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John Doe Stands Alone at Jammin Java

It’s a long road from the throbbing epicenter of Los Angeles punk origins to an acoustic Tuesday night gig at a suburban Northern Virginia strip mall. But John Doe has made that road work for him, turning his fame in the occasionally revived X to a solid solo career of dusty, windswept Americana. Those songs [...]

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Review: Lee Fields & the Expressions

Round about showtime Saturday night, as the backing band the Expressions were churning out the cool and lightly funky sounds of the past, the way serious students from Greenpoint, Brooklyn could do, in their matching paisley tux jackets, out came the front man in his sparkly blue tux jacket. Lee Fields was taking that long [...]

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Theatre Review: ‘Trevor’ at 1st Stage

Living in Connecticut eight years ago when a chimp being kept as a pet ripped the face off a neighbor, it was tough to see anything but stark horror in the attack. But there was a wealth of absurdity in the case of Travis, who appeared in TV commercials, occasionally drove the car and liked [...]

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Hawley’s Mind-Blowing New ‘Legion’

I grew out of superhero stories about the time I hit adulthood, so there’s little in the current crush of TV series from Marvel and DC to be of interest. At least until tonight’s “Legion” (FX, 10 p.m.). That’s solely because of the genius behind it, Noah Hawley, who adhered to Cohen Brothers codes when [...]

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Review: Spooky Action’s ‘The River’

The theater space at the Spooky Action Theatre is so intimate you immediately feel you’re in the tiny cabin where all its action in Jez Butterworth’s play “The River” takes place. Not only do you watch the man rhapsodize about sea trout fly fishing on a moonless night from this old family-owned cabin, and witness [...]

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A Best Bet for Militia Group Movie Night

Got a chilling feeling at the PBS portion of the TV Critics Association winter press tour last month. Of course it was happening just before the inauguration, but it was surprising to see so many episodes pertaining to the extreme right. An impending “Frontline” about the Bundy’s armed takeover of federal land is unironically called [...]

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Keeping You Up to Midnight: A New ’24′

Those digital clock beeps, the still remarkable real-time format, the relentless action, the petty office politics — the makers of “24: Legacy” (Fox, 10:30 p.m. or whenever the Super Bowl is over) do all they can to make you recall the signature 21st century series before you notice that Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer won’t be [...]

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From Russia, Ballet’s Humpbacked Horse

If the current state of U.S. relations with Russia seems dark and murky, it’s opposite that in the Mariinsky Ballet’s current offering at the Kennedy Center. “The Little Humpbacked Horse” is sunny and simple, light-hearted and soaring. Presented by Russia’s oldest company, formed decades before the United States, there’s nothing heavy about the production at all, [...]

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Mos Def: Yasiin Bey’s Final Performance

It’s been a tough year for Yasiin Bey, the rapper formerly known as Mos Def, who now wants to be known as a former rapper. He was arrested in South Africa last January for trying to leave the country with a “world passport.” He had been living in Cape Town since 2013 and had been [...]

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The Old 97′s Ring in Another New Year

In the 2014 song “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive,” The Old 97s note “most of our shows were a triumph of rock, although some nights I might have been checkin’ the clock.” Checking the clock is what playing New Year’s Eve gigs are all about. And though Texas band’s return to the tony Hamilton Club [...]

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