Author Archive | Marlene Hall


Review: ‘Holy Holy’ at The Birchmere

The best way to celebrate artist David Bowie’s life is to attend a Holy Holy concert. Even David Bowie would have approved. The show played The Man Who Sold the World album with the drumhead featuring Bowie’s makeup-covered eye. Holy, Holy features Bowie’s band mates, personal friends and musicians touched by him. Mick “Woody” Woodmansey, the […]

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Duncan Sheik and Suzanne Vega at The Barns at Wolf Trap

Last night, composer, Tony Award winner and musician Duncan Sheik opened up the show with a simple set. His set included himself with an acoustic/electric guitar/synthesizer and his drummer and piano player. He put on a fun show that had his many hits, and the stories behind them. His enthusiasm and love for performing and […]

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Madeleine Peyroux at The Barns at Wolf Trap

Last night, jazz virtuoso Madeleine Peyroux shared her enormous talent with an appreciative crowd that held onto her every note. Peyroux’ witty comedic chops were also on display between and even during songs to the crowd’s delight. Her talented back-up band and  singers, stand-up bassist Barak Mori from Tel-Aviv and electric guitar player Jon Herington […]

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David Gregory on His Book ‘How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey’ at Sixth & I

David Gregory gave an insightful and even at times humorous talk on his new book How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey about his journey to faith. After leaving his job as the moderator at Meet the Press he embarked on writing his book. He even interviewed Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen and Russell Moore, President of the Southern […]

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Adam Ezra and Kathryn Calder at Gypsy Sally’s

Sunday night, Adam Ezra and Kathryn Calder rocked the joint! Adam Ezra had a solo set of 45 minutes laying bare his vulnerability. In between his songs he shared the stories behind the music, which was mostly love stories, lost love, and a song about our military. He played his set barefoot, in jeans, and […]

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‘Million Dollar Quartet’ at Wolf Trap

Wow, just wow! There is a reason why Million Dollar Quartet is a Tony Award-winning musical. It features a talented cast, amazing singing, and musicianship, incredible music, awesome dance moves by Elvis (thank you very much), an intriguing story, and an insight into music history. Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis coined “The […]

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Author Chuck Palahniuk at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

Chuck Palahniuk knows how to make an entrance. This slim and fit figure in his casual outfit and grey glasses, strode into the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue confidently with his coffee cup to loud cheers from a largely male audience. He set his coffee cup down and said into the mic, “This is awkward doing […]

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Recap of ‘The GI Film Festival’ – May 18-24, 2015

The GI Film Festival is in its ninth year and has grown so big. It ended yesterday at the huge and swanky Angelika Film Center in the Mosaic District in Fairfax, VA. They showed a record number of movies this year, over 60 movies, with movies shown in two separate theaters at the same time. In addition […]

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Author of ‘Wild’ Cheryl Strayed at National Geographic

Ever been lost and then found? Well apparently everyone experiences this according to Cheryl Strayed of the New York Times memoir bestseller Wild. Strayed talked to a sold out crowd, comprising mainly of women, at the National Geographic Wednesday night about her journey of self-discovery, chronicled in her book Wild. Wild is in the incredibly popular […]

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