Arts & Entertainment

07/13/2017 - 8:12am
On the eve of my “crossing the pond” travel adventure, I could barely contain myself. There’s a clue about what I was up to in that opening sentence: I was going from Miami to Le Havre on a container ship. The cracks came thick and fast. Will they put you in an empty container? Will you sleep in the back of a car? Are you working your passage? My anticipation of what was in store (bad pun) was running high. Now, despite a couple of glitches, it’s a form of transport on... >>more
06/15/2017 - 9:12am
John “Jake” Cosmos Aller is a novelist and poet who formerly lived on Capitol Hill near Lincoln Park. A former Foreign Service officer who served in ten countries and traveled to 45, he has been writing poetry all his life and has published in various electronic poetry forums. He is now retired and living in Korea.   Ode to Coffee   Mistress of sacred love Sacred lady of desire You start my day Setting my heart on fire With deep, dark erotic desires   your dark... >>more
06/15/2017 - 8:12am
No “I” in Team “In the early years of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts,” writes Chris Fussell, “we were trying to defeat a twenty-first century threat with a twentieth-century playbook.” A lumbering, top-down military was pitted against Al Qaeda, an organization with a decentralized, tech-savvy network that could move with speed and agility. Clearly, changes were needed. The new playbook, developed by General Stanley McChrystal, commander of the Joint... >>more
06/14/2017 - 9:23am
Be careful. Don’t look at it for too long or you’ll be a captive of its seemingly innocent charm. Resist its enchantment or you’ll be its prisoner, interwoven in a mystery of implications.  Suzanne Vigil’s pure artistry, her mastery of drawing and color, is by itself enough to pull you into the vortex with all its sly suggestions…but the endless possibilities of meaning will keep you there, even after you turn away. Suzanne achieves color brilliance and... >>more
06/14/2017 - 8:12am
Churchill As one of the singular personages of the 20th Century, Winston Churchill—especially after his death in 1965—has been appropriately featured in popular entertainment.  As master politician and statesman, as noted orator and author, as wartime hero and worldly sage—as a generally outsized figure--Winnie was a natural to be depicted in film and television shows on British history. A number of the greats of English acting have recently portrayed Churchill, such as... >>more
06/12/2017 - 8:12am
When I became enamored of “Jesus Christ Superstar” almost a half-century ago, rock operas were in their infancy, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice were virtually unknown, and few of us were prepared for a musical about the final anguished days of Jesus and his distraught persecutors and followers. As the double album hit the top of the charts, debates on its dangerous content raged among religious leaders, social commentators, and even kids on my playground. Was the... >>more
05/30/2017 - 11:14am
It is clear that Canadian singer-songwriter Mac Demarco knows how to party. Known for his mellow-vibe music and charmingly carefree personality, DeMarco has recently blessed his fans with a new album. Perhaps a result of his persona, he feels like an old friend. This could be due to the fact that he has a variety of albums and intimate demos, as well as earlier projects such as Makeout Videotape that have been around for some time. A highly anticipated show with a line extending for blocks... >>more
05/19/2017 - 9:12am
BookFest on May 7! Meet the local literary talent at the Literary Hill BookFest, Sunday, May 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the North Hall of Eastern Market. More than 40 authors will be joined by Capitol Hill booksellers, publishers, and others for a celebration of books and writers. Highlights include a series of exciting author talks: 11:15   Karen Branan (“The Family Tree”) 11:45   Capitol Hill Mysteries: Colleen Shogan (“Homicide in the House”), Neely... >>more
05/19/2017 - 9:12am
Join us at the Poets’ Corner at the Literary Hill BookFest on Sunday, May 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the North Hall of Eastern Market. Then cross the street to the patio at Tunnicliff’s Tavern for Poets’ Corner @Tunnicliff’s, our second annual reading and open-mic event. To share your poetry, sign up at the BookFest or, after 3 p.m., on the patio. Everyone is welcome – to read or simply to listen to some of the most creative voices in the DC literary scene. Here... >>more