YES OR NO: Albert Hammond Jr. by rachels
July 3, 2008, 9:43 am
Filed under: Celebs, Music, YES OR NO?

What’s up with Albert Hammond, Jr?

  • Previewing new tracks from 2nd solo album ¿Cómo Te Llama? (out July 8 ) to friends & family in NYC
  • Dating Brit model-of-the-moment Agyness Deyn
  • Giving mono-syllabic answers 3 months late to interviews with DC’s
  • Smoking

YES or NO: Opera for the masses? by rachels
June 17, 2008, 10:01 am
Filed under: Art, Music, YES OR NO?

Announced last week, Brokeback Mountain will be adapted into an Opera for the New York City Opera in 2013. Announced today, An Inconvenient Truth faces the same fate. Al Gore’s popular book and documentary film on Earth’s environmental crisis will be performed at La Scala (one of the world’s most famous opera houses) in Milan in 2011.

Can popular and current film adaptations increase waning audiences? Or is this just opera light?

Sidenote: I have never been to an opera, but I would definitely consider seeing Brokeback in aria form. Then again, who knows where we’ll be in 2013?

Yes or No: Frank Gehry by btfaust
June 2, 2008, 6:08 am
Filed under: Design, YES OR NO?

Do we like this? Will someone out there who knows about this kind of stuff please tell me?


YES OR NO: Corporate Marketing Disguised as DIY Arts Initiative by Jason Powell
May 2, 2008, 2:02 pm
Filed under: YES OR NO?

The new design competition from Doc Martens is basically the same idea as Pepsi’s, but at least they’re making an effort to give it that populist, democratic air by opening up submissions and voting to schmoes like you and me (oh, and of course there will also be “a panel of industry insiders” to choose a second winning design). At any rate, it’s a far better marketing move than what Converse pulled out of their ass recently. Hopefully this will be a good marketing move for Doc Marten’s (seriously, does anyone even wear these anymore?), but they’ve still got a long way to go before they fully recover from this debacle.

UPDATE: This post really isn’t complete without this clip from the Young Ones, where Alexei Sayle sings a workers’ rallying cry dedicated to “Doctor Marten’s Boots.”

YES or NO: Facebook Chat by rachels
April 21, 2008, 10:53 am
Filed under: Internet, YES OR NO?

Apparently this was available the week of April 8? I had not seen it until this morning. I don’t have anything witty or interesting to say on this topic, although I wish I did. What are your thoughts?

Yes or No: “Graffiti” in Galleries by Jason Powell
March 28, 2008, 1:21 pm
Filed under: YES OR NO?


Drama in the local art scene! Tonight is the closing party for the Arlington Arts Center‘s Collector’s Select show, in which the AAC invited six local art collectors to each curate a gallery as they see fit. Local collector Philippa Hughes invited some local graffiti artists to create murals in the gallery she was assigned, but this didn’t sit too well with Kriston Capps in this piece for the Washington City Paper. Capps questions the difference between curators and collectors (“…curating requires a skill set, whereas collecting is mostly a product of circumstance and inclination”), the edginess of exhibiting so-called street art in a hermetically sealed gallery space (“a door that’s been open for nearly three decades”), and even the formal qualities of the burners on display (“as tags, they’re not particularly intricate or witty; as abstraction, they don’t offer much”). Then Capps’ fellow WCP writer Jeffry Cudlin (who also just so happens to be the Director of Exhibitions at the AAC) tore apart those points one by one on his own blog, although not without a little pre-emptive asskissing (“as far as intelligent local art writing in print media, he’s the only game in town”). Capps, of course, posted the obligatory rebuttal/defense here, but both sides raise interesting questions. What do you think about graffiti in galleries? About the cult of youth and street culture? About the DC art scene in general?

Yes or NO? by yesornodc
March 19, 2008, 8:29 am
Filed under: YES OR NO?


What do you think of Meghan McCain? She’s the 23-year-old blonde daughter of a 71-year-old man running for president on the Republican ticket, but she did for John Kerry in the ’04 election and she puts indie pop on her blog’s playlists! More from GQ.

What do YOU think?

February 28, 2008, 3:41 pm
Filed under: Celebs, Politics, YES OR NO?


So confused.