| Oct. 16, 2013, 4:31 p.m.
NEW YORK — “How Democracy Works Now” is “War and Peace” for wonks.
| Oct. 2, 2013, 4:55 p.m.
“Parkland,” Peter Landesman’s new film about the immediate aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, starts off like the greatest episode of “ER” and ends like a Samuel Beckett play. It’s both a thriller that tells a familiar chapter of history in an incredibly original way and a tragedy of immensely personal dimensions.
| Sept. 25, 2013, 2:29 p.m.
It would be easy for a new brewery in Washington, D.C., to feel the weight of expectations, given how much this town likes its craft beer. But the team behind Atlas Brew Works doesn’t need to carry the weight of the world on its shoulders. Those involved say they feel if they keep putting out quality beer, the local scene will embrace their nascent operation.
| Sept. 17, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
Authors, poets and scholars — even former members of Congress — will travel once again to one of the nation’s most well-read areas this weekend.
| Sept. 10, 2013, 4 p.m.
American filmmaker Jonathan Goodman Levitt had been returning to the United States each summer from London to teach high-school and college classes when, 12 years ago, he encountered a vastly different crop of students.
| July 22, 2013, 3:47 p.m.
Capital Fringe is well under way in its eighth year in Washington, D.C. While the two-and-a-half-week theater festival doesn’t have the draw of its New York counterpart, it still brings a great deal of artistic talent to the area and a chance to showcase independent productions to a wide-ranging audience. Over an 18-day period in 18 venues, 130 different shows will provide 738 performances. One of those shows is “Last Train to Nibroc.”
| July 19, 2013, 1:12 p.m.
If the drive-in movie theater survives as a viable commercial cinema venue, it will be in large part because of the pluck of people like Jim Kopp, a retired Library of Congress logistics manager who runs the Family Drive-In in Stephens City, Va.
| July 15, 2013, 3:24 p.m.
It’s called a Chambers swivel gun and it’s a nasty piece of work, capable of firing 175 rounds in two minutes using a series of charges that work like a Roman candle and can’t be extinguished once ignited.
| June 26, 2013, 4:09 p.m.
How many lovers and families struggle to remain connected and whole, even as they fall victim to great, passionate, all-consuming love affairs? And of these great affairs, how many of us carry on with that most insidious of mistresses: our career?
| June 19, 2013, 2:55 p.m.
If you’re looking for a dark, heartbreaking tale about a talented young woman sacrificed too young to a hardcore junk habit, “One Night With Janis Joplin,” which is scheduled to return to Arena Stage on Friday, will not be that show.
| June 12, 2013, 5:34 p.m.
In Tom Stoppard’s 1982 play “The Real Thing,” the character Henry, a successful playwright, says that it is nearly impossible for him to write about love with any level of profundity. It comes out juvenile or rude, even boring.
| June 5, 2013, 6:19 p.m.
Alex Gibney is in a familiar place: the middle of an explosive political issue.
| May 22, 2013, 4:10 p.m.
Henry Rollins was supposed to talk about clean-water issues and his relationship with the charity Drop in the Bucket, whose mission is to build wells and sanitation systems in schools and to provide education, health and gender equality programs across sub-Saharan Africa.
| May 15, 2013, 2:13 p.m.
Leo Tolstoy may have been right when he said that unhappy families are all unhappy in their own way, but he was wrong about happy families all resembling one another. Or perhaps he would have amended his feelings if he had seen Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities,” a close look at a family of elite Californians coming to grips with their fall from grace and their long climb back to it.
| 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.