Author Archive for Hilary Crowe

David Adamson Discusses the Art of Lou Reed

In 1993, gallery and atelier owner David Adamson became one of the first digital print makers in the world. Since then, he's worked with Robert Frank, Chuck Close, and Annie Leibovitz, among many others. On Friday, July 24, the Adamson Gallery held a private reception for Velvet Underground frontman, photographer, and living legend Lou Reed–the [...]

The Weekend in Free

This weekend: astronauts, rebellions, and depression and pancakes.

Jazz in the Sculpture Garden @ The National Gallery of Art. 5-8:30 p.m. Jazz saxophonist Marty Nau has performed with the National Symphony and backed up Dizzy Gillespie and Rosemary Clooney.
Back to the Future @ Gateway Park. Dusk. Part of the 2009 Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival's "I Love [...]

The Weekend in Free

The downside to living in a metropolitan area run by Hill hounds and corporate fat cats is a high cost of living. The upside? Plenty of free ways to while away the weekend. Introducing a weekly round-up of the most promising free-vents the D.C. area has to offer. This weekend: pickpockets, Red Bull vodka cocktails, [...]

Screen On The Green Films Announced

HBO, Comcast, and the Trust for the National Mall announced the full Screen on the Green Schedule yesterday. The stunted (compared to last year's) schedule includes only four films. Screenings begin Mondays at sundown (8 p.m.).
July 20: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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2009 Source Festival: Mash-Ups Require More From Audience Than Applause

"Heads or tales?... Peanut!"
Although "disillusionist" David London's joke-tricks seemed zany and conjured more from thin air than traditional magic, the MC's outside-of-the-box repertoire was on point considering what lay ahead. I wasn't sure what to expect from last night's premiere of Mash-Ups, Group E, at the Source, but it sure wasn't "Peanut!"
London and a number [...]

HBO, Co-Sponsors Save Screen on the Green

No need for those "Save Screen on the Green!" T-shirts–HBO has found that crucial co-sponsor. DCist reports that SOTG has indeed been saved: "Comcast and the Trust for the National Mall have come on board along with HBO to sponsor the event."
DCist also reports that films will screen Mondays through August 10, starting with Close [...]

‘Yes We Can!’ Save Screen on the Green

Ask Jesse Rauch if the beloved, now bereaved, Screen on the Green has a shot at resurrection and you'll get a resounding, "Yes we can!"
"We will have Screen on the Green this summer," Rauch said in an interview with Washington City Paper. "And if we don’t, we’re gonna have 16,000 people with DVD players and [...]

Summer Film Series: ‘Who’s Afraid of Elizabeth Taylor?’

With the lamented demise of Screen on the Green, the 2009 National Theatre Summer Cinema series is one of the few free film events left in D.C. This year's series honors philanthropist/diamond-, husband-, and Oscar-collector (Butterfield 8, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) Elizabeth Taylor.
The series–"Who's Afraid of Elizabeth Taylor?"–kicks off June 22 with Cat On [...]

Films Opening This Weekend

This weekend's film openings promise something for everyone—action movie buffs, the kiddies, and lovers of French and independent film.
- Terminator Salvation: "I'll be back... again and again and again..." And again. Yep, Warner Bros. thought a fourth film about post-apocalyptic crusading cyborgs would be perfect for summer 2009. This time around, it's 2018 and Edward [...]

Me and Zac Efron and Orson Welles

I had an inkling Zac Efron was meant for something more than the part of Troy, the face that launched a thousand and one puberties as the stereotype flouting High School Musical leading man. It was a sneaking suspicion of inevitability spurred by his August 2007 Rolling Stone cover, a G-rated yet suggestive enough shot, [...]

Obama on Leno Tonight

Jay Leno's Tonight Show-hosting days are numbered, and he'll be darned if he can't step out of Carson's long shadow before his final bow. Enter Barack Obama, Leno's last hope. Obama's visit will be the first time in history a sitting president has appeared on a late night talk show. But in the wake of [...]

2009 New African Films Festival @ AFI

Americans often associate Africa with human rights violations, impoverished villages, and, more happily, the roots of America's best-loved musical traditions. Innovative filmmaking? Not so much. But for the past four years, AFI Silver Theatre's presentation of the New African Films Festival has celebrated the vibrant artistry behind African cinema. Informed by cinéma vérité, European new [...]

Reviewed: Cool Papa’s Party at MetroStage

Roz White, Jahi Kearse, and Gia Mora in Cool Papa's Party (photograph by Colin Hovde)
In Cool Papa's Party, director and author Thomas W. Jones II exhumes the life and times of showbiz legend and original hipster Sammy Davis, Jr. This séance of a Vegas variety show is both a charming love letter from [...]

The Oscars: What to Expect From the Shorties

For City Paper's Oscar liveblog extravanganza, be sure to check out Tricia Olszewski's Oscar coverage!
In the modern film world, producers of short films have few of the mass distribution options afforded the makers of Benjamin Button or WALL-E. But comparing the nominated feature films with the nominated shorts, it's the unfamiliar faces behind those 15-minute [...]

“That’s what she said”: At the Trough

It's 5:15 p.m. In other words, dinner time! Terrace Dining Room (TDR) is AU's dining hall. Beloved by some, reviled by more, tolerated by all. On the menu tonight is the average array of soul food (African pork roast, wtf?), vegan legume-based side dishes and  the all-you-can-eat ice cream bar. Substitutions: grilled cheese instead of [...]