Arts & Entertainment

08/18/2017 - 12:49pm
It is stark. It is cathartic. It is Shakespeare, as alive today as his work was when written, over four centuries ago. And it is “free,” this stunning, mesmerizing production of Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and jealousy, betrayal and deception, murder and atonement, “Othello,” which is staged at the Washington Shakespeare Company’s Sidney Harman Hall through Aug. 27. Since 1991, first outdoors at Carter Barron Amphitheater, and now indoors, the 27th annual... >>more
08/17/2017 - 9:12am
Artist Profile: Rick Bach     Art explodes from Rick Bach like solar flares, seemingly at the speed of light. It started at birth. In Pittsburgh. His father owned an auto body shop and Rick was spray painting on metal when other kids were using Crayons. He had his own air-brushing business by sixth grade. “It’s where I really learned to draw.” Art was not only a passion, but a visual platform for ideas and observations. It was about energy. Rick’s work has... >>more
08/16/2017 - 10:25am
Brenda D. Hudson has been writing poetry and songs since she was nine years old, and says that writing has always been a way for her to express her creativity. Her inspirations are as diverse as her poetry. She has had work published, including a poem that appeared here in 2015, “You Don’t Get to Define Me!” She hopes someday to compile an anthology of her work, but reports that she is currently “literally fighting for my life as I have an advanced stage of breast cancer... >>more
08/16/2017 - 9:22am
Wading Into the Fray Once a land is gone, what becomes of its nationality? How can a citizenry exist without a country? And what are we going to do with the millions of people expected to flee adverse environmental conditions in the coming decades? According to John R. Wennersten and Denise Robbins, authors of “Rising Tides: Climate Refugees in the Twenty-First Century,” these questions are no longer theoretical. The world can’t afford to wait, they say, while environmental... >>more
08/14/2017 - 10:12am
Lady Macbeth No, this is not a new cinematic version of the Shakespeare classic taken from the point of view of one of the principal protagonists; its source is not even the Bard (even at one remove).  This new British import is quite a different tale whose origin is the 1865 novella “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk” by Russian writer Nikolai Leskov, a subversive tale of its time which also became the subject of a 1934 opera by Dmitri Shostakovich.  This is not the story of a... >>more
08/14/2017 - 9:12am
It started as an idea to promote the music they love and has become a full-time passion – with the attendant headaches of fundraising and working 24/7 for modest, if any, return. Giovanni Russonello, a writer and music critic, and Luke Stewart, a bassist spanning many musical genres, started CapitalBop, now a 501c(3) nonprofit, as a jazz calendar at, but it has become so much more. It has blossomed into a community of its own with monthly DC Jazz Loft shows, a digital... >>more
07/30/2017 - 10:10am
Sarah Shook grew up in a strict home where the only music permitted was classical or worship. A friend turned her on to old country music in her early 20s, and she fell in love with the sound and the self-deprecating lyrics. She had sung in a chorale group and taught herself to play guitar, so writing country songs was a natural step, “based on what little life experience I had at the time,” she said recently. Fast forward through a couple of bands to 2015, when Sarah Shook and The... >>more
07/24/2017 - 5:26pm
There seems to be a tacit understanding between Frank Iero fans and the artist himself: loyalty and intensity know no bounds. Show goers lined up as early as late afternoon to ensure a prime concert participation spot last Friday night at U Street Music Hall, a basement venue with a capacity of 500. The stage can be seen easily even from the very back, but this crowd, which included young high schoolers as well as late day punks…..some of whom had travelled from North Carolina or Georgia... >>more
07/19/2017 - 8:53am
The Hill Rag recently had the opportunity to interview Frank Iero of his current solo incarnation, FRANK IERO and the PATIENCE, in anticipation of what is sure to be an unforgettable show on Friday, July 21, at The U Street Music Hall. The current tour, which has been navigating a packed North America schedule, is promoting the band’s 2016 release of their newest album, Parachutes. Raw and authentic, Iero’s emotionally charged lyrics and edgy guitar riffs, which... >>more