Arts & Entertainment

04/12/2017 - 9:10am
I Draw Slow is a musical house of mirrors – an Irish band playing original songs influenced by American roots music that draws on Celtic traditions. Whether the members of the band are from Deep Gap or Dublin is ultimately beside the point, because they play old-time music authentically and with conviction. They’ll perform a free outdoor concert at the Hill Center on April 30 at 4 p.m., in support of their new record, “Turn Your Face to the Sun.” I Draw Slow is fronted... >>more
04/11/2017 - 10:11am
While passing a cafeteria notice board in one of Capitol Hill’s House office buildings, Louise Buchanan noticed a call for vocalists. It was 1987, and most of the people she knew worked as staffers day in and day out on the Hill. Buchanan loved music but commuted from Arlington to the Hill each day for work, so opportunities to sing didn’t come up often. When she saw the chance to join chorus director Michael Patterson and other Hill staffers in the group, she did. They became the... >>more
04/11/2017 - 9:12am
With a mighty cast of 20 that feels at times as if it swells to 100, director Peter Flynn’s revival of “Ragtime” at Ford’s Theatre brings to life the pervasive exuberance, tension, and hope at the last century’s dawn. Perhaps unintentionally it also shows the stark contrast between common perceptions of bigotry, racial injustice, and economic inequality when the show premiered on Broadway 20 years ago, and today. It seems almost quaint that in 1997 Americans could... >>more
04/07/2017 - 11:42am
It is late on a Sunday evening. I found myself in the middle of a packed, motionless crowd of people hypnotized by the sounds coming from a large Nordic man manipulating buttons on a synthesizer. This man goes by the name Trentemøller, a Danish electronic musician whose popularity has grown over a gradual period of music festivals in Europe and beyond. Though his synthesizer and accompanied instrumentals were more than enough to bombard the venue with dance-heavy vibration, the crowd... >>more
03/17/2017 - 10:15am
Kenneth Carroll IIIwas selected by Words Beats & Life as the 2017 DC Youth Poet Laureate. He began performing as a sophomore at Wilson High School and continues to participate in poetry slams and readings throughout the Metropolitan DC area. Carroll, who self-identifies as “a total nerd,” is interested in issues of identity and social justice. Part of the latest generation in a tradition of the black literary arts movement in the District, Carroll’s work speaks to the... >>more
03/17/2017 - 10:15am
BookFest 2017! Join us on May 7 for the Sixth Literary Hill BookFest, where you’ll meet the writers below as well as more than 30 other local authors. Capitol Hill booksellers, publishers, and other members of our literary community will also be on hand, and we’ll have author talks and a full lineup of stories and activities in the Children’s Corner. The BookFest is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the North Hall of Eastern Market. At 3 p.m., stroll across the street for Poets... >>more
03/16/2017 - 11:15am
Demystifying Artist Open Studios and the Artistic Process Introduced in August 2016, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s Resident Gallery Artist program connects the Capitol Hill community with working artists and their process. CHAW is now in its 45th year as an organization with a track record of “building community through the arts.” CHAW’s Resident Gallery Artist program provides a space for experimentation while functioning as an artist incubator that interacts with... >>more
03/16/2017 - 10:12am
They chase the ambiguities of existence in a boundless zone of suggestion – all possibilities and no answers. Each drawing is his personal exploration, with no attempt to translate it for you. You’re on your own as you search for doubts and dreams in the dangerously seductive intricacies of Ben Tolman drawings. I wrote that seven years ago. Maybe you, like countless others, have found yourself seduced by Ben’s ever evolving, ever-searching exploration of the mysteries of the... >>more
03/15/2017 - 11:12am
Two bluegrass currents cross Capitol Hill this month, and while they might be heading in different directions, both flow from a wellspring of fancy picking and strong songs. The band FY5, which plays the Hill Center on March 9, is billed as “new school Americana.” The five players in the group are firmly grounded in bluegrass ways, but most of their songs are new and are as likely to be mid-tempo as pedal-to-the-metal fast. “We definitely cut our teeth on traditional bluegrass... >>more