Get Out: “Warhol: Headlines”
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Exhibit: ‘Warhol: Headlines’
The Internet has changed so much of modern life that a complete list of things it hasn’t revolutionized probably would look something like this: the toaster, the hangover, how babies are made. While you could spend the rest of your life documenting the facets of American life the web absorbs like peaches set in gelatin, let’s stop for a minute and think about the newspaper headline. For two centuries, the front-page headline was the most advanced form of mass media known to man. Headlines toppled regimes, started wars, and outraged and consoled entire populations. The Internet turned headline writing, once an art, into a chore. Largely gone are the puns, the plays on words, the wit. Pedestrian clarity and ADHD-driven clickability, say the philistines, now take top priority. “Warhol: Headlines,” at the National Gallery, is a visual rebuttal to the new conventional wisdom. Like many a New Yorker, Andy Warhol was obsessed with the city’s tabloid newspapers. He drew, painted, filmed and photographed the covers of the New York Post and the Daily News, which were, are and — God willing — always will be salacious and sensational.
Through Jan. 2 at the National Gallery of Art, between Third and Seventh streets at Constitution Avenue Northwest.
D.C.-area musician Vandaveer pairs fiddles with synths, rootsy riffs with ethereal keys, ... more >
The music of Mark Charles Heidinger, aka Vandaveer, isn’t quite folk, and it’s not quite rock, and it’s definitely not folk-rock, which ranks just below “jazz-rock” in the pantheon of crummy genre amalgamations. The D.C.-area musician pairs fiddles with synths, rootsy riffs with ethereal keys, and sometimes, his own unpaved voice with the twinkling vocals of Rose Guerin. Raised in Kentucky, Mr. Heidinger’s inspirations were second-hand — “Whatever trickled down to the smaller communities in the booming metropolises of rural Kentucky,” he told Paste magazine in 2009. Among those influences, Mr. Heidinger counts Shel Silverstein, Madonna and Beverly Cleary, author of “Beezus and Ramona.” An eclectic list, but not a bad one for a folk-fusion-whateverist.
Nov. 19 at the Red Palace, 1212 H St. NE.
Miscellany: Ice skating
If we had it our way, you’d spend half of your weekend at the National Gallery of Art, starting with the above-mentioned Warhol exhibit, and round out your day (or two) ice skating. Nestled next to the Sculpture Garden, the National Gallery’s skating rink is one of D.C.’s quirkier, underutilized charms. For half the price of a movie ticket, visitors can spend the day listening to music, checking out the sculptures and occasionally busting their butts. For beginners, there’re lessons; for the bold, no shortage of opportunities to embarrass themselves.
Opens Nov. 19 at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest.
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