Gary Tischler

'Billy Elliot': Big Show, Big Heart

“Billy Elliot the Musical” started out as a movie, a smallish, critically well received and quite popular English movie about a working class kid who wanted to become a ballet dancer.

Christopher Hitchens & Vaclav Havel

I’ve been reading stories about and obituaries of Christopher Hitchens these past few days.

I was amazed how much ...

Theater Briefs: What’s on Stage this Season

‘Ann’: An Original Played by an Original

I thought I knew Holland Taylor.

She was a lawyer, a judge, a ...

National Zoo Lights Up

When you live in Washington, you’re never more than a few minutes away from some entertaining surprises...

Harry Morgan, Age 96, Wonderful Actor, Wonderful Life.

On Wednesday, December 7,2011, Emmy Award-winning actor Harry Morgan passed away. Best known as Col. Sherman T. Potter in the sitcom "MASH" and the Bullheaded LAPD Officer Bill Gannon in the television drama "Dragnet". He was 96.

Much Ado About a Whole Lotta Stuff

Director Ethan McSweeney’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, which swings to the mambo and samba rhythm of 1930s Cuba, is the latest in a long line of “Much Ados” at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

The Good Dr. Hall

I got a confession to make.

I’m a huge fan of the long-running CBS crime show “CSI” (for “Crime ...

Manon Cleary Dies at 69

Unless you were a working, writing, painting, drawing, kibitzing, loving, hanging-out member of the Washington art and gallery scene going back to the 1970s up to now, the name Manon Cleary might not immediately ring your memory bell.

Vladimir Potanin Donates $5 Million to Kennedy Center

Potanin, who founded the Interros Company in 1990 and turned it into one the largest private investment companies in Russia, is also a philanthropist, one of those super-rich folks who likes to give large chunks of his fortune away. He signed on to Bill and Melinda Gates’ “Giving Pledge,” which is a promise to give away half of his money. In keeping with that, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced last week that Potanin had given a $5 million gift towards the center’s operating and programming budget.

An Interview with Kevin Kline

Near the end of his “Classic Conversations” visit with Shakespeare Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Kahn, actor and sometime movie star Kevin Kline noted that he loved the big parts, the scary parts.

JFK’s November of Myths and Memories

November in Washington is winter’s harbinger and the keeper of the bitter flame for one of the nation’s ...

George Stevens Jr.: the Man behind the Kennedy Center Honors

Talking with George Stevens, Jr. in his wonderland office at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on a mid-November ...

Tom Wicker 1926 - 2011

Everything that’s been written lately about the legendary New York Times former bureau chief and columnist Tom Wicker leads with his once-in-a-lifetime on-the-spot coverage of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. For Wicker, who died Friday at the age of 85 of an apparent heart attack, everything flowed into that moment, and everything that happened after flowed from it.

'Re-Viewing Documentary: The Photographic Life of Louise Rosskam'

When we think of depression-era- and- beyond documentary photography, people probably don’t think of Louise Rosskam, except maybe in context of her better known husband Ed with whom she worked...

Suzanne Vega at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue

Everything you read or hear about the singer Suzanne Vega inclines you to think that she remains something of a secret. Elusive, quiet, a kind of musical whisper in the annals of popular contemporary music. She seems part legend, part rumor, a mystery with staying power.

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