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Numbers Talk: Urban scholar Richard Florida has his say in the debate over whether D.C. is a good place for artists to make a living. He looks at the concentration and incomes of different types of artists in the D.C. region, New York, Philly, and Baltimore, and concludes that “D.C. seems like a not-so-great place for visual artists, a slightly better than average place for musicians and a pretty good place for writers and editors. New York and L.A. continue to dominate these fields, particularly arts, design and music, and actually provide acomparatively good living even with their high costs of housing.”
On Your Airwaves: Tune into Kojo Nnamdi‘s show today to hear Ian Mackaye discuss the Great Fugazi Online Archive. And if you’re in front of a television this morning, check out Hairspray cast members on Fox.
Goin’ Big: The organizers of D.C.’s Chinese New Year parade have big dreams, reports Monica Hesse.
Life in the Bookhouse: WaPo‘s Dan Zak hangs out in the Arlington Bookhouse, run by an 80-year-old and a 91-year-old, and closing in the next year or two.
Local Label Roundup!: In case you missed it, Fader magazine’s December/January issue features a brief piece on D.C./Maryland-based electronic music label Future Times, along with a few other quality independent electronic labels you should get into. And yesterday, Windian Records gave us a glimpse into its release schedule for 2012.