Arts & Entertainment

07/30/2017 - 9:10am
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 - 4:26pm
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 - 7:53am
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
07/17/2017 - 9:12am
Dance of Time •••• Elaine Elias, vocalist, pianist Two years after winning the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album with her sensational Made in Brazil, the sultry Brazilian vocalist Elaine Elias has consummated her affair with American jazz music with her brilliant testimonial album Dance of Time. This is a remarkably smooth and engaging set and Ms. Elias should be applauded for celebrating her cultural embrace with such grace and freedom of vision. Recorded in Brazil, the... >>more
07/17/2017 - 8:12am
Michael H. Levin is a lawyer, solar-energy developer and writer based in DC. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Adirondack Review, Literary Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, District Lines and other periodicals, where it has received numerous poetry and feature journalism awards. His collection, “Watered Colors,” was named a Best Poetry Book for May 2014 by Washington Independent Review of Books. For more, go to to CLOAKED... >>more
07/17/2017 - 8:12am
Unhappy in Its Own Way In 1996, Nicole Harkin is called home from college to Montana, where her father lies in a coma. As the days drag on and the bills accumulate, she discovers that her mother doesn’t know where he keeps the money. He’s a well-paid airline pilot. Surely he’s got a savings account somewhere. Harkin goes through his desk. The mortgage on the house is huge. The credit card bills even bigger. “Where did the money that he made end up?” she wonders.... >>more
07/15/2017 - 9:13am
Art. Will Fleishell is all about art. His work, his home, his studio, his books, his volunteer work. Even his posts on Facebook are about painters, sculptors, and muralists. I this wrote about Will seven years ago: “Art is a matter of creativity. It’s also a matter of craftsmanship. They both matter very much to Will Fleishell. He has been putting the two together since he was a child … on Capitol Hill. It’s a family tradition since the 1820s. His great-great... >>more
07/15/2017 - 8:10am
The Beguiled Among Clint Eastwood’s earlier films is a kind of outlier, a Civil War suspense drama that had Clint, as a Union soldier, at the mercy of several genteel ladies of the South. “The Beguiled” of 1971 was not a hit but its Southern Gothic elements have been revived by a very different director, Sofia Coppola, who has maintained the story but renewed it with a feminist eye. (The film, opening June 30th, is rated “R” and runs 94 mins.)  A wounded Union... >>more
07/14/2017 - 9:43am
By and By A decade ago, it wasn’t easy to find bluegrass music in DC. Diehard fans might seek out events of the DC Bluegrass Union or an occasional show in Adams Morgan, but music lovers with broader tastes weren’t likely to hear bluegrass in many other places.     In the early 2000s, a bluegrass renaissance took root on Capitol Hill. Sova coffeehouse on H Street started a weekly bluegrass night, and a regular rotation of bands found a place to hone their material and... >>more