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Friday, March 25, 2016

Review: The Peking Acrobats 30th Anniversary National Tour at Strathmore by Marlene Hall

Cirque du Soleil meets the East is an apt description of the The Peking Acrobats, which even features a clown/comedian like Cirque du Soleil’s shows. The Peking Acrobats pushed the human c…

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

An Interview with Local Musician Jason Masi by Marlene Hall

Jason Masi, a former standout soccer star found his calling in music and hasn’t looked back since. He delves into his music life and what he finds through it by living the dream as a full-…

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

An Interview with Local DC Musician Kate Moran on The Rainbow Rock Band by Marlene Hall

Alexandria, Virginia native and musician Kate Moran is a renaissance woman! She started the Del Ray Music Festival, has a Ph.D in Special Education, formed the Kate Moran Band in 2006 and th…

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Review: ‘Holy Holy’ at The Birchmere by Marlene Hall

The best way to celebrate artist David Bowie’s life is to attend a Holy Holy concert. Even David Bowie would have approved. The show played The Man Who Sold the World album with the drumh…

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Duncan Sheik and Suzanne Vega at The Barns at Wolf Trap by Marlene Hall

Last night, composer, Tony Award winner and musician Duncan Sheik opened up the show with a simple set. His set included himself with an acoustic/electric guitar/synthesizer and his drummer …

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Madeleine Peyroux at The Barns at Wolf Trap by Marlene Hall

Last night, jazz virtuoso Madeleine Peyroux shared her enormous talent with an appreciative crowd that held onto her every note. Peyroux’ witty comedic chops were also on display between a…

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

David Gregory on His Book ‘How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey’ at Sixth & I by Marlene Hall

David Gregory gave an insightful and even at times humorous talk on his new book How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey about his journey to faith. After leaving his job as the …

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Elizabeth Gilbert on Her Book ‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’ at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue by Marlene Hall

Attending an Elizabeth Gilbert speaking event is like attending a rock concert. The ardent devotion and following of her work is intense, but inspiring! I’ve been to a lot of book talks,…

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

NSO Pops: ‘Rajaton: Best of The Beatles’ at The Kennedy Center by Marlene Hall

I had never seen an a cappella group accompanied by a symphony orchestra before and I was thrilled to see  that happen last night when the Finnish a cappella group Rajaton. sang The Beatles…

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Adam Ezra and Kathryn Calder at Gypsy Sally’s by Marlene Hall

Sunday night, Adam Ezra and Kathryn Calder rocked the joint! Adam Ezra had a solo set of 45 minutes laying bare his vulnerability. In between his songs he shared the stories behind the music…

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Saturday, September 12, 2015

An Interview With Kathryn Calder Who is Performing Tomorrow at 8 PM at Gypsy Sally’s by Marlene Hall

Here’s my interview with Kathryn Calder, who is performing at Gypsy Sally’s tomorrow night at 8 PM. Canadian indie rock musician Kathryn Calder has found much success as one of the …

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

‘Million Dollar Quartet’ at Wolf Trap by Marlene Hall

Wow, just wow! There is a reason why Million Dollar Quartet is a Tony Award-winning musical. It features a talented cast, amazing singing, and musicianship, incredible music, awesome dance…

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Author Chuck Palahniuk at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue by Marlene Hall

Chuck Palahniuk knows how to make an entrance. This slim and fit figure in his casual outfit and grey glasses, strode into the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue confidently with his coffee c…

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Recap of ‘The GI Film Festival’ – May 18-24, 2015 by Marlene Hall

The GI Film Festival is in its ninth year and has grown so big. It ended yesterday at the huge and swanky Angelika Film Center in the Mosaic District in Fairfax, VA. They showed a record nu…

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Monday, May 18, 2015

GI Film Festival Opens Tonight and Runs Through May 24th at Angelika Film Center by Marlene Hall

GI Film Festival Opens Tonight through May 24th at Angelika Film Center The GI Film Festival (GIFF) is back in town for the ninth year in a row.  It runs from May 18-May 24, 2015 with its …

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Interview of Dana Perino by Angela Greiling Keane at The National Press Club by Marlene Hall

Former National Press Club President Angela Greiling Keane interviewed Dana Perino in front of a full crowd, including former White House press secretary Marlin Fitzwater, Friday night at t…

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

‘Candice Bergen In Conversation with Madhulika Sikka’ at Sixth and I Synagogue by Marlene Hall

Candice Bergen is strongly linked to her famous character Murphy Brown. After Madhulika Sikka, the Executive Editor for NPR News, interviewed her Monday night, the similarities between the …

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Author Gretchen Rubin at Sixth and I Synagogue on Her New Book ‘Better than Before’ by Marlene Hall

Gretchen Rubin is on a mission to change people’s lives for the better. Her insight for learning and curiosity is benefiting millions. One day she realized her life was passing her by and …

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Interview with Musician and Contestant on ‘The Voice’ Jack Gregori by Marlene Hall

DC based musician Jack Gregori is a self-described “singer-songwriter, guitar picker, and the creator of Human Country Jukebox” whose music focuses on “rabble-rousing outlaw country b…

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Interview with DC-Area Musician Paul Pfau And Being a Contestant on ‘The Voice’ by Marlene Hall

I’ve seen Paul Pfau play locally at Gypsy Sally’s and with The Nine Songwriter Series with Justin Trawick. He is a well-respected musician in the DC area.  In 2011, Paul was nominated …

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Author of ‘Wild’ Cheryl Strayed at National Geographic by Marlene Hall

Ever been lost and then found? Well apparently everyone experiences this according to Cheryl Strayed of the New York Times memoir bestseller Wild. Strayed talked to a sold out crowd, compri…

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma at the Kennedy Center by Marlene Hall

An icy Sunday evening turned into a lush and warm, and enjoyable evening inside The Kennedy Center with the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma. Many of DC’s dignitaries attended, including T…

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Interview with Guitarist Todd Fancey of the New Pornographers Who Appears at Ram’s Head Tonight and in Richmond on Saturday by Marlene Hall

I first met Todd Fancey after a show at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC a couple of months ago, and he was friendly and personable. I recently caught up with Todd via email. He is currently …

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Savion Glover’s ‘STePz’ at The Music Center at Strathmore by Marlene Hall

Friday night an enthusiastic and sold-out crowd voraciously devoured Savion Glover’s show STePz featuring American tap dancing icon Savion Glover, Marshall Davis, Jr, and the 3 Controvers…

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Friday, January 23, 2015

‘An Evening with Jason Alexander’ with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Strathmore by Marlene Hall

Jason Alexander famously known for his role as George Costanza in Seinfeld, is also a seasoned, Tony Award-winning (for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway) Broadway performer. Last night with the B…

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

‘Spring Awakening’ at Act Two @ Levine by Marlene Hall

On Saturday afternoon, I saw the eight-time Tony Award-winning rock musical Spring Awakening by Act Two at Levine‘s  Pre-Professional Program in Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle. Th…

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

‘Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis’ at the Music Center at Strathmore by Marlene Hall

  Saturday, Mannheim Steamroller performed at Bethesda’s Music Center at Strathmore. The soldout crowd was enraptured at the matinee and Mannheim Steamroller received a standing ovation a…

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Monday, November 17, 2014

‘Missa Solemnis’ at The Washington Chorus by Marlene Hall

Wow, talk about a moving experience! Sunday night, the Grammy Award-winning The Washington Chorus performed Missa Solemnis by Ludwig van Beethoven to a sold-out and appreciative crowd at The…

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

‘In the Next Room’ at Port City Playhouse by Marlene Hall

Port City Playhouse’s production of Sara Ruhl’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, In the Next Room, is filled with incredible actors, a clever set, and gorgeous Victorian time period…

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Henry Rollins on the DC Punk Scene at the Smithsonian by Marlene Hall

Tuesday night, October 14, 2014, a packed crowd listened to DC’s native son, Henry Rollins (aka Garfield). He shared his insights about the DC punk rock scene in the early 80s, where he p…

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Patti LuPone at ArtSpeak! at Blake High School by Marlene Hall

Patti LuPone is in town for her performance tonight at ‘Arts By George‘ at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.. Last night she was interviewed Q&A style by A…

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