Entries by Michael Loria

Mozart in the District

It’s not so much what Gianandrea Noseda says so much as how he says it. The Italian-born conductor speaks with a drawl that makes you want to listen closer and, even over the phone, you can tell which topics he finds blasé and which cause his eyes to light up. At the mention of Amazon’s […]

Inside the Smithsonian Latino Center

To prime myself for an afternoon at the Smithsonian Latino Center, I spent the morning on Independence Avenue between the Hirshhorn and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum enjoying the contrast between the chic couples that tended to favor the former and the ragtag herds of school kids that inundated the latter. I arrived at the SLC, […]

DMV Film Wins Big at Västerås Film Festival in Sweden

Chilean-born director Francisco Campos-Lopez moved to the DMV area to direct music videos in 2011. This September, Campos-Lopez debuted his first feature film, I Did Her Wrong, at the Västerås Film Festival in Sweden and won big. The film tells the story of an estranged father trying to reconnect with his daughter by casting her as […]

LCD Soundsystem’s American Dream Tour at The Anthem

It’s past 9 p.m. on October 17, and the lines into The Anthem still stretch from both sides of the marquee. It’s cold for the first time in what seems like forever in DC, and in line, people chat restlessly. Maybe because the band was supposed to go on at 8 p.m., and maybe because, for […]

OPUS 1: Surreal as the Succession of Days

Before the Chrysalis Stage, Enchanted Forest and Lightning Cloud, one had to pass beneath an arch reading “The Journey Begins.” And thus it began, though for such a commanding piece of signage one might have expected a longer journey in duration. This was the OPUS 1 event at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, billed as […]

Venus Is Venus Is Venus at Dupont Underground

For the uninitiated, Dupont Underground wasn’t hard to find. On September 16, I headed to Dupont Circle and look for the well-dressed crowd by the stairwell, then followed the music downstairs. The venue, an abandoned subterranean streetcar station, was cavernous. But for Fathom Concept‘s Experiment #4: Venus Is Venus Is Venus, the entire space was not needed. At the […]

Kennedy Center Presents Local Dance Commissioning Project

“We’re actually performing that with 25 feet of hair…exploring what’s been woven into us over time.”  That’s choreographer MK Abadoo speaking to me about her new piece LOCS, premiering alongside another new work, You Can Play in the Sun, on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage this Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 22. Abadoo’s new works are one-half of the Kennedy […]

Scena Stages the Obscene in Julius Caesar

Am I a bachelor? To answer every man directly and briefly, wisely and truly: wisely I say, I am a bachelor. These are some of the last words of the unfortunate Cinna the Poet, played by Kim Curtis, in Scena Theatre‘s production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar at Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street. He is […]

Brian Jonestown Massacre Goes Home Alone After 9:30 Club

Brian Jonestown Massacre was slow to begin their show at 9:30 Club on Friday night – not hesitant, but almost as if they couldn’t be bothered despite the restless shuffling of the crowd. They’ve been doing this for so long c combining the raw energy of garage rock with a sound bordering on jam band – that the stage is […]