Posts Tagged ‘Washington Post’

Arts Roundup: Smithsonian Shutdown Edition

Budget cuts will force Smithsonian museums to temporarily close, says Secretary Wayne Clough. [AP via ABC News]
Washington Post critic Phil Kennicott wins a Pulitzer for criticism. [City Desk]
Amy Herzog's 4000 Miles, now playing at Studio Theatre, is a Pulitzer finalist. [Post]
Washington Performing Arts Society announces its 2013-2014 season. [Post]

Arts Roundup: Plush Seats Edition

The Washington Post hires pricey architecture firm Gensler to design its new offices. [Post]
What programming fared well at the Kennedy Center's Nordic Cool? [Post]
Kennedy Center distributes its annual Sondheim grants to teachers. [WJLA]
Could the plushy furnished AMC Courthouse set the standard for new movie theaters? [Post]
A report from the 2013 D.C. Tattoo Expo segues into [...]

Altered Washington Post Image Disqualified From Photo Contest

The White House News Photographers Association has disqualified a contest-winning photograph by Washington Post photographer Tracy Woodward. The association's president says the image was digitally manipulated in violation of contest rules.
Woodward's image, "State Champion," shows two high school wrestlers in the ring at a 2012 Virginia wrestling tournament. A referee is pictured in the background. [...]

The Twitter Spat Mamet Wrought: Should Theatergoers Boycott the Gun-Lovin’ Playwright?

If you've sat within five feet of a liberal-skewing Facebook news feed this week, you've probably heard about playwright David Mamet's humdinger of a Newsweek cover story, delectably headlined "Hands Off Our Guns," that made an odd and miscalculated argument against President Obama's gun control plan. In it, the brilliant author of Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow, [...]

Arts Roundup: District of Coachella Edition

The Make-Up, Deathfix, and The Evens scheduled to play Coachella 2013 [Coachella]
Five shot at D.C. Soundstage nightclub on Benning Road NE [Post]
New ad campaign tries to make D.C. look sexually adventurous [Post]
In concert with the Corcoran's "Pump Me Up" exhibit, 9:30 Club will host a punk and go-go mash-up Feb. 24 [Post]
Comedian Todd Glass loves the [...]

Led Zeppelin Played Here Coming to AFI Silver Theatre

There's a small faction of grey hairs in my hometown of Wheaton, Md., who still swear up and down that Led Zeppelin played the Wheaton Youth Center in January 1969.
Evidence seems scant. In 2009, the Washington Post's David Montgomery spoke to filmmaker Jeff Krulik—who helped make the cult documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot—about the local legend. [...]

Singer Priska Neely Does Date Lab, Isn’t Traumatized (!)

Last month, Arts Desk talked to D.C.-based singer/songwriter Priska Neely, the BloomBars regular and honey-mustard maven whose “Ode to Condiments” music video was crafted in the dramatic style of Mary J. Blige.
But over the weekend, Neely was under the spotlight for other reasons: She was out on a very public blind date, as one of [...]

Are D.C. Theaters Playing It Too Safe?

In March, the Washington Post's chief theater critic, Peter Marks, lamented that the 2012-2013 seasons of several large D.C.-area companies—among them Signature Theatre, the Kennedy Center, and Arena Stage—were too reliant on such chestnuts as My Fair Lady and Dreamgirls. "The clear bet theaters are making is that these shows will be far easier to market, [...]

Arts Roundup: Mad Props Edition

Cornell University's choral director, Scott Tucker, to succeed Choral Arts Society honcho Norman Scribner, who founded the ensemble 46 years ago. [Post]
Black Cat Peep show! (Not what you think.) [Post]
DMV producer Judah's track-by-track review of Fat Trel's Nightmare on E St. is pretty brutal. [For the DMV Only]
Chatting with curator Amy Lipton, whose selections for the ongoing [...]

Is Monica Hesse Writing the Next Hunger Games?

Monica Hesse's debut novel does not involve vampires, she assures us. Phew.
Then again, we're living in the era of The Hunger Games now, not Twilight, and the Washington Post feature writer's upcoming book sounds like a square fit for the dystopian young adult niche. It's "about a teenage girl raised in the Path—a virtual reality experiment designed [...]

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