Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

Thank you!

November 3, 2008

An extra special thanks to everyone who helped with this weekend’s X-Play Edition at Round House Silver Spring. We’ll be posting a wrap-up soon with pictures and details about the performances

Meanwhile, DCist has listed the delicious multitude of free stuff you can get with your “I voted” sticker tomorrow. Coffee and Ice Cream and Tacos, oh my!

If you want to check out some politically charged theater this week, definitely head over to Georgetown for The Race, a plugged-in exploration of all the issues surrounding the election. The Washington Post published a great review today of this performance.

Do you wonder what our presidential candidates’ favorite books are? This New York Times article details which books Barack Obama and John McCain have kept on their bedside table.

And if you’re tired of hearing about the current election but still want to get a bit of history, check out this article about the new collection of songs about all 43 previous presidents, entitled “Of Great and Mortal Men”.

1st Glimpse & Debate Wrap-Up

October 16, 2008

Hello, faithful XX followers!

Last night we had our 1st Glimpse for our upcoming show, Rock the Voting Bloc: X-Plays DC Edition 7.  Each of the playwrights revealed what they’ve been writing or thinking about and bounced ideas off of the group.  This XX edition focuses on the voters, so unconventional voting blocs and demographics will be getting the attention that they deserve.  The plays-in-progress showed a lot of humor, subtlety, and variety, and should inspire our audiences and our artists to participate in a lively discussion.  In the next few weeks, our writers will edit and alter their work, directors and actors will rehearse, and the final product will be presented on November 1st and 2nd at Round House Silver Spring

After the 1st Glimpse meeting, most of us stayed to watch the final Presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain.

The “winner” of the debate is still under discussion, but one thing is certain, Joe the Plumber was stealing the show. Joe Wurzelbacher from Ohio‘s name was bandied about by both candidates,  catapulting this man into the nation’s living rooms.  But who is this fellow? He’s not related to Joe Plummer, a drummer from Ontario. Nor is he related to the oft-referenced Joe Sixpack, who evidently has a site devoted to “reporting and drinking beer in Philly and beyond”. No, our Joe the Plumber has more scandalous relatives – most notably Charles Keating, former chairman of the Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, which collapsed in a 1989 scandal. The legal fallout and media coverage involved several Senators, including John McCain, who are commonly referred to as the Keating Five. Joe the Plumber himself has made some remarks that can be construed as scandalous; in a recent interview with Katie Couric he said that Obama had a “tap dance…almost as good as Sammy Davis, Jr.”

If you missed the debate, you can read the transcript here, or check out this interesting analysis of the candidates’ body language.

Later this week: local political theater and events, and more XX updates!

Convention-palooza

September 4, 2008

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks, then you are probably aware that the Democratic and Republican National Conventions have been going on. One of the main highlights at both have been the Vice-Presidential picks.

In the blue corner we’ve got Joe Biden, who was our first profile of our Adopt-A-Candidate X Play Edition last November.  Biden’s experience as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee and his years of experience in Congress are expected to fill the holes in Obama’s resume.

And in the red corner, John McCain announced Alaskan governor, former beauty pageant runner up and “hockey mom” Sarah Palin as his pick last Friday, throwing the nation into equal fits of loving fervor and fiery disdain. Opinions about Palin are deeply divided, ranging from people who think she’s a modern breath of fresh air for the party to those who think she’s disastrously unqualified.  Either way, there are already plenty of YouTube videos about her.

Candidate Profile #11: Barack Obama

February 13, 2008

After 8 straight victories, including sweeping yesterday’s Potomac Primaries in a single bound, you may be wondering: is Barack Obama made of steel?

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Well, it’s about time we gave you the skinny on the charismatic super Senator from the land of Lincoln in our 11th installment of the candidate profiles.

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Debate Watch Verdict: Agreement is Booorriiing.

February 1, 2008

Happy Friday, DC!

Thanks to the intrepid wanderers who found their way upstairs at the Argonaut to join us last night for some buzzword bingo!

The debate was… well.. kind of nice? Everyone was expecting fireworks after the South Carolina debate, but our two Democratic candidates were cordial, genteel – almost cooperative! Wolf Blitzer and that woman from Politico tried to rev up some finger pointing, but it all ended in happy smiles and discussion of a Clinton-Obama (or Obama-Clinton) “dream ticket”. Perhaps the noticeably empty desk that Edwards would have occupied soothed the ire of our usually fire-breathing opponents.

In all honesty, the lack of fight made it a little more interesting to watch the A-list crowd, searching for celebrities. We spotted Steven Spielberg, Topher Grace, Stevie Wonder (no one else is standing up, Stevie!), Remington Steele hottie Pierce Brosnan, George Lucas, Rob Reiner, Diane Keaton in a crazy hat, and “The Nanny” star Fran Drescher!

Favorite moments of the night:
Obama rubbing Clinton’s back in a reassuring way,
Obama talking about his mom,
Clinton’s claim that she has one million children in California,
and something about being “nibbled to death.”

We all agreed that Obama’s tie was some sort of periwinkle shade, and that Hillary’s turquoise jewelry was very tasteful and attractive.

In other news:
Did you know that Mike Gravel is still in the race?

If you haven’t watched the student art film in which he has a starring role, now would be an appropriate time!

Is that the correct pluralization?

January 4, 2008

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