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Sonic Transducers Invite You to Do the Time Warp Again. And Again.

Many members of the local Rocky Horror Picture Show shadow cast have been performing for more than a decade and they’re still drawing new audiences to their monthly performances.

D.C.’s Rocky Horror shadow cast is still drawing new audiences to their monthly performances.

GRIDLOCK Dance Explores Technology and Truth Through Movement

GRIDLOCK founder Madeline Maxine Gorman discusses the contemporary dance company’s latest project to be performed at Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival on March 10.

Dance, as a whole, has the misfortune of being perceived as a niche market. Ballet can feel antiquated. Casting lists still get posted to a corkboard outside the studio. Instructors hold to the techniques of old innovators such as Lester Horton or Martha Graham. But on the other end of the spectrum, contemporary dance, much…

Chitra Subramanian Creates Community Through Dance

Running March 18 and 19, TEMPLE, from her chitra.MOVES dance collective, embraces Indian classical movement and hip-hop to explore belonging.

Lynchburg, Virginia, is not the easiest place to be different—especially for a Hindu family from south India. But this largely white, conservative city is where Chitra Subramanian’s family came to call home. Her father found engineering work in Lynchburg and the family immigrated from West Bengal in the 1980s, when Subramanian was three. Her classmates…

Because They’re Funny Gives BIPOC Comedians a New Stage at the Wharf

Coming to Southwest this October, the American Black Film Festival hosts an inaugural three-day comedy event to support and spotlight Black entertainers.

The American Black Film Festival announced Monday the launch of a new comedy festival in D.C. Because They’re Funny will be a three-day event showcasing comedians in BIPOC communities. Curated with comedy fans and industry professionals in mind, the festival aims to showcase a new generation of stand-up comedians while promoting strong ties between Black…

Becoming Ballet: Introducing the Washington Ballet’s Studio Company

These up-and-coming young dancers are living in the tension between the artists they’ve already become and the artists they’ll one day be.

Three dozen professional dancers are warming up in a studio at THEARC, the community center east of the Anacostia River where the Washington Ballet School operates its southeast campus and the stage where the company opened its 42-show run of The Nutcracker on Nov. 11. Peppered throughout the daily warmup class is a group of 10…

What the Departure of Julie Kent Means for the Washington Ballet

After seven seasons, the company’s artistic director heads to Houston, leaving many wondering what’s next for the local ballet company.

The Washington Ballet’s star artistic director, Julie Kent, heads to Houston and leaves many wondering what’s next for the local ballet company.

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…

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 […]


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