Arts & Entertainment

08/28/2017 - 1:54pm
“Isn’t it bliss?” sings Desiree in “Send in the Clowns,” the signature tune from Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music.” The unambiguous answer is “YES!” The one true “hit” of Sondheim’s storied career is crooned in a husky, hurtful murmur of rueful regret by the middle-aged actress Desiree. She addresses the verses to her onetime paramour Fredrik, who has just spurned her attempt to rekindle their romance. Written... >>more
08/24/2017 - 1:42pm
Unhooked your cable? Don't miss the epic battle between Irish Notorious Mystic Mac, Conor McGregor and the American Pretty Boy Money, Floyd Mayweather. Finn McCool's, the last Irish Bar on Capitol Hill, will show the fight on its 13 massive flat screen TVs with BOSE Surround Sound. Thirsty? There will be 48 taps pouring cold beer. There will be a $20 cover to attend, but the first beer is FREE on the house. No one below 21 allowed. ID required. Doors open at 5 p.m this Saturday, August... >>more
08/24/2017 - 10:41am
When one thinks of cities with strong dance presences, Los Angeles’ performance studios or prestigious New York City ballet schools may come to mind. Surprisingly, with over 6 million multicultural residents in the DMV radius, it can be hard to pick up the hobby of choreographed dancing at an adult level. “I was a member of the X-Tasee Dance Crew at the University of Virginia and when I moved to D.C., I thought the dance scene would be bigger than it is. I think there are some... >>more
08/18/2017 - 11:49am
It is stark. It is cathartic. It is Shakespeare, as alive today as his work was when written, over four centuries ago. And it is “free,” this stunning, mesmerizing production of Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and jealousy, betrayal and deception, murder and atonement, “Othello,” which is staged at the Washington Shakespeare Company’s Sidney Harman Hall through Aug. 27. Since 1991, first outdoors at Carter Barron Amphitheater, and now indoors, the 27th annual... >>more
08/17/2017 - 8:12am
Artist Profile: Rick Bach     Art explodes from Rick Bach like solar flares, seemingly at the speed of light. It started at birth. In Pittsburgh. His father owned an auto body shop and Rick was spray painting on metal when other kids were using Crayons. He had his own air-brushing business by sixth grade. “It’s where I really learned to draw.” Art was not only a passion, but a visual platform for ideas and observations. It was about energy. Rick’s work has... >>more
08/16/2017 - 9:25am
Brenda D. Hudson has been writing poetry and songs since she was nine years old, and says that writing has always been a way for her to express her creativity. Her inspirations are as diverse as her poetry. She has had work published, including a poem that appeared here in 2015, “You Don’t Get to Define Me!” She hopes someday to compile an anthology of her work, but reports that she is currently “literally fighting for my life as I have an advanced stage of breast cancer... >>more
08/16/2017 - 8:22am
Wading Into the Fray Once a land is gone, what becomes of its nationality? How can a citizenry exist without a country? And what are we going to do with the millions of people expected to flee adverse environmental conditions in the coming decades? According to John R. Wennersten and Denise Robbins, authors of “Rising Tides: Climate Refugees in the Twenty-First Century,” these questions are no longer theoretical. The world can’t afford to wait, they say, while environmental... >>more
08/14/2017 - 9:12am
Lady Macbeth No, this is not a new cinematic version of the Shakespeare classic taken from the point of view of one of the principal protagonists; its source is not even the Bard (even at one remove).  This new British import is quite a different tale whose origin is the 1865 novella “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk” by Russian writer Nikolai Leskov, a subversive tale of its time which also became the subject of a 1934 opera by Dmitri Shostakovich.  This is not the story of a... >>more
08/14/2017 - 8:12am
It started as an idea to promote the music they love and has become a full-time passion – with the attendant headaches of fundraising and working 24/7 for modest, if any, return. Giovanni Russonello, a writer and music critic, and Luke Stewart, a bassist spanning many musical genres, started CapitalBop, now a 501c(3) nonprofit, as a jazz calendar at www.capitalbop.com, but it has become so much more. It has blossomed into a community of its own with monthly DC Jazz Loft shows, a digital... >>more