Arts & Entertainment

05/19/2017 - 10:12am
BookFest on May 7! Meet the local literary talent at the Literary Hill BookFest, Sunday, May 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the North Hall of Eastern Market. More than 40 authors will be joined by Capitol Hill booksellers, publishers, and others for a celebration of books and writers. Highlights include a series of exciting author talks: 11:15   Karen Branan (“The Family Tree”) 11:45   Capitol Hill Mysteries: Colleen Shogan (“Homicide in the House”), Neely... >>more
05/19/2017 - 10:12am
Join us at the Poets’ Corner at the Literary Hill BookFest on Sunday, May 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the North Hall of Eastern Market. Then cross the street to the patio at Tunnicliff’s Tavern for Poets’ Corner @Tunnicliff’s, our second annual reading and open-mic event. To share your poetry, sign up at the BookFest or, after 3 p.m., on the patio. Everyone is welcome – to read or simply to listen to some of the most creative voices in the DC literary scene. Here... >>more
05/19/2017 - 9:12am
It is a sense you get when you first glance at the painting. You know right away that David Amoroso sees the intricacies as well as the major influences that shape Latino culture within the broader national culture. Identity is more than language or a coincidence of backgrounds; there is a palpable joy of belonging, being a member of the group. David works with each subject and theme in a distinctive series. Each is really a category of emotional identities. Those emotions may be at their... >>more
05/18/2017 - 10:23am
‘Cezanne and I’ France has much to celebrate for its remaking of European art and culture in the second half of the 19th century, especially in the plastic arts from Courbet to Monet and beyond. The new film “Cezanne and I” (Cezanne et Moi) personalizes a segment of that fecund period with a lovely reimagining of the lifelong friendship between perhaps the greatest French painter of that epoch, Paul Cezanne, and the ground-breaking novelist Emile Zola. Written and... >>more
05/17/2017 - 10:21am
From MerleFest in North Carolina to Grey Fox in the Catskills, bluegrass festivals give fans a chance to catch rising stars and celebrated headliners, and maybe join an impromptu jam session. Usually these festivals are held in the mountains or some other bucolic place, with nature as a fitting backdrop to an organic style of music. And then there’s Kingman Island, which was created a century ago from mud dredged out of the Anacostia River and used mostly as a dumping ground. Few DC... >>more
04/14/2017 - 10:12am
The Gentleman from Ohio Louis Stokes shined shoes in Depression-era Cleveland to help supplement his mother’s income as a maid. “We were poor as poor and we knew it,” he writes. But his mother encouraged him and his brother Carl to “get something in your head. Be somebody!” And they did. Carl became the first black mayor of a major American city, and Louis went on to become a criminal defense lawyer and a representative in the US Congress, where he served for 30... >>more
04/14/2017 - 9:12am
Artist Profile: Fierce Sonia   The hands … watch the hands. They guide you to the eyes – the compelling gateway to Fierce Sonia’s personal exploration of the mysterious forces of nature. Once you enter, the visual voices lead you to navigate the explosive colors, intricate patterns, and swirling graphic echoes that move you through the images and further into the story. It is not a literal narrative; it’s about feelings. Each work mirrors what Sonia is... >>more
04/14/2017 - 9:12am
E. Ethelbert Miller has been a DC poet and literary activist for nearly five decades. His important contribution to the local literary scene was recognized in April 2015 with his induction into the Washington, DC. Hall of Fame. The author of several collections of poems and two memoirs, his most recent publication is “The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller,” which brings together more than 300 poems representing his artistic journey. When he recently posted the poem below on... >>more
04/13/2017 - 10:21am
‘The Sense of an Ending’ Julian Barnes’ “The Sense of an Ending” won the Man Booker Prize as the best English-language novel of 2011. It features an unreliable narrator, Tony Webster, who finds a piece of his past interrupting his unremarkable life. Whether such a novel can work as a film is a good question, and the just-released British movie that takes it on makes a decent effort. (Now in theaters, the film is rated PG-13 and runs 108 minutes.) The film revolves... >>more