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By Piero Filpi
The Tower’s Guide to Inauguration Weekend
By: Piero Filpi
If the theatre does not fit into weekend plans then maybe a show from the “Godfather of Neo-Soul”, Roy Ayers is the right event. The legendary singer has worked with famous singers like Erykah Badu and Fela Kuti and is in the District for only the weekend. The Vibrophonist comes second to James Brown for being sampled the most in Hip-Hop songs for his smooth voice and pleasant beats. “Roy Ayers returns to Blues Alley” is selling out quick with the first show out of eight already completely booked. Tickets range from 45 dollars and up, and he will be performing at the Blues Alley on Wisconsin Ave NW.
Whether the inauguration brings happiness or sadness on Friday, a good laugh is always needed. The Drafthouse Comedy club has prepared for the weekend by inviting the hilarious Scottish comedian, Daniel Sloss. The comedian has been on shows with Craig Ferguson as well as Conan O’Brien and has toured the world selling out shows wherever he heads.
One however cannot talk about the weekend without mentioning the Women’s March happening in Washington D.C. on Saturday. The National Museum of Women in the Arts will be free for the weekend, holding the special exhibition “Wanderer/Wonderer: Pop-Ups by Colette Fu” and their permanent collection. The museum opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.
For those not looking for entertainment but instead entertaining their friends, restaurants and bars will be holding deals all weekend for the festivities. On Saturday, Centrolina will be offering a free hot chocolate or glass of prosecco with a meal purchase in honor of the Women’s March. Ten percent of all the money made will go to Running Start, a program that trains women for political leadership. Del Campo will be offering free dessert with any entree ordered on Saturday with a complimentary hot beverage, dulce de leche caramel popcorn, and hand warmers. Graffiato will be extending their happy hour to 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in honor of the march as well. Lastly, Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s D.C. restaurants will be serving the Belgian-style beer, People Are People, for six dollars all weekend.
The District will be crammed this weekend with people from all over the world to see the 45th President of the United States be sworn in, but the bars, museums, clubs, and theatres will do a good job dispersing the wave about to hit the city. Be sure to hop around downtown and get as much in as possible, after all, if not this year, then you’ll have to wait another 4 for the opportunity.
La La Land Lives Up To The Hype
By: Katarina Ivancik
Although La La Land is advertised as a musical/comedy-drama, that aspect of the movie was the only part of La La Land that was somewhat lacking in artistry and excellence. The song and dance numbers were not the star of the piece in fact for the most part they served as decoration rather than enhancement. Undeniably the story is what makes the piece shine, it is nearly impossible to find anything in the theaters with a unique plot or concept but amazingly La La Land has both.
Even though some people perceive musicals as unrealistic or don’t appreciate stunning cinematography everyone can appreciate La La Land’s solely for its moving story and fantastic cast. Not every Golden Globe winning movie lives up to the hype and Hollywood critics can sometimes be biased, but in all honestly La La Land is an exceptional movie which deserves the high praise it has been receiving. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling directed by Damien Chazelle have created beautiful, flawed, relatable characters who weave a masterful story that is more than worth watching.
By: Iain Higgins
Post-grunge alternative rock fans can always rely on Weezer. The White Album is Weezer’s new addition to their extensive list of albums, and it hits hard with catchy hooks and cohesive riffs. Rivers Cuomo, Weezer’s slightly nerdy, yet somehow effortlessly cool front-man leads the charge in their explosive beginning. Their debut album, Weezer (The Blue Album), made serious waves back in 1994 for adding pop sensibilities to the heavy grunge made famous by Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder. The album charted well, sold better, and received critical acclaim.
Their sophomore album, however, was much more off the wall. It was still unmistakably Weezer, but the band had swapped the cool carelessness of The Blue Album for a more calculated approach to songwriting. Their second record feels tense comparatively, a surprising benefit. In fact, Pinkerton just might be their best release to date. Though the album debuted to horrible sales and reviews, (critical analysis pegged the album at around a 1/10 in some publications!) the music world has come around.
Pinkerton now finds a home on many critics “Best Albums of All Time” lists, and has been certified a platinum album, as of September 16th, 2016, by the Recording Industry Association of America. Junior Jake Donnelly reaffirms: “Pinkerton is debatably one of the best sophomore LPs in the entire alternative rock scene. I find it hard to skip any song on that album.” Coincidentally, the album also turns twenty this month. It was originally released in 1996 on September 24th. Weezer deserves every accolade they receive and more for their hard work, it’s comforting to see Pinkerton finally get the recognition it deserves- even if it is twenty years after the fact.
By: Iain Higgins
It’s been a big year for Anthony Kiedis and the gang. The Red Hot Chili Peppers dropped a new album this summer, their most recent record since 2011’s I’m With You. Their new album is entitled The Getaway, and it’s been divisive, to say the least. Fans have been loving it, but critics have doled out only slightly above average scores across the board. The album is so polarizing due to their new inventive sound. I’m With You, 2011’s album, felt bland and devoid of soul at times, but it was overall a fairly typical Chili Peppers record. Here, the Chili Peppers really go out of their way to embrace a new sound, due in part to a change in producers from Rick Rubin to Danger Mouse. The latter has recently produced albums for The Black Keys, Beck, and even A$AP Rocky.
To go along with the album, the Peppers have announced a fairly extensive world tour this week. The U.S. tour dates include most of the major stops around the country. Unfortunately, Washington, D.C. is not on the list. To go see the Chili Peppers, you’ll need to catch a ride up to Philadelphia on February 12th. Overall, the hype around the Red Hot Chili Peppers just keeps growing as the year comes to a close. Fans of the band have a lot to celebrate this year, and celebrate they will.
“I’m pretty big on their new album. Very dynamic, lots of different sounds, some are more modern and others are the classic style of the Chili Peppers we know and love,” said junior, Jack Darling. Thanks for weighing in Jack, we hope you can make it up to Philadelphia for the show. Get excited, the kings of funk rock are back.