Posts Tagged ‘Roger Gastman’

Is “Mumbo Sauce” Guilty of More Than Swagger-Jacking?

"Pump Me Up" may have recently closed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, but the show and some of the issues it raised still reverberate. A satellite exhibit on view at a pop-up gallery on H Street NE has fanned the flame wars that "Pump Me Up" sparked.
"Mumbo Sauce," which is showing at 906 H [...]

Arts Roundup: Michael Kaiser’s Future Hubbie Edition

Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser is getting married to a nice guy he met at the gym. Adorbs! [Post]
Following problems with the registration process, the 2013 Small Press Expo adds more tables—and now it might be the biggest SPX in history. [SPX via ComicsDC]
(Former) D.C. band Tennis System wants your donations. [Tennis System]
"Pump Me Up" curator Roger [...]

Arts Roundup: Nu-Metal Edition

The Dutch-born D.C. area producer Martyn on today's popular electronic music: "I think the sound of dubstep and electro-house took hold of the U.S. and it didn’t evolve into club music. It evolved into stadium music. It sounds more like nu-metal." [Post]
CulturalDC announces a new public-art project at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library [Art 202]
D.C. band [...]

The Making of The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan

We, the children of Marion Barry's mayoral years, remember the simple joys of attending a go-go where bands like Ayre Rayde, Rare Essence, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, Little Benny and the Masters, and Junkyard hit pockets and sockets.
Those were all-night, sweating-the-chemicals-out-your-hair kind of parties. We were siced to hear our names and neighborhoods [...]

Urban Verbs, PCP, and Pink Pants: “Pump Me Up” In Photos

1980s D.C. is imbued with a mystical aura for certain people, thanks in large part to our city’s narcissistic talent for self-documentation. A couple of years ago, I met a 19-year-old kid from Guatemala who was visiting relatives in Virginia. He had a hardcore band back in Guatemala City, and had read Dance of Days [...]

More “Pump Me Up” Programming Announced

Today, the Corcoran Gallery of Art announced more programming for its forthcoming "Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s" exhibit. If you're a follower of D.C.'s rich go-go and punk-rock history, you probably won't want to miss, well, any of this. Some highlights: The March 5 talk between Ian MacKaye and curator/While You Were Sleeping editor Roger [...]

Corcoran Gallery Announces “Pump Me Up” Party

The day before the Corcoran unveils "Pump Me Up," its retrospective on D.C.'s punk and go-go subcultures in the 1980s, the gallery plans to host a soirée with curator Roger Gastman and guest DJ Henry Rollins. The party takes place Feb. 22 at the gallery's Beaux-Arts building on 17th Street NW.
"Pump Me Up" will take a [...]

Arts Roundup: L.A. Breaks Edition

Beautiful Girls: Follies! The Stephen Sondheim musical opens on Saturday at the Kennedy Center, and in the run-up, WaPo is profiling each of its stars. Of course, Bernadette Peters is "first among equals," writes Peter Marks in his Sunday piece. Today's Elaine Paige item by Dan Zak is a lot more fun if you read the [...]

Roger Gastman to Talk Graffiti on Display Inside (But Not Outside) the Corcoran

Roger Gastman has spent a career documenting graffiti—in zines, in books, and on screen. Mostly he's helped shed light on the work of others. But he used to be a scrawny teenager with his own tag—"Clear"—that, once upon a time (read: the early '90s), you might have spotted from the above-ground sections of the Red [...]

Who Is Cool ‘Disco’ Dan? D.C. Graffiti Legend Opens Up in New Documentary

The graffiti tag "Cool 'Disco' Dan" is connotative of all things D.C. during the 1980s and early 1990s—citywide double-dutch competitions, the politics of then Mayor Marion Barry, the war on drugs and coke kingpin Rayful Edmond III. No part of the city was off-limits to the phantomlike Dan, who dropped tags on just about every [...]

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