Author Archive for Alexis Hauk

Topher Payne on A Perfect Arrangement at Source

“And now you 'bout to see this Southern playa serve,” Outkast once said. The same could be uttered of Atlanta-based playwright Topher Payne, 33, whose full-length play about a gay spouse-swap of sorts set in 1950s D.C., A Perfect Arrangement, makes its debut Thursday at Source Festival.
Recently Payne and I chatted about his first D.C. [...]

Boh, Sweat, and Tears: She Rex’s Femme Dance-Party Revolution

The Advocate may have listed D.C. as the fourth most gay-friendly city in America this year, but poll anyone along D.C.’s LBGT spectrum who doesn't reside on the "G," and you often hear that Washington's LGBT party scene has always skewed more toward gay men.
"Every other month, someone new to city [...]

Jeffry Cudlin Plots a Slow, Dangerous Crawl Through Rosslyn

Performance artist and Washington City Paper contributor Jeffry Cudlin moved to Arlington in 1995 and lived there for four years. The first time he set foot in Rosslyn, he got completely lost while putting up fliers for his band. He eventually realized it was futile—no one was walking around the barren corporate wasteland at 8 p.m. on [...]

One Track Mind: Caz and the Day Laborers

Standout Track: No. 2, the smooth, soulful “Grateful,” captures what Caz and the Day Laborers frontwoman Caz Gardiner calls the “gourmet” experience that she and bassist Jorge Bañales set out to create on their new self-titled EP, which channels ’60s rock, mod, and garage rock, but especially rocksteady.
Musical Motivation: The song’s cheerful melody contrasts with [...]

The 2013 Sweetlife Festival Awards

Honoring the best and the worst of Saturday's Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion
Most Glaring Statistic: Approximately 98 percent of attendees were white (margin of error: 2)
Most Glaring Statistic, Runner Up: Attendees' average age (19)
Worst Idea: During her set, Solange implored people to start grinding, saying she wanted to turn this into a "high school [...]

Gilgamesh, Reviewed

You can’t accuse Constellation Theatre of lacking ambition. Almost a full year before Arena got Metamorphoses, the relatively tiny company was the first local outfit to stage Mary Zimmerman’s visually rich take on Ovid. It hasn't narrowed its vision, either; this season alone, Constellation has swish-swooshed through Zorro and tripped through Alan Ayckbourn's farce Taking [...]

Planned Eight-Story Development Threatens U Street Mural

If you know your D.C. history, you know that Marvin Gaye was born here. You might also know he attended Cardozo High School, where he joined his first band, the D.C. Tones. Walk by the eastern façade of the Oswego building at 1326 U St. NW, where Pure Lounge now is, and you'll see a [...]

94.7 Fresh FM Promises “Today’s Best Hits, Without the Rap”

You will hear plenty of Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Pink on the CBS-owned radio station 94.7 Fresh FM, but don't expect anything resembling hip-hop music on the station. As Fresh's slogan proudly advertises, 94.7 FM is all about "Today's Best Hits, Without the Rap."
Steve Davis, operations manager for CBS Radio Washington and program [...]

dog & pony Needs Your Help Making Toast

According to Merriam-Webster, "to incubate" means "to maintain (as an embryo or a chemically active system) under conditions favorable for hatching, development or reaction."
But mad-scientist theater collective dog & pony is less technical about language. While “incubation” certainly applies to their newest endeavor, the Incubator Series—in the sense that it will help grow their latest [...]

Taffety Punk Debuts Its Shorter, Lower-Tech Rape of Lucrece

Don't let its edgy name fool you. Taffety Punk, the troupe of actors, musicians, and dancers behind scrappy projects like "Bootleg Shakespeare," are unquestionably loyal to Shakespeare's work. But that doesn't mean they can't also set it to a blistering soundtrack.
This evening at Sidney Harman Hall, the company performs its take on one of Shakespeare's [...]