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TBD ArtsBook: Aaron Morrissey leaving DCist, and more MEDIA MAYHEM

November 8, 2011 - 10:00 AM
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god bless 'em. RT @hgil: @amorrissey If it's any consolation, one of the commentariat says "Sorry to see you go, Martin".
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MEDIA MAYHEM: Aaron Morrissey is leaving his position as DCist's editor. His notice to this effect is a little vague; he says he has "a couple independent projects in the immediate future" and has no plans to leave D.C. "Best of luck in all your future endeavors. Unless you are going to TBD," writes commenter PutABirdOnIt. Sigh. If you're interested in his job, apply here.

• A LITTLE BIT O' POST-WATCHIN' ON CHAMPLAIN STREET NW: Michael Schaffer looks at Ned Martel's post-Style career as a chronicler of the “the personalities, the offbeat, the veiled dramas that enliven the narrative of our democracy” during the 2012 election. Then he counts Martel's bylines: four pieces about fashion, two about the National Gallery of Art, one about a congressman scaring off a house invasion, and another about a lonely moderate congressman. Each story is assigned a "Democratic Narrative Enlivenment Factor." Shani Hilton notes without comment that the Post's new blog about women, which will be edited by Melinda Henneberger, will be called "That's What She Said."

• MORE SCHAFFER: The WCP editor notes that Lanny Davis, who's mounting a SLAPP defense against 3M, which Arin Greenwood wrote about yesterday, "briefly provided PR help to promote [Redskin owner Dan] Snyder's knuckleheaded case" against City Paper. "Luckily for Davis," Schaffer writes, "D.C. law provides one nice remedy for small fries who are faced with a legal threat from a giant conglomerate. That's right—the SLAPP law." Snyder fought City Paper's SLAPP defense on the grounds that D.C. didn't have the standing under home rule to pass such a law.

>>"For a lot of reasons, we really don't want to see the SLAPP law overturned," Shaffer writes. "But if the anti-home-rule argument succeeds, undercutting D.C.'s voters and possibly exposing Davis the the years of legal turmoil that a case might entail, he can thank his pal Dan for the assist." Buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurn.

• Some Mall events this week.

Jon Fischer writes up Kim Roberts' and Dan Vera's dcwriters.org, the website that takes photos of famous dead authors' homes in D.C. Included: Roald Dahl's three homes, Ezra Pound's perch at St. E's (after some debate).

• There will be another D.C. Jazz Loft at Red Door this weekend, Giovanni Russonello writes. The show will feature Elijah Jamal Balbed, Lenny Robinson, and the Hope Udobi Trio. Really, does anyone do more for local jazz than Russonello and his Capital Bop these days?

Valerie Paschall has pop-music picks for the week.

• Here is a photograph of a bike equipped with a blender.

Michael Kaiser says arts-boards members need training.

REVIEWS: Erica Bruce has photos from Blind Pilot at 9:30 CLUB. David Malitz on the Drums at the Black Cat. Eric Jones on Doorway Arts Ensemble's "Sex and Education." "Yah, mon Jah Bless!": Urrika Woods-Scott on Ziggy Marley at the Fillmore. Jennifer Perry on "The Golden Dragon" at Studio. Kathleen Bridges has photos from the FotoWeekDC launch party. Joe Banno on the Kennedy Center Chamber Players at Strathmore. PSYCH! They were at Kennedy Center.

THINGS TO DO, COMPILED BY KIM CHI HA

Pop: Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray at Black Cat. Literacy Death Match at DC9. Matthew and the Atlas at Jammin’ Java. The Squeaky Wheel Tour at Iota ft. Jannel and Elijah Rap. Uncle Lucius at Hill Country. Snarky Puppy at Rock & Roll Hotel.

Classical, jazz: YOU HAD ME AT "LUDOVICO": An evening with Ludovico Einaudi at KenCen. Garrick Ohlsson, piano, at Strathmore. Kenny Wesley “Tribute to Luther Vandross” at Blues Alley.

Theater: Theatre Maat: “Banquise” at Millennium Stage. “Sisters of Ellery Hollow” at Fort Fringe/The Shop.

What-have-you: Found Footage Festival vs. Found Magazine at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. Autumn Brews: A Seasonal Tasting w/ Beer Activist Chris O’Brien, author of “Fermenting Revolution: How to Drink Beer and Save the World,” at Sixth & I. A Soldier’s Sketchbook at NatGeo. Capitol PechaKucha Night Vol. 16 at FotoWeek Central. “Everything is Alternative” exhibit opens at Torpedo Factory. Mark Kraushaar and James Fenton at Folger.

Cheap tix! TICKETPLACE has Mark Kraushaar and James Fenton at Folger, more.

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