• "Follies" fever: Now the West Coast has caught it! The KenCen-produced revival closes on Broadway next month but is packing a grip and splitting for La-La-Land, reports Peter Marks. Interesting note in the article: On Broadway, the show's been losing money, which Michael Kaiser tells Marks is OK: "We will get not all of our money back, but a big chunk of our money back, and that’s a big surprise for us.” Good thing it cost so much to get into the Kennedy Center Honors, then!
• Today is a good day to remind Liz Lerman of that time you bought lunch: The Takoma Park-based choreographer was just named as a recipient of a $50,000 grant from a newish foundation called United States Artists. Amanda Abrams notes that Lerman also received a MacArthur Foundation grant in 2002.
• Giovanni Russonello is sanguine about Jason Moran's appointment as the Kennedy Center's jazz advisor, and not just because the pianist, who lives in New York, is adept at "embracing osmosis with other genres, exploring multimedia and taking other innovative steps" -- much more important, when Moran came to town last week, he split early from a KenCen concert to "walk inside [clubs] and hear the music and see people’s response to the music." He visited Atlas, HR-57, and Eighteenth Street Lounge.
• Nora Wahlbrink, a 14-year-old from Rockville, writes a spirited riposte to Christopher "Chris" Richards' Saturday review of a Mac Miller concert: "Your life as a 32-year-old may not reflect the activities Mac Miller talks about in his songs, but mine does, as well as teenagers around the world. Sometimes, it’s nice to have something I can relate to on a regular basis."
• W Jacarl Melton's hip-hop picks for the week.
• THE SLEIGHER IS BACK! City Paper's annual Christmas-music-reviews feature returns with an appropriately Grinchy Joe Warminsky slam of TeraBrite's "Epic Christmas": "This is what you'd think about Christmas after seeing it: Christmas is kind of like prom, except your house gets dressed up in tacky stuff, not your body. There are craft projects in case people don't like to dance. And then there's a weird kiss at the end." ON FURTHER BROWSING: It appears the Sleigher actually returned when ArtsBook was on vacation. Does that count? It doesn't count, right?
• Jamie Raskin, a Maryland state senator, adapted the "Measure for Measure" onstage now at Round House Silver Spring, Jessica Goldstein writes.
REVIEWS: Kriston Capps on Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro's "Are We There Yet?" at Corc: "a critique of U.S. waistlines that’s too quaint." Dave McKenna on Tori Amos at DARCH: "Amos, who grew up in Rockville, asked if anybody from her alma mater, Richard Montgomery High School, was in the house. A few folks responded affirmatively. Amos cursed them, briefly smiled, and got back to business." Kari Kitts Rothstein on "Wonderful Life," a reimagining of the Capra tale, at Hub Theatre. Lorraine Treanor got there, too. Dulani Wallace on Chopteeth and Alma Tropicalia at U Hall: Is ArtsBook the only one reading this geezerly enough to read a lede like "The spirit of unrest was all but absent at the U Street Music Hall Saturday night" and get entirely the wrong idea? Steven McKnight on "Dr. Doolittle" at Imagination Stage. Julia Exline got there, too. Leslie Weisman on "Bust" at Studio. (Charlotte Asmuth got there, too.) Hunter Styles on Landless' "Cannibal! The Musical" at DCAC. Amanda Gunther on "Measure for Measure" at Round House Silver Spring and on "Much Ado About Nothing" at STC and on "Miracle on 34th Street" in Laurel. Asmuth on "The Madman and the Nun" at Mead. Elliot Lanes on "Arlen Blues and Berlin Ballads" at the Atlas and on Washington Ballet's "Nutcracker." Simon Chin on Merce Cunningham Dance Co. at KenCen. Tiffany Draut on Orpheus w/the U.Md. SymOrch. Pat Davis on "The Rough-Faced Girl" at Synetic Family Theater. Peter Marks on STC's "Much Ado."
THINGS TO DO, COMPILED BY KIM CHI HA
Pop: 1, 2, 3 w/ The Chance and The Mean Season at Black Cat. Kill Lincoln w/ Booze Riot and Dead Face at DC9. Hurricane Bells at Jammin’ Java. Anthony Hamilton at Fillmore. The High School Tour ft. Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg at 9:30 Club.
Classical, jazz: Grachan Moncour, III w/ the Brad Linde Ensemble at Atlas. Dave Bass at Strathmore Mansion. Gil Scott Heron Experience at Blues Alley. Augustin Hadelich, violin, w/ Rohan de Silva, piano, at KenCen. Merry TubaChristmas at Millennium Stage. Jim Brickman: A Christmas Celebration at Strathmore.
What-have-you: Gar Alperovtiz, author of “America Beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy,” at Busboys and Poets/14th&V. “Riders of Pylos” at Avalon. Baby It’s Cold Outisde, 826 Project Fundraiser at The Gibson. Film: “Lucky Ducks” at Artisphere. Meet the Artists Reception: Year’s End/New Beginnings: Art in all Media at Zenith Gallery.