Tag: Entertainment News

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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PHOTOS: Cirque du Soleil’s ice show ‘Crystal’ opens at Capital One Arena

WASHINGTON — Cirque du Soleil’s ice show “Crystal” is playing through Sunday, Dec. 9, at Capital One Arena in D.C. The show mixes figure skating, juggling, trapeze acrobatics and extreme skating to tell the story of Crystal, a young girl whose fall through the ice sweeps her into an imaginary world of wonders. Cirque du […]

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Bush 41’s ‘horrendous sense of good humor’ remembered

WASHINGTON — When people start swapping stories about former President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday, a church leader who will be at the funeral will be remembering what she calls his “horrendous sense of good humor.” The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope, National Cathedral provost, joined the staff of Barbara […]

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Dining with the stars: What it takes to host, cook for ‘Honors’ celebs

WASHINGTON — With breathtaking views of Georgetown, the Potomac River and Theodore Roosevelt Island, The Kennedy Center’s River Terrace is a favorite gathering spot for preshow selfies and intermission musings. But on Sunday night, the overlook was a working kitchen. More than 100 cooks bustled about the tented terrace, pushing stainless steel carts past long […]

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Q&A: ‘Beautiful’ brings ‘tapestry’ of Carole King hits to National Theatre

WASHINGTON — If you feel the earth move under Pennsylvania Avenue, have no fear. It’s just folks clapping along to “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” the Tony-winning Broadway smash that brings its national tour to National Theatre now through Dec. 30. “We’re going to have you on your feet clapping and singing along,” actress Sarah Bockel told WTOP. […]

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Write then run: Dems pen books while weighing 2020 campaigns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaking to a packed auditorium of enthusiastic young people Tuesday night, Bernie Sanders already seemed to be campaigning for the White House again. But the Vermont senator was appearing at George Washington University as an author — not a presidential candidate. Sanders’ new book, “Where We Go From Here,” went on sale […]

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Here’s what Events D.C. is contributing to D.C.’s Overwatch esports team

When serial entrepreneur Mark Ein said he was launching an esports team to join the Overwatch League, we were told Events D.C., the city’s conventions and sports authority, was coming on as an “anchor sponsor.” We’re now getting a closer look at what that means. Events D.C. is sponsoring the team, which is part of […]

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‘Shameless,’ ‘Orange is the New Black’ scribe stages play ‘Cry It Out’ at Studio

WASHINGTON — She’s written some of your favorite TV episodes, from Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” to Showtime’s “Shameless,” with a string of successful stage plays in between. Now, Molly Smith Metzler brings her play “Cry It Out” to Studio Theatre, now through Dec. 16. “I’m here in D.C. because Studio Theatre is on my […]

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Barack Obama surprise guest at Michelle Obama’s book show

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama practically brought the house down at Michelle Obama’s book show in Washington. The former first lady is currently touring the country promoting her memoir, “Becoming,” and participated in a conversation Saturday night moderated by her longtime friend and former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. When the conversation […]

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PHOTOS: ‘Diplomacy X Design’ brings together fashion and world issues

WASHINGTON — Diplomacy and design were on display Friday night during a fashion show at the National Museum of Women in the Arts that brought together fashion experts, diplomatic leaders and policy influencers. Put on by the Meridian International Center, the “Diplomacy X Design” event was the first fashion show at the museum featuring an […]

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DC’s painted doors depict growing demand for more affordable housing

WASHINGTON — For the last three years, artist Tim Davis has been transforming drawers, cabinets and other three-dimensional found objects into works of art to tell stories of immigration, mass incarceration and life in America. So when the opportunity came knocking to illustrate another social justice issue on a 7-foot door, Davis didn’t hesitate. In […]

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Back to your heart: Backstreet Boys announce world tour, new album

WASHINGTON — Backstreet’s back, alright! Along with the release of a new single Friday, Backstreet Boys announced their upcoming tenth studio album “DNA” and a world tour set for 2019 that’s bound to be larger than life. The ’90s pop heartthrobs will be making their first North American stop in D.C.’s Capital One Arena on […]

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Protesters target home of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington police are investigating a protest outside the home of Fox News host Tucker Carlson as a possible hate crime. According to a police report, a group of demonstrators gathered outside Carlson’s Northwest Washington home Wednesday night. A video posted on social media but later removed shows people standing outside a darkened […]

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White House bans CNN reporter after confrontation with Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — The White House has suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference. They began sparring Wednesday after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern U.S. border. When Acosta […]

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Q&A: ‘Anastasia’ spins Russian myth into Broadway gold at Kennedy Center

WASHINGTON — It was a Russian legend that became a pair of films and a Broadway musical. Now, the Kennedy Center welcomes the national tour of “Anastasia” now through Nov. 25. “‘Anastasia’ is great for all ages because there’s a character for everyone,” actress Lila Coogan told WTOP. “You may relate to Anya, she’s your […]

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Q&A: ‘High School Musical’ star taps into ‘Anything Goes’ at Arena Stage

WASHINGTON — Looking for a “de-lovely” night out at the theater? This one is the top! Cole Porter’s 1934 classic “Anything Goes” is cracking up Arena Stage now through Dec. 23, starring “High School Musical” stud Corbin Bleu and the energizer bunny Soara-Joye Ross. “Corbin is an incredible dancer and he’s super cute!” Ross said. “He’s […]

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Local Legends: The Lincoln conspirator

NOTE: This is the second in a three day series of scary urban legends in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Unlike our typical journalistic pieces of hard news and fact-based evidence, this is an intentionally tongue-in-cheek presentation based on lore, rumor and innuendo. Enjoy. WASHINGTON — Reader beware: what you are about to read might give you nightmares. […]

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National Portrait Gallery adds 28 famous faces

WASHINGTON — Twenty-eight new faces will line the walls and halls of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait gallery as a new exhibit titled “Recent Acquisitions” opens on Nov. 16. The new pieces will be added to the gallery’s permanent collection. This year’s presentation is the latest in an annual series called “Recent Aquisitions” and marks one […]

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Anywhere but Washington: Why DC stories rarely film in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a hobby among District of Columbia locals: Picking apart glaring geographic and architectural inaccuracies in movies and television shows set in Washington. One of the most famous is the 1987 film “No Way Out,” where Kevin Costner escapes pursuers by taking a subway from Georgetown. No subway station has ever existed […]

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