Arts & Entertainment

10/21/2016 - 9:53am
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 - 10:01am
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
10/07/2016 - 10:08am
Now in its sixth year, Pottery on the Hill convenes some of nation’s most esteemed ceramicists, who travel far and wide to showcase and sell their work at Hill Center. This prestigious invitational assembles artists who lead their field in both innovation and technique, setting the standard for contemporary American pottery. What also differentiates Pottery on the Hill from run-of-the-mill regional craft shows is its art-fair-style atmosphere, making it one of North America’s unique... >>more
10/07/2016 - 9:24am
Ellen Cornett paints visual questions. They emerge from the familiar—fairytales, old novels, poems—glowing in homemade pastels with titles like “Princess and the Pea,” and “The Little Mermaid.” They are mystical and magical, with a story within a story within a story. Something very intriguing is going on. I wrote that eight years ago. It’s still true, but now, Ellen has put aside her hand-made pastels for a carbon pencil…for a while. And there... >>more
10/06/2016 - 10:39am
The Dressmaker A rare look at rural Australia, the dark comedy “The Dressmaker” traffics in small town fecklessness. Based on a debut novel by Rosalie Ham, it shows rough redemption for a disgraced woman, Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet), who returns to the dusty New South Wales village of Dungatar from where she was exiled as a 10 year-old after her involvement in a local boy’s death (rated “R” and running 118 minutes, the film is now in local theaters). It’s... >>more
10/06/2016 - 9:35am
In the final weeks of a steamy summer, one theater season breathed its last as another shows the first signs of life. Although the 2016-17 season and its creative teams and casts are still taking shape, initial season announcements provide a peek at a host of outstanding actors – famous and little-known – in intriguing roles. That’s the joy of DC theater: watching some of our country’s greatest stage actors inhabit new characters.  More casting of familiar actors... >>more
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