Entries by Jon Kaplan

Global Mixed-Gender Basketball Washington Fusion Hits the Court

Duan Somers, co-owner of the Washington Fusion, is energized about the team’s matchup happening this month right here in the District. “November 16 will exhibit the epitome of gender equality,” Somers says. “The future of basketball is now!” The future of basketball that Somers is talking about is one in which male and female players […]

Redskins Rookie No More: Daron Payne Back for Season Two

Lest any Washington Redskins fans think defensive tackle Daron Payne was born with superhuman strength, here’s his real secret: hard work, and a lot of it. It’s a testament to the 22-year-old’s tenacity and humility to hear him talk about the beginning of his football career. “I wasn’t strong at all going into high school,” […]

Old Guard vs. New Guard: Top Players Come to Win at Citi Open

“It’s been a good year so far.” That’s the low-key summary of 2019 from Reilly Opelka, the up-and-coming American tennis powerhouse who won his first Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour title in February, and saw his world-ranking climb to an all-time high of 53 in May – just a few years into his career. […]

Knox Hamilton Breezes Through DC

Knox Hamilton’s vibe isn’t what you’d immediately expect from a band out of Little Rock, Arkansas. But the three bandmates aren’t claiming to play traditional Southern music. Instead, they’re drawing from all of their influences to make something modern and new. “I think just like any band, our sound comes from combining the taste and […]

BØRNS Finds Magic on the Road

In October 2015, Garrett Borns, better known as the singular BØRNS, released his debut album Dopamine, and his career went into overdrive. The memorable start to that phase of his musical journey began in our fair city, where hours before the album came out, he found himself in DC, onstage at the Rock & Roll […]