Entries by Vanessa Mallory Kotz

Yoga with a View

Beer, brunch and even baby goats can be part of your yoga experience these days. If you’re new to the practice, or need a way to relax and play, these options are a great way to spend an hour. This summer, rooftops, parks and outdoor spaces all over town are hosting yoga classes (many of […]

Why Do They Fight? Motive and Murder in ‘Macbeth’

In Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Macbeth, machetes and machine guns replace broadswords and daggers, while characters wear military fatigues rather than kilts and ruffs. The spare and stunning set, designed by John Coyne and Colin K. Bills, uses towering columns of color-changing neon to create mood and define space. Perhaps most provocative, the witches have transformed […]

The Future is Funk

Imagine a time and a place where people young and old (and everyone in between) of different races, religions, professions, economic backgrounds and aspirations and yes, even political beliefs, join to celebrate music, life and each other. Where is this Utopia? Is it in the pages of a science fiction novel or a streaming hit […]

Urban Bush Women: Walking with ‘Trane

Cigarette smoke swirls inside the crowded blues club at midnight in the 1950s. John Coltrane puts a saxophone to his lips, transforming music forever and touching the soul of a generation. Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder of the New York-based dance troupe Urban Bush Women, first listened to Coltrane’s music in college. Years later, she […]

Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque

Writers and artists have always been drawn to Paris, and if they’re not fantasizing about Hemingway and his crew in the 1920s, they’re lost in dreams of the Belle Époque, that era at the end of the 19th century filled with can-can dancers, decadence and absinthe. No one captured the goings-on in those twisty, dirty […]

Modern Grace: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is back in Washington this week with a performance that takes the audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Hearts soar as high as the opera house ceiling as the dancers take to the stage in their pared-down costumes against spare sets and simple lighting. With a remarkable […]

Warmth and Home Cooking at Firefly

On a recent chilly evening, I climbed the steps of Dupont Circle staple Firefly. It’s a cozy restaurant featuring reclaimed materials, low ceilings with intimate lighting, a broad expanse of beautiful bar, and a tree – yes, a tree – rising through the center of the dining room. The indoor/outdoor vibe has been bringing a […]