Posts Tagged ‘The Plums’

ToDo ToDay: “Kiyochika: Master of the Night,” Cosmonauts, and Toro Toro Opens

When the Tokugawa shogunate ended in 1868, Japanese leaders began rapidly transforming Tokyo into a modern capital. Upon returning to Tokyo following a six-year exile, self-trained artist Kobayashi Kiyochika set out to capture his new city using traditional and Western techniques. Kiyochika’s works are studies in light, capturing the city’s rapid changes at dawn and [...]

ToDo ToDay: Bassekou Kouyate, H Street Festival, Terry Malts, and Erotic Fan Fiction

While Malian musician Bassekou Kouyate and his group Ngoni Ba recorded their latest album, Jama Ko, in a Bamako studio, the nation was immersed in turmoil: The military was overthrowing the president, and Islamic fundamentalists were imposing sharia law in the north. Inspired and affected by the political disorder, Kouyate created an energetic album incorporating the [...]

Arts Roundup: A Substantial Failure Edition

More backstory on the green-paint vandal [AP via Huffington Post]
D.C. libraries will recommence Sunday hours starting in October. [DCist]
An update on the proposed Smithsonian Latino Museum [AP via WTOP]
Beyoncé's dancers teach YMCA summer campers some moves [Washingtonian]
Tyler Green on Hirshhorn's departing director: "... it’s hard to call the Koshalek years anything but a substantial failure." [Modern [...]

ToDo ToDay: Nick Offerman, The Evens, and a Race Symposium at the D.C. JCC

"Ham" isn’t the first word you’d use to describe the comedy of Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman. He’s more about folksy, faux-masculine deadpan. When he brings the show to the Warner Theatre, he’ll deliver observations from his years in show business, plus a few references to the Parks and Rec gags that have dominated certain segments [...]

Arts Roundup: We’re Not Beliebers Edition

So, Justin Bieber kinda sucked at Verizon Center last night. [Post]
The State Department commemorates 50 years of the Arts in Embassies program with a few big-name events, including a Nov. 30 awards ceremony with Jeff Koons, Cai Guo-Qiang, Kiki Smith, and other influential artists; and a Nov. 28 happening at THEARC with performance artist (not Bad Seeds frontman) Nick [...]

The Plums Release Nixon’s Mess (on Cassette, Obvs)

The Plums toiled for about a decade before they put out a proper album (last year's quasi-comprehensive White LP), and now the floodgates are totally freaking open for the D.C. noise band.
Brooklyn label Prison Art has released the two-song, 32-minute Nixon's Mess, which provides a reasonable Plums entry point for anybody who likes epic indie [...]

ToDo ToDay: Listening Lounge

D.C. Listening Lounge’s informal monthly meetings invite sound lovers and the sound-curious to discover new ways of listening. Attendees bring bird calls, their families’ recorded oral history, found recordings, their own music, and whatever else, encouraging discussion of the sounds’ effect on the listener. Jocelyn Frank, one of the group’s managing facilitators, says there are [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Humanitini

In this city of wonks, many of which champion proper urban development, it’s no surprise that barstool chatter often slips into detailed debate over transportation issues: bike lane placement, driving versus taking the Metro, the need to develop walkable communities, and so on. What isn’t so usual is when the company involved includes some of [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Reggie Watts

Reggie Watts isn’t exactly a comedian. He doesn’t tell jokes or stories or anything like that. He’s more a song-and-dance man who uses his voice, a microphone, pedals, and a multitrack looper to build beat-boxed tracks like “Fuck Shit Stack,” a complex, wordy, lewd tune that toys with English grammar and commercial hip-hop clichés. (Read [...]

This Week in WCP Arts: Cherry Red, Stephen Malkmus, Attack the Block

Benjamin R. Freed leads the arts section with an elegy for Cherry Red Productions, which over its 16 years was D.C.'s raunchiest and most graphic theatre troupe. The group performs its swan song, a staging of the joke "The Aristocrats," later this month. David Dunlap reviews the latest, bestest record from Stephen Malkmus and the [...]