There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Before heroin destroyed both her looks and her voice, Nico was an icy presence in the entourages of Federico Fellini, Andy Warhol, the Rolling Stones, and others. While in the Velvet Underground axis, the Turkish/German beauty made some striking recordings, but—as Fellini discovered before Nico ever got to New York—she didn’t like to work; only the need to support her habit kept Nico touring and recording. Susanne Ofteringer’s documentary, Nico—Icon, includes clips of such well-known associates as Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, and Jackson Browne (all of whom contributed songs to Nico’s first album), but rather than glorifying the singer and her demimonde it emphasizes their “disturbing aspects.” At 8 p.m. today and Friday at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden’s Ring Auditorium, 8th & Independence Ave. SW. FREE. (202) 357-2700. (MJ)