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Fake Brits Got Swagger: So, Watch the Throne, the grandiose collaboration between Jay-Z and Kanye West, is kind of weaksauce. But perhaps equally startling? Over at Click Track, Chris Richards and David Malitz take note of the fact that instead of Hov or Ye, the album’s opening track “No Church in the Wild” begins with “a beautifully sung hook” (agreed) by Frank Ocean. Jay and Kanye, especially Kanye, aren’t given to ceding the stage, but they do share a knack for letting a guest get the first word, often if said guest can affect a British accent, à la Nicki Minaj on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Downward Facing Degas: Last week’s edition of Phillips After 5 was all about—wait for it—yoga! What? Kimberly Wilson, a D.C.-based yoga instructor and tranquility specialist (OK, we’ll just go with it), led a couple of “chair yoga” classes in the Phillips’ main foyer. There were beverages supplied by Silence Tea. The whole somnambulant evening was designed to celebrate—quietly and demurely, no doubt—the 100th anniversary of Wassily Kandinsky‘s treatise Concerning the Spiritual in Art.
This Week in Zaklash: Karaoke cab? Way more interesting than Curtis Sliwa’s wannabe cops. Also, not a poem!
Today on Arts Desk: New Windian releases! The latest at the Hillyer! And the wondrous filth of The Aristocrats!