Posts Tagged ‘story league’

ToDo ToDay: X, Jacco Gardner, and Tasty Stories

Los Angeles, X’s brilliant 1980 debut record, may earn a knee-jerk shout-out in any punk history lesson, but it’s far from outdated. Just relisten to the runaway train of an opener that is “Your Phone’s Off The Hook, but You’re Not” or the rockabilly crunch of “Johnny Hit and Run Pauline” and you’ll find that [...]

ToDo ToDay: “Alive and Present,” a Jameson Dinner, and Emancipation Day

It may be 2014, but in two new exhibits at Connersmith, one could be forgiven for thinking it’s 1614. Two artists—painter Katie Miller and photographer Agniet Snoep—bring a century-bending approach to high-realist art. If Miller’s works evoke the golden age of Dutch realist painting through the subtle inclusion of more modern elements, then Snoep’s (shown) [...]

ToDo ToDay: The Scottish Play, Debaucherous Stories, and the Jingle Ball

If a trip to Shakespeare’s homeland isn’t on your winter travel agenda, no big deal: Shakespeare Theatre Company will bring the Brits to you. As part of its National Theatre Live series, the organization hosts two big-screen showings of the London company’s Macbeth this month, granting theater fans an opportunity to see Kenneth Branagh play the villainous [...]

ToDo ToDay: Kevin Barry, Storytelling, and Weird Comedy

Very few evil megalomaniacs are as entertaining as Kevin Barry. The Limerick-born scribe's fiction is a distinctly Irish brew of lyricism, raunchy humor, and sentimentality that translates well to the speaker's podium. Riding a wave of critical enthusiasm to his reading tonight at Mount Vernon Square’s Warehouse Theater, Barry focused his debut novel, City of Bohane, [...]

ToDo ToDay: Marshall Crenshaw’s Mom Rock, Inauguration Parties, and Catharsis!

My mom loves Marshall Crenshaw. He is, after all, undeniably supermarket mom rock: His self-titled 1982 debut album contains the glossy pop hits “Someday, Someway,” “Cynical Girl,” “Mary Anne,” and “The Usual Thing”—all sweet, boppy, wholly inoffensive singalongs. So I love Marshall Crenshaw nearly as much as my mom does; the classics from his first [...]

ToDo ToDay: Story League Goes Upstairs

D.C.’s steadily growing storytelling scene is moving upstairs. Story League, the twice-monthly tale-telling contest co-founded early in 2011, has booked the Black Cat mainstage tonight—the first locally produced storytelling show at the club, and the first to attempt to fill its upstairs space. Story League shows typically revolve around a loose theme, like “Revenge” [...]

This Could Be Funny: Everything Is Terrible!

Your next seven days should be filled with laughter. The following could help.
Friday, March 16: Everything Is Terrible! at Subterranean A
The seven monsters (they're not people, they're monsters in costumes, just go with it) that make up EIT are touring their third film, DOGGIEWOOGIEZ! POOCHIEWOOCHIEZ! The film is made up of "found" footage of dogs. [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Foreign Policy and Noodles

George Kennan was the father of cold war foreign policy. Which isn’t to say that the author of the famous “long telegram”—which argued against postwar chumminess and in favor of containment as a basis of U.S. strategy—was always a proud papa. As containment became the rationale for an arms race, third-world proxy wars, and American [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Name Names

For densely made noise-pop—at least the local kind—you can't do better than tonight's bill at the Black Cat, featuring local duo Screen Vinyl Image, Fredericksburg compatriots Ceremony, and local upstarts Silo Halo. Down the street, DJ Name Names (that'd be Ian Svenonius) is spinning at Cafe St. Ex. It's moombahton night at U Street Music [...]

How to Tell Your Story Right, According to Ken Reid

The Story League wants you to share. Every month the local group stages a contest, open to anyone, centered on a theme. Veterans and newcomers try to wow a panel of three judges with tales designed to enthrall and entertain.
Of course, it doesn't always work out that way. Storytelling is an age-old practice, and it [...]