Arts

Short films and screenplays highlighted District film festival’s 16th year

WASHINGTON – It’s a wrap for the 16th annual DC Shorts International Short Film Festival and Screenplay Competition, where once again artists and audiences spent 10 days engaged with the craft of short filmmaking. “We like to refer to it…

Renovations get major role in 2019 Folger Shakespeare season

WASHINGTON – The stately gray stone walls of the Folger Shakespeare Library on East Capitol Street have graced Capitol Hill since 1932, when Shakespeare collector Emily Folger saw her husband Henry’s vision of a “gift to America” to completion. The…

With the REACH, the Kennedy Center expands its mission

WASHINGTON – The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ sprawling new expansion, the REACH, aims to further the institution’s mission of connecting the arts with the diverse community in the nation’s capital.  “The name reflects a quote by…

People and Culture of the Caribbean Spotlighted in Evans Thorne Paintings at Takoma Park Exhibit

TAKOMA PARK, Md. – Evans Thorne knew at a young age he loved art. He found an interest in the subject at about age 10 while living in Trinidad. Although life circumstances would draw him away from his work from…

Traditional Chinese puppeteer tours Maryland schools sharing the art of his craft with children

A traditional Chinese puppeteer recently made his first trip to the U.S. to share his craft with Maryland schools.

DC store’s Go-Go music is turned back on after neighborhood protest

For nearly a quarter-of-a-century, a local store in Washington’s Shaw neighborhood has entertained the public with Go-Go played on external protests. A recent protest by neighbors silenced the music. But it didn’t last long after Go-Go fans united to get it turned back on.

Gypsy jazz fans jam in Takoma Park

TAKOMA PARK, Md.— On a recent Monday night in Takoma Park, an empty parking lot for a small, almost unrecognizable bar slowly fills with cars. Starting around 7 p.m., locals enter the bar intermittently and order beer (cash-only) for around…

Climate change is theme of Environmental Film Festival

WASHINGTON – The 27th annual Environmental Film Festival, the world’s largest film festival of its kind and the longest-running in the United States is returning to the nation’s capital from March 14 to 24. Partnering with National Geographic, this year’s…

Polynesian dancing helps one woman with overcoming health challenges

The temperatures outside the Chesapeake Arts Center in Anne Arundel County may still be chilly but inside, it’s strictly tropical when Meki’s Tamure Polynesian Arts Group meets to practice. And for one long-time member of the group, the years of dancing and being a part of the group have played a huge part in getting her life back, both physically and emotionally.

Katsucon 2019 created a world of fantastical characters

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland – By day, Jamal Johns works as a luxury jewelry consultant in New York’s Soho neighborhood. By night, he crafts elaborate costumes. At last weekend’s Katsucon, Johns was strolling the Gaylord National Convention Center in his latest…