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Julia Usiak

MISS-TAKES: Manic Pixie Dream Girl Chooses Her Own Adventure

Oh, hey. I didn’t see you there, until precisely this very moment, when I climbed off my Harley-Davidson Freewheeler, removed my vintage leather bomber jacket, and shook out my helmet, revealing my a) long curly red tresses; b) short blonde pixie cut; c) Zooey Deschanel bangs. The helmet probably made[Read More…]

by October 4, 2018 0 comments Guide Columns, The Guide
Charming Cast and Captivating Costumes Characterize ‘Colette’

Charming Cast and Captivating Costumes Characterize ‘Colette’

“Colette” breathes new life into the period costume drama, telling a scandalous true story that will fascinate today’s viewers in the same way that the French novelist Colette’s work once rocked Parisian society at the turn of the century. The film tells the story of French novelist and actress Sidonie-Gabrielle[Read More…]

by October 3, 2018 0 comments Movies, The Guide
TRILLECTRO

SZA and Sheck Wes Shine at Trillectro Music Festival

When I entered Trillectro, a music festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, I could feel the atmosphere shift from the streets of Maryland. The colors were brighter, the music was louder and the people were happier. The anticipation and excitement were tangible as I steadily made my way[Read More…]

by October 3, 2018 0 comments Concerts, Guide - Top, Music, The Guide
DIRECTOR’S CUT: ‘A Simple Favor’ Pioneers a New Feminist Noir Subgenre

DIRECTOR’S CUT: ‘A Simple Favor’ Pioneers a New Feminist Noir Subgenre

Director Paul Feig has put a feminine twist on gritty noir tropes in “A Simple Favor,” injecting the film with dark humor and sets that bend reality to bring the film’s two antiheroines to life. The film opens with Stephanie Ward, played by Anna Kendrick, livestreaming on her vlog, which[Read More…]

by October 2, 2018 0 comments Guide Columns, The Guide
Annapurna Pictures

‘The Sisters Brothers’ Is as Good as Gold

★★★★☆ “The Sisters Brothers” entertainingly explores familial love, man’s propensity toward both good and evil and the first use of a toothbrush. Jacques Audiard’s western dark comedy film, based on the Patrick deWitt novel of the same name, tells the story of brothers Charlie and Eli Sisters. The duo of[Read More…]

by October 1, 2018 1 comment Guide - Top, Movies, The Guide
Native American Tradition Meets Modern Aesthetics in Jeffrey Gibson’s ‘DON’T MAKE ME OVER’

Native American Tradition Meets Modern Aesthetics in Jeffrey Gibson’s ‘DON’T MAKE ME OVER’

‘As cold rain drowned the streets outside with somber, gray tones, Jeffrey Gibson’s “DON’T MAKE ME OVER” infused Georgetown University’s newly built exhibition space with vibrant colors and sound. The Maria & Alberto De La Cruz Art Gallery, under construction since February 2018, made its debut this fall in the[Read More…]

6LACK

‘East Atlanta Love Letter’ Puts 6LACK’s Emotional Side on Display, But Pushes No Boundaries

★★★☆☆ Atlanta-based singer 6LACK, birth name Ricardo Valentine, burst onto the alternative R&B scene in 2016 with platinum-selling singles “PRBLMS” and “Ex Calling,” leading up to his debut album “Free 6LACK.” Accused by fans and critics like Anthony Fantano of being an industry plant capitalizing on the popularity of alternative[Read More…]

RAMIN DJAWADI

‘Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience’ Combines Orchestra With Visuals for an Epic Experience

The “Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience” is the perfect immersive experience into the world of Westeros for dedicated fans of the Emmy Award-winning HBO show “Game of Thrones.” Through the spectacular use of visuals and riveting orchestral performances, German-Iranian composer Ramin Djawadi took fans on an epic musical journey[Read More…]

by September 28, 2018 0 comments Arts & Entertainment, Music, The Guide
EMBASSY OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC, WASHINGTON, D.C.

‘Pankrác 45’ Poses Tough Questions About Guilt and Recovery After the Holocaust

“Pankrác 45” boldly provokes introspection on the nature of culpability and the effectiveness of retribution. Set in the Czech Republic after the Holocaust, the production trains an unflinching eye on the fates of four women associated with the Nazi regime as the community struggles with the aftermath of the atrocities.[Read More…]

THE AVALON

HIGHLIGHT REEL: Independent Film Theaters in Limbo as the District Evolves

Passing by the CVS Pharmacy on M Street, visitors to the Georgetown neighborhood might never guess that intrepid students could visit the same building and catch screenings of avant-garde dramas or racy adult films in the 1980s. Yet the area used to be home to a variety of independent film[Read More…]