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The Texting Epidemic?: In a lengthy essay, Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday says we’re having a crisis of moviegoing manners, citing a couple of amusing news stories from last year—-like Alamo Drafthouse’s amusing “trailer” featuring a patron the theater kicked out for texting, and the Connecticut indie theater that had to post a sign reminding guests that The Tree of Life is arty and nonlinear. Hornaday argues that moviegoers are increasingly quick to rage when a movie experience doesn’t match their expectations, formed by trailers or criticism or other presumptions they’ve brought in. It’s a mostly sensible argument, though I doubt manners are appreciably more shameful now than they were, oh, 10 years ago. One blogger’s rebbutal? Hornaday hates fun.
Heart America Hearts: The indie-poppers played some brand new music at a recent show at Dynasty, and All Our Noise captured video.
More 52 O Street Blues: Well, actually the same blues. WAMU checks in on the upcoming eviction of some first-floor tenants of the Truxton Circle artists space, and, yep, it’s still happening. Landlord Marty Youmans says he may delay his plans to build an art-themed youth hostel, but not for too long.
Sad Trombone for 9:30: Pollstar announced its annual awards on Friday, and while the frequently lauded I.M.P. Productions and 9:30 Club were nominated in three categories, they walked away empty-handed.
Today on Arts Desk: Portlandia hearts D.C. Goethe-Institut’s annual German photography exhibition.