Posts Tagged ‘Duke Ellington’

One of Rik Freeman’s Earliest Murals Will Likely Be Destroyed. Tomorrow, He Gets an Award.

“Artworks that existed before a neighborhood or demographic part of that history.”

Four New Public Art Pieces in D.C.

A timeline of Paul Robesons life, a symbol of "Hipster Fascism," another tribute to Duke Ellington, and deer frolicking in the city

Bustin’ Ground: Chuck Brown Park vs. Other Musical Memorials

Chuck Brown’s already gotten a street dedicated to his memory (the 1900 block of 7th Street NW) and soon, another physical landmark will bear his name: Chuck Brown Park formally opens on Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. How does it compare to other public spaces built in honor of local music icons? Check out our [...]

Piece of Work: Billy Friebele’s “U Street Chromatic (for Duke)”

Standout Piece: Billy Friebele’s “U Street Chromatic (for Duke),” a machine and mapping project mildly packaged as a U Street identity piece, contrasting Duke Ellington’s heyday with today. Friebele has created a drum kit that resembles a crude first draft of Short Circuit’s Johnny 5. Mounted on a hacked shopping cart, Friebele has assembled a [...]

Jazz Setlist, March 27-April 2: A Wild Weekend

Friday, March 28
Forty-five years ago next month, D.C.'s greatest musical son, Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, returned home and visited the White House (where his father had sometimes worked as a butler in the early years of the 20th century) to celebrate his 70th birthday. It was a huge gala: A tribute band featuring Dave Brubeck [...]

Arts Roundup: Kennedy Center Honors Edition

This year's Kennedy Center Honorees include two Latinos, Carlos Santana and Martina Arroyo. Other recipients are Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock, and Shirley MacLaine. [New York Times]
Metro Connection on the history of Gala Hispanic Theatre and its place in D.C. [WAMU]
U Street's Duke Ellington Memorial won't be restored, but it will be replaced. [PoPville]
Arlington woman leaves $700,000 [...]

Arts Roundup: Friiiiiiiiiiinge! Edition

Get your 2013 Capital Fringe tickets NOW. [Capital Fringe]
The classy Hay-Adams author series commences this summer. [Post]
Architecture firm Gensler redesigns its own office. [Post]
How much do artist studios go for in D.C.? [Curbed]
House of Cards takes over the Maryland House of Delegates. [WTOP]
Want to witness the unveiling of the Frederick Douglass statue in the Capitol's [...]

Arts Roundup: $21 Million, That’s My Number Edition

Toots and the Maytals singer Frederick "Toots" Hibbert is suing an alleged bottle-thrower for $21 million. [WTOP]
David Alpert thinks zoning tweaks will help local theaters find places to perform. [Post]
Could more local theaters learn from Woolly Mammoth's digital-engagement initiatives? [Post]
In the 1940s, what's now the 9:30 Club was Duke Ellington's. [Post]
The Shakespeare Theatre Company might [...]

Manzari Brothers Tap at Strathmore This Weekend

In 2010, John and Leo Manzari were big news. The teenage brothers, a dancing duo from Southwest D.C., had been picked from almost-obscurity by tap dancing eminence Maurice Hines to star in Sophisticated Ladies at the Lincoln Theatre. Their Cinderella story—combined with the boys’ charming looks, manners, and cool onstage style—proved irresistible to the Washington [...]

Coming Soon to the Howard Theatre: Giant Metal Duke Ellington

It looks like Duke Ellington is returning to the Howard Theater. A few weeks back, Housing Complex reported on the official start to renovations of the century-old theater. And while the finished structure will bring in some major musical acts, they will all stand in the shadow—quite literally—of Duke Ellington, who’s likeness will be immortalized [...]