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The U.S. Marine Band says Beyoncé lip-synched the National Anthem at Monday’s inauguration, and the backpedaling begins! [WJLA]
In a blog post that declares poetry dead, Post humor blogger Alexandra Petri manages to enrage poets and mailmen alike: “Poets are like the Postal Service—a group of people sedulously doing something that we no longer need, under the misapprehension that they are offering us a vital service.” [Post]
The March on Washington for Gun Control, planned in part by Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith, takes place this Saturday. [Post]
Al Green turned down an invitation to sing at the presidential inauguration [AP via Huffington Post]
Smithsonian curators scout the inauguration for artifacts to put in the forthcoming Museum of African American History and Culture [AP via Huffington Post]
The Post‘s Phil Kennicott on lip-synching: “It’s fraud, pure and simple, and serious musicians shouldn’t do it.” [Phil Kennicott]
After retiring from Politics & Prose, co-founder Barbara Meade is blunt about what she won’t miss about the book biz. [Post]
Dish Network closes 300 additional Blockbuster stores [ABC News]
Brightest Young Things makes a list of the top 25 DMV artists to watch this year [Brightest Young Things]
Mayor Vince Gray will deliver his State of the District address Feb. 5 at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. [Art 202]
Herndon’s Elden Street Players change name to NextStop Theatre, go pro [Washington Business Journal]