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October 20, 2011 - 10:08 AM
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BEFORE WE START: Thank you, Luke Russert, for having the courage to stand up for Washington.


Mayor Gray, please convert 50 of your overpopulated meter maids into traffic cops. #DC is dying bc of gridlock.
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• REASON No. 1 not to let your kids go to U.Va: They risk getting kicked out for doing the right thing. Jason Ally, the editor of the Cavalier Daily, was accused of violating U.Va's standards of conduct because he signed off an editorial apologizing to readers for a CD writer's plagiarism. Even though Ally and his fellow editors didn't name the alleged scoundrel, they did say in the piece that they'd referred the person to the Honor Committee. Daniel DeVise has the first-class yarn.

>>Reason No. 2: They might dress like the kids in the photo, which you need to get a hard copy of the Post to see. Someone step in and help them before it gets too late!

• This dog looks so much like Owney that it won a contest and will play the Postal Wonder Mutt forever.

Benjamin R. Freed continues to go back to the well on his "Shear Madness" oral history, with what I'm sort of hoping is his last blog post of director's cuts, this time on whether the show is, in fact, a gateway drug to good theater.

• Hey, hepcat, here are some jazz picks from Sriram Gopal. Angela Kleis' viz-art picks.

• ARTSBOOK JOBS ACT: DCist's corporate parent is looking for a longform feature to sell as an ebook. It needs to relevant to all of Gothamist's cities, 5,000-10,000 words long, and it will be fact-checked, so don't make anything up. Also, ShowBizRadio is looking for people to cover theater.

• I read enough Ty Unglebower to know that his relationships with directors are often fraught. He explores this theme further: "Some directors in the theatre have a tendency to believe that they are gods over the production, and that they have the right to assert control over every last aspect of the production. I have a name for such directors. I call them 'really bad directors.'"

• As someone who has edited the work of others for some time, I am aware that inexperienced writers frequently begin a piece with a sentence or six about themselves. Which is one of the reasons I hate reading the Huffington Post, because frequently I don't discover what the writer hopes to address until a paragraph or two after the item begins. You could call me lazy, or you could have moved on to the next bullet point by now. But if you haven't, I do recommend sticking with Ben E. Kessler's blog post calling for local sports teams to use local music.

Peter Marks looks at the state of black women in the theater.

REVIEWS: Louis Jacobson on Wyatt Gallery at Art Museum of the Americas and on Rose-Lynn Fisher at Cross-MacKenzie. Laura and Mike Clark on "The Drowsy Chaperone" at the Reston Community Center. Kelly Kettering on Deer Tick at the 9:30 Club. Jenn Larsen on "The Book Club Play." Steven McKnight on "The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog." Terry Ponick on "Can't Scare Me: The Story of Mother Jones." Jane Horwitz got to Atlas for that one, too. Charles T. Downey on Ieva Jokubaviciute at GWU.


Pop: Red Stapler Records ReLaunch Showcase ft. GIST, The Constant Alarm, The NRIs at DC9. The Alternate Routes at Jammin’ Java. Never Shout Never at Fillmore. Wild Flag w/Eleanor Friedberger at Black Cat (SOLD OUT! But do read David Malitz's Q&A with WF guitarist Mary Timony [Matt Carr talked with her, too!], and if you really want to make your morning great watch WF's "Romance" video. Seriously, it never fails to put me in a good mood.) GWAR w/ Every Time I Die and Ghoul at the 9:30 Club. Ollabelle at Wolf Trap. Drop the Lime, Japanese Popstars and Stereo Faith at U Hall. LeAnn Rimes at Riot Act Comedy Theater (THIS IS REAL. AND NOT SOLD OUT AS OF 6:13 A.M. Rimes is doing an acoustic show to raise money for her charity StandUp for Kids, which helps homeless youth). The Rosebuds w/ Hospitality and The Moderate at Rock & Roll Hotel.

Classical, jazz: BSO: Mozart and Debussy at Strathmore. Eric Vloeimans at Blues Alley. Matt Wigler Trio at Artisphere. Young @ Heart Chorus at Warner Theatre.

Theater: “Arms & The Man” opens at Source. “Mabou Mines Dollhouse” opens at KenCen. Festival Internacional de Teatro Hispanico: "Latinas" (Costa Rican play), by Denise Duncan opens at Gunston Arts Center.

What-have-you: Film: “Concrete, Steel and Paint” at Busboys and Poets/14th&V. Book Talk w/ Sarah Bakewell, author of “How to Live” at Politics & Prose. Comedian Dave Attell at DC Improv. Halloween on Screen: “The Pit and the Pendulum” at AFI Silver Theatre. Kalup Linzy talks with Hasan Elahi about his work, a representative piece of which is in "30 Americans," at Corc at 7 p.m. and that, my friends, is FREE.

Cheap tix! TICKETPLACE has "Parade" at Ford's, "Lungs" at Studio, more. Goldstar's got Young @ Heart Chorus at Warner, "After the Quake" at Atlas, more.

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