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Kahina Haynes Is Helping the District Rediscover Its Dance Communities

“The array of dance forms present in this city is mind-blowing.”

In the eyes of Kahina Haynes, the executive director of Dance Institute of Washington, dance in the District is in a state of rediscovery.   “I intentionally put the ‘re’ before ‘discovery’ because I don’t think all of it is innovation and new and never seen before,” Haynes tells City Paper, referring to conversations in…

DC Improv Has the Last Laugh

The city’s longest operating comedy club survived the pandemic and is now roaring into its dirty 30s.

The evening of June 27 was a special one for D.C. Improv owner Allyson Jaffe and her business partner Antoine Griffin […]

Black Flute: A Black Opera With Purpose

The IN Series’ online production of Sybil Williams and Jarrod Lee’s retelling of The Magic Flute features an all-Black cast grappling with the misogyny and racism of the Enlightenment Movement.

The phrase, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which is the title of Maya Angelou’s autobiography, may be the underlying thread beneath the online streaming opera […]

After 25 Years, Bowen McCauley Dance Company Takes a Final Bow

Local choreographer Lucy Bowen McCauley’s company is celebrating 25 years with one final performance at the Kennedy Center.

An upcoming performance at the Kennedy Center will be a unique chance to celebrate local dance legend Lucy Bowen McCauley as her company commemorates its 25th anniversary and takes its final bow.  After 25 years, the Bowen McCauley Dance Company will present its final performance at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at…

Here’s Where To Dance, Sing, and Watch Live Music This Weekend And Beyond

D.C. is fully reopened. Now let’s party.

Today’s the day: D.C. fully reopens. Bars, large venues, and nightclubs can welcome back patrons without any capacity limits. That means concerts and clubbing are back across the District.  These venues were the first to close during the coronavirus pandemic and are the last to reopen. Some of these spots were welcoming customers. But per…

How Rhizome DC Pivoted Its Way Through a Pandemic

The Takoma arts venue Rhizome DC has managed to host workshops, art exhibitions, and even concerts over the last year.

It’s Jan. 14, 2021, and Rhizome DC is hosting a virtual event called “Mindful Listening in Isolated Times.” Molly Jones, a Chicago-based improviser and composer, has been practicing sound-based meditation for the past 11 months and wants to share the experience with others. “Unlike a lot of Zoom meetings, I would invite you, if you’re…


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