art in the District. Ask a passerby to connect a [...]

The Making of The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan

We, the children of Marion Barry's mayoral years, remember the simple joys of attending a go-go where bands like Ayre Rayde, Rare Essence, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, Little Benny and the Masters, and Junkyard hit pockets and sockets.
Those were all-night, sweating-the-chemicals-out-your-hair kind of parties. We were siced to hear our names and neighborhoods [...]

Urban Verbs, PCP, and Pink Pants: “Pump Me Up” In Photos

1980s D.C. is imbued with a mystical aura for certain people, thanks in large part to our city’s narcissistic talent for self-documentation. A couple of years ago, I met a 19-year-old kid from Guatemala who was visiting relatives in Virginia. He had a hardcore band back in Guatemala City, and had read Dance of Days [...]

Arts Roundup: President’s Day Edition

Clinton Yates: Why Cool "Disco" Dan mattered to D.C. through some of its toughest years [The Root D.C.]
On President's Day—that is, today—see the Library of Congress as you usually cannot see it. [Post]
A history of go-go's iconic Globe posters, on view starting this weekend at Corcoran's "Pump Me Up" exhibit [Post]
Mount Vernon's $47 million National Library [...]

Arts Roundup: Straight Up Go-Go Edition

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities announces a screening of the documentary Straight Up Go-Go, paired with a live performance by Rare Essence, at the Lincoln Theatre Feb. 22. [Art 202]
AFI Silver Theatre adds another showing of The Legend of Cool 'Disco' Dan. [Post]
Virginia Democrats want you to read Republican Attorney General Ken [...]

Arts Roundup: Is It Me You’re Looking For? Edition

The Cool 'Disco' Dan documentary helps one woman find the breakdancing instructor she's been searching for [Post]
The Hive 2.0 incorporates an arts center [Washington City Paper]
All this radio report says about Bad Brains is: Wow, can you believe they're black? [WPGC]
This guy is really, really bummed about the closing of Video Americain's Takoma Park location [...]

Arts Roundup: Anthem Edition

She sang the anthem, y'all. [Rolling Stone]
AFI Silver Theatre risks massive profit loss if it can't go digital [Gazette]
After controversy, Cool Disco Donut changes its name to Zeke's D.C. Donuts [Washington City Paper]
The Post goes deep inside the Cool Disco Donut hole [Post]
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist author visits her old high school, Bethesda Chevy [...]