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Dec 15

The Show Goes On For #MetroCarols Despite Social Media Fallout

Here’s the end to our #MetroCarol story, but before we get to that- a snapshot of what happened. | I was delighted to get a Facebook Invite to an interesting event: a flash mob on the DC Metro. Jason McCool, an actor and music professor, and Melanie Spring, founder of web marketing firm Sisarina, wanted to organize a spontaneous outburst of Holiday Carols on the platforms of various Metro Stations on the Red Line. It was a great idea; a good natured event that would be a lot of fun to watch … [Read more...]

Dec 08

We Love Arts: The Nutcracker

I’ve always thought of The Nutcracker as the gateway drug for ballet. It hooks you when you’re young, all candy confection and delicacy, with just enough undercurrent of budding sensuality and danger to appeal. Once smitten by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her tasty treats, it’s only a matter of time before The Red Shoes are dancing you unwillingly to the train tracks, or the Black Swan is bewitching you to your doom. Okay, that’s a bit much! But I was reared on the filmed version of Baryshnikov’s … [Read more...]

Dec 07

Kennedy Center Honors: Red Carpet Photos

Hollywood came to Washington for the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle. Oprah Winfrey, Beatle Paul McCartney, dancer-choreographer Bill T. Jones, country singer Merle Haggard and Broadway composer Jerry Herman each earned received this prestigious honor for their respective works. Oprah (+cleavage), Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Gwen Stefani, Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow, Tyrese, Chris Rock, and Mayor Adrian Fenty are just a few famous faces captured … [Read more...]

Dec 07

We Love Arts: Wife Swappers

This is not the feel-good show of the holiday season. If that’s your thing, maybe Ford’s Theater still has some seats for Christmas Carol. Where Hannah Arendt’s 1963 book Eichmann in Jerusalem was about the banality of evil, playwright Justin Tanner’s Wife Swappers is devoted to the banality of perversion. The characters are not mass murderers – they’re rigidly, traditionally moralistic in any matters beyond group sex – but they’re still hard to empathize with, and watching them is more … [Read more...]