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David Quammen‘s patrons aren’t, though, and that’s the problem: The subject of my colleague Amanda Hess‘ column this week runs the MOCA DC gallery in Georgetown and is facing eviction—-partially because a performer, from one of his regular events involving nude models, wandered into the courtyard the gallery shares with some other businesses. The amateur performer was wearing tassels, and nothing else. But Quammen thinks his landlords are merely being prude: “For being a liberal city, there’s a lot of conservatism here,” he tells Hess.
* The Boston Globe profiles Teenbeat Records’ Mark Robinson, who helped form the label in Arlington in the ’80s and still runs it from his home in Cambridge, Mass. His classic indie-pop band Unrest is stopping by the Black Cat next Saturday with other Teenbeat acts on the occasion of the label’s 26th year. It could lead to something more:
Up until earlier this week, each band member had been rehearsing separately ([Bridget] Cross lives in Alaska and [Phil] Krauth is in Virginia); for Robinson, that meant relearning the songs by playing along with the recordings. He doesn’t know if the tour will spawn a new album, but he’s open to the idea.
* WaPo‘s Dan Zak profiles George Austin Hay, who at age 94 just retired from the Department of Transportion after working for the federal government for 55 years, and whose acting career is even longer. He’s worked on Broadway and in Hollywood, brushed shoulders with Marilyn Monroe and Alfred Hitchcock, and had bit parts in movies like North by Northwest and Being There. (In the latter, he’s the pallbearer who asks, “What about Chauncey Gardiner?”)
* WaPo‘s Jessica Dawson isn’t blown away by artist and City Paper critic Jeffry Cudlin‘s new show, “By Request.” The subject? The Washington art scene:
And so “By Request” is a grand insider joke — easy for me to understand because I know these people. Those who don’t know them will undoubtedly feel left out. Indeed, a show this insular has a very slim chance of going down in history (the Dada antics chronicled in art history texts) and might end up registering as less than a footnote.
* Story-driven local indie rockers the Caribbean are keeping a tour diary for the Vinyl District.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery