Posts Tagged ‘Marion Barry’

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, [...]

Arts Roundup: Shiny New Edition

Good morning, D.C. If you're a local politician wishing to give your girlfriend $5,000 in contracts, rest assured that your actions now have a legal precedent. That's none other than Marion Barry, of course, who's been cleared for last year's dirty deeds. With local politics like this, who needs rehearsed drama?
I kid, I kid. For, [...]

Ask a European About Washington, D.C.; 4) A Bulgarian

Washington City Paper: What's your name?
Svetoslav Ilchiv: Svetoslav Ilchiv.
How old are you?
Have you heard of Marion Barry, the former mayor of Washington, D.C.?
Never. Is it a man or a woman?

City Paper Cover Inspires Mixtape

Looks like Dave Nuttycombe wasn't the only DJ inspired by the cover of last week's City Paper.
DJ Torkaveli claims to produce "the most controversial mixtape series in the Washington D.C. area," so it makes sense that he'd take inspiration from the now infamous issue.
The work features the Marion Barry voicemail clips interspersed with "some new [...]