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Remembering Prolific Reporter Julia Reed Through Her Essays

From covering the Madeira murder to Madeleine Albright and Willie Nelson, Reed’s Dispatches from the Gilded Age, published posthumously, captures her legacy.

When southern journalist and raconteur Julia Reed (New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Garden & Gun) lost her battle with cancer in 2020 at the age of 59 scores of people mourned her death. Not only because she was an engaging and witty writer, but because Reed was a selfless friend. Her essays in Dispatches from…

Remembering Joe Bussard

The self-proclaimed “king of record collectors” died on Sept. 26 at age 86.

Joe Bussard, the self-proclaimed “king of record collectors” who City Paper first wrote about in 1999, died on Sept. 26 at age 86.

Divino Niño, Celebrating Dance and Tech, and More Best Bets for Sept. 29–Oct. 6

Stay dry this weekend with art exhibits, immersive displays of dance on the edge, AMARU at Pie Shop, and more

Thursday: AMARU at Pie Shop Uber talented vocalist and songwriter AMARU will perform at Pie Shop tonight. The event, titled The Warm Up, is a pop-up concert and open mic series featuring the local songwriter and friends. Born and raised in D.C., AMARU attended the SEED Public Charter High School, where he performed in musical theater…

The Till Trilogy Does Not Glorify Emmett Till’s Death But Celebrates His Life, History, and Community

Opening at Mosaic Theatre Company on Oct. 4, the trilogy’s director, “We know the end at the beginning, so the point of Ballad is to give him that joy back.”

“What if we think about Till’s legacy rather than his death?” This is the question that animates Mosaic Theatre Company’s The Till Trilogy, an ambitious mounting of playwright Ifa Bayeza’s three-part opus chronicling the life, death, and enduring influence of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Black boy whose brutal murder in 1955 helped fire the civil…

The Greatest Beer Run Ever Is a Story for a Country That No Longer Exists

Peter Farrelly’s first film since Green Book starts with comedy and ends with empty messages and Zac Efron’s empty gaze.

It’s always nice when a movie turns out not to be reactionary garbage. That was my fear about The Greatest Beer Run Ever, the true story of a Vietnam-era schlub who, concerned his enlisted friends are being demoralized by antiwar protests back home, travels as a civilian to the war zone to bring them each…

Round House Theatre’s Nine Night Celebrates Life in a Time of Mourning

The play, written by Natasha Gordon and directed by Timothy Douglas, makes its long-awaited U.S. debut at a poignant time in history.

Round House Theatre’s production of Nine Night has long awaited its U.S. debut after its 2018 premiere at the U.K.’s National Theatre. The play received West End acclaim for its timely meditations on race and immigration in the 21st century. But Natasha Gordon’s script finds new resonance in a period of unprecedented mourning in the…

Ain’t No Mo’ Asks and Answers: Post-Racial? Not Really.

In Jordan E. Cooper’s wild satire, the U.S. sends all of its citizens descended from enslaved people back to the lands of their ancestors.

In Jordan E. Cooper’s wild satire Ain’t No Mo’, the U.S. sends all of its citizens descended from enslaved people back to the lands of their ancestors.

Vernon Davis Goes From Football to Go-go Trap

At 38, the former tight end for the Washington Football Team has released his first single, “Bounce Like Dis.”

At 38, Vernon Davis, the former tight end for the Washington Football Team, has released his first single, “Bounce Like Dis.”

2022 Fall Arts Guide

How we create and consume art has changed, and local artists were forced to adapt. Many are rediscovering themselves as the scene comes back to life.

Artistic chaos reigns as we head into the fall of 2022. Sitting in no-man’s-land, somewhere between pandemic and endemic, I’ll be honest: I’m tired of writing about COVID-19 and its fallouts. Instead, I wish this year’s Fall Arts Guide could be like the ones from the Before Times. COVID has changed everything and all of…

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