Vinyl Fantasy: The next installment of the D.C. Record Fair is set for June 4, and will prove prove once again that every few months people will spend money on vinyl as long as they can make a day out of it. Last time the fair took place at Artisphere; this time it’s at a new pop-up space on 14th St. NW organized by Brightest Young Things, Art Whino, and their pals at vitaminwater. Undoubtedly, the move from Rosslyn to a hip, vacated storefront will be accompanied by an uptick in rare Flying Nun singles.
Dangerous Booty: WaPo reports that the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries are weighing whether to exhibit a bounty of ceramics and other treasures from China’s Tang Dynasty—-the hitch being their excavation was by commercial salvagers and not archeologists. A meeting on the matter took four hours. Glad to know our museum leaders won’t be making any hasty decisions!
The Editor Shuffle: Fishbowl has the memo announcing that Richard Leiby is leaving WaPo‘s Style section, where’s he’s currently an editor, to head up the paper’s local enterprise coverage. At his new perch, he presumably still won’t return messages I sent him last week re: the Post‘s fine arts coverage.
Today on Arts Desk: Mysteries of the Helen Hayes Awards, demystified; more about The Bang Bang Club; five books Justin Moyer would read.