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Rise and shine, D.C. Wake up to the sight of your housemate’s visiting family screwing around with your coffee maker and prepare yourself for another 90-degree-plus day. With this summer’s brutal heat not relenting any time soon, are you looking forward to tonight’s premier of Season 2 of “Jersey Shore” as much as WaPo‘s Hank Steuver? Maybe you’re angling to get into the second show of Canadian superstar DJ Deadmau5‘s three-night stand at the 9:30 Club.
If you’re wistful for the days when summer meant breezy party rock and foreign films in a dank and dusty art house, today’s your day.
Word around the West End is that 2301 M Street NW, formerly home to part of the Inner Circle pair of independent cinemas, has been leased by Josh Levin, a New York-based documentary distributor with a knack for history and a plan to open a new venue for first-run independent films. In a town whose only options for independent and foreign films are the Mark Cuban-owned Landmark E Street Cinema, the tiny Avalon in distant Chevy Chase, and the institutional colossus that is AFI (which, technically, isn’t even in town), the planned West End Theater can’t come soon enough.
Meanwhile, Acetate Records’ Rick Ballard didn’t take too kindly to Arts Editor Jonathan L. Fischer’s snarky post on Monday about the current activities of Reagan-era party rockers The Factory. Ballard e-mailed Fischer with some rejoinders and an MP3 of a new track featuring a more summery side of the typically hard-partying Factory of yesteryear.
DCist interviews J. Robbins of Jawbox, Burning Airlines and Channels about his latest project, Office of Future Plans, which combines Robbins’ rangy guitar licks with cello and the occasional sample. And since last December’s one-off Jawbox reunion on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, interest in Robbins’ activities is as buzzing as ever.
WaPo‘s Ron Charles enjoyed Gary Shteyngart’s latest, “Super Sad True Love Story,” but the review does not bode well for those reading on the iPad. Meanwhile, longtime Postie Dave Kindred is at Politics & Prose promoting his new history of the Post, “Morning Miracle: A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life.”
And even though Steve Wynn loves Stephen Strasburg enough to write him a song, Hall of Fame member Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., has about as much respect for the rookie phenom as he does for laid-off workers.