Other Things I’ve Written Lately

IMG_4857Here are some recent pieces I’ve written elsewhere:

  • A feature for the Washington Post on the mighty all-female drum crew Batalá.
  • A report for Smithsonian Magazine on the unveiling of the official portraits of Michelle and Barack Obama at the National Portrait Gallery.
  • Talking with Nas about the classical presentation of “Illmatic” at the Kennedy Center on PBS.
  • A story about the background of the current “Waco” miniseries for Smithsonian Magazine.
  • An interview with the director of the new IMAX film tracing the development of American music.
  • A review of an original play about John Brown at the Theater Alliance in Anacostia.
  • A chat with Dhani Harrison about his new album, his dad, and his mentors.
  • A look at how Ryan Murphy approached “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” for his current miniseries.
  • Chronicling the moment the Queen decided to sit down for her first TV interview, about her Coronation.
  • A stage review of an inventive interpretation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Lathe of Heaven” at Spooky Action Theater.
  • A story about creating an art show around a work by Ferdinand Hodler, Swiss hero, at the National Portrait Gallery.
  • Six reports from the TV Critics Association winter press tour for TV Worth Watching, covering Fox,  FX, CBS, ABC, NBC, Cable and PBS.
  • A story about a TV documentary tracing the importance of Panama in migration.
  • A deeply cynical review of the traveling Broadway show “The Illusionists” at the Kennedy Center.
  • A piece for Smithsonian Magazine about a colorful interlocking overhead puzzle at the Renwick Gallery.
  • Review of a world premiere play “La Foto,” about the problems of selfies by a Venezuelan playwright at GALA Hispanic Theatre.
  • Two reviews from the Women’s Voices Theater Festival at the same Silver Spring theater: One is Saviana Stanescu’s “Waxing West”; the other,   a less successful futuristic play.
  • A dance review of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet’s final performances at the Kennedy Center.
  • A review of a one-man show about a legendary DJ, “In Search of My Father.. Walkin’ Talkin’ Bill Hawkins’ at Atlas.
  • A stage review of the sequel “See Rock City” at Washington Stage Guild.
  • Writing about a kids’ play about Duke Ellington at GALA Hispanic Theatre.
  • These rock reviews were also seen here, but not with these much better pictures at shows by Noel Gallagher, First Aid Kit, The Posies, David Rawlings, Joe Henry and Morrissey.


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