Arts & Entertainment

06/04/2016 - 11:10am
Lifting the Whole Damn Thing He describes himself as “a scrappy, half-blind, dyslexic kid from Pittsburgh [who] had been given the chance to work for human rights with people all over the world.” Others call him “Mr. Human Rights.” In his new memoir, “Create Your Future,” Jack Healey describes his more than five decades fighting the good fight. The youngest of 11 children, Healey grew up learning about oppression and injustice from his mother, who advised him... >>more
06/04/2016 - 10:08am
Artist REvisit: Matt Sesow   Matt uses themes almost exclusively as a departure stage for blastoff, and any subject is consumed with a savage energy. Matt drives ideas like nails through current events. Whatever the theme, he manages to steer clear of illustration and drills his way to the inner core of fearless, almost reckless interpretation. I wrote that 11 years ago, and there is still that internal power in Matt’s work. But there is a new depth. Matt gives you insights into the... >>more
06/04/2016 - 9:10am
‘Weiner’ Yeah, yeah. Does anyone need to hear more about the utterly disgraced and too appropriately named Anthony Weiner, the New York City pol who destroyed his political future by displaying his bulging privates online to young women? Can any more tired jokes be made about this inept Lothario, whose once promising career became a punch line? Perhaps not, but – funny thing – a new movie (out May 23) about his misadventures makes for a very compelling documentary about... >>more
06/03/2016 - 12:10pm
Thoughts Of A Jazz Lover Jazz can be enigmatic, an alchemy of mysterious sounds and moods that is spontaneous and yet deliberate in its free flowing creativity. There is a high note of haughtiness, perhaps a sort of natural aristocracy that puts it in a class by itself, elevating the music to a higher form of consciousness. Your mind clears, your body relaxes and suddenly life smiles at you. Jazz is beautiful music.   BWB ••• Norman Brown guitar Kirk Whalum saxophone Rick... >>more
06/03/2016 - 11:12am
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, a theater might produce a play by Shakespeare himself. Yawn. But what better way to honor the Bard than to vividly invoke the brilliance of his invention by creating an entirely new work of “American Shakespeare”? Kudos to the Folger Theatre for bringing that stroke of genius to fruition, commissioning award-winning director and playwright Aaron Posner to undertake his own exploration of “The Merchant... >>more
06/01/2016 - 11:30am
Enjoy Summer Fireworks  Here are three favorite close-by opportunities to see a brilliant fireworks display this summer. There will be fireworks after the Nationals’ July 1, 6:05 p.m. game vs. the Reds at about 9 p.m. They're typically set off outside the park behind the first base line. Everyone in the park moves over to the viewing side, while those on outside the need to find a place to perch. Of course, the big fireworks are on July 4. They start at about 9 p.m. The important... >>more
05/05/2016 - 3:41pm
On Monday, May 23, Chef Rob Weland brings the produce of Mike Protas's One Acre Farm to the tables at Garrison. Weland promises diners four courses incorporating fruits, herbs and veggies from Protas's farm. They include a vegetable focused first course, a house made pasta, an entrée and a seasonal fruit dessert. The meal is pix-fixe at $65 elusive of tax and gratuity. Beverages are available a la carte. The menu will depend on what produce is available in the preceding days.... >>more
05/02/2016 - 2:24pm
Jonathan Lewis is an international Hill poet whose poetry has been published in five countries. In 2015, he received a Reader’s Award from Orbis Literary Journal. Most recently, his poem titled “Jökull” (“glacier”), inspired by a trip to Iceland, appeared in The Icelandic Connection. You can also read his articles on unusual and quirky DC history in the Hill Rag. His inspiration for the poem below, whose name is the Japanese term for “flower viewing... >>more
05/02/2016 - 2:12pm
BookFest 2016! We promised you a bigger, better BookFest in 2016 and we’re as good as our word. Come to Eastern Market on May 1 and see for yourselves! Here are some highlights. More than 40 authors will be on hand to chat and sign copies of their books. We’ll be showcasing a remarkable line-up of local literary talent, from memoirists, novelists, and poets to children’s writers, politicos, chefs, and historians. Gene Weingarten and Louis Bayard are back, and we’re... >>more