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In Sarah Godfrey’s short preview of Washington Art-O-Matic 2002 (City Lights, 10/25), she describes downtown D.C.’s street festivals as involving either spending a lot of money for a small amount of some exotic food or “you’re trying to connect a left hook with the jaw of a tourist in a sweat-soaked fanny pack in an attempt to commandeer a spot of lawn” to see some music. My. Then, after describing the music lineup at Art-O-Matic, she writes: “Although tourist season is over, the possibility of fisticuffs over a front-row seat remains. But at least if it comes to blows, you’ll be fighting to see a band you love—and bashing in the face of a fellow Washingtonian.” My my.
I guess I’ve been lucky to attend these events and avoid left hooks and having my face bashed in. Actually, I don’t recall seeing any such violence at these events. Is this just another Washington City Paper writer trying too hard to be cute and funny, or a recommendation to not go to Art-O-Matic? Since Godfrey mentioned that there was “an entire night of music dedicated to go-go,” I’ll bet the local go-go community was just thrilled to see its forever-struggling music tied in so closely to violence. Exactly what go-go needs!