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On Stage: She Done Him Wrong

On Stage: She Done Him Wrong

Studio Theatre's 'Murder Ballad' places a classic love triangle story in an unconventional setting.

Music Notes: Things He’s Come To Know

Music Notes: Things He’s Come To Know

Decades later, James McMurtry still weaves magical tales from out on the road.

Music Notes: Force of Nature

Music Notes: Force of Nature

Johnette Napolitano, a Rock 'n' Roll survivor, keeps making music amidst her busy life.

On Stage: Coming to Light

On Stage: Coming to Light

Prison, a baby and friendship guide the 'Lights Rise on Grace' characters on a journey of self discovery.

Music Notes: Still Illuminating The World

Music Notes: Still Illuminating The World

Joan Armatrading gets even closer to her audience in the twilight of her career.

On Stage: All About Sondheim

On Stage: All About Sondheim

Two veterans combine with four younger performers to give new life to Sondheim music.


On Stage: She Done Him Wrong

On Stage: She Done Him Wrong

24 April 2015

Studio Theatre's 'Murder Ballad' places a classic love triangle story in an unconventional setting.

Posted in Front Page

Music Notes: Things He’s Come To Know

Music Notes: Things He’s Come To Know

20 April 2015

Decades later, James McMurtry still weaves magical tales from out on the road.

Posted in Front Page

Music Notes: Force of Nature

Music Notes: Force of Nature

17 April 2015

Johnette Napolitano, a Rock 'n' Roll survivor, keeps making music amidst her busy life.

Posted in Front Page

On Stage: Coming to Light

On Stage: Coming to Light

10 April 2015

Prison, a baby and friendship guide the 'Lights Rise on Grace' characters on a journey of self discovery.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Music Notes: Still Illuminating The World

Music Notes: Still Illuminating The World

09 April 2015

Joan Armatrading gets even closer to her audience in the twilight of her career.

Posted in Front Page

On Stage: All About Sondheim

On Stage: All About Sondheim

09 April 2015

Two veterans combine with four younger performers to give new life to Sondheim music.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Music Notes: A Nod To Those Who Came Before

Music Notes: A Nod To Those Who Came Before

08 April 2015

Rhiannon Giddens is always looking back, as she looks gloriously forward.

Posted in Features

Perfect Pitch: A Royal Ode

Perfect Pitch: A Royal Ode

01 April 2015

WL sits down with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas to discuss life on the road and royal performances.

Posted in Features

Music Notes: Same Ol’ Songwriter Workin’

Music Notes: Same Ol’ Songwriter Workin’

01 April 2015

Tom Paxton, a folk music legend, is still at it because, well, he writes great songs.

Posted in Features

On Stage: With Don Quixote

On Stage: With Don Quixote

30 March 2015

Musical 'Man of La Mancha' will attract a variety of new audiences to Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Perfect Pitch: Loss of a Choral Giant

Perfect Pitch: Loss of a Choral Giant

25 March 2015

Final Bow: The death of Choral Arts founder Norman Scribner hits the music community hard.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Last Hurrah

On Stage: Last Hurrah

20 March 2015

Comedic timing and a carefully chosen cast make National Theatre's 'Blithe Spirit' an effortless hit.

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Power Source: World Premier

Power Source: World Premier

18 March 2015

Wynton Marsalis and The Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra debut 'Blues Symphony.'

Posted in Features

On Stage: A Bundle of Laughs

On Stage: A Bundle of Laughs

18 March 2015

Though the laughs in Studio Theatre's 'Laugh' may be strained at times, the quirky play is pleasant.

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Music Matters: Making Beauty From the Beast

Music Matters: Making Beauty From the Beast

10 March 2015

Mary Gauthier's songs of pain and hope help others who've been there.

Posted in Features

Perfect Pitch: Cross-Cultural

Perfect Pitch: Cross-Cultural

05 March 2015

Apollo Orchestra bridges the gap between town and gown with recent Kennedy Center performance.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Close But No Cigar

On Stage: Close But No Cigar

04 March 2015

Tackling pedophilia in a musical is no easy feat, and makes 'Kid Victory' a bit of a miss.

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Perfect Pitch:  Singing the Dream

Perfect Pitch: Singing the Dream

27 February 2015

REVIEW: Choral Arts join forces with Washington Performing Arts choirs for MLK celebration.

Posted in Features

Perfect Pitch: Songs of Nostalgia

Perfect Pitch: Songs of Nostalgia

26 February 2015

REVIEW: Soprano Renée Fleming takes her audience on a journey in song through her past.

Posted in Features

Music Matters: Surviving to Sing

Music Matters: Surviving to Sing

26 February 2015

Beth Hart, one of music's most powerful voices, defines the word survivor.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Into the Woods

On Stage: Into the Woods

24 February 2015

Lisa D'Amour's simplistic 'Cherokee' doesn't have the same impact as her previous 'Detroit.'

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Music Notes: The Reliving Years

Music Notes: The Reliving Years

24 February 2015

Mike Rutherford, founding member of legendary band Genesis, reflects after publishing a memoir.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Comedy at the Ballet

On Stage: Comedy at the Ballet

20 February 2015

The latest Synetic Theatre wordless production, 'Much Ado About Nothing,' is nothing short of genius.

Posted in Editor's Picks

On Stage: Out of Control

On Stage: Out of Control

19 February 2015

Arena Stage's 'King Hedley II' uncomfortably portrays lives lived in crime in this dark tragedy.

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Music Notes: From One Era to the Next

Music Notes: From One Era to the Next

19 February 2015

Derek Trucks says goodbye to one legend and continues to hone his own.

Posted in Features

Music Notes: The Road to Immortality

Music Notes: The Road to Immortality

17 February 2015

One of rock's most influential innovators, Eddie Van Halen, makes it into the Smithsonian and shares his amazing story.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Cell Block Tango

On Stage: Cell Block Tango

13 February 2015

The National Theatre's 'Chicago' is a hit with inventive dancing and memorable numbers.

Posted in Editor's Picks

On Stage: Off With Her Head

On Stage: Off With Her Head

06 February 2015

'Mary Stuart' hauntingly portrays the bloody battle between Queen Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots.

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Music Notes: JJ Grey’s Deep Florida Soul

Music Notes: JJ Grey’s Deep Florida Soul

03 February 2015

Florida to the core, JJ Grey has thrived by singing about his roots and living one day at a time.

Posted in Features

Music Matters: Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz

Music Matters: Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz

02 February 2015

Venezuela's ' Simón Bolívar Big Band Jazz' orchestra is applauded by Danny Glover.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Constrained by Tradition

On Stage: Constrained by Tradition

16 January 2015

'Choir Boy' highlights the duality of tradition and handling contemporary issues.

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Music Notes: The Best of 2014

Music Notes: The Best of 2014

07 January 2015

Rock 'n' roll expert Steve Houk rounds up his 10 favorite albums, and songs, of 2014.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Reviving a Classic

On Stage: Reviving a Classic

06 January 2015

Barry Levinson and Sheryl Crow team up to turn popular movie 'Diner' into a hit Broadway musical.

Posted in Editor's Picks

Perfect Pitch: 2014 in Review

Perfect Pitch: 2014 in Review

26 December 2014

A look back at top performances and highlights of the Washington arts scene.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Coming of Age

On Stage: Coming of Age

26 December 2014

Lucie Arnaz delights in the National Theatre's production of 'Pippin.'

Posted in Editor's Picks

Perfect Pitch: Candlelight Christmas

Perfect Pitch: Candlelight Christmas

26 December 2014

REVIEW: Washington Chorus' concert of holiday favorites resounds at the Kennedy Center.

Posted in Features

Perfect Pitch: Italian Christmas

Perfect Pitch: Italian Christmas

18 December 2014

REVIEW: The Folger Consort performed Christmas music inspired by the Renaissance.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Supernatural Vision

On Stage: Supernatural Vision

18 December 2014

REVIEW: Studio Theatre's grotesque yet beautiful monologue play, 'Terminus,' is mesmerizing.

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On Stage: Beyond the Puppet

On Stage: Beyond the Puppet

17 December 2014

REVIEW: 'Famous Puppet Death Scenes' takes a deeper,darker look at the humor of these wooden creatures.

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Perfect Pitch:  A Capital Christmas

Perfect Pitch: A Capital Christmas

17 December 2014

REVIEW: The 34th annual Choral Arts Society Gala painted a musical tapestry woven with diversity.

Posted in Features

Music Notes: Journey of the Songbird

Music Notes: Journey of the Songbird

17 December 2014

Local singer/songwriter Debi Smith keeps flying high amidst a blend of truly eclectic experiences.

Posted in Features

On Stage: The Beauty of It

On Stage: The Beauty of It

10 December 2014

REVIEW: Synetic Theatre delivers a creative take on the classic fairy tale 'Beauty and the Beast.'

Posted in Editor's Picks

On Stage: The Next Hot Ticket

On Stage: The Next Hot Ticket

05 December 2014

REVIEW: Little Dancer's pre-Broadway run at Kennedy Center indicates it will be a smashing success.

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Perfect Pitch: Outside the Box

Perfect Pitch: Outside the Box

17 November 2014

REVIEW: The Washington Bach Consort takes a welcomed detour with Mozart's 'Requiem' for season opener.

Posted in Features

On Stage: ‘Fiddler’ Making a Match at 50

On Stage: ‘Fiddler’ Making a Match at 50

17 November 2014

REVIEW: Arena Stage revives another legendary musical.

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Perfect Pitch: Glorious Bach

Perfect Pitch: Glorious Bach

14 November 2014

The Choral Arts Society of Washington offered variety in their performance of Bach's "Mass in B Minor."

Posted in Features

On Stage: Rosalind’s the Thing

On Stage: Rosalind’s the Thing

13 November 2014

REVIEW: Zoe Waites lifts Shakespeare Theatre Company's 'As You Like It.'

Posted in Editor's Picks

Music Notes: Ready to Pounce

Music Notes: Ready to Pounce

10 November 2014

Genre-bender Kat Dahlia uses life and rock-and-roll to keep it real.

Posted in Editor's Picks

On Stage: Power Play

On Stage: Power Play

05 November 2014

REVIEW: Folger's 'Julius Caesar' a provocative retelling of infamous political assassination.

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Music Notes: Quest to Stay Satisfied

Music Notes: Quest to Stay Satisfied

03 November 2014

Eric Johnson's reputation as one of the world's most adventurous guitarists wasn't gained by accident.

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Music Notes: Saving Himself

Music Notes: Saving Himself

21 October 2014

Gary Louris, leader of seminal Americana band The Jayhawks, is back after a dark time and better than ever.

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On Stage: Where the Wild Things Cower

On Stage: Where the Wild Things Cower

17 October 2014

REVIEW: Synetic takes on H.G. Wells’ “The Island of Dr. Moreau.”

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Perfect Pitch:  Welcome Kano

Perfect Pitch: Welcome Kano

14 October 2014

The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington welcomes Thea Kano as its new artistic director.

Posted in Features

Music Notes: Continuing to Rise

Music Notes: Continuing to Rise

08 October 2014

A living legend is still rising, still creating, and still very much Herb Alpert.

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On Stage: In the Rear View

On Stage: In the Rear View

07 October 2014

REVIEW: ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ at Ford’s, a play for a bygone era.

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On Stage: Queen of Excess

On Stage: Queen of Excess

01 October 2014

REVIEW: Woolly's 'Marie Antoinette' a reminder of over consumption in a modern age.

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Music Notes: It’s All About Connecting

Music Notes: It’s All About Connecting

26 September 2014

Three talented women, including one superstar, find a common bond and a great band

Posted in Editor's Picks

Perfect Pitch: Peking Opera

Perfect Pitch: Peking Opera

25 September 2014

Performances of traditional Chinese plays marked the 120th birthday of Mei Lanfang.

Posted in Features

On Stage: Stealing the Show

On Stage: Stealing the Show

25 September 2014

REVIEW: Lighthearted ‘The Shoplifters’ tackles bigger issues.

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Music Notes: Spirit of the Underdog

Music Notes: Spirit of the Underdog

23 September 2014

Southern rock mainstay 38 Special keeps it going out on the road after 40 grueling years.

Posted in Editor's Picks

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