Posts Tagged ‘Listen Local First’

ToDo ToDay: Rory Scovel, Paint Branch, and Serial Killers

A South Carolina native who cut his teeth in D.C.’s comedy scene in the middle of the last decade, Rory Scovel specializes in pushing the limits of a gag’s logical expiration. He starts his 2011 album Dilation by thanking the audience for their applause for a good 90 seconds after they’ve stopped clapping. In recent performances, he’s [...]

Fair Trade Music D.C. Surveys Musicians on Treatment at Venues

In a concert-booking business that can seem as predatory as modern-day journalism is for writers, Fair Trade Music D.C. is pushing for better treatment.
Since September, the organization has surveyed local musicians about their experiences at D.C.-area venues in the hopes of shedding some light on which venues treat their artists right and which don’t.
“This is an [...]

ToDo ToDay: “War/Photography” at the Corcoran and The Nine Lives of Marion Barry

The Corcoran Gallery of Art’s sprawling exhibit, "War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath," covers everything from training to combat to the often grisly aftermath of battle, surveying a vast array of conflicts. There’s plenty of action on display—like Robert Capa’s blurred, almost hallucinatory vignette from the storming of Normandy. But the exhibit offers [...]

ToDo ToDay: Chatham County Line! Funny Moms!

All other string instruments should step aside for the banjo's moment. Thanks to the success of banjo-heavy groups, twang is making its way into the ears of listeners who, a few years ago, might have thought the banjo only belonged at a state fair 70 miles east of Nowhere, Miss. Benefiting from this excess of string-band riches [...]

Listen Local First Plans a D.C. Music App

D.C.'s most enthusiastic group of music-scene boosters, Listen Local First, turns 1 today. And they're working on a local-music app.
Listen Local First, you'll remember, founded Local Music Day and sent the "mobile venue" pictured above to South by Southwest to highlight D.C. performers. The group has agitated for music-friendly government policies, like the establishment of [...]

Midnight Train to Georgia Avenue: Musicians Audition for Metro

Minister D was sitting on a bench, next to a sketch of Rihanna leaning against the wall. Around him, his fellow musicians tuned their guitars and took deep breaths, preparing to audition for a chance to perform at the entrances of Metro stations. Like many of his peers, he didn't seem to mind that winning came [...]

Listen Local First Takes Issue With Metro’s Call for Non-Busking Performers

For the most part, musicians in D.C. have the same opportunities to make a living as their peers in other cities. One notable exception: They can't busk in the Metro.
They can, however, perform at Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority station entrances from time to time as part of the agency's Art in Transit program. They just [...]

ToDo ToDay: Toni Morrison and Listen Local First

“African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond” is proof that black artists not named Jacob Lawrence or Romare Bearden produced a ton of compelling 20th century art, even if it makes it into our museums less frequently. The sprawling exhibit features 100 works by 43 artists—a generous mix of painters, sculptors, and [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Howard Theatre, Listen Local First, chickfactor

Leading this week's Washington City Paper is sage advice from Ally Schweitzer and Michael J. West on how to not screw up the Howard Theatre, the newly restored historic venue that reopens this month. Also in the feature well, I have an essay in which I untangle the contradictions of supporting arts scenes simply because [...]

Arts Roundup: White Room Edition

Jay Bulger, a Washington native, wins the top documentary prize at South by Southwest for his film about drummer Ginger Baker. [The Style Blog]
Smithsonian American Art Museum releases a trailer for its sure-to-be-blockbuster exhibit "The Art of Video Games" [Eye Level]
The Making of the Listen Local First mobile music venue [Ben Droz]
Curator Laura Roulet discusses [...]