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Ramble On: Georgetown’s Govinda Gallery, D.C.’s only rock-n-roll art gallery, closed on June 30th after 35 years. Director Chris Murray tells the Reliable Source, “I just feel proud of what we did there. I’m not sad at all.” Govinda will continue to operate as an arts consultant and publishing company. Meanwhile, in kinda new beginnings, the National Portrait Gallery has reappointed Marc Pachter as acting director.
Yesterday in Negative Washington Post Arts Reviews: Celia Wren says the Contemporary American Theatre Festival has too many “exasperating bores”; Sarah Kaufman questions whether the Aspen Sante Fe Ballet is a ballet company at all.
The Party Never Stops: Like it has done the last couple years, the Phillips Collection will kick it up a notch this summer and host its monthly Phillips After 5 schmoozing parties every week in August. Highlight: August 25th, when D.C.’s most beloved food trucks—-including Red Hook Lobster Pound—-will “surround” the museum, Wild West-style.
Yesterday on Arts Desk: The Evens wrap up this year’s season at Fort Reno; Arts Desk reviews Wugazi’s 13 Chambers, track by track; Ramon Ramirez gets tight with the Cornel West Theory as the group plots a worldwide takeover.