Welcome to autumn.
Following the example set by us and the Post, TBD posted its own to Fall Arts guide (well, September and October) events yesterday. Maura Judkis has a lot coming up in the theater scene, but seems most excited by the Washington Shakespeare Company‘s performance this Saturday of Hamlet in the original Klingon, featuring a cameo by George Takei.
Last weekend, Trey Graham, Bob Mondello and Chris Klimek sat through The Great Game: Afghanistan, an anthology of 12 plays across 10 hours about Afghanistan. In case you missed it, don’t worry. Our troika of theater critics are dissecting the super-production on Arts Desk throughout the week, starting with this conversation that covers the surfeit of political shop-talk, other marathon theater productions and Klimek’s nagging head cold. They agreed on pretty much everything, but the kicker reads that in the next installment, “the gloves come off and SHIT GETS REAL.”
Speaking of shit, just how full of it is rapper and former Florida prison warden Rick Ross? So much so in his new single “Blowin’ Money Fast” that Joe Warminsky thinks Ross might know he’s a bullshit artist.
D.C. punk fixture John Hansen of The Slickee Boys took his own life last Friday. Arts Editor Jon Fischer has the obituary.
Meanwhile, the Government Printing Office put out a comic book to teach kids about the importance of the printed page. Mike Rhode interviewed author Jim Cameron about Squeaks Discovers Type!
Does anyone still care about American Idol? I mean, besides Lisa de Moraes, who devotes a third of The Post‘s TV column today to Ryan Seacrest‘s tweet about the imminent unveiling of the show’s new judges. The announcement is scheduled for 1 p.m. and please, leave your open-toed shoes at home. Seacrest out.