Posts Tagged ‘Marion Barry’

Arts Roundup: Al Green Cancels Edition

Al Green cancels his appearance at the White House's "Memphis Soul" concert, citing back injury. This isn't the first time the soul legend has bailed on the Obamas. [Post]
... but Justin Timberlake still made it. [Post]
After more than seven years on the job, Rep Stage's artistic director steps down. [Post]
NoMa Summer Screen schedule announced. [Frozen [...]

Mendelson Denies Anacostia Playhouse’s Request for Emergency Legislation

Earlier this week, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson rejected Anacostia Playhouse's attempt to work around a parking requirement that's holding up construction on the theater.
As City Paper previously reported, the Ward 8 playhouse is facing significant delays due to a regulation that requires the playhouse to acquire 15 on-site parking spaces for its 150-person capacity [...]

Remembering Leroy Fleming, Former Member of Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers

Near the end of  “Bustin’ Loose,” Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers’ R&B hit from 1978,  the late D.C. go-go funk pioneer exclaims, "Hey Leroy, gimme some of that horn right here!" On cue, Leroy Fleming explodes into a glorious tenor solo. That might be Fleming's most famous recorded moment, but the D.C. saxophonist's talents also [...]

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 [...]

Chuck Brown Day? Chuck Brown Park? The Go-Go Hall of Fame?

For a moment earlier today, as politicians lined up on the stage to send off the Godfather of Go-Go, what began as a festive memorial started to feel like a game of one-upmanship. Mayor Vince Gray said he would ask the D.C. Council to name a park after Chuck Brown, who died May 16. Del. [...]

Chuck Brown’s Memorial: Politicians, Go-Go Musicians, Celebrities, and the Apprentice

The final installment of the D.C.'s official celebrations of Chuck Brown takes place tomorrow in halls D and E of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Some good news: After yesterday’s long line outside the Howard Theatre in the brutal heat, this should be a cooler event.
Doors will open at 10 a.m., and ceremonies will actually [...]

“A Family Affair”: Mourners Line Up for Chuck Brown’s Public Viewing at the Howard Theatre

“Chuck shirts! Chuck shirts!” vendors cried as they worked the line stretching from the Howard Theatre, where crowds had assembled to say goodbye to Chuck Brown today. The scene was part concert, part tourist gathering, part block party; friends greeted each other from across the street, hawkers hollered, local politicians made the necessary appearances.
People in [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: The Answers Isssue, Annie Leibovitz, Sean Born

On the cover of this week's City Paper is The Answers Issue, in which we take a whack at our readers' most pressing queries. Therein, you'll find lots of questions and answers related to arts and cultures, including: Can an actor make a middle-class living in D.C.? Does anyone ever win the myriad contests City [...]

Arts Roundup: Nutcracker, Cracked Edition

The Land of Seats: So, about all those glittery Nutcracker productions that pepper area theaters every winter: They exist for a reason. Washington Post columnist Thomas Heath—himself a Nuthead—reported earlier this week that Washington Ballet's perennial Nutcracker rakes in about 22 percent of that company's annual revenue, and more than half its yearly ticket sales. [...]

Arts Roundup: Barrypic Edition

You Put Me Out in Hollywood: The Reliable Source says a Marion Barry biopic starring Eddie Murphy is in development by HBO. Also attached to the made-for-TV film, the column reports, are Spike Lee as director and John Ridley as writer. Um: whoa. I don't even know what to say, other than don't screw this up, [...]

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