Have you noticed how very boilerplate superhero movies have become? Everything is interchangeable -- from the hero and his or her specific degree of angst, to the villain and his or her grandiose designs for world domination; from the artfully-positioned action sequences, introduced at what seem to be precisely-timed intervals to jolt the audience out of any encroaching slumber, to ... [Read]

Twenty-five years ago, Bob Mould, the lead singer and guitarist of the pioneering alt-rock band Hüsker Dü and also the pioneering power-pop band Sugar released his debut solo album, Workbook. Bob Mould, of course, is now best known in gay circles as one-half of the pioneering gay-bear-dance-party and DJ duo Blowoff. Less than two months after hosting the last ... [Read]

The Chelsea Lately weekly regular is not gay, despite what Chelsea Handler insists. But he sure is funny. Variety even named him one of "10 Comics to Watch." He's certainly become popular: His annual run of stand-up shows at the DC Improv usually sells out. So, you know, get tickets now if you want to go. Thursday, Feb. 27, through ... [Read]

The Washington Chorus celebrates Verdi

Posted by Randy Shulman
February 26, 2014 7:41 AM |
Julian Wachner leads The Washington Chorus in its celebration of Giuseppe Verdi in honor of the 200th anniversary of his birth. Sopranos Corinne Winters and Othalie Graham, mezzo-soprano Ola Rafalo, tenor Issachah Savage and bass Peter Volpe are featured soloists in “The Essential Verdi,” featuring favorites from his operas, choruses and choral masterworks, including highlights from Aida, La Traviata ... [Read]

Kathy Mattea, the Grammy-winning Nashville hit-maker from the ’80s and ’90s, has since gone in a more folk and roots-driven direction, including covering classic coal-mining songs with the recent Coal. Mattea returns to the area for a concert presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. Saturday, March 1, at 8 p.m. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. ... [Read]

Arlington-based The Grand Candy performs at a party celebrating the release of its debut album, NSFW, recorded at D.C.'s famed Fugazi-popularized Inner Ear Studios. Led by jazzy-soul vocalist Dan Cohn, their sound recalls Dire Straits or Jeff Buckley. Thursday, Feb. 27, at 8:30 p.m. IOTA Club and Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Tickets are $12. Call 703-522-8340 or visit iotaclubandcafe.com. ... [Read]

The new Rainbow Theatre Project offers its third of five "concert readings" of classic LGBT-plays and musicals, this time Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's dark comedy Say You Love Satan. John Moletress directs the show, which concerns a graduate student in Baltimore who falls for a handsome stranger against his better judgment. After all, he has the number of the devil -- 666 ... [Read]

After taking a seven-year hiatus from music, the now-proven movie star and superb Saturday Night Live host came charging back in a big way in 2013, with not one but two albums in his The 20/20 Experience. Yes, it's true both sets were a bit half-baked, and more evidence he's not as inspired and driven by music as he ... [Read]

The Library of Congress offers "ASCAP: One Hundred Years and Beyond," an exhibition featuring 45 objects celebrating the work of the leading organization advocating on behalf of musical artists. Included in this centennial toast to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is the original manuscript of Henry Mancini's The Pink Panther theme, Paul Williams's lyrics for "The Rainbow ... [Read]

Thanks to the work of the decade-long, $3 billion Human Genome Project, human society has gained much greater insight into our bodies and our health. Scientists have identified genes that contribute to disease, stoking hope for ways to treat or eradicate cancer among many other ailments. This new Smithsonian exhibition, which will travel the country later next year, explores ... [Read]