Author Archive for Amrita Khalid

Ask a Librarian: Tina Plottel Catalogs Kansas House

According to George Washington University librarian Tina Plottel, punk rock in D.C. is not
dead. And the demise of the Arlington DIY venue Kansas House last year shouldn't be taken as an ending point.
There are variables, she says, on which area punk depends. The presidential administration is one of them: Plottel says that many members of the D.C scene [...]

Reviewed: Agora

With Agora, director Alejandro Amenábar transforms ancient Egypt—a setting usually reserved for summertime epics—for the art-house set. It's true, Agora has the blood-and-guts battle sequences you’d see in a blockbuster—with its NR rating, the film might have a bit too much. But in a genre where grunting is what usually passes for dramatic heft, this [...]

“If You Want to Feel What a Theater Rock Show Is, This Is It”: Taffety Punk’s Bootleg Shakespeare

Othello doing karaoke. Troubadours singing “Dust in the Wind” as a eulogy. Hamlet descending in a hot air balloon. If this doesn’t sound like your usual Shakespeare, then, well, it wasn't meant to be. Taffety Punk is what happens when a classically trained theater company meets punk rock, and its "Bootleg Shakespeare" productions fall [...]

An African Diaspora Film Fest Primer

The fifth annual African Diaspora Film Festival begins tomorrow at the National Geographic Society Headquarters. Entries include a film about the bleaker side of Jamaican reggae, a Sundance-winning doc on the Civil Rights Movement's Freedom Riders, and a coming-of-age tale set in the diamond-rich area of Congo.
The festival is a part of the All Roads [...]

Fantasy Epics, Bite-Sized: Charles Ross on One Man Lord of the Rings

"Renewed shall be blade that was broken," indeed.
Charles Ross, the creator of One Man Lord of the Rings and One Man Star Wars, is back on tour after the former show was stalled by, well, The Man. Ross was served a cease and desist letter and had to wait five years while the the Tolkien [...]

ReSource: More on the Theater Festival

If you're anxiously anticipating Capital Fringe Festival, starting next week, quench your theater festival-urges with the Source Festival, which runs through Saturday. At Source, you’ll find a different play every night until the final day, during which time all three of the festival’s full-length plays will run consecutively.
Each of the three weeks of Source featured [...]

Direct from the Source: Theater Festival Showcases Original Plays

If you're bummed that you haven't made it to the Source Festival yet, don't be. You still have time. This week marks the last of a three-week venture by the Source Theatre Company that featured 18 10-minute plays; visual art; and "Artistic Blind Dates," in which random artists were set up together and told to [...]

This Weekend: The DMV International Film Festival

Silverdocs is continuing all weekend, but today marks the premiere of another new player on the increasingly flush film-festival scene in Washington: the DMV International Film Festival, whose selections, both short and feature-length, come from local and international names and will screen at Goethe-Institut and other venues.
"If you can make it in D.C., I honestly [...]