- Pardon me, my good man, can you direct us to Hong Kong Palace?
• RIP Patricia Gates Lynch Ewell, who as Pat Gates was among the first female DJs in the D.C. region. She was 85. "In addition to spinning records," Matt Schudel writes in her obituary, "she conducted interviews from a studio set up behind windows in a music store at the Seven Corners shopping center. Her guests included dancer Fred Astaire; singers Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme; and actors Charles Laughton, Maurice Chevalier and Tyrone Power."
>>Ewell went on to Voice of America and was later U.S. ambassador to Madagascar.
>>ArtsBook is going to spend the rest of the morning in the glow of a mental image of Maurice Chevalier at Seven Corners. Anyone have tapes of these interviews? Here are some great photos from what appears to be Ewell's page.
• Is Tom Porter back at WPFW, then? At Capital Bop, he posts an interview he did with New Orleans jazzer Nicholas Payton, and from the printed excerpt it looks like Payton has a lot to say, but the news here for D.C. nerds seems to be his interlocutor, who only last summer told City Paper the station had "driven away their core audience....They’re fooling themselves if they think they’re going to bring in their core audience with smooth jazz and politics lite." Porter said he was taking a leave of absence. ArtsBook assumed that was the Fugazi sort of hiatus but it seems like he's back now? Checking, will update; apologies if this is news only to me.
• D.C. combo Lenorable covered Wham!'s "Last Christmas." Benjamin R. Freed dug up the track. Recently ArtsBook read a persuasive argument that "Last Christmas": 1) Is the worst Christmas song of all time; 2) is not really a Christmas song if you think about it.
THINGS TO DO, COMPILED BY KIM CHI HA
Pop: The Dinobabies at Jammin’ Java. Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band at Iota. DC Roots at Hill Country.
Classical, jazz: Dick Morgan at Blues Alley. Project Natale at Millennium Stage.
Theater: “The Rough-Faced Girl” at Synetic Theater.
What-have-you: “Drive” at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. Beltway Poetry Slam ft. Safia Elhillo. Drink + A Movie: “Ghosts of Christmas Past” at Black Cat. “Le Havre” at Avalon. Open Mic Poetry hosted by E-Baby at Busboys and Poets/14th&V. BloomScreen presents: “It’s a Wonderful Life” at BloomBars.
Cheap tix! Goldstar’s got “Much Ado About Nothing” at STC, “Bust” at Studio, “You, Nero” at Arena, more.