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October 27, 2011 - 10:00 AM
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• The Library of Congress is no longer offering darkroom-made prints, reports John Anderson. Fritz Jantzen, who contracted with the library to make beautiful and detailed silver-gelatin prints (anyone could order a print from the library's collection for about $100), says it's not a surprise, business-decision-wise: He estimates he made about 100 prints last year. But the switch to digital-only prints means a loss of detail and a human's touch in bringing out important parts of photos. The National Gallery of Art's Paul Roth has an interesting take on the decision -- maybe it will help clarify the collector's market. "Unlike many digital prints, silver gelatin duplications can last hundreds of years—so it’s not unconceivable, Roth says, that down the line Library of Congress duplications may be passed off as originals."

• Years from now, when your grandkids ask you where you were during the social-media wars of the early 2010s, what will you tell them? "I was playing Angry Birds instead?" THAT IS NOT SOMETHING ARTSBOOK WILL HAVE TO SAY. Yesterday I went downtown to a protest arranged by a group of Google Reader fans aggrieved by the company's decision to strip the RSS reader of its social functions. A group of 9-10 protesters, plus a photographer and two reporters (one of whom subscribes to ArtsBook! Shoutout to WTOP's Meera Pal!) gathered in front of Google's D.C. HQ on I Street (address says it's New York Ave., but that is a lie) NW to register their discontent, politely, and with funny signs. MY REPORT FROM THE FRONTLINES IS HERE.

>>They even sang me a song about Google Reader! Video included in my report. Pal's piece is here, and DCist ran photos from the event.

• Now that's what I'm talkin' about: Marc Masters in the Washington Post! He writes about Glenn Jones, the former Cul de Sac guitarist, who has co-produced a new box set of John Fahey recordings on Fredericksburg's great Fonotone label.


Caroline Smith meets Yoko K., an artist-in-residence at Strathmore who played last night.

• Artisphere has a new programming director: Rosanna Ruscetti, who used to program Lisner, joins the arts center. The obvious question is what she's going to be bringing in to help reverse the arts center's attendance trends, which are far below expectations. Let's stay on this one, gang!

• PBS' Saskia De Melker (great byline competition INSTANT FINALIST) talks with playwright Samuel Hunter, whose "A Bright New Boise" is on at Woolly Mammoth.

• Silver Spring author Valerie Tripp, who helped start the "American Girl" books, is kicking off a new series, reports Monica Hesse. This one's aimed at boys.

VINCE GRAY WANTS TO TAX YOUR JUJUBES. The mayor is proposing a 5 percent tax on movie-theater concessions to help fund the District's Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, Benjamin R. Freed reports. Just think! Your money could help bring more TV productions to the District for a half-day, maybe even longer!

>>"Josh Levin, owner of West End Cinema, is less than thrilled about collecting additional sales tax on the snacks he sells at his three-screen cinema, though he says he applauds the city's efforts to build a theater east of the Anacostia. ¶ 'The sales tax on movie theater concessions right now is 10 percent, which many customers complain about; raising it by 50 percent will likely increase complaints all that much more,' Levin writes in an email. 'A 50 percent hike in the sales tax would impact us, and it would impact us negatively.'"

• EASTERN SHORE GRUNGE UPDATE: Joe Warminsky reports that Red Weasel, a Salisbury, Md.-based grunge band during the '90s (I don't remember this band. Should I?) has inspired a documentary, and the filmmakers are trying to raise $5K to get it to festivals.

Allison Stewart TAKES ON THE INTERNET: She handicaps the future for bloggy musicians like Kreayshawn and Lana Del Rey (we're cheering for her over here in Alexandria).

• W Jacarl Melton talks with Kacey of Black Alley, a local "soul garage" combo.

• Bah-da-da-deet-dah-doot-doot-doot-dum-dum-DUN (that's ArtsBook scatting "Take Five"): Sriram Gopal's picks for jazzbos. Kerrin Kastorf's got viz-art picks.

REVIEWS: Tricia Olszewski on "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and on "The Rum Diary." Trey Graham on the dueling "Othello"s. Bob Ashby gets to both of them, too. Terry Ponick went only to the Folger. Slacker. Rebecca J. Ritzel on "Arms and the Man" at Constellation. Jenn Larsen got to that show, too. Joe Warminsky on Awthentik's "Purified Madness" (that is a "Silent Lucidity"-grade song title!). Kriston Capps has a marvelous review of the solo exhibition by Agnes Bolt, who was occupying stuff before occupying stuff was cool. Jen Bress on Zola Jesus at the Black Cat club of Northwest Washington, D.C. Rachel Sanford on the Wombats, who performed at the 9:30 Club, which is also a venue in Northwest Washington, D.C. Steve Hallex on "The Crucible" at the Keeg. Gwendolyn Purdom on the same show.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: The West End Cinema is 1 today! Also candling: Heather Brockman Lee. Nick DiBlasio.


Pop: We Were Promised Jetpacks at Black Cat. Dan Bern at Jammin’ Java. Sound Tribe Sector 9 at Fillmore. Medeski Martin and Wood at 9:30 Club (Sriram Gopal previews). Social Repose w/ Atlas at Velvet Lounge. Astra w/ Grimes at Rock & Roll Hotel. Butch Walker & The Black Widows at Rams Head. Mustard Pimp w/ Codes and Sumner at U Hall. Sonny Landreth at Wolf Trap. Sussan Deyhim at NatGeo.

Classical, jazz: Skip Mahoney & The Casuals at Blues Alley. Brian Falkowski Quartet at Columbia Station. NSO/Maazel w/Simon Trp?eski, piano: Grieg Piano Cto.

Theater: “HellSpawn” at Woolly Mammoth. “We Fight We Die” opens at Mead Theatre. “American Buffalo” opens at MET.

What-have-you: Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Literary Festival: Dan Steinberg, Robert Lipsyte, and John Bloom have a panel discussion you'd be INSANE to miss: "Telling It Like It Is: Jews, Sports and Writing." It's at the DCJCC. BYT + Kennedy Center MyTix Present: A Bloody Lucia Happy Hour at Black Jack. Film Screening: “Vanishing of the Bees” at Busboys and Poets/14th&V. David London’s Magic Outside the Box at The Fridge. Justice Stephen Breyer: “Making Our Democracy Work” at Sixth & I. Otto and George at Riot Act Comedy Theater. Halloween on Screen: “The Tomb of Ligeia” and “The Phantom of the Opera” at AFI Silver Theatre. “Orlok the Vampire in 3D” + Q&A with director at Artisphere. Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era at NatGeo. Zubkov = Form + Color at Galerie Blue Square. Opening Reception: “Aligned: Painting by Tobi Kahn” at The Art Gallery/UMD. Bodies in Motion at Phillips. Story League Mini-Show and Mixer at Black Fox. Janet Briggs: “The Artic Trilogy” at Hirshhorn.

Cheap tix! TICKETPLACE has NSO/Maazel playin' Grieg, Sussan Deyhim at NatGeo, Steinz et al. at DCJCC, MORE. Goldstar's got "Hellspawn" at Woolly, more.

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ARTSBOOK HOUSEKEEPING NOTE: The original transmission of this email today misspelled Meera Pal's last name. It's been corrected above.

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