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Managing Reads: ‘If We Were Villains’ Offers Dark Interpretation of Humanity

Managing Reads: ‘If We Were Villains’ Offers Dark Interpretation of Humanity

If you’ve ever wondered what happens when a group of William Shakespeare nerds studying theater get too into their roles, M. L. Rio’s novel “If We Were Villains” gives a transfixing answer: murder.  When the book opens, Oliver Marks leaves prison after serving a 10-year sentence for murder, and the[Read More…]

‘Ad Astra’ Brings Humanity to Outer Space

‘Ad Astra’ Brings Humanity to Outer Space

★★★★★ “Ad Astra” is a thrilling entry into the ever-shrinking pantheon of excellent films that possess a blockbuster budget but the heart of a small indie movie. Similar in tone to classics in the sci-fi space genre such as “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Solaris,” “Ad Astra” encourages viewers to[Read More…]

SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM | David Levinthal's retrospective highlights the way in which he applies his characteristic lighting and focusing to address  many aspects of American pop culture and history.

Levinthal Challenges Idealized Notions of American Culture

Photographer David Levinthal uses figurines, doll furniture and other miniatures to meticulously piece together dioramas that recreate images — or imaginations — of American society. Employing important pieces of Americana, Levinthal seeks to represent collective and idealized notions of American identity with over 70 photographs. “American Myth & Memory: David[Read More…]

by September 18, 2019 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, Guide - Top, The Guide
@applemusic/Instagram | Lana Del Rey's matures on "Norman F-----g Rockwell!" and releases her best album yet while maintaining her now iconic persona

Lana Del Rey Reimagines Herself on ‘Norman F—–g Rockwell!’

★★★★★ Lana Del Rey’s sixth studio album “Norman F—–g Rockwell!” marks a watershed in the singer’s career and image. Featuring her typical dreamy, psychedelic sound and sharp yet escapist lyrics, Del Rey innovates her style and overall persona by revamping the subject matter of her songs. The record still latches[Read More…]

RECORD REWIND: Taylor Swift’s Ever-Shifting Identity

RECORD REWIND: Taylor Swift’s Ever-Shifting Identity

“Lover,” Taylor Swift’s latest release, sees the megastar return to the never-ending love present in her early albums, veering away from the icy and tough persona curated on her previous release “reputation.” However, this renewed embrace of her famously bright persona doesn’t necessarily translate into a coherent artistic development. My[Read More…]

SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM | Seattle-based Ginny Ruffner meticulously designed each plant present in the exhibit, and half of the experience is discovering each one through a digital screen.

‘Reforestation of the Imagination’ Combines Art With AR

Glass-sculpted tree trunks with bright, painted tree rings on gray rock formations fill a small exhibition room at the Renwick Gallery. Without the aid of the exhibit’s app, the room seems barren and as a whole underwhelming. The magic of the exhibit, however, lies in its use of augmented reality[Read More…]

by September 12, 2019 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, Guide - Top, The Guide
EARTHGANG’s ‘Mirrorland’ Offers Novel Take on Atlanta Hip-Hop

EARTHGANG’s ‘Mirrorland’ Offers Novel Take on Atlanta Hip-Hop

★★★★☆ Atlanta hip-hop duo EARTHGANG fortifies its standing among rap’s most promising newcomers on its first major label debut, “Mirrorland,” with fun, bouncy bars over eclectic production with roots in funk music. EARTHGANG, composed of rappers Johnny Venus and Doctur Dot, has been recording and releasing music on and off[Read More…]

‘Manifesto: Art x Agency’ Centers Artists Addressing Politics

‘Manifesto: Art x Agency’ Centers Artists Addressing Politics

“Manifesto: Art x Agency” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden strikes a nerve among politically and socially conscious art consumers. Its galleries take viewers throughout the past century to examine the intersections of art and politics. The first gallery space offers a concise timeline of each movement as it[Read More…]

@BRCKHMPTN/TWITTER | The rap collective finally reflect on and confront the ousting of Ameer Vann, but the album begins to repeat itself as it continues on.

BROCKHAMPTON Addresses Controversy on ‘GINGER’

★★★★☆ BROCKHAMPTON continues to wrestle with the sudden ousting of member Ameer Vann on “GINGER,” their most deeply personal and intimate album yet. Boyband and rap collective BROCKHAMPTON burst onto the alternative pop-rap scene in 2017 with their critically acclaimed “SATURATION” trilogy, but the years since have been mired in[Read More…]

DC YOGA WEEK/FACEBOOK | Over 7,000 participants convene at the National Mall with their yoga mats to enjoy the summer morning. Yoga is a great practice to exercise both body and mind.

What to Do in DC This Commencement Weekend

Hawaiian Cultural Festival The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian is hosting its annual Hawaiian Cultural Festival in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month from May 18 to 19 in the Potomac Atrium. Admission is free for all guests. The Hawaiian Cultural Festival explores the legacy of King[Read More…]