Arts & Entertainment

09/28/2016 - 1:42pm
The East Building of the National Gallery of Art, which houses modern artworks, has undergone extensive renovations and reinstallations and will open to the public on September 30 after three years of construction. The updates are major, and stunning. A whopping 12,250 square feet was added, making space for an additional 150 pieces of art from the NGA’s collections; there are now over 500 works on display.  The renovations include two towers, a rooftop terrace, chestnut-colored... >>more
09/14/2016 - 9:42am
Teri Ellen Cross Davisis a Cave Canem fellow and local poet whose work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including “Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam,” “Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade,” “Full Moon on K Street: Poems about Washington, D.C.,” and “Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees.” She serves as poetry coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library. In her new book... >>more
09/14/2016 - 9:42am
Adem Down Under Pity the poor golem. Created from mud to do man’s dirty work, Adem dwells alone in his tower, forced to kill anyone who seeks the magical box that is both his treasure and his curse. “Every day is the same,” he thinks. “There is no rest.” Then an angel appears and offers him a path to freedom. All he has to do is descend into the Underworld and bring back the angel’s human lover and he will be granted a soul. “Mud,” E.J. Wenstrom... >>more
09/10/2016 - 11:41am
Mission of the Residency Program Starting on Aug. 26, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) began a community-focused artist-residency program leading to a solo exhibition opportunity for the resident artist. The Gallery Residency @ CHAW will provide a safe space for experimentation while functioning as an artist incubator space that interacts with the community.  An organization with a proven track record of building community through the arts, CHAW established the residency to engage... >>more
09/10/2016 - 10:51am
Anne Marchand dives into the dark emptiness of possibility with a theme as expansive as universal space – the primordial splash of Big Bang creation as glimpsed by the Hubble Telescope. She captures much of that force with explosive color that challenges the defined space and compels visual movement with the tension of expanding and contracting light.  I wrote that 10 years ago. Now Anne has essentially turned the seeking force of Hubble around. She is focusing her intensity of... >>more
09/10/2016 - 10:01am
As usual my September column looks back at movies “that got away,” feature films of the past year (2015) that were little noticed or publicized when released. This selection thus eschews mainstream Hollywood fare of raunch, explosions, and comic book heroes for films offering something distinctive, discriminating, or offbeat. Most of the films mentioned below had short runs and modest box office returns. A reader of mine some years ago tagged this round-up column “For the... >>more
09/05/2016 - 9:12am
Where can you stroll past tent after tent of diverse and eclectic handmade creations ranging from watercolor paintings, fabric art, custom-made jewelry, knitted hats, antiques, fine art prints, and maps amid vegetables, flowers, meats, and all sorts of consumables? Eastern Market is a DC landmark that has been operating on Seventh Street SE for over 150 years. In the heart of Capitol Hill, right off Pennsylvania Avenue, neighbors, families, and tourists come every Saturday and Sunday to scoop... >>more
08/08/2016 - 11:07am
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 from a kind of inbred austerity about jazz 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. Just listen and enjoy. The Brazilian... >>more
08/08/2016 - 10:12am
Quintin Peterson is a local artist and critically acclaimed author of crime fiction. A retired DC police officer, he currently works at the Folger Shakespeare Library, which is the setting for his novella “Guarding Shakespeare.” His poems have been published in the Albatross Literary Magazine and in the poetry anthology “In a Different Light.” The poem below is taken from his first book of poetry, “Nativity,” in which he wrestles with themes of love, race,... >>more