Entries by Trent Johnson

Game Changer: Wizards Analyst Kara Lawson

If you’ve tuned into a Wizards game this season on NBC Sports Washington, then you’ve already become acquainted with the voice of the team’s new color analyst, Kara Lawson. In the offseason, Lawson became the second woman to assume the role of primary television game analyst when she replaced the legendary Phil Chenier. Before stepping […]

Stage And Screen: December 2017

THROUGH DECEMBER 17 The Ugly One Can you imagine never gawking at yourself in the mirror? Or the amount of effort friends and loved ones would have to go through to keep you away from one? Not to mention the plethora of reflections you’d have to avoid to amass any real amount of time without […]

Boundary Breaking Black Violin

The name Black Violin is pretty straightforward. Wilner Baptiste and Kevin Sylvester are both classically trained string instrumentalists and black men, and the pair is thriving in a genre that people are generally surprised to see them inhabit. “They still are [surprised],” Kevin Sylvester tells me over the phone. “The song ‘Stereotype’ was about how […]

Cults On Tour For Their Latest ‘Offering’

Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion of Manhattan (not Brooklyn, for you Williamsburg-to-DC transplants pretending the band’s futuristic doo-wop sound is completely drenched in hipsterdom), spoke to me while on a rooftop in NYC. Because they are the famous pair that together make up the indie pop band Cults, they probably do these press conversations together […]

DMV Hip-Hop on National Rise

Hip-hop produced in DC offers something unique: its influences. Between go-go music – the very distinct and native soundtrack of the District – and the political culture of the nation’s capital, local artists pull from a litany of experiences that are largely nonexistent outside of the city’s sphere of influence. Popular DC native Wale incorporates […]

Wig Out at Studio Theatre

I’m not going to pretend or lie – my plus one and I had no idea what we were getting into upon entering the tiny theater space on the fourth floor of Studio Theatre for Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Wig Out. The lighting was reminiscent of a retro disco set from a movie taking place in […]

19th Street Dreamers

Caolaidhe and Meghan Davis are the quintessential happy married couple, constantly touching one another on the shoulders and hands. They can’t go five minutes without one side-eyeing the other a glance of endearment. Our table is near the stage at the Lahinch Tavern and Grill in Potomac, Maryland, a platform they have shared countless times […]

Norther Virginia Breweries Come In All Shapes and Sizes

In June, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that the state was home to 206 licensed breweries, moving ahead of neighboring North Carolina. According to the governor’s office, the impact of the state’s beer industry is an annual economic contribution of more than $9.3 billion. “The beer industry is a significant economic driver that spans several […]

Gorillaz and Their Humanz Party

When I told people my plans to see Gorillaz at Merriweather Post Pavilion tonight, a lot of folks had the same reaction: “Don’t they just play behind a big monitor?” Well, sort of. Yes, technically the official band members of the the cartoon group are animated. Thus, barring the rapidly evolving hologram technology, those characters are represented on […]

A Day in the Life: WeWork’s Alissa Avilov

Today, cult classic Office Space is nearly obsolete, and the plotlines in The Office feel like they were plucked from 30 years ago, rather than the past decade. The reason these office-centric themes are no longer relevant to the way we work? We don’t congregate around the watercooler anymore. Instead, we’re sipping micro-roasted coffee on […]