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Malcolm Lewis Barnes

Scena Theatre: ‘The Importance of Being…Earnestine?’

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2015 – I’m glad I neglected to read Scena Theatre’s advance press release before I wandered into Washington’s Atlas Performing Arts Center last weekend. That’s because reading the release would have only spoiled the unexpected fun of Scena’s revival of its 2011 production of Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy, “The Importance of Being ...

Young Gentleman’s Institute transforms the lives of 75 young DC men

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2015 – Earlier this month, something truly transformational occurred in oft-neglected far Southeast Washington. The Young Gentlemen’s Institute (YGI) tour paid a visit to DC’s R. I. S. E. Demonstration Center and touched the young lives of the over seventy-five 11- to 17-year-olds who attended their event. Major recognition goes to Sadiq ...

M. O. M. I. E. Magic in the Nation’s capital

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2015 – Something extraordinary is taking place on the streets and within the storefront service economy in Washington, D.C. The city’s nonprofit arts community is reaching out into the streets and pulling young black, brown and yellow talent into storefront art houses with the aim of transforming the lives of our city’s ...

Review: Asif Kapadia’s breakout Amy Winehouse biopic ‘Amy’

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2015 – In what will no doubt go down as one of the greatest musical biography/docudramas of all time, “Amy,” directed by Asif Kapadia, traces the life and difficult times of the internationally famed breakout British jazz and soul singer Amy Winehouse. July was certainly the time to debut this film, as ...

‘American Moor’ makes DC debut at Anacostia Playhouse

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2015 – The first thing you notice as you walk into the intimate black box theater space at Anacostia Playhouse to take in a performance of “American Moor” is Keith Hamilton Cobb’s brooding presence. The relentlessly pacing veteran actor is awaiting his imaginary turn in an audition for the key role of ...

‘Emily’ At The Yards: A high point of DC Jazz Festival 2015

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2015 – On a hazy 90-degree June afternoon, Esperanza Spalding redefined the new age of jazz performance, performing her latest show as part of the DC JAZZFEST At the Yards recently staged at the District’s Southeast Waterfront. Part of a one-two musical punch with Common, Spalding—currently touring as “Emily”—gave Old Skool jazz ...

D.C. AG Karl Racine responds to DSLBD compliance crisis

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2015 – At a recent business briefing hosted by the National Business League at the Bladensburg Road Denny’s restaurant in the District of Columbia, a standing room only crowd of concerned and angry Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) members were anxious to hear from newly elected Attorney General Karl Racine. He did not ...

Ethical Music Entertainment label sees new opportunities

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2015 – In this world, something old is often new again. That seems to be the case with Ethical Music Entertainment (EME), the new recording label launched recently by company CEO Carvin Haggins. Speaking with Haggins, one soon learns that the mission of EME is grounded in a paradigm-changing concept called “ethical ...

DC Jazz Festival to roll out over 120 acts in 80 neighborhoods

WASHINGTON, June 6, 2015 – Touting itself as the fastest growing jazz festival in the U.S., the 2015 D.C. Jazz Festival will welcome a diverse selection of locally, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists performing in venues across the Nation’s Capital this week from Wednesday  to June 16. As the area’s largest and most diverse music ...

April Berks Jazz Festival celebrates 25th Year in Reading

READING, Pa., March 22, 2015 – A little more than two weeks from now, the Berks Jazz Festival will host some of the legends of jazz at its annual two-weekend-long festival here. The 2015 edition will mark the 25th anniversary of this unique event that’s just a little over a two-hour drive from Washington, D.C. ...

University of Maryland hosts arts legends at recent forum

COLLEGE PARK, Md., March 18, 2015 – Whenever a university president takes the time to kick off an event and introduce a distinguished panel of visiting legends, you know it’s a big deal. Case in point: University of Maryland President Wallace Loh lists strategic partnerships for research, innovation and the arts as his number two ...

‘Black Nativity’ opening night reception at Anacostia Playhouse

WASHINGTON, December 24, 2014 – Founded as part of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in 1993 as the sole theater-in-residence of the H Street Playhouse, the Theater Alliance made a strategic move just over a year ago by relocating to the Anacostia Playhouse under the leadership of Adele Robey and Julia Robey Christian. Now serving ...