• It's Wale Day: The MC's new album "Ambition" releases on this All Saints Day. Chris Richards on the front of Style: "Wale resembles one of those Washington institutions that you can’t stop rooting for. Like the Redskins or the Wizards on a losing streak, the rapper’s worst days manage to make us feel like his best days are ahead of him." Synergistically, on the Post's sports front, Wale talks about the Wizards: "“We haven’t had one of those organizations where we can say, ‘This is the year,’ ” the rapper tells Michael Lee and Peyton M. Craighill. “Not in my lifetime. It’s just highs and lows.” ESPN's Vincent Thomas appears not to have heard "Ambition" ("It's sure to have a slew of sports namedrops, insider jargon and obscure references," he predicts) but talks with Wale anyway about how much the rapper loves sports and respects (deep breath, Wizards fans) LeBron James.
• ARTSBOOK IN TURMOIL! The new Google Reader interface is just awful, and there's no option to return to the old one (which was perfect!). Must...aggregate...nonetheless...
• DO YOU LIKE SEEING PEOPLE FROM ARLINGTON RAP? Hey, who doesn't? Here are some Yorktown students rapping about being straightedge.
• Chris Klimek on his friend Jeff Simmermon (full disclosure: I am friendly with Simmermon, too, though he never busted one of my Transformers). Simmermon's "And I Am Not Lying Live" comes to Black Cat tomorrow.
• Maura Judkis on the Staffordshire Hoard at NatGeo.
• The National Mall and the plaza in front of the HUD building are among the world's 10 "failed public spaces," says Mark Byrnes. I kinda like the HUD building! Why does no one consult me on these lists? (H/t: Martin Austermuhle, who has a few more suggestions).
• Enjoy this JFK remix of Jesse Tittsworth's "Pendejas."
• "Sometimes you sup with the gods." It has never happened to me (YET), but divine communion was experienced by DC Theatre Scene's Susan Galbraith, who attended the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society's third-annual presentation of the Zelda Fichandler Award. It went to someone from Philadelphia.
REVIEWS: Allison Stewart on Loutallica: "an 85-minute misery delivery system." READER METALNATE REPLIES: "a better review I have not read...truly a garbage record." Robert Battey on Ingrid Fliter: "The artist can certainly run with the big hounds, but there is room for development." ARTSBOOK FREEKY FLASHBACK™: Battey on Fliter last March: "In a piece of such complexity, some seams will inevitably show -- but the final two performances should continue to develop." Joan Reinthaler on Gil Shaham at Strathmore. Dave McKenna on Sting. Sriram Gopal on the same show. Elizabeth Thorp, founder of Poshbrood.com, writing in the Huffington Post, saw the Stinger, too: "I was having a fabulous time until the sourpuss behind me said, 'Are you going to stand up and dance the whole night?' I turned around and said, 'Yeah, maybe. It's a rock concert.'" Mark Athitakis on Dennis Cooper's "The Marbled Swarm": the book "isn’t plotted so much as it’s designed to be a negotiation with the reader: How patient will you be with the scenes of rape and young men who fantasize about being run over by steamrollers?" Bob Ashby on Rockville Musical Theatre's "Kiss Me Kate." Connie Morris on the same show. Kelly Kettering on Medeski, Martin & Wood at 9:30 Club. Elias Leight on M83 at Black Cat. Martin Silbiger on the same show. Andrew Lapin on "We Fight We Die" at Flashpoint. K.J. Crane on "Arms and the Man" at Constellation.
THINGS TO DO, COMPILED BY KIM CHI HA
Pop: Lenorable with Dance for the Dying and Loose Lips at Black Cat. Family Force 5 at Jammin’ Java. Childish Gambino at Fillmore. Crooked Fingers at Iota. Rachael Yamagata at Birchmere. Chester River Runoff at Hill Country. James Hatchwai at Velvet Lounge. Opeth at Rams Head. Meat Puppets at Rock & Roll Hotel. Melt Banana at Red Palace.
Classical, jazz: Kurt Elling Quartet w/ the Kluvers at Blues Alley. Orion String Quartet at KenCen.
Theater: Tyler Perry’s “The Have and the Have Nots” at Warner Theatre. Kids Euro Festival: Gabor Holcz at Millennium Stage.
What-have-you: Adam Gidwitz, author of “A Tale Dark and Grimm,” at Politics & Prose. Carlos Mencia at DC Improv. Capt. Charles Moore, author of “Plastic Ocean,” at Busboys and Poets/Shirlington. Dia de los Muertos — A collection of short films from Mexico at NatGeo. Lecture: "Cul de Sac” cartoonist Richard Thompson at Corcoran. Up from Under at Longview. BloomScreen pres.: “Adams Morgan: The Movie” at BloomBars (followed, I am guessing, by "Adams Morgan: The Tuesday Night"). Limelight Saturday Night at Artisphere. Hyman S. and Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival: Avner Cohen, Slate's Ron Rosenbaum, and Marvin Kalb discuss nukes.
Cheap tix! TICKETPLACE has "After the Fall" at Theater J, the nuclear death discussion at the JCC, more.