August 2013 Archives

Art After Dark at OAS Tonight

By Doug Rule
August 29, 2013 12:20 PM |
If you’re looking for some culture over cocktails, you can’t beat tonight’s Art After Dark event at the Art Museum of the Americas (AMA), part of the United Nations-like Organization of American States (OAS). Now in its fourth year, the outdoor soiree has become the museum’s chief source of revenue for exhibitions, with a fundraising goal of $30,000. And this year, ... [Read]

'Call Me Maybe' Tonight at Wolf Trap

By Doug Rule
August 28, 2013 10:55 AM |
It may have been the Song of Summer last summer, but that doesn't mean you can't still listen to it. As simple as it is, "Call Me Maybe" has had surprising durability. Even if you don't necessarily seek it out to play a year later, it's just so catchy and sweet you don't mind hearing it again.  And tonight, you ... [Read]

There's a moment near the climax of You're Next, the plebeian slasher-fest from indie director Adam Wingard, that subtly evokes Alfred Hitchcock's Torn Curtain, specifically the infamous farmhouse kitchen sequence, in which the master of suspense examined just how hard it is to kill a person. (It takes time and effort.) Wingard's scene is not as overt, but the ... [Read]

MOW50: 5 Things to See and Do

By Doug Rule
August 23, 2013 5:04 PM |
"There’s so much going on in the days leading up to the 28th,” Terri Harris Reed of the George Washington University tells Metro Weekly. She’s referring to the 50th anniversary of the original March on Washington, which occurred Aug. 28, 1963. And a simple glance through Metro Weekly's special issue focused on the march and its legacy proves her point.   Events ... [Read]

Eric Himan at Town Tonight

By Doug Rule
August 23, 2013 12:07 PM |
“I feel the gay community, we can create our own popular musicians,” says Eric Himan, who, point of fact, is one of the gay community’s most popular musicians. He’s also one of the best. A few months ago Himan stirred up debate by writing an opinion column for The Advocate that criticized pride festivals for not featuring gay performers. “If ... [Read]

Husbands the Series (Season 3): Gay marriage comedy returns, with Sean Hemeon and Brad Bell

CW Network picks up original web series exclusively for its CW Seed video site

Posted by JD Uy
August 23, 2013 3:36 AM |
"Husbands the Series" has returned for its third season. The original web comedy stars Brad Bell and Sean Hemeon as a pair of famous, gay newlyweds learning how to deal with life in the spotlight. Other actors include Jon Cryer, Joss Whedon, Seth Green, Mekhi Phifer and Alessandra Torresani. New this season, the series has moved from its YouTube channel to ... [Read]

Sara Bareilles To Rally The 'Brave' to Lincoln Theatre

By Doug Rule
August 22, 2013 4:22 PM |
Yesterday, we told you about Janelle Monae. Turns out, she’s not the only talented female singer-songwriter coming to the Lincoln Theatre in October -- with tickets going on sale tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 23. There’s also Sara Bareilles, the buoyant pop star touring in support of her appealing new album The Blessed Unrest, which includes her great pop anthem “Brave,” co-written ... [Read]

Janelle Monae to Electrify Lincoln Theatre in October

By Doug Rule
August 21, 2013 4:13 PM |
The amazingly talented, ambitious, stylish and total class act Janelle Monáe will stop in town for a show in October, a month after release of her latest electronica-steeped R&B album The Electric Lady, featuring the strong uptempo jam “Dance Apocalyptic” and equally strong mid-tempo tune “Prime Time” featuring Miguel, as well as the great freak-affirmative, infectious anthem “Q.U.E.E.N.” featuring Erykah ... [Read]

Howard Jones at Howard Theatre Tonight

By Doug Rule
August 19, 2013 10:58 AM |
Erasure’s Andy Bell was to appear tonight at the Howard Theatre alongside Howard Jones as part of the D.C. stop of the Regeneration Tour -- but that tour hasn’t worked out as planned. Originally it was intended to be a one-stop shop to see hit-making synth-pop acts of the ’80s, with Men Without Hats and Information Society along for good ... [Read]

Exploring the 'Intense' Work of Faith Ringgold

By Doug Rule
August 18, 2013 4:05 PM |
“It’s really intense,” says Kathryn Wat of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), referring to Die, a 1967 oil painting by Faith Ringgold (see above). You might even call that an understatement about an image featuring people of all ages, races and genders struggling through rampant violence and bloodshed -- Ringgold's reaction to the race riots of the ... [Read]

How The Phillips Collection Came to Be

By Doug Rule
August 16, 2013 3:40 PM |
“I’m embarrassed by some of the premature judgments of my youth,” Duncan Phillips wrote in 1927. That was roughly 14 years after the founder of the Phillips Collection dismissed “as a bunch of damned fools” such storied modern art masters as Matisse, Cezanne and Picasso, writing scathing critiques of their work. Phillips’s critique and eventual change of heart is documented ... [Read]

Hillwood: A Museum Like Few Others

By Doug Rule
August 16, 2013 12:37 PM |
Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Hillwood Estate in leafy upper Northwest D.C. has been open to the public as a museum since 1977, or four years after Post died at the age of 86. But Post conceived of Hillwood as a museum essentially from the moment she bought the property, originally called Arberemont, in 1955, according to Hillwood curator Estella Chung. "During ... [Read]

'Tootsie' Tonight on the National Mall

By Doug Rule
August 12, 2013 11:05 AM |
“Before there was ‘Lola’ there was ‘Tootsie!’” Billy Porter tweeted last week as a birthday toast to actor Dustin Hoffman. Porter won a Tony Award this year for his work playing Lola in Kinky Boots, the hit musical co-written by Harvey Fierstein, who of course won one of his several Tonys for playing Edna Turnblad in 2002’s Hairspray. But before ... [Read]

3 LGBT-Focused Musicals to See Now

By Doug Rule
August 9, 2013 4:25 PM |
Next month, gay D.C. theatergoers will be offered at least two must-see shows brimming with LGBT content: Ford’s Theatre’s The Laramie Project and Studio Theatre’s Torch Song Trilogy. But you don’t have to wait to go to Studio Theatre in September. In fact, you might as well plan to make two trips to the 14th Street venue over the next month ... [Read]

Emeli Sande To Return to Area This Fall

By Doug Rule
August 8, 2013 1:49 PM |
IMP Productions, the entity that owns the 9:30 Club, presents another area show for Emeli Sandé, the incredible Scottish soul singer/songwriter who dazzled as one of this year’s Capital Pride headliners. Sandé will hit the grand Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, home to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, on October 19 as part of a fall tour through the U.S. Tickets go on ... [Read]

'Janis Joplin,' From Arena Stage to Broadway

By Doug Rule
August 6, 2013 4:53 PM |
All together now: Come on! Come on! Come on! Come on, and take it! Take another little piece of One Night with Janis Joplin, now in its really, truly last week at Arena Stage. Arena first staged the Broadway-bound show last fall, but the run was so successful, with many sold-out nights, the venue brought it back for a ... [Read]