- Weather Underground founder Bill Ayers speaks at Busboys on 14th St. tonight.
The best in talks and music tonight.
UPDATE 8:25 a.m.: Tonight's Linkin Park show at Verizon Center has been canceled.
Weather Underground-founder Bill Ayers has been a revolutionary/terrorist, professor, memoirist, Chicago buddy of Barack Obama, 2008 Democratic presidential election near-spoiler for same, and inspiration for the 1988 River Phoenix/Martha Plimpton film “Running on Empty.” All that’s left for him to do before he shuffles off this mortal coil is team up with a cartoonist and present his ideas about educational reform in a comic book. “To Teach: The Journey, in Comics” does just that, reminding us that as much as we might wish it, 60’s types will never stop finding new and exciting ways (see “Mad Men,” “The Beatles: Rock Band,” Keith Richards’ “Life”) to infiltrate our national discourse Ayers, who says that teachers are on an "epic, solitary quest" to think of themselves as "explorers on a journey" alongside students rather than fascist disciplinarians, has a knack for inserting himself into the public conversation just when his old-fashioned radicalism (and bomb-making) makes him seem ready for the ideological rest home. Then again, maybe staying relevant isn't that difficult for a man used to evading the FBI. (Justin Moyer)
After the jump: Morcheeba at 9:30 Club
Tonight: Morcheeba at 9:30 Club
Beats, rhymes, and frequent-flier miles: South London's Morcheeba now exists on three separate land masses: Songwriter Paul Godfrey's in the South of France, singer Skye Edwards lives in England, and multi-instrumentalist Ross Godfrey lives in Los Angeles with his wife — at least part of the time. "You haven't met her!" he laughs when I ask if being away from his spouse is difficult. May be time to polish up those jokes; last year's Blood Like Lemonade is still occasioning tour dates, and the trip-hop band "will probably write some new songs" this year, Ross Godfrey says. It's remarkable that they're doing anything at all together; the Godfreys split with Edwards in 2003 and floundered on until Ross Godfrey ran into Edwards in London a couple years ago. "We just decided to get together and have dinner and drunk and see what we thought," he says. "A lot of things that pissed us off in the past, they didn’t seem relevant." They decided to try a studio date. "The first track that we recorded it just sounded great, it sounded like the old Morcheeba," Ross Godfrey says. He's looking forward to the D.C. date of the group's tour for one special reason: His long-suffering wife is from Woodbridge, and her folks are coming to the show. He promises some "surprise songs." (Andrew Beaujon)