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TBD ArtsBook: Avril Lavigne destroys D.C. theater community

November 17, 2011 - 10:00 AM
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Avril Lavigne
This woman is more dangerous than the supercommittee. (Photograph by Reed Saxon/AP)

Yesterday a discussion of pop music on Twitter ripped the D.C. theater world in two. Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks' started tweeting Avril Lavigne lyrics: "@michaeldove @kimberlygilbert He was a skater boy, she said see you later boy. How can you not love those lyrics?" and then all hell broke loose. Michael Dove, Forum's artistic director, is apparently a fire hose of guilty pleasures: James Taylor, Muppets Christmas album, John Denver, Toad the Wet Sprocket (just read his whole feed); New York theater maven Howard Sherman, who's appearing with Marks at Arena on Saturday to talk about social media, countered with Dr. Demento, John Denver, Foreigner (he saw them twice), and local yokels Starland Vocal Band (Howard, be sure to hit Clyde's in Georgetown before you hop back on the Acela). Taffety Punk actor Kimberly Gilbert argued about Lavigne's lyrics with Marks, who then unexpectedly played the Kelly Clarkson card, for the win. 

GOING ON SALE AT 10 A.M. (hey, that's right now!): A Dec. 7 show by Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa at 9:30 Club (tickets here). It's a stop on a six-city tour to promote the soundtrack to their film "Mac and Devin Go to High School."

Do you wanna read the plot summary? YOU GOTTA READ THE PLOT SUMMARY.

>>"The film, set in a Los Angeles high school, sees Valedictorian hopeful Devin Overstreet (Wiz Khalifa) struggling to pen his graduation speech when it becomes clear that all his academic overachievements have left him with little to no real-life experiences. He finds an unlikely inspiration in the least-achieving student on campus, Mac Johnson (Snoop Dogg.) Mac, a 15-year senior and consummate ladies man, is smitten by the school's new substitute chemistry teacher. He soon realizes that the only way he'll truly have a chance with her is if he finally graduates high school. In 3 weeks time, Mac must cram four years of high school academics, while Devin must cram four years of teenage experience."

• Will the Arts and Industries building become the Museum of the American Latino? Martin Austermuhle reports that Sens. Harry Reid, Robert Menendez, and Marco Rubio as well as Reps. Xavier Becerra and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen introduced legislation to that effect yesterday. Turning the Adolf Cluff building, which is now closed, into that museum would cost around $200 million, states a May 2011 report that Austermuhle appears to have read.

Lauren Rae Orsini will not be presenting a panel at SXSW this year, but she is not daunted. Now she's trying to get something through the uprights at Katsucon.

• Last month, Google made a bunch of changes to Reader, ArtsBook's weapon of choice to bring you this five-star aggregation every morning. That made a lot of people unhappy! Yesterday I tried to follow up on the company's response to the criticism, but I was met with a wall of silence.

>>DROWN YOUR SORROWS, SHAREBROS: Google's offering a half-off deal at Madams Organ.

Hey you know those changes Arena made to its schedule? Benjamin R. Freed dug into them, looking at the ripples from April, when the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs budget was slashed by 70 percent in the budget deal that might bring you President Romney soon. Dance Place and Gala were both affected, too; the latter's Rebecca Medrano tells Freed that the theater has a hiring freeze and is "running people ragged" after losing $209,014 in anticipated grant moolah.

• Ske-zeezly-deezly bing-bop! Sriram Gopal's jass picks for this week. Kerrin Kastorf's viz-art pix.

Ty Unglebower on schools of acting. Interesting footnote to this bit of aggregation: Unglebower's got a hater! A comment on the Nov. 3 Web version of ArtsBook: "Please stop posting things about/from Mr. Unglebower. They are embarrassing to actors and most of the advice he gives is what he percieves a professional/community theatre actor should act like, not what the reality is at all. If you followed some of his advice in reality, you would become how he is viewed by more than several members in the community, pretenious and insulting. There are some very limited things he states that are good (i.e. helping out when there is nothing to do..sweeping the stage), but most of his writing has nothing to do with the reality of the situation in most theatres, and will just have you behave in a manner that drives most theatre people around here insane. He is, of course, free to write what he feels, but to point out his advice as actionable is a disappointment. Thank you."

• THE BOSS BYLINES: Frances Stead Sellers talks with police consultant Robert W. Klotz about Occupy D.C.

REVIEWS: Louis Jacobson, who I am beginning to wonder when this guy sleeps, on “On the Lakeshore…and Other Stories” at Goethe-Institut. Bob Mondello on "The Mistorical Hystery of Henry (I)V" at WSC Avant Bard. Tricia Olszewski on "The Descendants." SOMEONE (can't find the byline!) on Brian Settles' "Gardenias." Speaking of bylines, ArtsBook incorrectly predicted who'd be doing this review: Here's Rhome Anderson on Meshell Ndegeocello at Birchmere. Mark Lee Adams on "Jersey Boys" at the National Theatre. CAPPIES REVIEWS: Westfield High School's Julian Sanchez on Bishop Ireton High School's "The Taming of the Shrew"'; Briar Woods High School's Gretchen Kuhn on Wilson High's "Oliver." Amy Willard on Foo Fighers at Verizon Ctr. Graham Pilato on "Stay" at Theater of the First Amendment.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Lisa Robillard. Tammy Tuck. Chris Ryan. Mike Stuto, who booked many a D.C. band at Brownie's back in the day.

THINGS TO DO, COMPILED BY KIM CHI HA

Pop: Fu Manchu w/ Honky and the Shrine at Black Cat. Purling Hiss w/ Ice Cream and Teenage Aviation at DC9. Ryan Montbleau Band at Jammin’ Java. LMFAO at Fillmore. The Sadies at Iota. Satori Trova at Rock & Roll Hotel. Dirtybird Quarterly Residency at U Hall.

Classical, jazz: NSO/Eschenbach w/ Leonidas Kavakos at KenCen, playin' Brahms Violin Cto and Beethoven Sym 6. Mingus Dynasty Quintet at Blues Alley.

Theater: “The Legend of Buster Neal” opens at Atlas. “Broadway Christmas Carol” opens at MetroStage.

What-have-you: Beijing Dance Company at KenCen. Craig Robinson & the Nasty Delicious at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. Smokin’ Words! A Night of LGBT Spoken Word & Poetry and Busboys and Poets/14th&V. Annie Leibovitz, author of “Pilgrimage,” at Politics & Prose (Book signing only). Exhibit: "Beneath the Surface" at AAAS. Martha Stewart at Constitution Hall. Asleep at the Wheel at Millennium Stage. Diane Keaton at Sixth & I discussing “Then Again,” a memoir. Russell Brand at Patriot Center. Jason Stuart at Riot Act Comedy Theater. 30 Americans: Under the Influence at Corcoran. CoreHause DC Presents the art of No Kings Collective at CoreHaus DC.

Cheap tix! TICKETPLACE has “Wilder Sins” at Washington Stage Guild, “Greek” at Scena, “Flamenco Algarabia” at GALA more. Goldstar’s got Beijing Dance Co. and NSO/Eschenbach/Kavakos at KenCen, more.

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