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October 26, 2011 - 10:00 AM
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OCCUPY GOOGLE READER: "Google has decided – without any user consultation – to kill our beloved Google Reader, and force us all to use G+ in its stead....We are the demographic that Google needs the most, and we need to let them know what they are losing, and what changes they need to make to this plan to win us back. Join us for this peaceful protest outside Google's DC Headquarters, and let our voice be heard." The demonstration, organized by Tim Freedom Incarnate Andrews, will take place at 12:30 at Google's D.C. HQ, and ArtsBook is unsure if he'll be able to maintain journalistic sangfroid on this one -- this newsletter is toast without Google Reader. ARTSBOOK DECLARES AN RSS SPRING!

• ANGST, COMMERCE, AND THEOLOGICAL QUESTIONS AT THE BARNES & NOBLE ON 12TH STREET NW: Jenny Rogers tick-tocks her five-hour quest to spend three minutes with Joel Osteen.

>>"3 p.m., Oct. 24, 2001: I arrive early to Nationals Park, where I am to interview Joel Osteen. The pastor of America’s largest church is in town to sign books and promote "A Night of Hope," an event co-hosted with wife Victoria at the stadium, scheduled for April. I sit on the curb outside a parking garage."

>>"4:56: A member of Osteen’s staff apologizes profusely but tells me that because of the delay, we’re going to have to push my time with Osteen back to a few minutes at tonight’s book signing. He is gravely upset about this. 'Time is more valuable than money,' he says. 'And it seems we’ve wasted yours.'”

>>"7:35: Cadley Burns has just had his book signed after waiting at least an hour and a half, but he lingers at the store and watches Osteen work the room. He loved the experience, despite having to buy a second copy of Every Day Is Friday. (Fans had to buy a copy that night in order to get a signature.) Burns, a Hill staffer, took it in stride. 'I had to keep the Joel attitude,' he says."

>>"7:46: I stand face-to-face with Joel Osteen in the corner of some building. His hair is very shiny." Do you think ArtsBook is just gonna GIVE AWAY what happens next? You will have to click to find out!

• Arlington wants to become Artlington: OK, maybe they shouldn't hire me for the branding effort. The county released its long-term arts plan yesterday, and I'd be lying if I said I've read the 104-page monster just yet, but it's on the docket for today. Accordingly, I will let ArlNow's Katie Pyzyk summarize it:

>>"The report suggests that although desire for arts has increased in the community, avenues for acquiring funding have decreased. As a result, among the more than two dozen recommended actions listed is the idea of restructuring grant programs. Other suggestions include raising funds for an arts facility renovation, revising policies for renting facilities and marketing the arts to promote audience growth."

>>As usual, the action's in the comments right now. Commenter Andrew (not me!): "I like art as much as the next guy, but this is silly. Why does Arlington need a twenty year plan for supporting art? The report suggests that the desire for arts in the community has increased, but one of the suggestions in the report is marketing to promote audience growth? Before spending money on this, shouldn’t there be a demand? Does Artisphere not demonstrate that there is no demand?" Commenter Novanglus: "Artisphere demonstrates poor execution of a metropolitan quality arts center, and a low demand for fringe quality art. It doesn’t say anything about the demand for art in general. There are plenty of successful arts organizations in the area that demonstrate a high demand for high quality art. The key is for the government to be the landlord and seed funder, and to recruit high quality tenants to manage the programs — to replicate the success at Signature and the Crystal Forum. Artisphere is failing because it’s run by unaccountable gov-ees with an affinity for quirky, fringy, avant-garde art — stuff that’s well-suited for a burned-out warehouse district, but not an expensive class-A space in a high-end business district."

Carl Cephas is back! Jonathan Fischer reports that Cephas' Washington Psychotronic Film Society, which lost its perch at the Warehouse in June, has found a new venue just in time for Halloween. The Society will now hold its meetings at McFadden's in Foggy Bottom, and on Monday night it threatens to drag out "clips and shorts from the best and worst of our film library." ARTSBOOK FLASHBACK: Here's Mike Riggs' great 2009 article about Cephas' battle with the Library of Congress.

Benjamin R. Freed imagines Jon Lovett's pitch meeting with NBC: "EXECUTIVE: You know, kid, when I went to that Malibu fundraiser and said I wanted some access in return for my $38,500 check, I was thinking a tee time at Andrews Air Force Base, not some little punk staffer dropping by my office in search of an escape hatch."

• Yesterday was Pablo Picasso's birthday (he didn't make ArtsBook because he's not local). Maura Judkis! Maura Judkis! Maura Judkis proves herself to be the "Gardner's Art Through the Ages" of "the Picasso of" cliches, finding the "Picasso of hummus," the "Picasso of proctology," the "Picasso of prophylactics." Missing in this formulation: The Picasso of early morning local-arts-news aggregation. Hint! Hint! Maura Judkis.

• RELATED, SORTA: David Malitz compiles Coldplay insults. ArtsBook's friend Wyndham Wallace (what, I can't have a friend named Wyndham Wallace?) added to the canon yesterday with his Quietus review: "like watching a car commercial that's 45 minutes long"..."as deep as a luxury bathtub from Homebase." Alison Stewart reviews the band's new album: "Has there ever been another superstar band that so transparently longed to be cool? That wants so badly to be the theme music to the Occupy Wall Street protests instead of the house band at the Gap?"

• STOP! HELP! Please don't ever make me read a piece with this lede again! "The fashion culture of Washington, D.C., has long been derided by those outside District lines." Seriously, can we all agree that this premise is as flimsy as the "Washingtonians don't dance" or the "Washingtonians are transient" stories? Don't do it!

• "I honestly got tired of hearing certain club owners in D.C. giving musicians from New York more respect than they give their own. I wanted to prove that you didn’t have to move to New York to be a good musician, and that’s why I stayed here": That's Allyn Johnson, director of Jazz Studies at U.D.C., in Luke Stewart's great profile. Stewart details Johnson's influences, career as a Young Lion, and, as suggested above, dispatches the "if you're so good why haven't you ever moved to New York" question with surgical precision.

W Jacarl Mellon's hip-hop picks for this week.

• CHANGES AT DCIST: Aaron Morrissey announced a couple innovations yesterday. There'll be more pictures, and a few posts from other "ist" cities. The comments are just precious!

Videogame tattooes, THE SAD TRUTH: "Girls and video games are one of those things that seem sexy in theory, but usually end up to be a disappointment."

NOT ARTS, BUT: Did José Andrés really offer jobs to Basque separatists if they'd only lay down their arms?

REVIEWS: Francis Chung on EMA at the 9:30 Club in Northwestern D.C. Laura and Mike Clark on Prince William Little Theatre's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Elias Leight on Dawes and Blitzen Trapper at Black Cat. Kelly Kettering on Dum Dum Girls at the Chat. Roy Maurer on "Othello" at Synetic. Hunter Styles on "Greek" at Scena. Erica Laxson on "The Crucible" at Keeg. Peter Marks on the two "Othello"s. Charles T. Downey reviewed Opera Lafayette at KenCen, but I can't find the review online. It's good!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Steve Buttry! It's also Norwegian independence day, so shoutout to Nicolai Reierstad and No. 1 Norge jazz fan Chip Porter!


Pop: Filligar w/ Hollis Brown at DC9. Moby at Fillmore. Ra Ra Riot at 9:30 Club. Stereosleep w/ Dos at Velvet Lounge. Big D and the Kids Table at Rock & Roll Hotel. Lucinda Williams at Rams Head. Matthew Sweet at Birchmere (Sweet talks about his record collection on the Vinyl District and talks shop with Chris Klimek) Moombahton Massive VIII at U Hall. Beasts of No Nation at Red Palace. Foster & Lloyd at Wolf Trap.

Classical, jazz: Loide at Blues Alley. Yoko K., electronica at Strathmore Mansion. Tokyo String Quartet & Budapest Festival Orchestra at KenCen.

Theater: “Barrymore” opens at Rep Stage. “After the Fall” opens at Theater J. Beijing Dance Theater at KenCen.

What-have-you: Book Club: “Forbidden Lessons in a Kabul Guesthouse” at Busboys and Poets/Shirlington. Robert Frank, author of “The Darwin Economy” at Politics and Prose. “Strangers” at Avalon. Eddie Bryant & Lamont King: Trippin’ on E! at Riot Act Comedy Theater. Nor City DC: “The Maltese Falcon” at AFI Silver Theatre. Michael Pollan: In Defense of Food at Strathmore. Rita Dove Reading at Busboys and Poets/14th&V.

Cheap tix! TICKETPLACE has "Parade" at Ford's, more. Goldstar's got "The Book Club Play," Budapest Festival Orch, more.

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