City Lights: Draw Autobiographical Comics with Rhizome DC

In an upcoming virtual workshop series, Canadian comics artist Georgia Webber offers us a way out of our artistic uncertainty.

The past year’s isolation has brought with it a sense of obligation to explore new creative outlets. How many of us have sat at a desk, pencil or paintbrush in hand, staring helplessly at a blank sheet of paper? In an upcoming virtual workshop series, Canadian comics artist Georgia Webber offers us a way out of our uncertainty. […]

Creatives in Need of Funding Say the District Failed Them Twice

Many arts and entertainment workers applied for unemployment after the pandemic destroyed their industry. Receiving unemployment makes them ineligible for entertainment business aid from the District.

At the beginning of 2020, Michelle Busch was focusing on building client relationships and making her company, Event Solutions DC, a go-to for everything from PR to event planning to travel management. Then the coronavirus pandemic shut down the D.C. region in March and nearly all her revenue evaporated. Busch has been getting by on […]

In The White Tiger, an Everyman Is a Scoundrel

The film never quite finds the right balance of sympathy or charisma, so Balram ends up seeming sneering and awkward.

Poverty is a common theme in Ramin Bahrani’s films. His debut, Man Push Cart, follows an immigrant street vendor in New York City, while Chop Shop is about a boy eking out a living in a scrapyard. The empathy in these films is unusual; they show people at society’s fringes who rarely get the star […]

City Lights: A Reading by Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman

On Feb. 2, Montgomery College will host Amanda Gorman, the poet who read "The Hill We Climb" at the inauguration, for a public Zoom session.

Amanda Gorman, the youngest poet to ever read at a presidential inauguration, left CNN’s Anderson Cooper speechless. “Wow, you’re awesome,” he told her during a recent interview. “I’m so transfixed.” Much of America feels the same. Gorman, 22, earned universal praise and became an instant star after reading her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” at Joe Biden’s inauguration yesterday. Her message of hope and healing brilliantly captured the historic moment, and it was one shaped by the horror she saw and read about during the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection. […]

City Lights: Exposed DC’s Photo Contest Shows Off a Different D.C.

For its annual photography contest, Exposed DC wants to see how you view the city and how you've experienced D.C. during the pandemic.

Exposed DC Photography Contest There is no denying that D.C. looked different in 2020. Many residents swapped crowded morning commutes for isolated walks and weekend brunches and museum visits for virtual events and socially distanced gatherings. However, the businesses, monuments, and buildings of the city remained (mostly) accessible. Now, Exposed DC wants to see how […]

I Came As a Shadow Captures the Lasting Legacy of John Thompson Jr.

"I really hope that people who read this understand this was a person who bridged eras in a very remarkable way, who grew up during Jim Crow and then met six presidents."

In the 1980s, John Thompson Jr. and the Georgetown men’s basketball team left a lasting impression on Jesse Washington. Even though Washington lived more than 300 miles away from D.C., in Poughkeepsie, New York, the Hoyas were “a thousand percent” his team. “Wait, let’s just stop. They were every Black kid’s team,” Washington, a senior […]

City Lights: Royal Height Says Trump “Ain’t Gotta Go Home, Just Gotta Git the Hell Up Outta Here”

Royal Height's musical message to Donald Trump is fairly self-explanatory.

When longtime D.C. R&B singer Royal Height heard in November that President Donald Trump was refusing to accept the results of the election, he was reminded of a song he had worked on. “Ain’t Gotta Go Home, Just Gotta Git the Hell Up Outta Here” is a tune that Height, along with musician and producer Ron “Meatball” Reace, had created before the election and even before the pandemic, but had not released. It was a light-hearted piece penned for their club DJ pals, aimed at patrons who would linger past closing time. But offended by Trump’s presidency and especially his November actions, Height re-recorded the tune […]

City Lights: Celebrate The People’s Holiday with Jazz from the NMAAHC

Even more than many of its jazz events, NMAAHC's Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations and Christian McBride's album The Movement Revisited seem made for each other.

From the moment the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened, it was clearly the go-to venue for the Smithsonian’s jazz initiatives. Even more than many of its jazz events, though, NMAAHC’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations and Christian McBride’s album The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons seem made for each other. The iconic bassist’s work honors King alongside Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and Muhammad Ali […]

City Lights: Know More of Shenandoah National Park’s Natural History

Shenandoah National Park: Natural History Highlights Shenandoah National Park, located 75 miles from downtown Washington, is a popular daytrip for D.C. residents, especially since we learned outdoor activities are less risky in a pandemic. Its more than 500 trails make it easy to understand why. The park’s landscape is dramatic, marked by jagged outcroppings and […]

Crank Radio Will Give Go-Go a National Platform

The new hour-long program on Sirius XM’s H.U.R. Voices debuts Jan. 16 and will bring go-go to listeners across the country.

More than 40 years after go-go’s first national hit, Chuck Brown’s “Bustin’ Loose,” and more than 30 years after Experience Unlimited’s “Da Butt” topped Billboard’s R&B charts, go-go has finally found a national radio platform. The new hour-long Crank Radio program, which debuts Saturday, Jan. 16 at 9 p.m. on H.U.R. Voices, Sirius XM Satellite […]

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