Entries by Monica Alford

GIRLAAA Collective Provides Safe Space and Creative Platform for Black Women

The subtle nuances of pronunciation never cease to amaze me. I’m sitting across from Kelcie Glass, Nicole Garder and Marlee Milton as they take turns saying the colloquialism that inspired their collective’s name. “Girlaaa” is a common greeting in the District, one generally used to express excitement. But Glass quickly points out that it can […]

DC’s Bacchae on the Expansiveness of Punk

I think it’s time this asshole knew // I do not exist for you These two lines from Bacchae’s song “Read” perfectly capture the DC punk band’s ethos. Whether it’s calling out toxic masculinity on this track from their 2018 self-titled EP or wrestling with not meeting societal expectations of adult success on their new […]

The Many Complexities of Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel isn’t like any other show. This is what artistic director Eric Schaeffer tells me on a phone call the morning after I catch his new production at Signature Theatre, and I can say with full certainty that he’s quite right. He relishes the fact he selected a Tony Award-winning play that’s complex, layered […]

Channel Your Inner Mermaid at MerMagic Con

It wasn’t until my chat last weekend with DC’s original mermaid Morgana Alba that I realized my affinity for the mythical creatures wasn’t all that unique. In fact, when I waxed nostalgic about growing up on The Little Mermaid and spending my moody middle school years reading Francesca Lia Block YA novels, Alba told me […]