Author Archive for Ashley Larkin

Born to Dance Winner Opens Seize the Dance Gym in Capitol Heights

On Dec. 1, LaTonya Swann held a grand-opening party for the dance studio she'd dreamed of bringing to her native Prince George's County. Swann's facility, Seize the Dance, is the latest dance studio to arrive in Capitol Heights, Md., and it's quite a whopper: At 8,500 square feet, the new space consists of two large [...]

D.C.’s Finest Comedy Talk Show, You, Me, Them, Everybody, Turns Three

Speaking with Brandon Wetherbee on the phone is like talking to a good friend—and not only because the 29-year-old is relaxed and witty in an occasionally self-effacing way, but also because his voice is really familiar, if you've listened to his talk show, You, Me, Them, Everybody.
The live show, originally only available through the web before [...]

At Flashpoint, Benjamin Bellas Uses Objects to Convey Absence

In Benjamin Bellas’ show at Flashpoint, “Losing Something You Never Had,” the idea of loss is conveyed, paradoxically, with tangible objects. It includes artifacts belonging to the artist’s uncle, who was lost at sea during the Vietnam War, alongside Bellas’ own work, which was inspired by his uncle—or rather, his ongoing presence in Bellas’ life.
Though [...]

In “Divine Revelations,” Carolina Mayorga Toys With Catholics’ Obsession With Virginity

In her latest installation, “Divine Revelations: Passages From the Life of Our Lady,” D.C.-based artist Carolina Mayorga reinvents herself as a Virgin Mary-derived character—while abandoning the reverence that usually accompanies such a portrayal.
In her mixed-media show at Vivid Solutions' temporary location, Mayorga is pictured as a virginal mother figure, sometimes with a rubber baby cradled [...]

In Arena’s My Fair Lady, “Fair” Doesn’t Mean Lily White

When the curtains open on Arena Stage’s production of My Fair Lady tomorrow, the spotlight will be on a distinctly different leading lady: The role of Eliza Doolittle, the unrefined street hawker who sneaks her way into the elite upper class in turn-of-the-century London, will be played by Chinese-American actress Manna Nichols.
Arena's Artistic Director Molly Smith [...]