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October 19, 2011 - 09:39 AM
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• HERMAN CAIN FOOD NEWS: Native Nebraskan Tim Carman, following in Josh Yospyn's footsteps, goes to New Market, Va., to try Godfather's Pizza. HIVEMIND: Patrick Gavin brings some Godfather's back to Rosslyn for a panel of foodies to enjoy! RELATED: Maura Judkis! Maura Judkis! Maura Judkis collects videos of Cain and other candidates airing out their musical chops. Maura Judkis.


Rachael Prokop, of Crystal City, landed a spot writing for the much-buzzed-about young women's website Rookie by being honest about herself -- she's 23 and not just a virgin but has never even kissed anyone, a state of affairs she wrote about for the site's launch. Jenny Rogers profiles Prokop, someone who is so refreshingly her own person. "'Pop culture is always about finding a boyfriend,' says Prokop. Her piece celebrates being single and being a virgin, topics that tend to be given one-dimensional treatment in the media."

• On Oct. 24, mtvU will show "Quiet Campus," a reality show set at Gallaudet, reports Sophie Gilbert. "Quiet Campus tracks four students: Michel, a star athlete on the football team; Clayton and Taylor, a pair of sophomores whose will-they-won’t-they relationship provides much of the show’s drama; and Cesar, an aspiring photographer who’s gay." OK BUT WHO WILL BE THE SNOOKI?

• Lubber Run Amphitheater, which reopened in July after neighbors chipped in to renovate it, had a successful season, says Esther Bowring, president of the amphitheater's foundation. She tells ArlNow that about 2,400 people attended performances there this summer. In the comments section, some unflattering comparisons are being made to Artisphere.

• Fifty-seven years ago yesterday, the world's relationship with music changed with the introduction of the first transistor radio. American History has the first commercially available transistor radio, the Texas Instruments Regency TR-1, on display, and Joseph Stromberg tells its story.

>>"Executives at Texas Instruments, one of the companies licensed the patent from Bell Labs, were highly motivated to get a practical transistor radio to market before the competition. They pushed engineers to develop an alternate material that could function reliably in a small, portable radio.

>>'In the spring of 1954, they said, "Let’s get a program together and try to make a product—not for a couple of years out, but let’s see if we can get it on the shelves for this Christmas season,"' [AmHist curator Harold] Wallace says. 'The engineers got a crash program together and developed the necessary transistors and circuits, and they actually managed to get it on the shelves for the Christmas season of 1954.'"

>>Awesome geekout, thanks.

Jon Fischer goes deep on the Smashing Pumpkins reunion show, at which he and the Post's David Malitz traded tweets. And Fischer, by gum, comes up with the best justification for seeing Smashing Pumpkins in 2011 that I suspect I'll ever read! The Pumpkins, he writes, were his first "Important Band," a group he stuck with even as they got too weird for casual fandom.

>>"[W]here Pearl Jam made boring, risk-free albums in the 2000s and preserved its '90s legacy...[t]he Smashing Pumpkins made bad and pretentious decisions packaged as epic rock 'n' roll. They chipped away at their place in history by trying to change and doing it poorly."

>>Good, good stuff.

Mike DeBonis writes about "Dream City," the 1994 Tom Sherwood and Harry Jaffe book that's still the best book ever written about D.C. in ArtsBook's humble opinion.

>"So what can the book tell us about a city in 'un-decline'?

>>More than you’d think. The folkways of District politics persist, and many of the key characters remain active in city politics today — starting with Barry, the book’s hero and antihero, who shows no sign of leaving the civic stage anytime soon.

>>But newer generations have yet to meet the challenge of managing the tension between the old political demands and the realities of a changing, growing city. That challenge has already claimed one mayor — Adrian M. Fenty, who moved as 'fast as humanly possible,' as he was fond of saying, without convincing a swath of the city that they were actually along for the ride. And it threatens to claim another: Vincent C. Gray, whose 'one city' campaign pledge hasn’t been enough to animate his administration toward bold action in its first nine months.

>>And the city will continue to change, even if its politics do not."

Arch Campbell was "Mr. Middlebrow" when he was on WRC-TV, he tells Benjamin R. Freed, who posts a director's cut of the interview he did with Campbell for his "Shear Madness" oral history. He posts the Patton Oswalt routine about Campbell as well, and gets a transcript of Arch's original rave about "Shear Madness." Great second-third-of-the-20th-century-local-TV history in here. "[M]y role as I saw it was to make the arts accessible," Campbell told Freed. He also invites Oswalt on his show, which would be SO SWEET if it happened.

Peter Marks blogs! And he raves, about a play that...oh never mind, you have to go to New York to see it now. Well, if you live in New York and you read the Washington Post for theater news and views, I guess this is good news.

• ArtsBook has been kind of a jerk to Jessica Goldstein about her Q&A-soaked Backstage columns, but I am intrigued by today's, a sort of oral history of American University's production of "The Who's Tommy."

• Speaking of oral histories, here's Penn State's Russell Frank on Herblock. A little background.

• DMV rapper Killa Cal, reports Joe Warminsky, is making himself available as a ghostwriter. Warminsky! Go the whole hog and get him to ghostwrite a blog post for you! Fischer will totally let you expense that, I'm sure.

• Hip-hop picks for the week from W Jacarl Melton. Lit links from Mark Athitakis.

REVIEWS: Joseph Stromberg on Hirshhorn After Hours. Laura and Mike Clark on "Godspell" at Fauquier Community Theatre. Clark Newman on Parlotones at DC9. Queen Charlotte "Lottie" Yard (I swear, Maryland Theatre Guide writers consistently have the best bylines in the region) on "The Drowsy Chaperone" at Reston Community Players. Sophie Gilbert on "A Bright New Boise" at Woolly and on "The Book Club Play" at Arena.



Pop: J. Cole at Fillmore. Double Dagger w/ Imperial China and Holy Ghost Party at Black Cat. Tristen at DC9. Minus the Bear w/ The Velvet Teen at 9:30 Club. Multistability Live: Mark Fell/Richard Chartier at Artisphere (says a friend to ArtsBook last night: "You should mention the Mark Fell show. He's amazing." AB: "Does he do anything notable live that I should mention?" Friend: "No." AB: "Are you going?" Friend: "Probably not"). Hanson at State Theatre (We Love DC's Alexia did a Q&A with Taylor Hanson that was so extensive she's published only the first part so far!). “Weird Al’ Yankovic at Warner Theatre. The Concert for the Cure w/ Incwell & the Freeword, Reesa Renee and Alison Carney at U Hall. Karaoke in the Capital at Rock & Roll Hotel. The Dirty Heads & Gym Class Heroes at Rams Head. Kevin Devine at Red Palace.

Classical, jazz: Pilc, Moutin and Hoenig at Blues Alley (Night 2! It's not too late to check out Capital Bop's interview with the group!). Creole Choir of Cuba at Strathmore (Allison Stewart talks with the choir's director about its first North American tour). Greg Boyer Peloton at Atlas. Jacqui Naylor at Blues Alley. Carey Smith at Bayou.

Theater: “Othello” opens at Synetic.

What-have-you: Book Event: “Don’t Shoot, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America” at Busboys and Poets/5th&K. Book Talk with Rosalyn Schanzer, author of “Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem” at Politics & Prose. Listz Festival: Film: “Auf den Spuren von Franz Liszt inHelvetien” at Goethe-Institut. Part Ape, Part Human: The Fossils of Malapa at NatGeo. “Welcome” at Avalon. Nema Williams at Riot Act Comedy Theater. Exhibit: “The Loveliest Girl in the World” at Embassy of Finland.

Cheap tix! TICKETPLACE has "Re-Entry" at Round House Bethesda, "Lungs" at Studio, "Othello" at Synetic, more. Goldstar has "Witness for the Prosecution" at Olney, Brad Garrett at Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse (Brad Garrett played last night, too! That means he probably slept in the area, maybe even in Arlington! Have to presume ArlNow is on the case), Creole Choir of Cuba at Strathmore, more.

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