August 2012 Archives

Country pretty boy Brad Paisley is such a charmer, he almost turned Chely Wright straight. The story goes that a decade before Wright came out, she was publicly involved with Paisley, to the point that she expressed remorse in her recent autobiography for leading him on. But that was a long time ago. Paisley, now married to actress Kimberly ... [Read]

The Queen of Versailles

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 25, 2012 12:10 PM |
With the epic dimensions of a Shakespearean tragedy, Lauren Greenfield's documentary The Queen of Versailles follows David and Jackie Siegel's rags-to-riches-to-rags story, which evolved during filming in the wake of our Great Recession. The couple intended to build the biggest house in America, but that particular American Dream was not to be, as this Sundance Film Festival award winner documents. ... [Read]

Raw Talent at the Vitruvian Gallery

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 24, 2012 4:42 PM |
"Raw Talent (Over Two Dozen Things to Do with a Naked Man)" is the cheekily titled new exhibit at the Vitruvian Gallery, the gallery devoted to male figurative art, which even offers sketching classes for the general public. In fact, students from the Vitruvian Drawing Group -- including former Metro Weekly art director Tony Frye -- are the artists behind ... [Read]

Academy Award and Tony Award nominee Kathleen Turner portrays the late, liberal Texas newspaper columnist Molly Ivins. Twin sisters and journalists Margaret Engel and Allison Engel created this show, first staged in Texas and directed by David Esbjornson at Arena Stage as the company's season opening production. To Oct. 28. Kogod Cradle in the Mead Center for American Theater, 1101 ... [Read]

Season 2 of "Husbands the Series" is now available on YouTube.  Starring Brad Bell and Sean Hemeon as Cheeks and Brady, this web comedy was partially crowdsourced at Kickstarter. This season, the series has been condensed into three 8-minute episodes rather than eleven 2-minute clips. Hollywood stars Joss Whedon and Jon Cryer are featured members of the cast. Check out the whole ... [Read]

Stop Making Sense at the AFI Silver

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 22, 2012 9:51 AM |
As part of its summer-long "Totally '80s Awesome" series, the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre presents a screening of Jonathan Demme's celebrated 1984 concert film focused on David Byrne's Talking Heads, when the quirky New Wave pop band was at its "Burning Down The House" peak. And you may ask yourself, to paraphrase the band's hit "Once In A ... [Read]

Dave Koz at Wolf Trap

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 21, 2012 1:47 PM |
One of contemporary jazz's leading figures, gay saxophonist Dave Koz performs Wolf Trap in support of 2010's Hello Tomorrow. The set includes Koz's cover of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "This Guy's In Love With You," re-imagined as a marriage equality anthem featuring Koz on vocals, and a video shot as part of a "love mob" for marriage equality. Koz ... [Read]

Movie Review: Todd Solondz's Dark Horse

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 20, 2012 10:08 AM |
You can't fault Todd Solondz for trying. You can't even fault him for failing. But what you can fault him for is not having the common sense to know that, with Dark Horse, he was in the midst of concocting a dud. Solondz is an experienced enough director that he should have known better. He very well could have ... [Read]

Ai WeiWei's exhibits

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 19, 2012 9:37 AM |
China's most famous international artist -- the designer of Beijing's Bird's Nest stadium built for the 2008 Olympics -- is the subject of two exhibits right now in D.C. In advance of October's major survey of the artist's work, Ai WeiWei: According to What?, the Hirshhorn features the artist's monumental outdoor installation "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads," showcasing the 12 signs ... [Read]

Mary Chapin Carpenter at Wolf Trap

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 17, 2012 6:44 PM |
Having got her start in bars and coffeehouses in the D.C. area in the early '80s, Mary Chapin Carpenter is a "Hometown Girl" par excellence. The country singer-songwriter, who now lives in Charlottesville, Va., told Metro Weekly that Wolf Trap, where she performs almost every year, "is one of my most treasured and favorite places." This Saturday, Aug. 18, folk ... [Read]

Goapele at The Birchmere

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 15, 2012 2:45 PM |
Two years ago, the Oakland-based straight neo-soul singer Goapele headlined the Capital Pride Women's Pride Concert. Now, the noted human rights activist, whose name means "move forward" in the Southern Africa language Tswana, returns to the area in support of last year's Break of Dawn. Here's hoping she also performs "Running," her stirring new song from the Sparkle movie soundtrack. ... [Read]

A Clockwork Orange at the AFI Silver

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 14, 2012 6:21 PM |
As part of its retrospective "The Films of Stanley Kubrick," the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre screens what is probably Kubrick's most adventurous and bizarre classic. Released in 1971, A Clockwork Orange was based on Anthony Burgess's novel, and was initially Rated X upon release for its graphic violence and subject matter. Malcolm McDowell astonishes as a Beethoven-loving ringleader ... [Read]

On August 23, Kathleen Turner will take to the stage at Arena Stage playing late, legendary, liberal newspaper columnist Molly Ivins in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins. But next week she stops by the Newseum for a discussion about Ivins and the show with the show’s co-creator Margaret Engel, a former Washington Post reporter and ... [Read]

Subtitled "A Portrait of the Fascist as a Young Man," George Tabori's Mein Kampf - Eine Komodie is an irreverent dark comedy about, naturally, Adolf Hitler, riffing on the title of his anti-Semitic political screed. But the focus of this farce is on the evildoer before he became rabid, when he was a struggling painter forced to take shelter in ... [Read]

Tom Nichols at the DC Center

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 10, 2012 1:15 PM |
After years as CFO of the World Wildlife Fund and African Wildlife Foundation, Tom Nichols stepped out of those roles a few years ago to commit to becoming a full-time musician -- going beyond work with the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, D.C., and supporting work with other local musicians, including his partner Dan Chadburn. Nichols, who released his first ... [Read]

Kathryn Cornelius will go through the motions of marrying -- and divorcing -- seven suitors, both men and women, over the course of the day on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Accompanied by an ordained minister, the local performance artist won't actually get legally hitched. The point is to make people think about how much pomp ... [Read]

GMCW's Open Mike Night

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 7, 2012 12:19 AM |
Singers of all levels are welcome to perform solos, duets or even sing-a-long with members of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington at its monthly piano bar and open-mike night at Dupont's Black Fox Lounge. The series is meant as an homage to D.C.'s former gay bar Friends and its brilliant pianist Carl Barnwell. The next iteration is Thursday, Aug. ... [Read]

Virginia's American Century Theater offers a production of the rarely staged experimental play, Marathon '33, by June Havoc, the real life "Baby June" from the musical Gypsy. The show re-creates Havoc's harrowing years as a performer in Depression-era dance marathons, said to be grueling precursors to today's reality show competitions. Jack Marshall directs a large, 30-person cast, with Jennifer Richter ... [Read]

This year's outdoor film series on the National Mall, sponsored by HBO and Comcast, draws to a close next Monday, Aug. 6, with a screening of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho, starring Anthony Perkins and of course Janet Leigh and her famous shower scene scream. Monday, Aug. 6, at sundown (approximately 8:30 p.m.) National Mall, between 7th and 12th Streets ... [Read]

Married in Spandex

Posted by Randy Shulman
August 4, 2012 7:37 AM |
Voted audience favorite at Philadelphia's QFest last year, Allison Kole and Devin Gallagher's film Married In Spandex focuses on Amanda and Rachel, as they lead a road trip among family and friends from their Philadelphia home to Ames, Iowa, to get married in a splashy, spandex-covered ceremony. The film, whose costs were covered by a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign, ... [Read]