| May 8, 2013, 3:08 p.m.
A century ago this month, an avant-garde ballet troop scandalized Paris with a primeval portrayal of human sacrifice set to dissonant music that seemed designed to provoke audiences and repudiate entrenched artistic conventions.
| April 25, 2013, 4:20 p.m.
Politics is such a part of the lifeblood of Washington, D.C., that sometimes people forget there is a city beyond the Capitol Dome and White House.
| April 22, 2013, 3:34 p.m.
A staccato drum beat. A stone, gray set. The nobles stand a body-length above the people. The people are hungry and shouting for corn. The nobility looks on in disdain.
| April 12, 2013, 5:34 p.m.
Mumbo Sauce. It’s not just a condiment anymore. It’s an art show.
| March 20, 2013, 6:22 p.m.
“You can always fail up in politics — and in Hollywood,” said Aaron Eckhart, who has played his share of political figures in movies, including a lobbyist, a district attorney and now, president of the United States in Antoine Fuqua’s latest film, “Olympus Has Fallen.”
| March 18, 2013, 6:50 p.m.
It would be practically impossible to assemble a museum exhibit containing all of the essential works of a Renaissance master such as Michelangelo or da Vinci. But after a decade of planning, the National Gallery of Art is taking a stab at another giant of the era — German painter and printmaker Albrecht Durer.
| March 4, 2013, 5:53 p.m.
At a time when Iran’s identity in the West is being defined by portrayals of revolution in the movie “Argo” and by the nation’s nuclear program, an exhibit opening this week at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery recalls a time when the ancient kingdom of Persia was a test bed for tolerance and human rights.
| Feb. 28, 2013, 6:03 p.m.
Spring is just around the corner, though the customary season of rebirth and rejuvenation is marred a bit this year by the sequester, a battle over continued funding of the government and a generally cloudy economic outlook.
| Feb. 27, 2013, 5:20 p.m.
“I don’t think any member of Congress wants to be labeled ‘pro-hunger,’” said Chef Tom Colicchio, the founder of Craft Restaurants and lead judge on Bravo TV’s mega-hit “Top Chef.” “I think that’s something they’ll try to duck. I think that’s where this needs to head.”
| Feb. 25, 2013, 6:03 p.m.
They say there is a first time for everything and whether the nation realizes it, it’s experiencing a series of firsts in Washington, D.C.
| Feb. 14, 2013, 6:12 p.m.
Richard Schiff looks happy. At least, for him.
| Feb. 13, 2013, 6:26 p.m.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses,” a lush, sensual adaptation of classic myths by Ovid, opens Thursday night at Arena Stage.
| Feb. 11, 2013, 5:05 p.m.
Few, if any, American plays have been read and performed in more high school auditoriums and college theaters than “Our Town.” Many productions through the years have treated the fictional Grover’s Corners a bit too literally, making the play more idyllic than its reality.
| Jan. 30, 2013, 5:40 p.m.
The American dream. Politicians have been talking about it a lot this week as they unveiled their plans to overhaul the nation’s immigration system.
| Jan. 24, 2013, 5:29 p.m.
Walk into a Mysore class and you may have no idea where to start.
| Dec. 20, 2012, 6:49 p.m.
The next time you raise a tangy, refreshing gin Rickey to your lips, be sure to toast Michael Lowe and John Uselton for bringing the most D.C. of beverages full circle.
| Dec. 20, 2012, 6:46 p.m.
The Civil War exhibit that opened last month at the Library of Congress will gain a special addition on Jan. 3, when curators for the first time in almost four years will display President Abraham Lincoln’s handwritten first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation.
| Dec. 13, 2012, 6:49 p.m.
No one knows quite what to expect on Dec. 21, when a 5,125-year cycle of the Mayan calendar draws to a close. But as the supposed apocalyptic deadline draws near, the question looms: How would you spend your final night on Earth?
| Dec. 13, 2012, 6:48 p.m.
“Pullman Porter Blues” may not be destined to make musical theater history, but it does celebrate America’s history through a good, solid night of drama and the unerring power of the blues.
| Dec. 6, 2012, 7:54 p.m.
“Burn,” a harrowing documentary about Detroit firefighters, opens Friday in Washington, D.C., the latest nonfiction film to bring the Motor City’s woes to the screens of national policymakers.