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TBD ArtsBook: Getting D.C. right, by way of Charlotte

December 14, 2011 - 10:08 AM
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Charlotte: Could definitely pass for Rosslyn. (Photo: Associated Press)

• "Getting D.C. Right," Ellen McCarthy's story about Showtime's President of Entertainment, David Nevins, has a headline and dek that suggest Nevins' love of his hometown blasts through on every project.

>>"In all my shows, I'm not interested in the iconic shots of the Capitol and the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial," Nevins tells McCarthy. "I'm always interested in trying to get the culture of the place -- trying to get it right."

>>McCarthy meets Nevins, decides he's for real. "[H]e prefers the Metro to rental cars when he's in town and joked easily with a fellow diner who interjected repeatedly throughout a 90-minute conversation," McCarthy writes. "'This is classic Tastee Diner,' he said."

>>SO I GUESS THE QUESTION HERE THEN is why this story gives such short shrift to the fact that "Homeland," a series Nevins championed and brought to the network, is shot in Charlotte, N.C. McCarthy mentions this fact in the very last paragraph of the piece, a grouping of words that again gives Nevins a chance to show off how committed he is to portraying D.C. well: "It shouldn't be a nameless neighborhood," Nevins told his writers when they were setting a scene. "It's called Adams Morgan." That commitment to accuracy might be a surprise to the people who get on the Metro at "Farragut Station." 

• Artisphere's "Salsa Tuesdays" are no more, reports Steve Kiviat. Rosanna Ruscetti, the complex's new programming director, tells Kiviat future salsa events will be presented in a more "targeted" way. Also, the center's new business plan calls for it be closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Kiviat says Artisphere didn't market the nights well and could take pages from some other Arlington venues that present salsa.

• Here are some nice photos of Sunday's D.C. Jazz Loft by Carlyle V. Smith.

David Malitz picks his 10 favorite albums of the year. Pressed for time? He squeezed the whole thing into a tweet, too: "1 B Callahan 2 Destroyer 3 Real Estate 4 Shabazz Palaces 5 E Friedberger 6 Yuck 7 F'd Up 8 J Barwick 9 Total Control 10 Bats/Kilgour/Feelies." He's also threatening a list of his "grimy, off-kilter" faves.

• D.C. Shorts got $21,000 less than it did the year before from the District's Commission on Arts and Humanities, so it's trying to plug that hole with a "micro-financing effort," reports Benjamin R. Freed. Festival macher Jon Gann tells Freed he's hoping for low-dollar donations from area film buffs. David Nevins, here's your chance to show you care!

W Jacarl Melton's hip-hop picks.

• Theater J on Theater J: Another take on the Israel trip.

• We Love DC has a kicky gift guide.

Terry Ponick's the latest theater writer to sit down with Holland Taylor, who's starring in "Ann."

• In Signature's "Hairspray," an odd bit of gender-bending, Jessica Goldstein reports: A woman, Kathryn Fuller, is the understudy for Edna Turnblad, a part usually played in drag. Goldstein also talks with Rebecca Ende, the new MD of Theater J. 

REVIEWS: Eric Hope on "Intellectual Property" at A\Work Gallery in Hyattsville, where, Hope writes, the office furniture rolls away for exhibitions. Mysterious byliner AJP on Oh Land at the Black Cat. Patrick Pho on "You, Nero" at Arena. Hunter Styles got there, too. Elliot Lanes on "Holiday Follies" at Signature. Leslie Milk on "Hairspray" at Sig. Charles T. Downey on the Folger Concert's Christmas concert, which runs to Dec. 18. Peter Marks on "Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies": He likes it! "[I]nvaders from Chicago's Second City are hitting so many comic nails on the head they could be up on the stage assembling a McMansion."

THINGS TO DO, COMPILED BY KIM CHI HA

Pop: Deathfix w/ Sunwolf at Black Cat. Watermelon w/ Jesters of Kindness at DC9. Caroline County + Chelsea Lee at Jammin’ Java.

Classical, jazz: The Capital Hearings, An A Cappella Holiday at Strathmore Mansion. Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra at Millennium Stage. DeAndrey Howard Trio at Utopia. Ethan Foote Ensemble at Black Fox. Stan Kenton Centennial Celebration - A Tribute to the Jazz Innovator at Atlas.

Theater: “A Christmas Carol” opens at Olney Theatre.

What-have-you: Trading Places: Comedy Film Bucket List Meetup at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse. NX Phase Recording Holiday Networking Celebration w/ Live Entertainment at Busboys and Poets/MD. Comedian Christian Finnegan at DC Improv. Lions of Czech Film: “Men in Rut” at Avalon Theatre. Floating Utopia: Mobile Art Galllery Designs at Artisphere. Toys for Tots Comedy Show at Riot Act Comedy Theater. DC Music Salon. The Bayou: DC’s Killer Joint at Shaw Library. Fieldwork for Mixed Disciplines Fall Showing at Dance Place.

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