Here’s a quick piece I did for the City Paper this weekend. I really liked Dan Archer’s recent piece from Ferguson for The Nib and wanted to try something like that in my own style.
I live around this neighborhood and it really was interesting to see it turned into something new for a hours. So many of the issues that are troubling in Ferguson are different in DC: we have a black mayor (almost always), many black police officers, and the black president lives here. YET, there’s so much that similar too.
I’m eager to see what happens with these protests. Will they fizzle out? Or will they turn into something lasting that looks more like the civil rights protests of 50 years ago? Whatever happens I think it’s worth paying attention.
From Varietopia with Paul F. Tompkins
Live at Largo at The Coronet
April 26, 2014
The show is interrupted by an (apparently) much-needed sound check.
Special thanks to Nelson Walters, Clinton Trucks, Neil Mahoney, Cash Hartzell, Charlie Fonville, Eban Schletter and the staff of Largo at The Coronet
The role of “Joey” is played by Mr. Scott Rodgers
HARDCORE AND POST-PUNK IN AUGUST 2014, RANKED
3. Bob Mould, of Hüsker Dü and Sugar, on the WTF podcast
2. Arcade Fire covers “The Waiting Room" by Fugazi at their DC show (Don’t care that everyone covers that song, I liked it.)
1. Henry Rollins voices anarcho-terrorist Zaheer in “Avatar: The Legend of Korra.”
ps: “Korra” is my favorite show on “television” right now, no joke. You don’t have to be into anime or kids shows. The first season is on Amazon instant now.
Top: Zach Braff, “Garden State,” 2004
Bottom: Abbott Handerson Thayer, “Townsend Bradley Martin,” 1919
Townsend Bradley Martin was the grandson of Henry Phipps, the business partner of steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. In this portrait sketch of the young boy in a garden, Townsend’s shirt nearly disappears in the foliage. Abbott Thayer was fascinated with natural history, and he developed a theory of natural camouflage that is obvious in his paintings of animals but often creeps into his portraits as well.
-painting label at the Smithsonian American Art Museum