New Day Rising: “I don’t want to bum everybody out,” said Bob Mould, at a recent concert/book reading at the Birchmere. “Lemme skip 10 pages.” In yesterday’s Washington Post Style section, Chris Richards talks to the former Husker Du frontman about his new autobiography, See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody. Though it sounds like Mould has lived one helluva page-turner, I’d pick up the book to read more about his “roaring 40s” in D.C.—-particularly his foray into the local bear scene (in which he is now royalty) and what he calls his “slutty summer.”
Farting with Anticipation: Today is Bloomsday, Dublin’s annual tribute to James Joyce’s Ulysses. Now, before everyone squeezes into their LBDs and hits the clubs to celebrate, be sure to check in with 11ysses on Twitter. “Stephen from Baltimore” and a team of volunteers will be tweeting the novel all day, 140 characters at a time.
Bits and Pieces: The National Book Festival, which takes place this year on September 24-25, has launched a website for itself (complete with a countdown clock); George Clinton speaks with Around the Mall about the mothership replica he donated to the Smithsonian; TBD’s Sarah Godfrey latches on to the startling number of children-of-famous-people playing local concerts this summer; WETA’s Around Town lends its signature squeaky-clean treatment to H Street NE; and Georgetown Cupcake is officially upgraded to a reality show Superfund site.
In the Bag: The D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs requires 7,861,770 more Twitter followers in order to beat Katy Perry. Come on, DCRA—-you got this.
Yesterday on Arts Desk (and everywhere else): The Kennedy Center’s production of Follies goes to Broadway.
Yesterday on Arts Desk (exclusively): Birdlips plays a show on our roof!