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US Air Guitar National Finals in DC this Friday

Posted in Entertainment with tags , on August 4, 2009 by Kent

Here’s an interesting item that’s come my way. The US Air Guitar National Finals (which have been held in LA, NY and SF over the last 7 years), will be held in Washington DC for the first time ever THIS FRIDAY, August 7, at the 9:30 Club. Read the full press release here>>

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Sounds in the Square Begins Next Thursday

Posted in Entertainment, Farragut Square with tags , , on May 29, 2009 by Kent

Sounds in the SquareThe Golden Triangle’s popular Sounds in the Square summer concert series kicks off on Thursday, June 4th with the band Rebelicious in Farragut Square Park from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Check out the full 2009 lineup and details on prizes and giveaways at each concert here.

In Praise Of Broadway’s Orchestrators

Posted in Entertainment with tags , on May 28, 2009 by Kent

chorusline300NPR had a great story this morning on Broadway orchestrations and how significant the work of the largely unknown people responsible for this work is.

Orchestrators are the ones that unify a musical and create the overtures. They write music to the onstage talents strengths and weaknesses, and along the way, have revolutionized what we’ve come to expect when we go to a show.

Since a lot of Broadway shows come to Washington sooner or later, this was particularly interesting to me.

I recommend reading or listening to the full story if you are a fan of musical theater. The story can be found here>>

Howard Theatre: A History

Posted in Culture and History, Development, Entertainment, Renovation and Restoration, Shaw, Theaters, Then and Now with tags , , on May 20, 2009 by Kent

Howard Theatre ca. 1910According to the Cinema Treasures site, the Howard Theater opened on August 22, 1910, in a primarily African-American area of Washington, near Howard University which lead to the theater’s name. It sat around 1,200 and was designed by architect J. Edward Storck and built for the National Amusement Company. During the mid-1920’s, it was sold to Abe Lichtman, a white theater owner of theaters that catered to African-Americans. As you can see from the vintage photograph above, it was billed as the “largest colored theater in the World.”

Its facade was a blend of several theater styles popular in the era, including Beaux-Arts, Neo Classical, and Italian Renaissance. At the top of the facade, overlooking T Street, was an over life-size statue of Apollo playing his lyre. The interior was even more extravagant, with a large balcony, eight boxes, a number of dressing rooms, and three entrances. Continue reading

This Date in History

Posted in Entertainment, May, People on May 8, 2009 by Kent

May 8, 1923: Mildred Harris, motion picture actress, formerly the wife of Charlie Chaplin, was discharged from bankruptcy in Federal court in Washington, D.C. Miss Harris had filed for bankruptcy on October 2, 1922, claiming she had $30,000 in debt and $1,500 in assets in wearing apparel which were exempt.mildred-harris

Lost Washington: Loew’s Palace Theater

Posted in Entertainment, Lost Washington, Penn Quarter, Theaters with tags , , on April 30, 2009 by Kent

loews-palace-ca-1920Opened on November 4, 1918, the Loew’s Palace Theater was Washington’s first movie palace and the site of numerous early premieres. Loew’s was designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb as a 2423 seat single screen theater and was located at 1306 F Street, NW.

In addition to motion pictures, stage shows began in 1926 and continued until 1932. loews-palace-lobby-ca-1920The Loew’s Palace Theater was also reportedly the first DC movie house with air conditioning which was installed in 1926.

As the theater began to decline, Loew’s spent $225,000 to renovate the theater in 1964 which changed the paint, walls, and carpeting at which time orchestra and balcony wall boxes were also removed.

loews-palace-interiorIn 1968, a robbery occurred in which two people were shot and wounded and a year later Loew’s put the old movie palace up for sale.

The Loew’s Palace was finally closed for good in 1978, and was torn down in late-1979. (Source of history, Cinema Treasures)loews-palace-theater

Washington First Major City to Get Free Digital TV for Mobile Devices

Posted in Entertainment, Lifestyle on April 21, 2009 by Kent

mobile-dtvWOW. Can you imagine getting free digital TV broadcasts on mobile devices like cell phones, laptop computers and in-car entertainment systems? Well, it looks like residents of DC won’t have to use their imaginations for long.

According to an Associated Press story yesterday, broadcasts using new “mobile DTV” technology are expected to begin in late summer from five stations: local affiliates of CBS, NBC, PBS and Ion and one independent station owned by Fox. The initial broadcasts will be identical to those beamed to TV sets, including the advertising.

While Washington will be the first city to get this service, cities where expansion will occur quickly are New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston and Atlanta.

Overall, this is a great development. My only concerns are increased noise on Metro buses and trains. I know that rules are in place that insist on the use of headphones. I also know that even when they are currently used, I’m often treated to someone else’s musical selection on the ride home.