- Neil Diamond at the Kennedy Center Honors (Photograph by Kevin Wolf/AP).
• Thirty. That's the average number of years Maura Judkis calculates separates the most recent pack of KenCenHonorees from their career peaks. Who will win in 2050? then, she wonders. She suggests Andy Samberg, but ArtsBook is sure that whoever graces the Google+ Stage at the venue, which will be owned by Live Nation at that point, there will be no shortage of coverage of the proceedings. MORE JUDKIS: She asks D.C. theater types what they think about "tweet seats" in theaters. Peter Marks thinks they might be OK, as long as theatergoers follow a bunch of rules that he sets.
• Warner Bros. financed the renovation of American History's Carmichael Auditorium, and now it's collaborating with the Smithsonian on four festivals, Jacqueline Trescott reported yesterday. (ArtsBook is, no joke, stunned he didn't read this first in Around the Mall.) Jon Fischer says the corporate cozying doesn't have "much of an icky side": Most screenings of old Hollywood movies at AmHist will be free, he says, and "classic Hollywood fare on the silver screen usually means trekking to Silver Spring's AFI Silver Theatre."
• Tricia Olszewski wrote a blog post. And boy is it funny, a parody of the David Denby-Scott Rudin emails in which Rupert Murdoch upbraids the City Paper critic for breaking the embargo on "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked."
• The saga of Willy Turner, aka Black Cat Bill, was one of last week's weirder Washington arts stories; both DCist and We Love DC repeated Dave Stroup's tweeted assertion that Turner, a fixture outside the Black Cat for years, had died. City Paper's Ryan Little poured a little cold reporting on that by finding Turner alive, in a care facility in Deanwood. Yesterday Little reported that Turner had been moved, hopefully temporarily, to a critical care facility but was supposed to return to his nursing home; Andy Bowen, Little reports, is coordinating donations of music and visits. One big get: Fannie Brown-Buford, who is JAMES BROWN'S SISTER, was alerted to the story and is providing some Godfather cassettes.
• The first-ever fashion show at the Washington Fine Craft Show "was awesome" reports Jenny Rogers. Bill Underwood pleaded with Rogers not to use the term "ready to wear": “They’ll shoot me. That’s like JCPenney.” I've always suspected crafting was more dangerous than it looked.
• The Vinyl District's Jon Meyers: kind of a hesher!
• The Occupy DC barn, Lego version. (H/t: DCist.) RELATED: Mark Jenkins takes a look at Occupy art. Jackson Browne performed at the encampment in Freedom Plaza yesterday. You can totally see Mark Segraves in that video. ALSO RELATED: Emily Badger on the building code violation that led to the recent confrontation.
• WELL THAT WAS FAST. The Washington Area Film Critics Association, which announced nominations on Dec. 3, announced its 2011 awards yesterday.
• DCist has a new editor, Martin Austermuhle, and a new online shop. If I don't get this for Christmas, I'm gonna be pretty sad. Actually, I'd really like a Best of Monkeyrotica shirt, too, if one's in the works. RELATED: Austermuhle writes, "Today, I've learned a cardinal rule of local journalism: if you ever see someone with a Tom Petty cardboard cut-out and a video camera, always stop and ask them what they're doing." Martin, if you're interested, we may still have some cardboard cutouts floating around our office.
• Jenny Oaks Baker, a violinist who lives in Annandale, was nommed for a Grammy.
REVIEWS: Michael J. West on William Parker at Bohemian Caverns. Rhome Anderson on G-Side at DC9. Peter Marks gets a little Eric Kaplan™ writing about "Bust" at Studio: "If Lauren Weedman is an acquired taste, I've acquired it." TWO CAPPIES REVIEWS: "Arsenic and Old Lace" at Annandale High School; "The Marriage of Miss Hollywood and King Neptune" at ArtsBook's alma mater. Kari Kitts Rothstein on "White Christmas" at Riverside Dinner Theater. Terry Ponick on "White Christmas" at Toby's Dinner Theatre. Susan Galbraith on "Arlen Blues and Berlin Ballads" at the Atlas. Gwendolyn Purdom on "Pride & Prejudice" at Round House Bethesda.
THINGS TO DO, COMPILED BY KIM CHI HA
Pop: The Parlor Mob w/ No Blitz at DC9. America w/ Jim Messina at Birchmere.
Classical, jazz: Nicole Henry at Blues Alley. Dan Blake at Twins Jazz. Young Concert Artists: Narek Arutyunian, clarinet, w/ Steven Beck, piano at KenCen. The Chapel Ringers at Millennium Stage.
Theater: “Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies” opens at Woolly Mammoth.
What-have-you: “Professional Athletes as Workers,” a discussion on professional athletes and labor agreements ft. professional basketball player Ethan Thomas, author Dave Zirin, and council for the NFL Players Association, Joe Briggs at Busboys and Poets/5th&K. Katrina Vanden Heuvel, author of “The Change I Believe In” at Politics & Prose. Artists and NASA at Corcoran. RX: A Unique Blend of Cocktails, Culture, Philanthropy and Style at M Bar. Winter Musical Mixer at Hemphill. “50/50” at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse.