Entries by Monica Alford

Fully Immersive Theatre: In Cabaret We Trust

As someone who has spent countless hours nestled safely in the audience during some of our city’s best theatre productions, the idea of being approached by an actor mid-performance and drawn into the plot is equal parts terrifying and intriguing. And those emotions are at least part of what artistic director Strother Gaines is gunning […]

A Day in the Life: Rockets are Red’s Jeffrey Everett

If you’re into music, Jeffrey Everett is a guy you want to know. The talented artist and owner of Rockville-based design agency Rockets are Red has designed hundreds of concert posters for bands like Foo Fighters, Social Distortion, The Decemberists and Wilco, not to mention comedians like Marc Maron, Nick Offerman and David Cross. In […]

The Who Rocks On at MGM

It can be daunting to write a review about a living legend, much less two. I’ve seen my fair share of them – Robert Plant, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Brian Wilson, Lou Reed when he was still with us – the list goes on. But I’ve never used the written word to describe those experiences, […]

Merriweather Post Pavilion Celebrates 50 Years

The Who and Led Zeppelin only shared the same stage once, in May 1969, and The Who’s crew had to ask Zeppelin to get off the stage so the band could squeeze in their own set. Former President Jimmy Carter sang “Georgia on My Mind” twice with Willie Nelson at the same venue. Janis Joplin […]

Inside Hedwig and the Angry Inch with Director Michael Mayer

When you’ve been not-so-quietly obsessed with the same musical for nearly two decades, it seems almost impossible to put into writing why it’s so incredible. But I’m going to try. First, there’s her story. Hedwig is John Cameron Mitchell’s creation, a transgender songstress from East Germany whose adult life was shaped in large part by […]

Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival Returns in Full Force

DC’s favorite spring festival is back this Saturday, inviting music and nature lovers alike back to Kingman Island for the eighth year. The eco-friendly Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival along the Anacostia River draws crowds of up to 10,000 locals annually, plus food trucks, vendors, and a dog and family-friendly vibe. We caught up […]

Alt-Rock Queen Garbage’s Shirley Manson

More than 20 years have passed since Garbage’s first album hit airwaves, gifting the 90s with their revolutionary sound that wraps alt-rock, grunge, trip-hop and even some pop sensibilities into one badass package. It seems only fitting that one of the most influential rock bands of the past two decades, revered by Gen Xers and […]

Binge-Worthy Podcasts: Serial and S-Town’s Julie Snyder

If you aren’t one of the millions of listeners who has tuned in to or downloaded NPR podcast Serial, chances are you’ve heard of the Peabody Award-winning show that ushered in a new era of investigative journalism. Our country became fascinated with the podcast’s first season in 2014, centered on a 1999 murder case in […]

VISIONDC: The District’s First Arts & Urban Innovation Summit

As a born and bred Northern Virginian, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the DC area change tremendously over the course of my lifetime – but especially in the past decade. The District in particular dove headfirst into new territory, transforming itself into a city with burgeoning dining and arts & culture scenes and urban […]