Posts Tagged ‘Smithsonian Folklife Festival’

Kenyan Musicians Back at Smithsonian Folklife Festival After One-Day Strike Against Their Government

After refusing to play for eight hours yesterday at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall, Kenyan musicians are back today with music scheduled through 8 p.m. The musicians claimed yesterday that they were not being paid as had been promised by the Kenyan government.
The musicians agree to perform again "after a series of conversations between [...]

Pain in the Grass: New National Mall Regulations Force Big-Name Events Off the Lawn

Weeknights on the National Mall once meant scattered picnickers and scheduled protests. Today, you’ll find any number of intramural league games taking shape in the heart of D.C.’s memorial core every night of the week. From soccer to ultimate Frisbee to kickball, these sports are newish uses for the country’s busiest national park, devised by [...]

ToDo ToDay: Eleanor Friedberger! Low!

Her long bangs and knowing face might suggest Eleanor Friedberger has a don’t-mess-with-me punk-rock attitude, but don’t lump her in with other 21st century Ramones: Friedberger rocks a little quieter. She recently released her feelings-fueled second album, Personal Record, which is driven by Friedberger’s meticulous songwriting and invokes a bit of [...]

ToDo ToDay: Nordic Jazz! Folklife Festival Begins!

The annual Nordic Jazz Festival takes great pains to give audiences as complete and detailed a panorama as possible of what’s happening in Scandinavian jazz. Of course, one would have to see all eight nights’ worth of concerts to get that complete, detailed panorama, but there’s a good Cliff’s Notes version to be had at [...]

Arts Roundup: All-Wale Everything

[In Jerry Seinfeld voice] What's the deal with Seinfeld collaborating with Wale? [Post]
Washingtonian's profile of Wale touches on all the talking points: The rapper likes sneakers, hates haters, etc. [Washingtonian]
Baltimore City Paper's take on the new Wale album [City Paper]
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival begins TODAY. [Post]
But imagine how much better the Folklife Festival would be on [...]

What to See at the Folklife Festival This Weekend

Update, June 30: The festival is closed today due to damage from the storm last night. The Rinzler Memorial Concert has been moved to the Baird Auditorium in the National Museum of Natural History. The festival will reopen tomorrow, July 1. Original post below.
This weekend, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is rolling out a bunch of [...]

ToDo ToDay: Smithsonian Folklife Festival

For the better part of five decades, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has spotlighted musicians and craftspeople from specific corners of the globe. This year’s event features three themes—Campus and Community, Creativity and Crisis, and Citified—with no particular international focus. But it’s still worth braving the heat. During the day, visitors can check out the AIDS [...]

Arts Roundup: Ike Hike Edition

Slow down the Eisenhower Memorial's approval process? That's what Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, wants. [Style Blog]
DCRA promises no enforcement while it re-examines its licensing of businesses selling used goods. [Jim Graham]
Politics & Prose's new owners, one year in. [American Booksellers Association]
Lenny Campello revisits Artomatic, encounters more theft. [Daily [...]

Does the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Have Too Many Government Exhibits?

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival has been a fixture on Washington’s summer calendar for more than 40 years, and is arguably the most ambitious use of the National Mall each summer. For two weeks every year the Smithsonian brings in musicians, artists, storytellers, and craftsmen from around the world to put on a living exhibition. The festival [...]

This Week in Repertory Film: 12 Angry Men, Hijos de Kennedy, The Fly

Tonight: 12 Angry Men at the Artisphere
Cable news anchors smarting over yesterday's not-guilty verdict in the Florida trial of Casey Anthony would do well to sit down with Sidney Lumet's 1957 directorial debut. The dozen anonymous citizens chosen to deliberate over an unseen murder are far more than a "kooky jury." For 96 minutes, Lumet [...]

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