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Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: ‘The Sound of Music’ at The Kennedy Center by Marlene Hall

Art has a way to awaken the senses and make you feel alive. Art shakes the dreariness of everyday life off you as you bathe in the beauty of a live musical performance. The Sound of Music at…

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Review: Smithsonian Associates with Actor Alan Alda: ‘The Art and Science of Communicating’ by Marlene Hall

Thursday night on a beautiful Spring evening, Alan Alda fans descended upon the George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium to hear him speak about his passion…communication! The ev…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Interview: Jazz Chanteuse Changamiré by Marlene Hall

I met jazz chanteuse Changamire’ at a networking event. She quickly warmed up to me and gave me her latest jazz album “Love” to listen to. I was blown away. In our interview she shared…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Review: ‘A Conversation with Alec Baldwin’ at Smithsonian Associates by Marlene Hall

A sold out crowd Wednesday night enthusiastically enjoyed the Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actor, writer, producer, comedian, and political activist Alec Baldwin…

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Review: Smithsonian Associates in Collaboration with the Creativity Foundation presents the 15th Annual Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Prize to by Marlene Hall

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this event, but it was unlike any Smithsonian Associates’ event I’ve ever attended. It involved a laugh exercise, talks about prison reform through ar…

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Review: ‘Diane Rehm in Conversation’ at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History by Marlene Hall

NPR host Tom Gjetlten interviewed former NPR radio host Diane Rehm about her new book, On My Own, her time at NPR and what she is doing now. The talk had a political angle to it with her str…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Review: Smithsonian Associates ‘Are the Cards Collapsing?: A ‘House of Cards’ Season 5 Preview’ with Professor Stef Woods by Marlene Hall

Wednesday night I did something very DC, I attended a talk on politics through the Smithsonian Associates. Not divisive politics, but pop culture politics about the show based on DC/ British…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Interview: Meet ‘The Duskwhales’ by Marlene Hall

I first ran across the Duskwhales when they performed at the 9:30 Club with Justin Trawick’s The 9 Songwriter Series in the Fall of 2016. I was mesmerized by their psychedelic dress, sound…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Interview: Musician Rachel Levitin by Marlene Hall

Musician Rachel Levitin embodies passion. She is passionate about her music, life, and friends and is grateful for everything. When she sings, her whole body is enraptured in the music. It i…

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Review: ‘Mannheim Steamroller Christmas’ By Chip Davis at Strathmore by Marlene Hall

A large, stylish Christmas crowd was on hand Sunday night as Mannheim Steamroller “steamrolled” into Bethesda’s Music Center at Strathmore to perform Mannheim Steamroller Chris…

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Review: ‘War Virgin’ at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop by Marlene Hall

In honor of Veterans’ Day, I took in a showing of War Virgin. I first met the playwright, West Point grad and Iraqi War veteran Laura Westley, at the Army/Navy game in Philadelphia severa…

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Concerto for Violin, Rock Band & String Orchestra: Composed by R.E.M.’s Mike Mills for Robert McDuffie Featuring Fifth House Ensemble at Strathm by Marlene Hall

When I saw Mike Mills of R.E.M. was coming to town, I knew I had to see him because I grew up on his music. R.E.M.’s music was a huge part of my life. Mills and Robert McDuffie didn’t d…

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Review: Bryan Adams at Wolf Trap by Marlene Hall

If you’re looking for the fountain of youth, look no more, it’s called Rock ‘N Roll. Boyish and Renaissance man Bryan Adams transported through a time machine from the 1980s to grace …

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Review: Don Henley at Wolf Trap by Marlene Hall

Seeing American icon in concert Don Henley is a must! He is Americana at its best! A musician to the core, his musical craftsmanship holds up to the test of time. A founding member of one o…

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Review: ‘Ira Glass: Seven Things I’ve Learned’ at Wolf Trap by Marlene Hall

Usually when attending Wolf Trap it is to partake in either a concert or an opera, or a musical. Ira Glass’ unique show shook things up a bit, as he shared Americans’ personal stories an…

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Friday, July 15, 2016

2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘SpookyMsgPlsFwd!’ by Marlene Hall

If you’re looking for an adult comedy featuring a unicorn, funny dialogue and wicked costumes SpookyMsgPlsFwd! is a show for you! This fast-paced comedy imagines a world 60 years after t…

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Friday, July 8, 2016

2016 Capital Fringe Review: ‘PowerPlays’ by Marlene Hall

This clever play is composed of five vignettes with a talented cast and minimalist stage, written by ‘The Gang of Five’: Marilyn Bennett, J T Caruso, Dimitri Neos, Michelle Rago…

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Monday, July 4, 2016

A Report on Last Night’s ‘A Capitol Fourth’ Rehearsal by Marlene Hall

What do you get when you combine Smokey Robinson, Gavin DeGraw, Kenny Loggins, Team USA Olympians, the National Symphony Orchestra, and more? The incredible production of A Capitol Fourth pr…

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Friday, July 1, 2016

An Interview with Pleasure Train’s Will Berger by Marlene Hall

Through an email interview with DC based Pleasure Train’s bassist Will Berger, we talked about the band’s favorite venue to play in, their musical journey highlight so far, and how they …

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Monday, June 27, 2016

An Interview with Patrick Garrity of ‘Round About Rocks’ by Marlene Hall

I interviewed Patrick Garrity, who plays rhythm guitar and sings, about his band Round About Rocks, their favorite venue to play in the DC area and how they write their music. The band won H…

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

An Interview with Eric Lynum of The Dolly Rockers by Marlene Hall

The Dolly Rockers are based in the Washington, DC area. Band members are Eric Lynum (vocalist, guitar), Larry D. (guitarist), Megan Strings (violin), Mike Trippi (bass), Derrick Decker (drum…

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Review: Buddy Guy and The Damn Right Blues Band at The State Theatre by Marlene Hall

Buddy Guy is a man who does not act his age of 79 years young! He is a cool cat and an American blues legend. He played to an enthusiastic capacity crowd Wednesday night at the State Theatre…

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Review: The Cult at The Fillmore by Marlene Hall

The real rock stars and rock band of our time is The Cult. While Guns ‘N Roses is gearing up for their reunion tour, The Cult has been going strong for 20+ years even employing Guns ‘N R…

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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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