Author Archive for Caroline Jones

ToDo ToDay: “The Invisible Wall,” Matt Koff, and Wild Beasts

In the Vivid Solutions Gallery exhibit “The Invisible Wall: Photographs From East of the River,” Susana Raab investigates what she sees as “the invisible wall we put up between us, often delineated by race and class.” Raab, who’s of Peruvian and European descent, documents people and scenes from Anacostia, where she works at the Smithsonian’s [...]

ToDo ToDay: World Dance Theatre, Capital Fringe, and Al Crostino Reopens

Famed dancer Isadora Duncan developed her sumptuous and sprawling choreography while living and teaching in Europe, but the California-born, New York–based dancer’s work is considered uniquely American. It makes sense, then, that her iconic pieces will be presented at the Phillips Collection in conjunction with its “Made in the U.S.A.” exhibition. World Dance Theatre will [...]

ToDo ToDay: Carrie the Musical, Avers, and Chaplin-Themed Cocktails

You’ve probably heard of Carrie, Stephen King’s heroine immortalized on screen by Sissy Spacek. But have you heard her sing? Maybe not—the Broadway musical adaptation of the story famously flopped when it opened in 1988. Studio Theatre’s adaptation of Carrie: The Musical follows the narrative we’ve all come to know—bullied teen, zealous mother, psychic powers, worst prom [...]

ToDo ToDay: Hudson K, Black Masala, and Belgian Beer Tastings

On its 2013 release Ouroboros and the Black Dove, Knoxville, Tenn.–based Hudson K doesn’t stick to any one mode. From danceable pop jams to keyboard-heavy power ballads and almost prog-metal romps, the group moves beyond the synth-rock categorization it assigns itself on Facebook. Classically trained vocalist Christina Horn channels Annie Lennox with lingering, ominous vocals, particularly [...]

ToDo ToDay: Turkish for Beginners and the Return of Fort Reno

When it comes to romantic comedy meet-cutes, getting stranded on an Indian Ocean island after a plane crash with a handsome Turk is about as twee as it comes. But that’s exactly how neurotic German teenager Lena meets macho Cem in director Bora Dağtekin’s Turkish for Beginners. While the youngsters are stranded in paradise, Lena’s hippie [...]

ToDo ToDay: The Sea Life, Yo Gotti, and Patriotic Burlesque

On the eve of Independence Day and a three-day weekend, the Black Cat hosts local rock acts that provide the soundtrack to your daydreams. The Sea Life headlines in support of its third release, Transitions, a four-song EP recorded, like their 2012 full-length In Basements, below ground with Tommy Sherrod of Full Glass Records. The shoegaze band [...]

ToDo ToDay: Joan Rivers, Anna Mwalagho, and Urban Butcher Happy Hour

Just because she’s inside a house of worship doesn’t mean Joan Rivers will bite her tongue when she visits Sixth & I Historic Synagogue for a chat with the Atlantic’s Hanna Rosin. Comedian, host of E!’s Fashion Police, and professional shit-stirrer Rivers returns to town with a new book that promises to be salacious as ever. Don’t [...]

ToDo ToDay: Au Revoir Simone, Logic, and Free Gelato

Some bands opt to simply sprinkle their tunes with keys, while others go all-in—and Brooklyn trio Au Revoir Simone sticks to the latter. Formed in 2003, the infectious dream-pop act (longtime friends Erika Forster, Annie Hart, and Heather D’Angel) is 100 percent keyboards, with each member boasting her own vintage setup. But while the outfit’s [...]

ToDo ToDay: “Frozen Music,” Janel and Anthony, and Paperhaus

In his latest exhibition, “Frozen Music,” photographer Alan Sislen focuses on buildings, but he’s careful to clarify that they’re not “architectural photographs.” He notes that the flowing, lyrical nature of the images he made led him to see them in a musical context taking the title from a Goethe quote: “Music is liquid architecture and [...]

ToDo ToDay: Go-Go Symphony, Samba Mapangala, and Grogan Social Scene

Combining disparate items is a hit-or-miss prospect. Tonight, Capital City Symphony fuses two conflicting musical genres that just might yield something beautiful: classical music and go-go. It’s called, simply, the Go-Go Symphony, a performance that marries the instrumentation of a full orchestra with the syncopated beats and live dancers of go-go. Conductor John Devlin will [...]