Entries by Natalia Kolenko

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 […]

Behind The Bar: March 2018

Drinking with friends at a nearby bar is always a good way to kick back, but sometimes it’s fun to liven up your night with some good, old-school games. But these are not just any games – these are the games of your childhood, especially you 80s and 90s kids. So grab your friends, order […]

Retro Reverb: Bands And DJs Kick It Old School

When it comes to music in DC, we pretty much have it all: one-of-a-kind venues like 9:30 Club and Black Cat, and festivals like Funk Parade and Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival. But there’s another music scene in DC that has proved a local staple: retro and throwback cover bands and dance nights. From […]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Gets Opera Treatment

How do you make a writer like William Shakespeare even more dramatic? You turn his work into an opera. Full of comedy, romance and fantasy, the Virginia Opera’s performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream allows audiences to experience Shakespeare’s classic play of the same name through a new lens. The well-known story about a fantasy world […]

Blue Plains Debuts First Full-Length Album at Black Cat

It can be easy to draw conclusions about what kind of music a band named Blue Plains makes. If you are like me, maybe you pictured country folks playing bluegrass music with banjos and fiddles, naming the band after their home in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It might surprise you then that the name Blue Plains actually […]

Dragon Boat Racing: A Beautiful Visual Performance

The Chinese dance-drama Dragon Boat Racing is music and dance at its finest. While words are absent, dramatic music and emotive dance tell a story that transcends language. I joined theatergoers on Friday night to experience this whirlwind performance at the Kennedy Center, the first stop on its 2018 U.S. run. Performed by the Guangdong Song & Dance Ensemble, Dragon […]

Bold Rock Releases New Rosé Cider

Good news, folks. We made it through five Mondays in what felt like the longest January known to man. The bad news? We still have to make it through February and March. It may be too cold to dig your spring coat out, but you can pretend warm weather is on the way by kicking […]

Dragon Boat Racing At The Kennedy Center

Set in 1930s China against the backdrop of the Japanese occupation, Dragon Boat Racing tells the story of how one of the most famous pieces of Cantonese music blossomed from a forbidden love. The Chinese dance-drama first premiered in China in 2014 and gained such popularity throughout the country that it was considered a cultural […]