Author Archive for Valerie Paschall

Fringe Music Preview: One Nation Under a Groove

Baldacchino Tent Bar – Fort Fringe
Tonight at 5:00 p.m.
The CooLots EP by The CooLots
Val's Take: The CooLots are one of Capital Fringe's repeat performers, this time bringing their funk-infused brand of rock and roll to give the festival a fiery conclusion. Their bass lines are formidable and the lyrical messages empowering and dangerous. The rock that they [...]

Hip Shot: Relationsh!t

Bedroom – Fort Fringe
Remaining Performances:
Sunday July 27, 3:45 p.m.
They Say: Awkward break-ups, fights with lovers, miscommunication with grandma: every relationship has its complications. Come explore the ups and downs of the human connection through sketch comedy. Take a big whiff of the truth: all relationships are a little shitty.
Val's Take: "Relationshit" might be a Freudian slip [...]

Fringe Music Preview: Chain and the Gang

Baldacchino Tent Bar – Fort Fringe
Tonight at 8:30 p.m.
Val's Take: Chain & the Gang, the sassiest band in America, has returned from their European tour, shiny blazers and funky bass lines intact, and they're touching down at Capital Fringe with the intent of showing that Minimum Rock and Roll, [...]

Hip Shot: Point…Blank…Period!

Gallery – Goethe Institut
Remaining Performances:
Saturday, July 26, 6:45 p.m.
They Say: The crimson wave! The period demystified. Point. . . Blank. . . Period! is an insightful view on a woman's love/hate relationship with her period! Whether you're a man or woman, PBP will have you saying, "Once a month is more than enough!"
Val's Take: Director/cowriter/performer Tramaine Braithwaite knows [...]

Fringe Music Preview: Advanced Funk: East Meets West

Baldacchino Tent Bar – Fort Fringe
Tonight at 8:45 p.m.
Val's Take: Although Feedel Band is ostensibly the Eastern representative of this "East Meets West" show, their style is also a blend of influences from both sides of the Atlantic. Indeed, the band's name, Feedel, is an Amharic word for alphabet and they employ the guitar tonality and horn [...]

Fringe Music Preview: The Silent Note with Kamyar Arsani and Mosno Al-Moseeki

Baldacchino Tent Bar – Fort Fringe
Tonight at 7:15 p.m.
The Daf might be an unfamiliar sound for those unacquainted with world music but tonight The Silent Note's Kamyar Arsani will give those who come to Fort Fringe a proper introduction. The large, circular Iranian frame drum is held upright with one hand and while the other will [...]

Fringe Music Preview: Capital Fringe Cybertrax Edition

Fort Fringe
Lone Performance: Tonight at Fort Fringe at 7:15 p.m.
Val's Take: As the word "Cybertrax" is one of those cute and clever combos that doesn't reveal much, let's be clear: This is a night for the lovers of synth-based and electronic music to congregate and bliss the hell out.
At the height of the blissful spectrum [...]

Hip Shot: Brick Penguin Tries Its Best

The Fridge
Remaining Performances: 
Saturday, July 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 23 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, July 25 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 26 at 8:00 p.m.
They say: A raucous collection of the best sketches from Brick Penguin’s four-year history of tough love comedy. Brick Penguin [...]

Hip Shot: I Tried To Be Normal, It Didn’t Take

Caos on F
Remaining Shows:
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. (at the Goethe Institut–Gallery)
July 26 at 9:45 p.m.
July 27 at 6:00 p.m.
They Say: "Through song, stand up and conversation, Stephanie details how failing at normal was actually succeeding."
Val's Take: It's the obsession of every middle schooler: to be "normal." But the meaning of that word is ultimately quite [...]

Fringe Music Preview: Paint Branch

Performing: Tonight at Fort Fringe with Adam Lempel and The Heartbeats at 10:45 p.m.
They Say: "Paint Branch brings you new songs about loving, losing, striving and the bonds of friendship from Chris Richards and John Davis, formerly of Q and Not U."
Val’s Take: Anyone who had been to The Writers' Center in Bethesda in 2010 [...]