Around Town, Vol. I: Lana & Lars

The problem isn’t finding the stuff, it’s finding the time. Maybe this is the curse of our era. In any case, I’ve plowed through enough pages, sights, and sounds in recent months to warrant briefly turning off Shark Tank. Everything on this list comes highly recommended, but not all for the same reasons. I’ll leave it to […]

Classical Gas

Prosed-out thoughts on the Takács Quartet and Marc-André Hamelin‘s performance at LOC last Thursday… I love the ’90s… Takács blend, but not like pre- concert smoothie. Hamelin: no hair but substantive flair. Classical music is alive and dying. Not tonight, though. All good seats this house has, right back-row Yoda? Sometimes English syntax doesn’t do music justice, and music deserves justice. […]

The Beat of the Same Drum

The drum circle in Meridian Hill Park is an institution.  The weekly participants trace their lineage to the 1960s Civil Rights protests, an era when activist Stokely Carmichael dubbed the space Malcolm X Park which still serves as an unofficial moniker.  However, what struck me on my first visit was not a militant activism but rather […]