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TBD ArtsBook: Drinkify your coworkers' pasts

November 10, 2011 - 10:50 AM
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• One sure way to horrify a coworker: Type the name of the band s/he was in in the '90s into Drinkify, a funny little site that plays songs from artists you type in and suggests cocktails to go with them. Jon Fischer and mixed-drinks columnist Alex Baca pour some local artists' names into the search box and record/critique the results. They're lucky enough to have Brian Nelson from the much-missed Black Tambourine nearby (he handles IT for City Paper), and he takes exception to Drinkify's suggestion that his old band Black Tambourine should be accompanied by PBR: "If they're trying to indicate we're blue collar they're obviously not paying attention."

• A CAPELLACALYPSE! Washington is a hotbed of a cappella music this weekend and throughout November, Catherine Lewis reports. The Bobs, Rockapella, and Sonos all visit, while local groups Capital Blend, Faux Paz, and Snowday will show that this area oohs-es talent.

• Buy a paper copy of the Post this morning to see the marvelous and visually mold-breaking "Occupied Style" treatment on C1. It's an annotated map of McPherson Square, accompanied by a Philip Kennicott essay on daily life in the camp. Also in the package: Tim Carman reviews the food, Ron Charles reviews the library, Paul Farhi writes about the protesters' paper newspapers.

• Wale's "Ambition" had a good first week, selling 164,000 copies, Andrew Noz writes. Is that market success making Noz recalibrate his dim view of the album? "The unfortunate thing," he writes, "is that this moderate success leaves Wale with little incentive to actually improve his music." So, no, I guess.

Kim Chi Ha writes about Monica Radhoff-Troll's "WaPo Carpet," a floor-covering made from 800 newspaper bags that the German artist has installed at Artisphere as part of an exchange program called Face to Face.

Jorge Bañales' collection of vintage D.C. show flyers is a pretty awesome way to while away some hours. Thanks to Joe Warminsky for finding these.

• Should your 10-year-old read Christopher Paolini's new book? I dunno, has your 10-year-old read the three previous books? Because it's a series, and your 10-year-old might be a little lost otherwise, and maybe if your 10-year-old has read those you already know the answer. But if you're still lost, you could, I guess, read it yourself and decide based on your knowledge of your 10-year-old (this is known as "parenting"), or you could write the Washington Post's fiction critic and ask what to do.

• The Foo Fighters' discography, with an excellent meta-narrative about the Foo Fighters' discography, by David Malitz: "Album No. 7 seems about the right time for a 'the band’s best since ____ !' storyline, and that’s what we got earlier this year. In reality, it means you may listen to it three times — as many as five — instead of once before unchecking it in iTunes."

Sriram Gopal's jazzbo picks. Kelly Rand's viz-art choices.

• Scroll down through the Penn State agonies to read Benjamin R. Freed's tweets from a D.C. Council hearing yesterday on the D.C. Film Office. Jack Evans arrived late and asked "Why would anyone film in Baltimore over D.C.? Why would anyone go to Toronto? It's freezing there!" Freed reports. Vincent Orange asked a "Hollywood guy" if an incentive fund would get the Left Coast's attention. "Definitely," Hollywood guy said.

• Episcopal High School is looking for a costume designer for its February production of "Guys and Dolls."

• Theater J on Theater J: Sales are up, and critical consensus is solidly positive. Also, Theater J reports, and I am just passing this along here as accurately as I can, some homeless people really liked the show.

• Last night, still stung from the lack of local arts news that greeted me the morning before, ArtsBook asked several friends to think of "that's what she said" jokes about the Post's star-crossed That's What She Said blog. A few were foolish enough to answer. Brooke Hatfield: "That really blew up in their face," she suggested. "They couldn't wrap their hands around it....they were trying to get a rise out of people." Ryan Kearney: "That name was too long. That name was a mouthful." Ewa Beaujon: "That should have run below the fold." Email me with yours:

REVIEWS: Chris Klimek on "After the Fall" and "The Golden Dragon." Tricia Olszewski on "Melancholia." Kriston Capps on "Victoria F. Gaitán: Scenes of Mild Peril" at Conner Contemporary. (ArtsBook FLASHBACK: Maura Judkis wrote about modeling for Gaitán in January.) Scott Galupo on Shelby Lynne at Birchmere. Laura and Mike Clark on Sandy Spring Theatre Group's "Inspecting Carol" in Gaithersburg. Julia Exline on "Noises Off" at Little Theatre of Alexandria. Joe Banno on Garrick Ohlsson at Strathmore. Nelson Pressley on "The Historical Hystery of Henry (I)V" at WSC Avant Bard. Celia Wren on Ludovico Einaudi (you had me at Ludovico!) at KenCen. Ian Buckwalter on "J. Edgar."



Pop: The Sea and Cake + Medications at Black Cat. Torche at DC9. Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights at Jammin’ Java. AIDS Wolf, Unicorn Hard-on and the Plums at Comet Ping Pong. Sting at DARCH. Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at Fillmore. Dessa at Iota. Here Come the Mummies at State Theatre. BSO Presents: Rockapella at Strathmore. Christopher Willits at Artisphere. Eric Brace and Last Train Home at Wolf Trap. Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps at Velvet Lounge. J. Viewz w/ Modern Man at Rock & Roll Hotel. Steven Wilson at Rams Head. The Fling at Red Palace. The Hood Internet & Body Language at U Hall.

Classical, jazz: NSO: Leonard Slatkin, conductor, with -- hot cha cha! -- Gautier Capucon, cello, plays Saint-Saens at KenCen. Pam Parker at Blues Alley.

Theater: Washington National Opera: “Lucia de Lammermoor” opens at KenCen. “Jersey Boys” opens at National Theatre. Venezuela: Relatos Borrachos (Tales Told Under the Influence) opens at Gunston Arts Center.

What-have-you: BYT Presents: Young @ Heart 2 at FotoWeek Central. Joan Didion at Avalon Theatre (Megan Buerger talks with Didion). On the Lakeshore... and Other Stories opens at Goethe. DC Week at Artisphere. Critical Exposure opens at Torpedo Factory. The Photobook at ESL. Jordi Socias Maremagnum at Embassy of Spain. Comedian Chris Thomas at Riot Act Comedy Theater. Capital Food Fight at Ronald Reagan Building. Coiled Terrain opens at Long View Gallery. ReelFestDC opens at BU/Center for Digital Imaging.

Cheap Tix! TICKETPLACE has "Wilder Sins" at Washington Stage Guild, "Greek" at Scena, more. Goldstar's got "The Crucible" at Keegan, Chris Thomas at Riot Act, more.

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