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Party Time: Both Capital Pride Week and the D.C. Jazz Fest kick off this week. Keep checking Arts Desk for D.C. Jazz Fest news and previews anchored by Michael J. West, and pick up next week’s dead tree edition for Capital Pride events coverage.
Summer in the City: The Fort Dupont outdoor concert series was announced yesterday; like Carter Barron, it’s chock full o’ dusty R&B and funk. Unlike Carter Barron, all the shows are free. My pick for the year? Zapp—-otherwise known as Zapp & Roger—-the talk box-rocking funk group behind “More Bounce to the Ounce” that was, along with P-Funk, a major influence on 90s G-funk. But founding members Roger and Larry Troutman have been deceased since 1999—-they were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide. Now led by drummer Lester Troutman, Zapp will perform July 30; Mandrill closes the season on Aug. 13.
Don’t Try to Find Something on Twitter That’s Not the Redistricting Hearing or Weiner’s Bulge: The Newseum went and got itself a new president earlier this week. James C. Duff previously directed the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.
Yesterday on Arts Desk: Kriston Capps reports on Irvine Contemporary’s departure from pricey 14th Street NW and explores the possibly chronic problems facing non-profit gallery MOCA DC; Jonathan L. Fischer revisits pop covers played by The Dismemberment Plan.