Entries by Natalia Kolenko

Anastasia Proves a 90s Heroine for the Ages

As a girl born in the 90s, I spent my childhood watching some of the best Disney characters on screen. They proved to be role models that I and many other girls could look up to: female protagonists that were not damsels in distress, but strong women who radiate confidence. Some favorites include Mulan, Pocahontas and […]

‘Coalesce’ Exhibition Finds Synergy in Separation

Art galleries have a somewhat unfair reputation for being unapproachable and designed for a niche audience, but for Marta Staudinger and Christine Olmstead’s “Coalesce” exhibition, the opposite could not have been truer. As I stepped into The Bryne Gallery in quaint Middleburg, Virginia, I felt enveloped in a warm, golden embrace that seemed to reflect […]

GCRES Educates and Empowers DC-Area Refugees

David and Lyla Combs experienced one of parenthood’s most significant moments three years ago on September 2, 2015: their son took his first steps. That very same day, however, their joy would be tarnished when they came across the photo of a Syrian toddler, Alan Kurdi, as he lay on a beach near Bodrum, Turkey – one […]

Quirky Bands Can Rock Too: Arcade Fire at Jiffy Lube Live

Glittering kimonos, a giant disco ball and tambourines thrust into the crowd were just a few of the highlights from Arcade Fire’s show at Jiffy Lube Live on Friday night. But would you really expect anything less quirky from a band like Canadian-based Arcade Fire? Maybe not, but that doesn’t keep their show from being any less exciting […]

Foo Fighters Rock ‘n’ Roll All Night at Merriweather

“Ladies and gentlemen, do you love rock ‘n’ roll? Chris, let’s give them some rock ‘n’ roll!” shouts Dave Grohl just before the crowd goes wild. Rock ‘n’ roll – loud, head-banging, fist-pumping-the-air rock ‘n’ roll – is exactly what Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters gave the jam-packed audience at Merriweather Post Pavilion on […]

Lorde Performs an Electrifying Drama at The Anthem

This is melodrama. We were warned before the show started. In fact, we were warned the minute Lorde teased the release of new music last spring. You can ever hear siren-like words off her sophomore album Melodrama chant “…we told you this was melodrama…” during “Sober II (Melodrama).” Still, we were not ready for the […]

Big Story, Intimate Setting: Chicago at Keegan Theatre

Pop, six, squish, uh uh, Cicero, Lipschitz! Those six words that are random on their own can be mistaken for non-other than the intro to the seductive “Cell Block Tango” of the infamous musical Chicago. The classic story of passion-induced crime and the lure of fame has made its way to DC at Keegan Theatre […]

Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

As a disco ball dropped down from the theater ceiling, an 80s slow jam started to play and couples all around the room could be seen doing that awkward yet sweet middle school slow dance. The catch? We were in the middle of a performance at the Kennedy Center on Tuesday night when our wildly hilarious […]