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TBD ArtsBook: Stuff a Jack Johnson remix someplace safe

November 16, 2011 - 10:00 AM
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Johnson in 2008 (pre-remix). (Photo: Associated Press)

Washington City Paper wants your Jack Johnson remixes. WTOP's posted MP3s of the former P.G. county exec's phone calls to his wife; in one he appears to instruct her to stuff money in her underwear and leave the house before police arrive (Aaron Morrissey transcribes another one about flushing checks down a toilet). Put some beats behind those; winner gets a City Paper T-shirt.

• Speaking of City Paper T-shirts: Holiday shopping for your favorite local journalist just got a little easier.

• Arena Stage is dropping "Mary T. and Lizzy K.," at least for this season, Peter Marks reports. It will also postpone its musical version of "Like Water for Chocolate."The company says the move was prompted by the loss of an anticipated $500,000 from the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program.

• The D.C. Council on Arts and Humanities has taken control of the Lincoln Theatre, Ally Schweitzer reports. The U Street Theatre Foundation will operate the wobbly venue only until Dec. 31. DCAH says it will run things only until it finds an artistic director, hopefully someone who can help turn the theater around. Last month Schweitzer wrote about some of the theater's challenges: high rents, lack of revenues, anemic marketing.

• Follow! Follow! Can this Marion S. Barry Jr. Twitter account possibly be real? Like, really, is this real? Oh my gosh, Mike DeBonis is reporting that it is real.


Lauren Rae Orsini celebrates her two-year anniversary of blogging.

• Hip-hop picks for the week from W Jacarl Melton.

• D.C. will get a chance to defend its anti-SLAPP law, Arin Greenwood reports. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins ordered the District to file its defense by Nov. 29. The 3M company, which is suing Washington macher Lanny Davis, has till mid-December to file its response. Davis invoked the District's anti-SLAPP law, which prohibits "strategic lawsuits against public participation," in his defense, and 3M claims, as Dan Snyder did before it, that D.C. doesn't have the right under Home Rule to make such a law. This case could have great resonance in local arts and media.

• DC Theatre Scene collects all the names of Mary Goldwater Award-winners. The awards were given out from 1987 to 2006 by Theatre Lobby.

>>"My favorite aspect of the MGs was that award recipients did not speak,” Kathleen Akerley tells DCTS' Tim Treanor. “So you didn’t have anyone standing there horrifying his or her peers with the kind of speeches you sometimes hear at other awards ceremonies…when I received my MG, I stood silent (and appreciative!) while Lonna Shafritz did an interpretive dance of my career."

• WHO IS FANG WIZARD? The mysterious D.C. group has a new album out.

• Not arts, but...Martin Austermuhle on why the groups occupying D.C. get along OK with the authorities.

REVIEWS: Valerie Paschall on Foo Fighters at Verizon Center. Michael Darpino got to that show, too.  It must be Cappies season! Westfield High School's Mitchell Buckley reviews Chantilly High's production of "I Remember Mama." Thomas S. Wootton High's Alexis Lahr on "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" at Albert Einstein HS. McLean HS's Emma Paquette reviews "Inherit the Wind" at West Potomac. Elias Leight on Youth Lagoon at Red Palace. Patrick Pho on "Beertown." Steven McKnight McGot there McToo. Terry Ponick on "Jersey Boys." Susan Galbraith on "Stay" at Theater of the First Amendment. Here's Sophie Gilbert on that same show. Celia Wren got there, too. Mike Spain on "The Gingerbread Lady" at Chevy Chase Players. Sarah Godfrey on Drake's new LP.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Rob Christiansen.


Pop: Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Iron w/ Winterpills at DC9. John Wesley Harding & The King Charles Trio at Jammin’ Java. Kid Rock at Fillmore. Peter Murphy & She Wants Revenge at 9:30 Club. Chuck Ragan at Red Palace.

Classical, jazz: Ghost Train Orchestra at Millennium Stage. Brian Settles & Central Union at Atlas. Hilary Kole at Blues Alley.

Theater: “The Deep Blue Sea” opens at GU/Davis. Staged Reading of Anthony Neilson’s “The Night Before Christmas” at H Street Playhouse.

What-have-you: “Fright Night” at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. BYT Presents: Get Beaujolaid at 1905 (this event occasioned a few japes on Twitter not long ago  about ArtsBook's last name. For the record: Haven't been invited to attend or serve as grand marshal). Brian Wilson, author of “Blood on the Tracks” at Busboys and Poets/14th&V. Jeff Kinney, author of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever” at Politics & Prose. “Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview” at E Street Cinema. The Untold Civil War at NatGeo. Former Corcoran President Paul Greenhalgh talks about his book "Fair World: A History of World’s Fairs and Expositions from London to Shanghai 1851-2010" at Corcoran. Comedian Bob Marley at DC Improv. “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life” at Avalon. Film: “Resilience” at Artisphere. "Conceptual or Functional: Tea/Coffee Pots in a Variety of Media" opens at Sarah Silberman Gallery. "Little Big Things" opens at Adam Lister Gallery. Project Inspiration at L2 Lounge.

Cheap tix!  TICKETPLACE has "After the Fall" at Theater J. Goldstar's got "A Second Chance" at Signature, Brian Settles at Atlas, more.

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