- Where were the tips from Jonathan Fischer? (Photo: Facebook)
Yesterday Project 29 published some dating advice from area writers; one of them was Post pop critic Chris Richards. Richards said he took to heart Raphael Saadiq's Lucy Pearl-era advice to "Make sure that I smell good" before setting out on conquests, and you know, OK, maybe that wasn't the best direction to go in, but anyone who knows this guy knows he is VERY straightforward and good on him, ArtsBook says. That didn't stop the Internet: City Paper immediately interviewed several other area critics for their dating advice, framing the questions in rock critic-ese: "How would you describe the perfect date: 1) seminal; 2) angular; 3) jangly; 4) plangent; or 5) iconic?" (Matt Siblo: "Proto-seminal." Benjamin R. Freed: "None of those. My perfect date would be trenchant.")
>>RELATED: Dating adviser Ryan Little is starting a little record label with a friend, and while his editor feels a little weird about plugging it, he feels one of the projects, a 7-inch by Travis Morrison Hellfighters, is too exciting to ignore.
>>ALSO RELATED: DCist commenters put a surprising amount of energy into making fun of Freed.
• Prince William authors: There are many, and they're getting organized. I can't find a byline, but this piece in Potomac Local lifts the veil on Write by the Rails, a PWC-based writers' meetup and the list of members with new or soon-to-be-pubbed books is long. Folks like Robert Bausch, Mignon Broughton, D. Cullen Nolan.
>>"'Approching Felonias Park,' by Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt, chronicles the story of a woman who has been abused, lives in poverty, and has become a victim of predatory lending – a theme that deals with the recent foreclosure crisis that was felt all too well in Prince William."
• Jenny Rogers attended the sendoff for Meeps owners Danni Sharkey and Leann Trowbridge. Cathy Chung and Katerina Herodotou, who also own Treasury Vintage, are taking over the AdMo thrift boutique.
• Get all Old, Weird America under the mistletoe with this list of Smithsonian Folkways Christmas music.
• The new "Mission: Impossible" movie bows Dec. 21, but you can catch it six days early, with parts in IMAX, at the Udvar-Hazy, Bill Ayres reports.
• David Malitz goes digging through the archives (do they still call it the "morgue"?) for items relating to the new class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and dusts off a rare example of Carl Bernstein's rock criticism (of a Donovan show from 1967) plus Richard Harrington on a novelty group called the Beastie Boys and Mark Jenkins' review of "Appetite for Destruction." MORE META MALITZ: He tries to predict Pitchfork's top albums of 2011.
• Jon Fischer reports that the District's Commission on the Arts and Humanities has a little money yet to give away.
• Kim Chi Ha writes about "Project Dispatch" at Fridge, a thinky show that opens Saturday in which area artists like Keli Anaya will offer gallery attendees the opportunity to buy either big works or small, wrapped ones that they'll have to purchase blind.
• Tss-tss-ts-ts-ts-ts-tssss: Sriram Gopal's jazz picks. ALSO: Kerrin Kastorf's viz-art pix.
• Ty Unglebower says: Take it easy! That's how he graduated with a 3.4.
• THEATER J ON THEATER J: A quartet of Theater J people are in Israel. They will be blogging about it.
REVIEWS: Rebecca J. Ritzel doubles up on "Much Ado About Nothing" at STC and "Pride and Prejudice" at Roundhouse Bethesda: "Men may not know what they want, but theater marketers know what women do. Joe Warminsky with an affecting piece on Noyeek's "Pulling Away." Tricia Olszewski on "Kinyarwanda" and on "Le Havre." Trey Graham on "Equivocation" at Arena: "bloated and pompous." Chris Klimek on "Bust" at Studio. Jane Horwitz got to "Bust," too. Scott Galupo on the Barr Bros. at Jammin' Java. Sriram Gopal on "Much Ado." Rachael Murray does the "Ado," too. So Adoes Don (Just...Don) and Roy Maurer and Sophie Gilbert (I think we can conclude that press night was a success). Laura and Mike Clark on Fauquier Community Theatre's "A Christmas Carol" (SIDE NOTE: ArtsBook has friends who moved to Virginia from Michigan and very much enjoy saying the word "Fauquier" before nouns; I believe they'd be thrilled to say "Fauquier 'Christmas Carol'"). Ben Demers on "The Santaland Diaries" at Fort Fringe. Elliot Lanes on "An Irish Carol" at Keegan. Ashunda Norris on "Black Nativity" at Theater Alliance. Connie Morris on the Christmas Carol at the Arts Barn.
THINGS TO DO, COMPILED BY KIM CHI HA
Pop: Les Nubians at Black Cat. stereosleep w/ The XOs at DC9. Emerson Hart at Jammin’ Java. Kathryn Calder (of New Pornographers” at Iota. Jars of Clay at Birchmere. Groundscore at Velvet Lounge. All Things Gold 005: Monarchy w/ Xaphoon Jones at U Hall. Grieves & Budo at Rock & Roll Hotel.
Classical, jazz: Wendy Richman, viola: World Premiere by Stephen Gorbos at Strathmore Mansion. BSO: Holiday Cirque de la Symphonie at Strathmore. NSO Pops: The Perfect Gift at KenCen. Marcelo Jeneci, accordionist, guitarist and composer at Millennium Stage.
Theater: “e-Geaux (beta)” at Artisphere. “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues” opens at MET. American Ballet Theatre: “The Nutcracker” opens at KenCen.
What-have-you: Capital Irish Film Festival presents “As If I Am Not There” screening + Q&A w/ director Juanita Wilson at Goethe Instiut. John Lewis Gaddis, author of “George F. Kennan: An American Life” at Politics & Prose. Comedian Alonzo Bodden at DC Improv. Designs on Film, a look behind the scenes of Hollywood’s greatest films at Corcoran. “Creative Christmas” Exhibition: State of Matter at Embassy of Denmark. Jeff Caldwell at Riot Act Comedy Theater. The 3rd Annual Great Turducken Feast! at Red Palace. Red Reading and Discussion at Phillips Collection. Loud Dreams: Poetry at Hemphill. Petri Dish at Target Gallery. Decadent December at Torpedo Factory. Take the Cake: An Evening of Parlor Dance Exchange. Zine Release Party & Holiday Pop-up Shop at The Dunes. Holiday Party at Ginger Root.
Cheap tix! TICKETPLACE has “The Madman and the Nun” at Flashpoint, “An Irish Carol” at Keegan, more. Goldstar’s got “Black Nativity” at H Street Playhouse, “The Nutcracker” at Warner Theatre, “Pride and Prejudice” at Round House, and Jeff Caldwell at Riot Act Comedy Theater, more.