Entries by Keith Loria

Brewing Up Business

The craft beer market has grown into a $23.5 billion industry, and the Washington metro area is growing right alongside it. In 2016, more than 5,300 breweries were in operation around the U.S., and represented approximately 12 percent of market share by volume for the overall beer industry, according to recent data released by the […]

Firefly 2017 Bigger than Ever

There’s never been a dearth of great talent at Firefly, as hundreds of musicians head out to Delaware’s Woodlands of Dover International Speedway every year to take part in one of the summer’s most exciting music festivals. But for the 2017 event, taking part June 15-18, organizers wanted to up the excitement even more. “Our […]

Washington Chorus Plans Epic Send-Off for Julian Wachner

After about a decade at the helm of the Washington Chorus, music director Julian Wachner will conduct his last official performance with the group on May 14 during their season finale concert at the Kennedy Center. Wachner will go out with a bang, however, as the Washington Chorus will be joined onstage by the Gay Men’s […]

An Ingredient For Fun: ‘Cuisine & Confessions’

The marriage of acrobats and cooking may seem like an odd pairing, but the theatrical showcase Cuisine & Confessions by Canadian troupe The 7 Fingers of the Hand has been wowing audiences across the world, finding the perfect recipe for success. The event, a combination of dance, acrobatics, theatrics and cooking onstage, plus a mini-festival […]

A Perfect Pair: Passenger and The Paper Kites at 9:30 Club

Before even hitting the stage at the 9:30 Club on Wednesday night, up-and-coming indie rock-folk band The Paper Kites, who hail from Australia, sort of expected they were rather unknown in the nation’s capital. As the audience was waiting to enter the venue, several people were handing out flyers giving a bit of background about […]

The Select (The Sun Also Rises): The Hemingway Classic Reimagined

After finding theatrical success with literary adaptions of American classics The Great Gatsby and The Sound and the Fury, acclaimed New York theater ensemble Elevator Repair Service decided it should go for the trifecta with Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. And now local theatergoers can catch a performance of the ensemble’s third adaptation at Shakespeare […]

STC’s Unique Take on The Taming of the Shrew

For Shakespeare Theatre Company’s staging of The Taming of the Shrew beginning on May 17, director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar is harking back to the days of the Bard himself, when the playwright’s productions were performed by a cast of all men. Popular TV actor Maulik Pancholy (Weeds, 30 Rock) takes on the role of Katherina, […]

March Film Festival Roundup

DC Independent Film Festival: March 4-13 The DC Independent Film Festival (DCIFF) showcases work from more than 70 indie filmmakers, including everything from full-length films to animated shorts, at venues throughout DC. There’s even a competition for local aspiring high school filmmakers. “We build a community for them and include the audience so that watching films […]