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The Bengsons’ ‘Joy is Heavy!’ for Arena

As we enter the second year of pandemic, theater companies have largely shifted from live performance spaces to film and video producers. When new work is offered, it streams online, often created by the artists themselves. For a new series of song-based works from Arena Stage, Molly Smith commissioned work from music-minded artists with some […]

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Taking a Misguided UFO to ‘Heaven’s Gate’

It’s the golden age of cult docuseries.  Following two different series on NXIVM on Starz, and the revival of one on Australia’s The Family on Starz — and what was Charlie Manson but a cult? — here’s a fascinating four part “Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults” (HBO Max, streaming), about the oddball pair of […]

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Virtual Icons at Virtual Rock Hall Induction

They canceled the Olympics and Coachella, so this year might have also been a good year to cancel The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Inductions (HBO, 8 p.m.). The pandemic already delayed the annual event from May to the fall to not at all — the event that would have been at a […]

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A Slight Kennedy Center Reopening

If you were planning the first in-person performance in the Kennedy Center in six months, a kind of historic cultural awakening after the darkness of the pandemic lockdown, you couldn’t go wrong with a double bill of Renée Fleming and Vanessa Williams. The opera diva and the glamorous pop singer and actress, harmonizing and soloing […]

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True Crime and a Whole Lot More

`Thе documentarian Liz Garbus muѕt hаvе felt аn intense kinship tо Michelle McNamara, a true crime blogger whо kept amassing information оn a topic іn order tо fashion іt іntо compelling аrt. If you want criminal defense lawyer then click here now. Fоr hеr latest film, ѕhе tackles McNamara’s obsession wіth a prolific rapist аnd […]

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The Last New Play in Washington for Now

It may have been unrealistic to open a new play amid the coronavirus pandemic, but “The Realistic Joneses” did just that on Saturday at Spooky Action Theatre, a group whose name inspires no further confidence (it’s named after Einstein’s term for quantum entanglement – the ability of separate objects to share a condition at a […]

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When the Riches Ran Out for ‘Timon’

The week the stock market erases its year’s gains may be just the right time to open a not-often produced play about swift changes in fortune. “Timon of Athens” has a home at the Shakespeare Theatre Company if only because it’s one of his lesser-known plays. Long suspected to have been co-written, the splashy production imported […]

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The Touring ‘Simon & Garfunkel Story’

There is certainly a dramatic story to be told behind the highly successful 60s duo Simon & Garfunkel from a brief high school success that got them on “American Bandstand” to their later 1960s stardom, love/hate relationship and mutual artistic dependence. All of that is barely mentioned, though, in the nationally touring “The Simon & […]

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A New Year’s Eve Tribute to Aretha Franklin

Some of Aretha Franklin’s greatest performances happened at the Kennedy Center — chief of which may have been a 2015 performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at the Kennedy Center Honors that made Barack Obama shed a tear in the Presidential box. Clips of some of Franklin’s performances in the fabled […]

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She & Him Throw a Christmas Party

The first time Zooey Deschanel sang a Christmas song for huge audiences was 16 years ago in the movie “Elf,” crooning “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” in the shower, eventually dueting with an unwelcome Will Ferrell. It was that moment that showed M. Ward that the actress could actually sing, and they eventually got together to form […]

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