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‘American Moor’: ‘Talk Back’ time at Anacostia Playhouse

WASHINGTON, August 11, 2015 − A unique feature of the current run of Keith Hamilton Cobb’s “American Moor” at the Anacostia Playhouse is their post-show “Talk Back,” which engages audience members seeking a deeper dive into the dramatic material. Read also: ‘American Moor’ makes DC debut at Anacostia Playhouse Guests are invited and encouraged to ...

FAME to celebrate 11th anniversary Thursday

MITCHELLVILLE, Maryland, July 22, 2015 – On Thursday evening, July 23, Rosie Allen-Herring, United Way President/CEO; Senator Douglas .J J. Peters; Prince George’s County Council Members Davis & Patterson, MGM and others will be Honored by the Foundation for the Advancement of Music and Education (FAME). International jazz recording artist, Pieces of a Dream, and ...

CapitalBop’s ‘Loft’ Series Friday show a hot, uneven mess

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2015 – As a 30-year resident of Northeast D.C., I was keenly curious to see how the DC Jazz Festival’s CapitalBop “Loft” series in the old Hecht Co. warehouse on New York Avenue was going to be staged. Over time, I have been pleasantly surprised by the opening of a MOM’S grocery ...

Paquito D’Rivera in musical salute to Charley Fishman

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2015 – Following an opening set by Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda at the Hamilton Thursday, Paquito D’Rivera took the stage and offered a poignant tribute to D.C. Jazz Fest founder and honorary life chairman Charley Fishman, honoring him for his decade of service to the festival, which is now underway. Charley was ...

Republican PAC kicks off Black Music Month in DC

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2015 – Here in the nation’s capital, longtime Republican political consultant Raynard Jackson moderated an all-star panel of Black Music Hall of Famers and up-and-coming talent to kick off Black Music Month last week. The June 1 event, “A Republican Salute to Black Music Month: Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future,” was ...

Center Stage transformed into Trenchtown during ‘Marley’ run

BALTIMORE, Maryland, May 19, 2015 – Once again the creative staff of Center Stage has rolled out all the stops to make its current world premiere production of “Marley” a total cultural experience. As you enter the venue to see this new musical, the very first thing you’ll see in the lobby is a “Welcome ...

Euge Groove, Rick Braun and Peter White.

Berks Jazz Fest: Rick Braun, Peter White ‘Jazz Attack’ highlights Day 8

READING, Pa., April 24, 2015 – Sandwiched between early evening and midnight, the Gerald Veasley Jazz Base jam session was a muscular and energetic “Jazz Attack” featuring Rick Braun, Peter White and Euge Groove. Braun, the dynamic horn player, launched the evening’s hard driving session from the 15th row in his signature Frank Sinatra style, ...

‘Man of La Mancha’: Ageless show delivers fresh talent, energy

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 – “Man of La Mancha” is a muscular musical that boasts 25 vocal and ensemble songs performed over just an hour and a half accompanied by a 12-piece orchestra led by a classical-style conductor to set just the right mood and atmosphere. Currently being staged at Sidney Harman Hall, the Shakespeare Theatre ...

Crazed ‘Norwegians’ invade Anacostia Playhouse

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 – Can an earnest pair of Norwegian misfits build a new career as hit men based on the simple proposition that everyone wants someone dead at least once in their life? Apparently they can. That is, if enough mean-spirited Southern girls get drunk enough to hire them after being unceremoniously dumped ...

DC’s Top Ten high school performing artists to take center stage

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 – Selected via a city-wide audition and public voting process, the top 10 outstanding D.C. public and public charter high school student DC-CAPITAL STARS finalists will take center stage on April 1 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to compete for college scholarships in the star-studded “7th Annual ...

‘Metromaniacs’: light-hearted, fast moving poetry slam

WASHINGTON, February 14, 2015 –Washington Shakespeare Theatre artistic director Michael Kahn has struck a brilliant balance this winter season by staging the dark and serious drama of “Dunsinane”—currently playing at Sidney Harman Hall—against the contrasting mood of the light, tight and airy French farce “Metromaniacs,” now being staged at the company’s Lansburgh Theatre. The Shakespeare ...

‘Dunsinane’ opening night party offers unique access to new media

WASHINGTON, February 12, 2015 – Hats off to the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s restaurant partnership with a half dozen of Penn Quarter’s most outstanding eateries. The popular nearby restaurant Zaytinya had the honor of hosting a rousing After Party on the formal opening night of the Company’s co-presentation of David Greig’s “Dunsinane,” his 2010 sequel to ...

Shakespeare Theatre’s ‘Dunsinane’: Stirring sequel to ‘Macbeth’

WASHINGTON, February 11, 2015 – Shades of Macbeth’s shade: The National Theatre of Scotland brings the star power of two lead actors and the award winning talents of Scottish playwright and director David Greig to Sidney Harmon Hall this month in their impressive production of “Dunsinane.” Greig’s 2010 drama, an imaginative sequel to William Shakespeare’s ...

‘One Night in Miami’: 1960s black history as it might have been

BALTIMORE, January 27, 2015 – As a child of the 1960s, I would salivate at the prospect of hanging out with a crew that included the world heavyweight boxing champ, the greatest running back in the NFL, the smoothest soul singer and the most militant voice in the Movement. And given the opportunity for an ...

Charisse H. Robinson named DCPS Outstanding Teacher of the Year

WASHINGTON, January 25, 2015 – In addition to presenting the Powell Elementary School with its 2014 Principal of the Year Award, the DCPS Standing Ovation event also honored numerous teachers with its Outstanding Teaching awards. READ ALSO: Standing Ovation Salutes DC’S Principal of the Year. In total the Rubenstein Awards recognized seven outstanding teachers, including ...

‘Standing Ovation’ salutes DC’s Principal of the Year

WASHINGTON, January 24, 2015 – In an earnest effort to make the teaching profession cool and rewarding again, the DC Public Education Fund hosted its Fifth Annual “Standing Ovation” awards gala at Kennedy Center Monday, January 12, 2015. Emceed by Jim Vance, the event showcased the celebrity flair of no less than George Stevens, Jr., ...