Posts Tagged ‘Public Enemy’

Donald Byrd, Pioneering Jazz Trumpeter Who Left a Mark on D.C., Has Died

Donald Byrd, a trumpeter, composer, educator, and National Endowment for the Arts jazz master who spent several years in Washington as founding director of Howard University’s Jazz Studies program, died at his Delaware home on Feb. 4. He was 80 years old.
After nearly a week of rumors, scads of unconfirmed reports, and a Facebook announcement [...]

ToDo ToDay: Nick Cave! Pizza and Beer!

Embodying elements of performance art, sculpture, and fashion, the work of artist Nick Cave is hard to fit into one box.  Cave put this aesthetic diversity to use last January, when he traveled to Dakar, Senegal, through the State Department’s Art in Embassies program. The work he created following his trip, a large tondo made [...]

Nothing but a Number: A Live History of Fugazi’s Song “Repeater”

"Playing music is like handwriting," says Fugazi frontman Ian MacKaye. "If you play a song over and over, it starts to evolve."
For my feature this week on Fugazi's new online archive of live shows, I discussed some of the subtle changes you can hear in live version of the song "Repeater." Since then, I spoke to [...]

Head-Roc’s Mouth: The Cornel West Theory (Dirty Bombs)

An occasional feature in which esteemed D.C. rapper Head-Roc shares what’s on his mind.
A few months back in the early evening, I was passing the Patty Boom Boom Room on U Street NW when I heard a tap on the glass facing the street. I looked up and there was my man Jati Lindsay, arguably D.C.’s [...]

Arts Roundup: Let’s Get That Fire Burning Edition

Good morning, D.C.! Yesterday's sweltering temperatures didn't really bring the promised thunder. Maybe we'll see a break in the heat today.
In the meantime, ReadysetDC announced its new "Tourist T-Shirt" winner and set the old model on fire—all in one post! I'm not sure if the "I <3 DC" swag was all that deserving of a [...]

This Week in Theater: Public Enemy, 60 Miles to Silver Lake, and Triumph of Love

Scena's production of Kenneth Branagh's Public Enemy tells the story of Tommy (Barry McEvoy), a Jimmy Cagney impersonator in 1980s Belfast who uses his imitation to keep himself out of trouble. The first act pleasantly meanders, introducing the characters and setting up the story. The second act veers into topsy-turvydom as Tommy goes off the [...]

Washington Post Confused 9/11 Truthers With Cop H8rs

How awesome is this?
"A Nov. 26 article in the District edition of Local Living incorrectly said a Public Enemy song declared 9/11 a joke. The song refers to 911, the emergency phone number."

Cornel West Theory Interviewed by Chuck D

Yes,  Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, the guy who recently rolled through D.C. on a flatbed truck with his group, Public Enemy.
Last week Tim Hicks—chief spokesman/composer/producer of D.C.-based hiphop group Cornell West Theory—appeared on "On the Real With Chuck," to discuss the group's new record, Second Rome. "It's about the message and that God gave us the [...]

Virgin Mobile FreeFest: “You Can’t Complain When It’s Free”

When that is the most common thing one hears said about a concert, it would seem to indicate that something was left to be desired. It was a stroke of PR genius to make this year's version of the Virgin Festival completely free, after it became clear that the lineup was not going to live [...]

McCartney, Killers, Cure Headline Coachella 2009

That's right. Coachella posted the full line up earlier today. Of all the stellar bands slated to burn up Indio, Calif., April 17-19, two of the three acts chosen to headline the festivities–I'm blogging at you, Paul McCartney and Robert Smith–haven't made an album worth listening to since most Coachella attendees were in diapers. As [...]