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TBD ArtsBook: Afro Blue is secretly a jazz band

November 2, 2011 - 10:00 AM
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• Among Afro Blue's accomplishments: Sneaking a jazz band onto prime-time TV. Giovanni Russonello writes that the Howard a capella group, currently raging on NBC's "The Sing-Off," has won "a slew of awards from DownBeat magazine – most notably the prize for best college jazz group only one year after its founding in 2002 – and has performed with an array of international stars, including Geri Allen and Ron Carter." If the band wins a recording contract, Russonello notes, it'll be doubly sweet for jazz fans, as Epic, the label offering the deal, was founded as a jazz imprint.

• Fall Fringe starts Friday, and it has a music card. Benjamin Freed looks at the "Fringe-worthy acts," including Edie (E.D.?) Sedgwick (featuring Justin Moyer), the Cheniers (featuring David Malitz), and Loose Lips (NOT featuring Alan Suderman). VERY SLIGHTLY RELATED: Kelly Rand previews November's theater offerings.

Maura Judkis on the offbeat life of Chas Fagan, who sculpted that new Reagan statue at the airport. He did Soviet studies at Yale (“Not long after I got out (of college), President Reagan managed to make that entire field of study just disappear,” he told Navy News) and has sculpted the 40th president four other times. RELATED: Joseph A. McCartin on why air traffic controllers might not dig the statue.

Brad Hathaway writes about a new book about Bing Thom, whose firm designed Arena's new Mead Center. The renovation is featured prominently in the book, Hathaway writes. RELATED: TBD's interactive look at the new center when it opened.

W Jacarl Melton's hip-hop picks.

REVIEWS: Dave McKenna on Panic! at the Disco at 9:30 Club. Kelly Kettering on Boris at the Black Cat. Debbie Jackson on "Barrymore" in Columbia. Doug Poms on "Saturday Night" at Sig. Julia Exline on "Twinderella" at Elden Street Players. Amanda Gunther on Happenstance's "Cabaret Macabre." Jessica Voelker's got photos of the recent BYT party at the Newseum.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Aaron Leitko. Brian Nelson.


Pop: The Lever and Rail ft. Trevor Garrod at DC9. Matt Hires at Jammin’ Java. Chris Young at Fillmore. Plastic Plates & Mr. Bonkerz at U Hall. What’s My Name? World Tour 2011 MIYAVI (EARLY SHOW) & The Martyr Tour ft. Immortal Technique at 9:30 Club. Anthony David at Birchmere. The Josh Drews at Velvet Lounge. Shwayze and Cisco at Rock & Roll Hotel.

Classical, jazz: Kyonte at Blues Alley. Dan Hovey at Strathmore.

Theater: “The Golden Dragon” opens at Studio. “Civil War Voices” at Wolf Trap. Kids Euro Festival: The Gingerbread Man at Millennium Stage. The Washington Ballet: “The Great Gatsby” opens at KenCen.

What-have-you: And I Am Not Lying: A Night of Storytelling, Comedy and Burlesque at Black Cat (Kim Chi Ha wrote about this show, and so did Chris Klimek). Dan Cummins at DC Improv. “The Cherry Orchard” at Avalon. The Genographic Project Update at NatGeo. Gaylarious at Riot Act Comedy Theater. Anacostia Photo Week at Blank Space SE. “Stuff” at Artisphere. The Fighting Season, Loui Palu at Honfleur Gallery. SPACIOUS MOVIE at Joey’s House. 9th Annual Think Pink & Blue Award Fashion at Macy’s Downtown. Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival at the JCC: Last night! Lucette Lagnado talks about her memoir, "The Arrogant Years," reviewed here.

Cheap tix! TICKETPLACE has Lucette Lagnado at DCJCC, Golden Dragon at Studio, more. Goldstar's got "A Bright New Boise," more.

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