Arts & Entertainment

02/05/2016 - 3:29pm
Shakespeare’s magical comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Folger Theatre will now be on stage through March 13. This magical comedy of tangled lovers, mischievous fairies—and a band of players to boot—is given a fresh, new staging by Aaron Posner, with DC favorites Holly Twyford as Bottom and Erin Weaver as Puck. Folger Theater, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. folger.edu. >>more
02/03/2016 - 1:12pm
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. What Was Said •••... >>more
02/03/2016 - 12:42pm
Chantel Bivins is a DC native who earned degrees in print journalism from Hampton University and in public policy from Bowie State University. She has worked in politics and communications at the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and in business development for the Development Corporation of Columbia Heights, and she is currently a freelance communications consultant. As a writer and editor her work has appeared in StyleandTrendreport.com, the Auto Game, and VERGO magazine. Her poem... >>more
02/03/2016 - 12:42pm
Poetry Among the Shards Memo to poetry lovers: get a copy of Jean Nordhaus’s exquisite new collection. This is one lyrical journey you’ll want to take. The intertwined poems in “Memos from the Broken World” are spare and elegant, echoing themes of loss and breakage, of the unmendable griefs of childhood, of moments of self-doubt when “All the roads / lead nowhere or to someone else’s door,” and of a yearning for the time before the moon began to wane.... >>more
02/03/2016 - 12:09pm
The paint moves. It carries you into a swirling, living space. You join in its questioning of all that is apparent: people and the things that grow or flow or sit quietly waiting for your curious attention. Then forms begin to take shape within the brush strokes and you join them in their transportation to an alluring and compelling time and place.  Lynn Mehta travels to everywhere, exploring the world in color and form. There is fluidness in her work that connects the oceans to the... >>more
02/03/2016 - 11:42am
We start off the film-going year of 2016 with two sterling turns by a pair of the best actors in Great Britain and on the planet, both offering performances of subtlety, range, and class. Both Maggie Smith (81) and Charlotte Rampling (almost 70) present screen personas that probably will be too little seen but should be relished by any moviegoer looking for superior displays of acting. In this awards season, both ladies have already been recognized with nominations as Best Actress in a Leading... >>more
02/03/2016 - 10:10am
Any American moving to Washington, DC, will inevitably wonder about puzzling phenomena they’ll notice soon after arriving. Why does the work of the District Council rarely appear in the paper or local newscasts? What’s so important about being a District native, and what could possibly be the function of a group called the Association of the Oldest Inhabitants? Is there a difference between a civic association and a citizen’s association? Which senator I am supposed to write... >>more
02/03/2016 - 9:42am
This promises to be a banner year for Shakespeare. The 400th anniversary of his death is inspiring a global commemoration of his enduring legacy, and the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill is Bard Central. The Folger is leading a nationwide celebration of “The Wonder of Will,” pulling out all the stops to offer exhibitions, performances, special events, and a traveling show presenting one of the rarest books in the world to every state in the Union. Why are we still... >>more
02/03/2016 - 9:10am
Last fall Mosaic Theater Company of DC launched its first season, “The Case for Hope in a Polarized World,” on the wings of lofty aspirations. The company’s press packet proclaimed: “Mosaic plays marry a love of ideas, character, conflict, immediacy and personal and public resonance, working with the finest actors in our city to create thrilling performances that matter.” The Washington Post’s Peter Marks chimed in, saying “Mosaic’s arrival has... >>more