Arts & Entertainment

03/17/2017 - 10:15am
Kenneth Carroll IIIwas selected by Words Beats & Life as the 2017 DC Youth Poet Laureate. He began performing as a sophomore at Wilson High School and continues to participate in poetry slams and readings throughout the Metropolitan DC area. Carroll, who self-identifies as “a total nerd,” is interested in issues of identity and social justice. Part of the latest generation in a tradition of the black literary arts movement in the District, Carroll’s work speaks to the... >>more
03/17/2017 - 10:15am
BookFest 2017! Join us on May 7 for the Sixth Literary Hill BookFest, where you’ll meet the writers below as well as more than 30 other local authors. Capitol Hill booksellers, publishers, and other members of our literary community will also be on hand, and we’ll have author talks and a full lineup of stories and activities in the Children’s Corner. The BookFest is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the North Hall of Eastern Market. At 3 p.m., stroll across the street for Poets... >>more
03/16/2017 - 11:15am
Demystifying Artist Open Studios and the Artistic Process Introduced in August 2016, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s Resident Gallery Artist program connects the Capitol Hill community with working artists and their process. CHAW is now in its 45th year as an organization with a track record of “building community through the arts.” CHAW’s Resident Gallery Artist program provides a space for experimentation while functioning as an artist incubator that interacts with... >>more
03/16/2017 - 10:12am
They chase the ambiguities of existence in a boundless zone of suggestion – all possibilities and no answers. Each drawing is his personal exploration, with no attempt to translate it for you. You’re on your own as you search for doubts and dreams in the dangerously seductive intricacies of Ben Tolman drawings. I wrote that seven years ago. Maybe you, like countless others, have found yourself seduced by Ben’s ever evolving, ever-searching exploration of the mysteries of the... >>more
03/15/2017 - 11:12am
Two bluegrass currents cross Capitol Hill this month, and while they might be heading in different directions, both flow from a wellspring of fancy picking and strong songs. The band FY5, which plays the Hill Center on March 9, is billed as “new school Americana.” The five players in the group are firmly grounded in bluegrass ways, but most of their songs are new and are as likely to be mid-tempo as pedal-to-the-metal fast. “We definitely cut our teeth on traditional bluegrass... >>more
03/14/2017 - 12:12pm
The Corner Store has long been a place for storytellers to come together at monthly open mic nights to share their latest work with a welcoming audience. Late last month, the neighborhood creative space invited a very different group of performers to take part by sharing stories from their lives: children. Families were invited to take part in an open mic on Feb. 25 by sharing five-minute tales they crafted based on their own lives. The organizers and participating families hoped to hone their... >>more
03/14/2017 - 11:12am
‘A United Kingdom’ A surprise hit of the movie season has been “Hidden Figures,” a modestly budgeted but uplifting picture that tells a 1960s true story of a victory over racial repression whose actual background few knew about. Now, on its heels, comes a modestly budgeted yet uplifting movie that tells a 1940s true story of a victory over racism which almost nobody knows about. The new release is the moving “A United Kingdom” (Rated PG-13 and running 111... >>more
02/13/2017 - 3:07pm
Danish electronic music producer Trentemøller has been experimenting with multi-instrumentalist indie music since the late 1990s. He has produced multiple EPS and four albums. The first, The Last Resort, gained attention in 2006 from audiences beyond the electronic music scene. Following the release of his first album, Trentemøller has performed in festivals throughout western Europe as well as shows in the US. He has worked alongside various well-known musicians and produced... >>more
02/11/2017 - 11:12am
The Kid in the Capitol When we first meet Boot, he’s being chased through the Senate chamber after lacing the lawmakers’ candy dish with dead cockroaches. It’s not exactly a fair fight. His pursuer is burdened down by the security hardware on his belt as well as by “an extra seventy-five pounds (at least) that he can’t blame on his uniform.” Boot, on the other hand, is a wiry 13-year-old who knows every escape cranny in the US Capitol. Why? Because he lives... >>more