Arts & Entertainment

11/29/2016 - 1:23pm
"Please pirate our music," Zachary Cole, a thin, barely visible figure obscured by an enormous multicolored patchwork cardigan, says to the crowd in a voice like velvet. The band DIIV catches air after their first song having played at a noticeably faster pace than their recorded version. This was unexplainable, but likely a conscious choice by the musicians who may have felt that any tangibleness of the songs would have faded in such a large setting. As well, with such an ephemeral... >>more
11/16/2016 - 2:46pm
Slowly becoming known as the best kept secret of 2016, Brooklyn native band DIIV has been around since their 2011 album “Oshin.” The record's quiet onset gained momentum in underground music communities, making the post-punk revivalist group easily one of the most relevant bands in the past five years. DIIV has since spawned a small sea of dream rock bands trying to fit the same mold, one teeming with heavily buried vocals and drowned out reverberating guitar tones. The latest... >>more
11/16/2016 - 9:12am
Cadillac Voices Welcome to “Cadillac, Oklahoma”! In Louise Farmer Smith’s powerful new collection of interconnected stories, the residents of this dusty little town fall in love, grow old, leave their arid marriages, yearn for a past that never was, and cautiously plan for a future that may never be. From the gangly teenager whose carnal feelings for the church secretary render him “in no condition to be in the company of God or the Methodists,” to the... >>more
11/16/2016 - 8:11am
On Thursday, Dec. 15, visit East City Books near Eastern Market, to relax, take a load off, enjoy festive refreshments, a package wrap-a-thon, and a reading of Charles Dickens’ yuletide classic, “A Christmas Carol.” But the story of how there came to be this bookstore – and all of its cornucopia of books and coffee mugs and art supplies and finger-puppets and book clubs and author readings and kiddie klatches and literary frolic – begins on the windswept Great... >>more
11/14/2016 - 10:29am
Dana Ellyn uses themes almost exclusively as a departure stage for blastoff. Her recent work is breaking through an inbred reluctance to touch risky topics. She is peeling away the art school compulsion to make and hide behind pretty pictures. I wrote that 10 years ago. She also said, “I don’t paint safe anymore,” which has become a wild understatement. Dana paints it straight. It comes right at you like a stampede of lovable, uneatable lambs. Dana has been through several... >>more
11/14/2016 - 9:12am
‘Moonlight’ Films about the American “inner city,” typically featuring the stresses of urban black life, have waxed and waned, with the occasional striking effort (e.g. “Precious” and “Fruitvale Station”). A new drama in this sphere proves as absorbing as any in recent memory. At its heart “Moonlight” is a moving meditation on the “inner life” of its protagonist Chiron as much as it is a depiction of an inner city. (... >>more
11/14/2016 - 8:12am
On my way to Eastern Market for food shopping I happened upon a traffic-stopping, rainbow-colorful character bopping down Pennsylvania Avenue. I approached, camera in hand, and asked if I could take his photo. He smiled broadly, “Sure!” As he turned and spun around for me to get all angles covered, he told me his name was Happy Stan. Then he told me much more. Happy Stan was not always a happy camper. At age 41 he had a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and severely... >>more
10/21/2016 - 8:53am
On October 22, 2016, the first major exhibition of Qur’ans will open to the public at the Sackler Gallery, “The Art of the Quran: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts.” The Freer and Sackler Galleries contain one of the largest collections of Islamic art in the country, and some items from its permanent collection will join the more than 60 Qur’ans on display. The stunning collection of Qur’ans spans a thousand years of history and originate from... >>more
10/11/2016 - 9:01am
On the Run with Sully Carter Leave it to Capitol Hill reporter Sully Carter to be in the thick of the action. In Neely Tucker’s latest crime novel, “Only the Hunted Run,” Carter is at the Capitol for a meeting when a gunman opens fire, leaving a trail of dead and bleeding and causing panicked staffers to stampede for the exits. Not Sully, though. He runs toward the shooter. “Sunshine and safety. Part of him…longed for it. But he was at work, and you did your job... >>more