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November 7, 2011 - 10:00 AM
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The D.C. War Memorial in August (Photograph by Joshua Yospyn).

• The D.C. War Memorial will reopen on Thursday, reports Alia E. Dastagir. There's still a movement afoot to rededicate the memorial, to D.C.'s war dead, as a national World War I memorial, which oughta make the ceremony interesting. Dastagir wrote about the struggle to own the memorial back in August.

• WEEKEND STUFF: Arena closed its conference about new plays to the public, leading to a rather p.o.'d piece by Peter Marks. "But the most disappointing aspect of denying spectator status to others in the field may be that it sends an unfortunate message of exclusivity to the constituency that cares about this issue most of all: the emerging generation of playwrights and theater-company managers who desperately need to feel the encouragement of those in higher places. The 1 percent in that room are required with opportunities such as this one to fling open the doors to the other 99." Commenter mlewis311: "First off, why does Press resist the fact that a meeting can happen without them? And what would they learn. This 'new play' dilemma is written up annually like clock work. To what end? There have never been more new plays being produced in America than there are now." ¶ Katherine Boyle wrote about hot classical musicians. ¶ Philip Kennicott reviewed Mel Bochner at the East Wing and Antico at NGA. ¶ Vanessa Williams did a great profile of Anthony Anderson, creator of the Web soap "Anacostia."

Hamil R. Harris writes about connecting the black church to hip-hop. Michael Eric Dyson is quoted.

• How are local schools discouraging freak-dancing? Michael Alison Chandler reports. One answer: flashlights.

Reese Palmer, a D.C. doo-wop singer, died on Oct. 27. Steve Kiviat wrote an appreciation last week about the Marquees singer (another member of that group: Marvin Gaye); this followed a notice about a benefit this past June for Palmer. This morning's paper has an obit by Terence McArdle.

• Theater J on Theater J: Ari Roth rounds up reviews of "After the Fall" and notes that "sales aren't through the roof."

>>"Maybe it’s a healthy thing," he writes. "Unlike New York, our readers aren’t leaping to buy tickets based on what a half dozen critics tell them to do. They’re hearing from friends, and the sales come steadily, and build, as more and more ticket-holders see the show. Rather than conferring too much importance on the opinion of a paper, people are waiting to be compelled by different endorsements."

• I totally missed this story last week: Frank Kameny's house has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. (H/t: Curbed DC.)

• The District's anti-SLAPP law missed its planned stress test when Dan Snyder dropped his lawsuit against Washington City Paper, but it's getting another tryout now that 3M is suing Lanny Davis. Arin Greenwood, I hope you stay on this story! ArtsBook recommends the rest of us ease up on sassing Snyder till this gets sorted up.

Jayne Blanchard talks to Howard Shalwitz about Woolly Mammoth at 30.

REVIEWS: Sarah Kaufman on Nina Ananiashvili at Lisner. (Kaufman profiled Ananiashvili this weekend as well.) Joan Reinthaler on Marouan Benabdallah at KenCen. Peter Marks on "The Boys From Syracuse," which is now closed. Elliot Lanes got there in the nick of time, too. Rebecca Ritzel on Pilobolus at GMU. Charles T. Downey on JACK Quartet at Strathmore Mansion. Mark Jenkins on Peggy Sue at Montserrat House. Eric Denver on "Angel: A Nightmare in Two Acts" at Port City Playhouse.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Bageshri Ghate!

THINGS TO DO, COMPILED BY KIM CHI HA

Pop: Kids These Days at Jammin’ Java. Drew Gibson w/ Amanda Lee at Iota. Cold War Kids w/ Young Man at 9:30 Club (BOTH MON+TUE SOLD OUT). Bela Fleck and the Oiriginal Flecktones at Strathmore.

Classical, jazz: Flow Tribe at Millennium Stage. Bossalingo ft. Arturo O’Farrill at Blues Alley.

Theater: “Robin Hood” at Artisphere. “The Normal Heart” opens at Round House Silver Spring (Forum's doing a special presentation on "fundraising with a mission" at tonight's show).

What-have-you: Foam Party: A Night of Beer Appreciation at Black Cat. Justice John Paul Stevens, author of “Five Chiefs” at Sixth and I. Small Change/Big Changes Film Series at Goethe. Vision Series: Women Waging War and Peace lecture at GMU/Arlington. Photographers: David Doubilet & Ira Block at Artisphere. 12SHOTS at FotoWeek Central. Emma Donoghue and Chris Adrian at Folger.

Cheap tix! TICKETPLACE has Emma Donoghue and Chris Adrian at Folger, Small Change / Big Changes at Goethe-Institut.

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