Arts & Entertainment

02/21/2017 - 12:31pm
The Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) has extended the innovative work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama from the inside of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden to the streets of Southwest DC. Kusama’s signature dot pattern can be found blanketing the walls and sidewalks surrounding the L’Enfant Metro Station at Seventh and Maryland Ave. SW, the jersey barriers that line the Seventh St. SW perimeter of the Wilbur Wright Building, and outside the Hirshhorn museum... >>more
02/13/2017 - 2:07pm
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 - 10:12am
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
02/10/2017 - 10:33am
Bruce McNeil photographs the Anacostia River. He is in love with the drifting, mysterious energy that both separates and unifies a city. It flows through the dreams of a people and the passions of the photographer. The result is the difference between a snapshot and a work of art. I wrote that six years ago. The river, the land, and the sky still glow as one enveloping cloak of possibility in each photograph. It’s more than a picture of a place, it’s a state of mind: a subconscious... >>more
02/10/2017 - 9:11am
This column is being published just after the Academy Awards nominations have been announced, and your reviewer wanted to signal a few foreign films likely to be recognized.    ‘The Salesman’ Ashgar Farhadi is on a roll. The Iranian director came to worldwide attention when his film “A Separation” won the 2012 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Picture. Its positive critical reception led international film distributors to scope out Farhadi’s backlist, and... >>more
02/09/2017 - 10:12am
Washington is known for its wealth of museums and cultural offerings, providing educational and recreational opportunities to visitors and residents alike. With so many history, science, and art museums to choose from, it can be easy to overlook institutions off the beaten path. One such is the National Museum of the US Navy (NMUSN), located here in Capitol Hill at the Navy Yard. The NMUSN is also home to the Cold War Gallery, which provides a comprehensive understanding of the role of the Navy... >>more
02/09/2017 - 9:12am
Kaia Kater smashes every stereotype about banjo players. A 23-year-old woman of color from Canada, she plays traditional old-time tunes, but also writes beautiful original songs. She sings about Black Lives Matter and stalkers. Her playing style derives from African American string bands and old-time country music, rather than hard-driving bluegrass. Kater is part of a new generation of musicians who are bringing banjos into the pop mainstream. Although the banjo has its origins in Africa, she... >>more
02/08/2017 - 9:10am
"Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism" at the NGA Despite his contributions to the birth of impressionism, Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870) remains relatively unknown. A thematic presentation of 75 works including paintings by contemporaries such as Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir will bring to light Bazille’s place as a central figure. Several examples from the Gallery’s collection, which houses the largest group of Bazille’s works... >>more
01/24/2017 - 10:16am
The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Museum and the Next 50 Years Established in 1967 in historic Anacostia, the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum has begun its transition from a community institution focused on documenting and interpreting African-American history, art, and culture to its new mission of “ethnic themes” that encompass “broader social and cultural issues that urban communities share,” according to the museum’s public affairs office. The... >>more