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Review: Jay Leno at The Kennedy Center

Iconic television host, celebrated comedian and 2014 Mark Twain recipient Jay Leno returned to the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall Friday night amped to get the trifecta of St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness and the weekend’s start off with non-stop laughs. Following a spirited 20-minute, three-song set by The Mellow Tones, an eight-member ensemble (Rio Castaneda, […]

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Review: NSO Pops: An Evening with Ledisi at The Kennedy Center

“Peaches” was in the house. Inspired by the spirit of Nina Simone, acclaimed American R&B and jazz recording artist, songwriter and actress, Ledisi performed an eclectic program of blues, jazz and R&B in concert performance of NSO Pops: An Evening with Ledisi. Under the musical direction of guest conductor Darin Atwater, the NSO Pops added contemporary […]

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The Playwright’s Playground: Part 2 – ‘Process, Autobiography, and Responsibility: An Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winner, Suzan-Lori Parks’ By Sydney-Chanele Dawkins

Female theatre artists make up more than 50 percent of those involved in the theatre, yet the number of female playwrights being produced is dramatically lower. Welcome back to the conversation, and The Playwright’s Playground – an in-depth Playwright interview series with female playwrights in the D.C. theatre community. This month it is my pleasure […]

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‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ at National Theatre by Sydney-Chanele Dawkins

There are many ways of presenting blackness on stage and defining blackness, and the theater remains a venue in which to challenge, question, and probe. Yet, before The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess made its Broadway debut, the reexamination of Porgy and Bess generated an intense cultural commentary and controversy as to whether this iconic work […]

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Magic Time! ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ at The National Theatre by John Stoltenberg

History hit an astounding “rewind” and “refresh” button last night at The National Theatre. An abundantly assorted audience of  Washingtonians rose as one to applaud an iconic work of musical theater with a past so complicated and conflicted that such heartfelt unanimity would have been unthinkable back in 1936 when the show first came to […]

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The Playwright’s Playground: Part I: ‘Adapting Porgy and Bess: An Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winner Suzan-Lori Parks’ by Sydney-Chanele Dawkins

Female theatre artists make up more than 50 percent of those involved in the theatre, yet the number of female playwrights being produced is dramatically lower. Welcome back to the conversation, and The Playwright’s Playground – an in-depth Playwright interview series with female playwrights in the D.C. theatre community. In this continuing Series, I will […]

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Patti LaBelle @The Kennedy Center Tonight @7:30 PM For Duke Ellington School of the Arts Benefit By Mike Spain

The legendary award-winning singer Patti LaBelle is coming to The Kennedy Center for a special benefit concert tonight March 25, 2013. The concert for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington kicks off the school’s 40th anniversary celebration. The school has been fortunate and honored to have other legends perform at the school […]

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This Friday 2/22 at 8 PM: Woolly Mammoth & The Continuum Project, Inc. Present The Legacy Project

WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATRE COMPANY AND THE CONTINUUM PROJECT, INC. PARTNER TO PRESENT THE LEGACY PROJECT THE CONTIUUM PROJECT, INC. DEBUTS IN DC WITH ITS FIRST ALL-FEMALE, ALL-HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT RESIDENCY PERFORMANCE ABOUT DISCOVERING ONES OWN HERITAGE As part of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s ongoing initiative to “ignite an explosive engagement between theatre artists and the community,” Woolly […]

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