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TBD ArtsBook: Is O'Reilly's Lincoln book full of holes?

November 14, 2011 - 10:00 AM
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Abraham Lincoln
'The ending sucks.'

• Sad news for fans of Bill O'Reilly's historical writing: His book about Lincoln's assassination won't be stocked at Ford's Theatre's Lincoln-got-killed museum.

UPDATED: A Ford's rep emails to stress that the book IS available in the lobby gift-shop, which is run by the Ford's Theatre Society, not the National Park Service, which runs the museum. In a statement,Paul R. Tetreault, the society's director, said, "We decided several weeks ago to carry Bill O'Reilly's book 'Killing Lincoln' in the Ford's Theatre Society gift shop. While we understand the National Park Service's concerns about the book, we decided to let our visitors judge the book themselves."

• MORE HOT BOOK TALK! Alexandria tavern owner Pat Troy has published a memoir. I hope his eyebrows get their own book deal!

Via ArtsDesk, here is a documentary about rapper XO.

Rachel Levitin speaks with Cirque du Soleil's Adrienn Banhegyi about "Quidam," which is coming to Verizon this week.

Weekend stuff: Depressing news in Metro yesterday about Natasha Dasher, who opened Uniontown Bar and Grill, which in February got Lydia DePillis (and quite a few others) all optimistic about its location in Anacostia, was arrested on charges that she, with two others, intended to distribute cocaine. ¶ DeNeen L. Brown wrote about Players Unlimited, which is presenting "Past, Present Future" in December at Atlas; it's a play about Forest Haven, an awful institution in Laurel where a lot of the District's mentally disabled people ended up. (Read Kate Boo's series about it, and here is a piece by Gabe Joselow about some "urban explorers" who went out there this year to take photos and found patient records still flopping around.) ¶ Peter Marks wrote about Ken Ludwig, who is workshopping his new play "Midsummer/Jersey" at Robinson High School in Fairfax. It's not as wacky as it sounds: Ludwig wants to see, Marks reports, if teens can handle it. "His intention, though, was to see if 'Midsummer/Jersey' had adolescent legs: in other words, whether it contained the kind of juicy parts and comic firepower that would make it popular on the high school circuit....Certainly, the financial stakes are not nearly on the level of Broadway or London’s West End, where a revival of Ludwig’s 'Crazy for You' is currently being mounted. A high school offering fetches only a few hundred dollars in licensing fees per performance....Still, a popular new play staged multiple times across the country does create a revenue stream for a writer." ¶ Maura Judkis wrote about Dog & Pony's "Beertown," an interactive play at CHAW. ¶ Philip Kennicott reviewed WNO's "Lucia di Lammermoor." ¶ Robert Battey reviewed Slatkin's return. ¶ Aaron Leitko reviewed Daniel Clowes' "The Death Ray."

REVIEWS: H. Paul Moon on DJ Spooky at the Freer. Bill Ayres on Daughtry at GMU. Susan Galbraith on "Lucia di Lammermoor." Doug Poms on "Jersey Boys." Poms, again, on WSC AB's "The Mistorical Hystery of Henry (I)V."  Jane Horwitz got to that show, too. Elliot Lanes and Jennifer Perry on Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway at Strathmore. Pat Davis on Sandy Spring Theatre Group's "Inspecting Carol." David Friscic on "Shining City" at Quotidian.

THINGS TO DO, COMPILED BY KIM CHI HA

Pop: Band to Band Combat at Jammin’ Java. Peter Case at Iota. Bombadil w/ Alessi’s Ark at Sixth & I. Acoustic Alchemy at Birchmere. Roger Creager at Hill Country.

Classical, jazz: U.S. Army Blues at Millennium Stage. Andrew White “Coltrane at 85” at Blues Alley.

Theater: Young Playwrights' Theater's "Express Tour Showcase: Heroes and Bullies" at Gala. 

What-have-you: Max Hastings, author of “Inferno” at Politics & Prose. Justice for Fallujah Project Film Screening at Busboys and Poets/14th&V. Opera in Cinema: “Nabucco” at West End Cinema. Film: “World on a Wire Part 1” at Goethe. Ocean Soul at NatGeo.

Cheap Tix!  TICKETPLACE has "Lucia di Lammermoor" at KenCen, more. Goldstar's got "Arms and the Man" at Source.

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