Posts Tagged ‘Abraham Lincoln’

The Better Angels, Reviewed

The Better Angels portrays a young Abraham Lincoln and aims to unveil the factors that shaped the president in his formative years. At the end of its 95 minutes, the answer is clear: trees.
So, so many trees. Always towering, with the camera aimed skyward. To set the scene of 1817 Indiana? Trees. Abe’s mother gets sick? Trees. [...]

Reviewed: “Mr. Lincoln’s Washington: A Civil War Portfolio” at the National Portrait Gallery

“Mr. Lincoln’s Washington: A Civil War Portfolio” documents the nation’s capital during the Civil War, focusing on the city itself more than its role as the Union’s seat of power. The National Portrait Gallery’s small exhibit offers a colorful look at a nearly primitive city 150 years ago; at the war’s outset, cows grazed on the [...]

Five Books I’d Read

1. Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, by Brett Martin
I got super bummed when Tony Soprano died. (Because I think of James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, I will hereafter refer to Gandolfini as "Tony Soprano" in print and in conversation. [...]

Openings: Age of Champions, “Changing America,” Classical Ballets

What's new this weekend in local arts.

It's a big week for openings at museums, as the Smithsonian rolls out some exhibits that will be on display through most of 2013. And with it being the holiday season, a few favorites return in slightly different forms. Now that the weather is finally cooling off for good [...]

Arts Roundup: Frederick Douglass Edition

The House approves the Frederick Douglass statue for the U.S. Capitol [Post]
Shakespeare Theatre announces more free programming [Post]
Isn't Owl City so cute for putting Abraham Lincoln on the guest list to his show last night? Because it's D.C.! Ha ha ha ha! [DCist]
Michael O'Sullivan says: Go to these gallery shows this fall! [Post]
ICYMI: Fairfax is getting [...]

Arts Roundup: Undead Edition

Credibility, Strained: Attention, world! Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is not based on facts. The horror flick—filmed in New Orleans, though inspired by a book partially set in D.C.—has released its first trailer, as TBD's Ryan Kearney points out. Here's the gist: Abraham Lincoln, a watershed leader in American history, is also a killer of the [...]

Arts Roundup: Assassination Vacation Edition

Fables of the Reconstruction: New York Times critic Edward Rothstein gives high marks to Ford's Theatre's new Center for Education and Leadership, which is across the street from the historic venue and attached to the Peterson House, where Abraham Lincoln died. The center traces the aftermath of Lincoln's death and explores the legacy of his presidency [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Lincoln Stomped on the Constitution? Oh Well!

Among other reasons Ron Paul would make an unlikely standard-bearer for the Republican Party is the fact that he, apparently, doesn’t think much of his party’s sainted first president. Paul famously accused Abraham Lincoln of waging a “senseless” war and ruling with an “iron fist.” Coming from a guy whose eponymous newsletters spent chunks of [...]

Ford’s Theatre’s Upstairs/Downstairs Problem

In my roundup this morning, I pointed to a Washington Post report that the museum store at Ford's Theatre has opted not to sell Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America, by Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, because it doesn't meet the shop's standards for accuracy and attribution.
The Ford's site—and the museum and shop [...]

Lincoln Biopic to Shoot in Enemy Capital

For the second time in as many years, a big Hollywood production about the presidency of Abraham Lincoln will be filming in the rebel states. Steven Spielberg's long-planned biopic of the 16th president will be shot (zing!) in Richmond and Petersburg, the Virginia Film Office told The Washington Post earlier today.
Spielberg's Lincoln, which stars Daniel [...]