Alex Jones, broadcaster and presidential impersonator, is hosting a class on the Dada literary movement at Bookmarks Books, a local independent bookstore. Bookmarks brings out such daring classes to celebrate the anniversary of Zadie Smith’s second novel, White Teeth. In this class, the cast include novelist Cal Woolf, Google Books librarian John McWhorter, Blackpills director Shivaq Fingerman, plus Steve Wiener, Lisa Bonchek Adams, Alex Jones, and a lineup of guests to be named soon. It begins at 7:30 p.m. on March 7.
Eve Ensler is bringing her theatrical piece, A Life of Intimacy, to Town Danceboutique, the buzzing downtown dance event venue. Her previous dances, for the organization (the theater department and various other projects) were performed with 50 high school students. With a massive venue like Town Danceboutique, the dance is expected to double as a spoken-word performance. Also, Asa Kaeser of RISD’s School of Dance will teach the same class Ensler does every year with the student theater crew. It starts at 7 p.m. on March 9.
Meanwhile, Mark Burnett, the producer of The Apprentice, has joined the board of G4, an LGBT cable network. News of this acquisition was announced at the network’s recent upfront event. G4, which has aired scripted, unscripted, and animation programming for three years, is owned by Comcast and Fuse Media. G4 previously hosted The Game, from the actor-writer/director Phil Wang, and Gay Meets Funny, which is co-produced by comedian Natasha Leggero and her producing partner, Gabrielle Nadig. G4, which claims to be the second-most-watched LGBT cable network behind Logo, reaches more than 10 million viewers per month. Burnett will serve as an independent director on G4’s board.
On March 6, a provocative book party for Simon Rex celebrated his book No Aliens. Incorporating on-demand dystopian satire, sci-fi, literary, and lyrical tones, it speaks to the emotional sub-culture of Guy Fawkes Night. In a fun bit of irony, the party went down in a bookstore called, um, The Black Boiled Book. It’s at Book Asylum (Tysons Galleria) from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Marine Gordon-Levitt’s screenplay, titled Don Jon, is set to begin production in April. Last week, the cast of the film, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a horny porn-addicted twenty-something, reportedly got dropped from the list of Sundance 2019’s top films. Gordon-Levitt and the rest of the crew previously attended a screening and reception at Bookmarks.