Tag: Entertainment News

Hulu series ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ films at Lincoln Memorial

WASHINGTON — Scenes from the third season of the Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” were filmed Friday at the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall. According to The Washingtonian, over 200 actors were on site for the day-long production. The filming lasted most of the day Friday, and was for one day, only. The third […]

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Q&A: ‘Twelve Angry Men’ demands innocent until proven guilty at Ford’s

WASHINGTON — In 1957, “12 Angry Men” gave Henry Fonda an iconic role and Sidney Lumet his directorial debut in one of Hollywood’s most revered movies, ranked by experts among the American Film Institute’s Top 100 movies and by fans as No. 5 all time in the IMDB poll. Its one-room setting makes it perfect […]

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Ford’s Theatre’s ‘The Wiz’ leads 2019 Helen Hayes Award nominees with 13

WASHINGTON — The Helen Hayes nominees were announced on Monday night. Ford’s Theatre’s “The Wiz” leads the way with 13 nominations, including Best Musical. The ultimate winners will be announced at the annual award ceremony on May 13. Here’s the nominees (“Hayes” for Equity casts, “Helen” for non-Equity casts): Outstanding Production in a Musical – […]

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Q&A: Arena Stage chronicles Putin’s rise in ‘Kleptocracy’ world premiere

WASHINGTON — It’s no secret that Russia is flexing its muscles on the world stage. in 2008, President George W. Bush condemned Russia for invading Georgia. In 2012, Governor Mitt Romney called Russia the Unites States’ biggest geopolitical foe. In 2014, President Barack Obama condemned Russia for annexing Crimea. And in 2016, Russia interfered in […]

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February Entertainment Guide 2019

Toni Braxton, Michael Buble, Anderson .Paak and Brothers Osborne will perform here in February. (WTOP collage via AP) WTOP’s Jason Fraley previews February entertainment Jason Fraley https://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/FEB-ENT-GUIDE-2019-jfray.mp3 Download audio WASHINGTON — February means cuing the groundhog and wooing your valentine! It’s also time for your “Top of the Month” Entertainment Guide of D.C. area events. […]

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Q&A: Real-life ‘Narcos’ agents host ‘Capturing Pablo’ at Lincoln Theatre

WASHINGTON — The Netflix hit “Narcos” (2015-2017) chronicled the Drug Enforcement Administration’s hunt for Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, who at one point controlled over 80 percent of the cocaine shipped into the U.S. This Saturday, the two men who inspired the show, DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena, share what really happened in their stage […]

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DC lottery contract might impact timeline for legal sports betting

WASHINGTON — How soon people can place legal sports bets in D.C. will depend on how city lawmakers decide to handle the March 2020 expiration of the D.C. Lottery contract. Legislation that would allow the city to bypass a competitive bidding process and renegotiate the current vendor’s contract would make sports gambling possible by early […]

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Theater of the Mind: Washington Ear brings live theater to visually impaired

WASHINGTON — Just because you can’t physically see the stage, doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy live theater in the nation’s capital. Sometimes, “theater of the mind” is just as exciting. For 38 years, Metropolitan Washington Ear has assisted visually impaired theatergoers by providing audio descriptions of the action, costumes, sets and lighting via audience […]

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Q&A: ‘School of Rock: The Musical’ melts faces at DC’s National Theatre

WASHINGTON — Richard Linklater’s Golden Globe nominee “School of Rock” (2003) was arguably Jack Black’s funniest flick before becoming an acclaimed Broadway musical in 2015. This month, the U.S. national tour hits National Theatre with “School of Rock: The Musical.” “Halfway through college I first saw ‘School of Rock,’ and it quickly became one of […]

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Broccoli City Festival unveils 2019 lineup with Childish Gambino, Lil Wayne

WASHINGTON — Broccoli City Festival revealed this year’s musical lineup Wednesday, featuring big names in hip-hop and R&B to play in the D.C. area. Multihyphenate Childish Gambino and rap trailblazer Lil Wayne take top billing, with R&B visionary Teyana Taylor, “Boo’d Up” singer Ella Mai and newcomers City Girls also set to take the stage. Also […]

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Star chef Jose Andres to feed furloughed federal workers in DC

WASHINGTON — Chef Jose Andres, founder of the nonprofit World Central Kitchen and a 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will open a kitchen in D.C. to feed furloughed federal workers in his hometown. “We believe that no person should have to go through the pain of not knowing what to feed their children, so we […]

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Star chef Jose Andres to open kitchen for furloughed feds

WASHINGTON — Chef Jose Andres, founder of the nonprofit World Central Kitchen and a 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will open a kitchen in D.C. to feed furloughed federal workers in his hometown. “We believe that no person should have to go through the pain of not knowing what to feed their children, so we […]

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Science on screens: Expo highlights benefits of video games in education

WASHINGTON — Rafael Brochado’s passion for science started at a young age, but childhood poverty kept the Portugal native from pursuing a traditional career in the field. So instead, he taught himself how to make video games. “Eventually, when I was good enough at making games, I decided [to] marry my love of science with […]

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Q&A: Compassion trumps greed in Ford’s Theatre’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

WASHINGTON — Where do you fall between “Bah humbug” and “God bless us, everyone”? It’s a question we ask ourselves every holiday season in Ford’s Theatre’s annual production of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic “A Christmas Carol,” which returns now through Dec. 30. “It’s fast, it’s funny, it’s joyous,” actor Craig Wallace told WTOP. “The greatest reward is to come out […]

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Music Capital: Can DC become America’s next big music town?

WASHINGTON — Who says the nation’s capital must only be known as a political town? It may be years before Washington, D.C., has the reputation of a music city like Austin, Texas, Chicago, Nashville, Tennessee, New Orleans, New York or Los Angeles, but the foundation has already been laid. D.C. has its own rich history, […]

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‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Shining’ added to National Film Registry

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The National Film Registry is turning 30 and will bring in a new crop of films ranging from dinosaurs’ return from extinction, a cowboys-in-love drama and stories showcasing Native Americans. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that the films “Jurassic Park,” ”Brokeback Mountain” and “My Fair Lady” are among the 25 […]

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Q&A: Washington Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ celebrates 15th anniversary at Warner

WASHINGTON —  It’s impossible to imagine Christmas in D.C. without “The Nutcracker.” The Washington Ballet is celebrating its 15th anniversary of Tchaikovsky’s iconic production, bringing the annual holiday tradition to the historic Warner Theatre now through Dec. 28. “It will really feel like the holidays once you’ve seen ‘The Nutcracker,’” Artistic Director and world renowned […]

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Santa Fe-based arts venture sets sights on Washington

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico-based startup company for immersive art installations known as Meow Wolf is planning a large-scale exhibition in Washington, D.C. Meow Wolf announced Tuesday that it is working in partnership with the Washington-based Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation to create the venture. The three-story exhibit is scheduled for 2022 […]

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30 years later, groundbreaking book ‘Banned in DC’ still reverberates

WASHINGTON — This week marks 30 years since the public got its first view of a photo-heavy book depicting the earliest days of D.C.’s hardcore punk scene — and its author says the anniversary is both rewarding and disappointing. Cynthia Connolly, Leslie Clague, and Sharon Cheslow got the first copies of their book, “Banned In […]

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Queer Tango: A dance class where anyone can lead or follow

WASHINGTON (AP) — Standing under multicolored lights in a Columbia Heights studio, the tango instructor told her students to find a partner and practice the dance’s basic position, an intimate embrace between leader and follower. Without skipping a beat, Dhruv Sharma turned to a fellow student and asked a question rarely spoken in a partner […]

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