Monthly Archives: June 2009

Okay, Bono, Even I Think This Is Pretty Weird

Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese agitator for democracy, is now Aung San Suu Kyi, the Halloween mask.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese agitator for Democracy, is now Aung San Suu Kyi, the Halloween mask.

U2’s big — stadiums-only big — tour opens in Barcelona tomorrow night. Continue reading

Rorschach’s Brainpeople preview’d

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I am, generally speaking, a fan of Rorschach Theatre Company. I don’t love everything they’ve done, but I love their ambition. Here’s my preview of their new production of Jose Rivera’s Brainpeople, which’ll be in tomorrow’s Weekend section.

Live Last Night: Beyonce

Beyonce 'I Am' Tour 2009

Sorry, Washington, but after careful evaluation of the evidence submitted by our esteemed panel of experts, it is the finding of this commission that you simply are not ready for this jelly.

Gliding down from the pop firmament, then Baltimore, then finally from the Verizon Center ceiling, Sasha Fierce had a tough act to follow last night: her own. ‘Twas mere months ago she came to serenade the new President, albeit in her more modest alter ego of plain old platinum-selling Beyonce Knowles from Houston. Continue reading

Patterson Hood Backs Up the Truck

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My preview of Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood‘s gig with The Screwtopians at the Black Cat tonight is in today’s Examiner. It’s always a delight to talk to Patterson. We had an even longer, more freewheeling conversation two Sundays ago than when I interviewed him for DCist in May of 2008. Though the Examiner piece was focused on Murdering Oscar, his new-but-not-really “solo” album, we talked a lot about upcoming DBT projects, too. I hope I’ll be able to get that material out sometime soon.
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SilverDocs: Facing Ali

Ron Lyle, one of 10 boxers interviewed in "Facing Ali."

I wish I’d had time to write a more thorough review of Pete McCormack’s superb Facing Ali. But here‘s the quickie I did write, for DCist.

SilverDocs: Supermen of Malegaon

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I’m off the AFI to catching the screening of Facing Ali in about an hour-and-a-half, even though Ali, sadly, has bailed. Meanwhile, DCist has posted my Supermen of Malegaon review.

Live Last Night: No Doubt

No Doubt

The band had seasoned their bright FM pop with just enough reggae to make it seem mildly exotic. It won them the world, then they retreated at the height of their fame. Their comeback roadshow dispensed with the usual, dreary half-dozen new songs (they hadn’t written any), instead having their gorgeous blond singer – now a fully formed solo star – cut straight to the old favorites. Continue reading