October 2012 Archives

Nick Olcott portrays James Beard, who brought fine cooking and a jolly personality to the small screen in 1946 -- long before Julia Child, Emeril or any other Food Network star came along. In its area premiere production of James Still's I Love to Eat, Round House bills Beard, namesake for the culinary arts' top awards, as "America's first ... [Read]

''Testosterone and Other Toppings'' is the latest exhibit of male figurative art at the gay-owned Vitruvian Gallery, but this time the art comes from a world-class female artist, Carolyn Weltman. Weltman, the first woman artist to appear in The Art of Man Journal, makes sparing use of color and strong lines to render her subjects at ''frozen moments'' in time. ... [Read]

Mavis Staples is coming to The Hamilton

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 15, 2012 4:52 PM |
Chicago-born gospel great Mavis Staples got her start in her family band the Staple Singers and has gone on to sing with everyone from Ry Coder, Ray Charles and Los Lobos. But she only won her first Grammy award this past year, for her 2010 set You Are Not Alone, produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 ... [Read]

Brian Parise, winner of the 2011 Pardon the Pundit Political Comedy Competition, hosts this showcase featuring three politically minded comedians: Jordan Carlos, Stephen Colbert's black friend ''Alan'' on The Colbert Report, Jeff Kreisler, head writer for The War Room with Jennifer Granholm, and Lee Camp, contributor to The Onion, form a comedic SuperPAC for this event hosted by Brian Parise. ... [Read]

Spring Awakening at Dominion Stage

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 13, 2012 11:27 AM |
Arlington's LGBT-minded Dominion Stage offers a production of Spring Awakening, Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's exhilarating, sexually and angst-driven musical about coming of age in turn-of-the-century Germany and based on the play by Frank Wedekind. William D. Parker directs. Now to Oct. 20. Gunston Arts Center, 2700 South Lang St. Arlington. Tickets are $15. Call 571-DS-SHOWS or visit dominionstage.org. ... [Read]

Natascia Diaz, one of D.C. theater's greatest performers, is currently polishing Jacques Brel's standard "Ne Me Quitte Pas ("If You Go Away") at MetroStage in Alexandria, a revue of the late mid-20th century Belgian songwriter. It's a show that anyone who loves pop music and the theater should see. It's surprising that more people don't know Brel's music, which is ... [Read]

Spooky movies at the AFI Silver

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 12, 2012 10:29 AM |
Now in its seventh year, the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival nearly doubles to nine days of horror screenings, and also includes the first-ever Local Filmmakers Summit moderated by Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project). Highlights include what's said to be a hysterical Canadian zombie comedy A Little Bit Zombie, and the world premieres of two locally produced flicks, ... [Read]