Tag: Entertainment News

Celebrating Elton John as farewell tour hits Capital One Arena this weekend

WASHINGTON — Too often, pop culture celebrates our musicians in their prime, then takes them for granted until giant tributes upon their deaths: David Bowie to Tom Petty to Prince. But it’s equally important to cherish our living legends while they’re still rocking the house, which brings us to Sir Elton John’s farewell tour at […]

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Black Cat to close downstairs portion to make room for 14th St. retail space

WASHINGTON — The Black Cat celebrates its 25th anniversary this weekend in D.C. But there is now more reason to attend the venue — its downstairs days are numbered. A spokesperson for the club told WTOP that the ground-floor Red Room bar and secondary performing space Backstage will close by the end of the year […]

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Mary J. Blige, Cage the Elephant, 1st concerts at new Entertainment and Sports Arena

WASHINGTON — The District will cut the ribbon at the city’s new Entertainment and Sports Arena on St. Elizabeths East campus in Congress Heights on Sept. 22, and the first two concerts will follow in October. On Oct. 6, Mary J. Blige, the Grammy Award winner and 2018 double Oscar nominee will perform, along with […]

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Mary J. Blige, Cage the Elephant are 1st concerts at new Entertainment and Sports Arena

WASHINGTON — The District will cut the ribbon at the city’s new Entertainment and Sports Arena on St. Elizabeths East campus in Congress Heights on Sept. 22, and the first two concerts will follow in October. On Oct. 6, Mary J. Blige, the Grammy Award winner and 2018 double Oscar nominee, will perform, along with […]

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Q&A: ‘Turn Me Loose’ celebrates comedy, activism of Dick Gregory

WASHINGTON — The late Dick Gregory pioneered stand-up comedy with biting satire. So what would inspire a man to walk away from millions of dollars to pursue a social cause? Find out in the dramatic play “Turn Me Loose” at Arena Stage from Sept. 6 through Oct. 14. “Richard Pryor called Dick Gregory the master,” […]

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‘Together forever:’ DC Mayor shows off new baby on ‘Today’ show

WASHINGTON — When D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser held her baby for the first time, she said she knew they would be together forever. Now, for the first time, Bowser showed off her new daughter to the world. The Today Show aired a segment with Bowser Thursday morning, introducing baby Miranda Elizabeth Bowser. Bowser adopted Miranda […]

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Q&A: Local filmmaker Monika Samtani presents inspirational spelling bee doc

WASHINGTON — D-O-C-U-M-E-N-T-A-R-Y. Can I have the definition? It’s a noun for a movie that provides a factual record or report. Can I have it in a sentence please? Monika Samtani just directed a fascinating documentary. Can I have the place of origin please? Bangalore, India by way of the United States. That’s how a spelling bee […]

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Union Market Drive-In presents ‘Lion King,’ ‘Cool Runnings,’ ‘Hocus Pocus’

WASHINGTON — Get ready to sing “Hakuna Matata” under the stars in the nation’s capital. The fifth annual Union Market Drive-In continues Friday night with “The Lion King” (1994). “It’s not just going to a movie, but seeing it under the stars in a really interesting venue,” founder Jon Gann told WTOP. “This Friday, we have ‘The […]

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DC Shorts serves ‘cinematic dim sum’

WASHINGTON — Get ready for another year of the biggest short film fest on the East Coast. The 15th annual D.C. Shorts Film Festival returns to E Street Cinema from Sept. 6-16. “It’s 11 days of films from around the world,” assistant programming director Jasmine Bryant told WTOP. “It’s a very accessible film festival. You’re […]

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McCain, Franklin tributes show 2 Americas and cultures

Two farewells, both reflecting distinct but uniquely American cultures. In Detroit, celebrities sat alongside anonymous mourners Friday in joyous remembrance of Aretha Franklin, a funeral that brought together the black church, gospel music, civil rights activism and Detroit civic pride. Hundreds of miles away in Washington, D.C., honor guards stood ramrod straight through silent pomp […]

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Library of Congress honors literacy programs

NEW YORK (AP) — Three literacy and educational organizations are being honored by the Library of Congress, with cash awards totaling $250,000. On Friday, Reading is Fundamental, located in Washington, D.C., received the $150,000 David M. Rubenstein Prize. New York City’s East Side Community School was given the $50,000 American Prize. The Pedagogical Institute for […]

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September Entertainment Guide 2018

WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews September entertainment Jason Fraley https://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/SEPT-ENT-GUIDE-2018-jfray.mp3 Download audio September Entertainment Guide Sept. 1: Ziggy Marley at Wolf Trap  Sept. 1-16: “Hamilton” at Kennedy Center Sept. 1-23: “Small Mouth Sounds” at Round House Theatre Sept. 1-23: “Passion” at Signature Theatre Sept. 1-Oct. 7: “South Pacific” at Olney Theatre Sept. 2: Labor Day Capitol […]

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‘Hamilton’ show at Kennedy Center canceled Tuesday night

WASHINGTON — “Hamilton” may still be the hottest ticket in town, but it was just too hot Tuesday for the show to go on at the Kennedy Center, and the show was canceled. The complex experienced a building-wide cooling system failure during the peak of the heatwave. The Kennedy Center said in a tweet that […]

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Q&A: Johnny Mathis croons for a cause at Georgetown children’s charity event

WASHINGTON — A legendary musician is coming to Georgetown to croon for a cause. Johnny Mathis will headline the fourth annual “Heroes of Child Justice” charity event at the Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center on Reservoir Road on Sunday, Sept. 23. The event will raise money for Child Justice Inc., which protects abused or neglected […]

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Sonia Sotomayor, Madeleine Albright among author line up for National Book Festival

WASHINGTON — Calling all bookworms: The Library of Congress National Book Festival is back, and the free, family-friendly event is taking over the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 1. Authors representing genres from history to poetry will discuss their works on nine different stages — including two for children and one for teens. There […]

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Aretha Franklin came to Washington to sing – and for history

As a 21-year-old Aretha Franklin worked on her singing voice in New York during the summer of 1963, her father, Rev. C. L. Franklin, raced to finish the final touches on the planned March on Washington. Nearly five decades later, Franklin found herself in Washington and performing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at the inauguration […]

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National Portrait Gallery honoring Aretha Franklin with psychedelic ’60s portrait

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is honoring Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday of advanced pancreatic cancer at 76. On Friday, Franklin’s portrait will be added to the museum’s In Memoriam space on the first floor. It will remain on display through Aug. 22. Franklin “influenced the course of American soul and pop music” […]

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From behind bars to the stage: New DC program gives prisoners a voice

WASHINGTON — Wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and ripped jeans, 27-year-old Davon stood on stage at the Anacostia Arts Center’s Black Box Theater and did a few breathing exercises. Then, he ran through his lines one last time. In May, Davon was released from prison after spending four and a half years behind bars. Now, […]

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DC recycling trucks get artistic makeover

WASHINGTON — D.C. is continuing to promote recycling in a unique way. Through Sept. 6, the District will be unveiling 15 new Department of Public Works trucks wrapped in artists’ murals. The “Designed to Recycle” initiative originally launched in 2010 with 10 trucks wrapped in artists’ murals. The project is part of D.C. Mayor Muriel […]

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TV reporter aims to help DC-area musicians who fall on hard times

WASHINGTON — Reporter Mark Segraves was a regular at local music shows long before he could legally drink, and now he’s hoping to help some of the musicians who entertained him — and who need a helping hand. “My dad wrote the After Dark column in the 1960s and 70s for the Washington Star, where […]

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Arts and science medal ceremonies absent under Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — In February 2017, weeks into the Trump administration, the National Endowment for the Humanities was reviewing a list of nominees for the National Humanities Medals, one of the top honors for creative and scholarly achievement. The plan, as in previous years, was to submit names to the White House and await […]

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