December 2013 Archives

Movie Review: Saving Mr. Banks

Posted by Randy Shulman
December 31, 2013 2:11 PM |
Saving Mr. Banks is the tale of how the legendary Walt Disney, after an arduous 20-year “wooing” process, finally wrested the rights to Mary Poppins from the overprotective clutches of its author, P.L. Travers. If that doesn’t sound utterly fascinating to you, you might want to give John Lee Hancock's movie a pass and instead revisit the 1964 classic, ... [Read]

There's still time to get that last minute gift or stocking stuffer. Goldstar, "the world's biggest ticket booth," recently introduced a gifting feature that makes it easy to offer someone the gift of live entertainment (and we're not talking about the kind where a half-naked dancing boy pops out of the cake, though that would certainly liven up a ... [Read]

There's No Christmas Like 'A John Waters Christmas'

By Doug Rule
December 18, 2013 12:43 PM |
Legendary Baltimore filmmaker John Waters, who most recently stirred up news for criticizing Internet porn as "obscene," returns to the Birchmere tonight, Dec. 18, for his annual one-man show motivated by a genuine love for Christmas. In fact, the show explores the gay and sexual possibilities of the holiday. As he told Metro Weekly in a 2009 cover feature: "Is Santa erotic? ... [Read]

Betty Who and Bears at Rock and Roll Hotel Tonight

By Doug Rule
December 13, 2013 1:37 PM |
“I grew up in Sydney, and my mom’s best friends were all gay men,” Betty Who said in a Metro Weekly profile from a couple weeks ago. "So I'm very familiar with the gay community and I love being an ally." Who is Who, you may ask? Well, if you don’t yet know the name you surely know her voice. ... [Read]

3 Area Movie Theaters Screening Holiday Classics

By Doug Rule
December 12, 2013 4:42 PM |
Tonight, the Angelika Film Center plays host to “Christmas in Black and White,” a presentation of short, silent holiday films accompanied by the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and singers from the National Broadway Chorus. Among the films on tap ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, A Winter Straw Ride, A Christmas Carol and The Adventure of the Wrong Santa Claus. Thursday, Dec. ... [Read]

Derek Hall, Betsy Mead, Howard Stelzer, Joyce Wagner, Tessa Barsic, Kimberley Bush, Marcel Deolazo, Linda Goetz Mierke are just a handful of the Alexandria artists whose handmade works, from pottery to photography to paper crafts, will be for sale at the Del Ray Artisans' 18th Annual Holiday Market, which also includes a bake sale benefiting the nonprofit Animal Welfare ... [Read]

Matt Conner Plays the Christmas Hits at Signature Theatre

By Doug Rule
December 11, 2013 4:41 PM |
One of two holiday music cabarets this season at Signature Theatre, A Matt Conner Christmas features local gay actor and musical composer Matt Conner (Crossing, Nevermore) singing and playing piano, performing some of his favorite Christmas standards -- “Children, Go Where I Send Thee” and “Ave Maria” among them -- as well as a few of his own original holiday ... [Read]

Town Tonight Offers a 'Crack' at Global Travel

By Doug Rule
December 7, 2013 2:08 PM |
“Crack Trip” is the latest zany offering to come from the gay self-described low-budget theater group Crack DC, founded by Chris Farris, Karl Jones (aka Karl Marx) and Shea Van Horn (aka drag crackup Summer Camp. This time around, the 90-minute variety show features over a dozen performers lampooning global destinations -- Russia, Saudi Arabia, Canada, “and other seedy crevices ... [Read]

It's final days for the Ford’s Theatre exhibition Not Alone: The Power of Response. Subtitled Letters of Support to the Parents of Matthew Shepard Following His Murder, this special exhibition features a selection of the nearly 10,000 cards and letters sent to Judy and Dennis Shepard after their gay son was murdered in 1998, most never previously available to the public. The ... [Read]

Right Now, If/Then Is Only A Conditional Success

By Doug Rule
December 5, 2013 11:47 AM |
The creators of the new musical If/Then have given D.C. theatergoers many reasons to be thankful, I wrote in a Thanksgiving week review for Metro Weekly. The most obvious three: a grand return for Idina Menzel, in a demanding new role that proves she's still got her powerful, pristine pipes and seasoned acting chops last seen in her Tony-winning turn in Wicked a decade ... [Read]