Violinist Joshua Bell performs at Union Station on Tuesday.

Joshua Bell’s Metro encore draws a crowd

The violinist charmed a Union Station mob, seven years after his undercover L’Enfant Plaza stunt.

‘Amadeus’ gets patrons into the act before the curtain rises

‘Amadeus’ gets patrons into the act before the curtain rises

At Center Stage, audiences arrive in the lobby to find in-character actors ready to mingle with them.

In D.C., a giant, familiar face emerges on nation’s front lawn

In D.C., a giant, familiar face emerges on nation’s front lawn

Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada’s monumental work pushes the boundaries of art and portraiture.

TV listings: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

TV listings: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

“Criminal Minds” opens Season 10 with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Alex tours Caltech on “Modern Family.”

Spiritual redemption and steadfast love in small-town Iowa

Spiritual redemption and steadfast love in small-town Iowa

Marilynne Robinson’s ‘Lila’ completes a trilogy about life in Gilead.

Review: ‘Eyes Wide Open,’ by Paul Fleischman

Review: ‘Eyes Wide Open,’ by Paul Fleischman

A guide to environmental issues is aimed at kids — but has lessons for all.

Review: ‘The Witch’s Boy,’ by Kelly Barnhill

Review: ‘The Witch’s Boy,’ by Kelly Barnhill

In the spirit of Grimm’s tales, this is a suspenseful children’s novel about the world’s last magic.

Picture book: ‘The Farmer and the Clown,’ by Marla Frazee

Picture book: ‘The Farmer and the Clown,’ by Marla Frazee

Few words are needed in a beautifully illustrated tale of unlikely comrades.

‘The Future for Curious People’ by Gregory Sherl

What if you could predict your romantic future? A new comic novel puts the question to the test.

‘Night Fairy’ enchants, but it could use a bit more magic

‘Night Fairy’ enchants, but it could use a bit more magic

The Imagination Stage production possesses many charms and much humor, yet it rations them too stingily.

New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly strikes apt chords with ‘Women on Men’

Liza Donnelly is a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor for her latest insightful collection of cartoons, “Women on Men.“

Waiting for Joshua Bell at Union Station

Waiting for Joshua Bell at Union Station

A crowd gathers for the violinist’s free concert.

‘Three Decembers’: UrbanArias delivers a polished opera

‘Three Decembers’: UrbanArias delivers a polished opera

The score was sophisticated in its astringently classical/pop idiom, and the performances were terrific.

Prince returns in fine, freaky form

Prince returns in fine, freaky form

The 56-year-old pop maestro has two new albums out this week

Kirkus book prize finalists vie for three $50,000 awards

But in a world crowded with literary awards, readers may not notice.

More entertainment news

Entertainment Videos

Timelapse: Building Compass Coffee

Timelapse: Building Compass Coffee

Here's the culmination of a year and a half of work on Compass Coffee in just 60 seconds.
From the Ground Up: Grand opening reflections

From the Ground Up: Grand opening reflections

Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez have reached the end of their journey as they open Compass Coffee to the public. They look back on the strenuous, joyful year as their first customers enter the doors.
Trailer: 'The Good Lie'

Trailer: 'The Good Lie'

Orphaned by the civil war in Sudan, young victims traveled thousand miles on foot for safety. Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America. "The Good Lie" starring Reese Witherspoon releases Friday.
Trailer: 'Annabelle'

Trailer: 'Annabelle'

A supernatural horror film directed by John R. Leonetti, "Annabelle" is a prequel to "The Conjuring" starring Annabelle Wallis and Ward Horton.
At Paris Fashion Week: Stella McCartney on the runway captured with Vine video

At Paris Fashion Week: Stella McCartney on the runway captured with Vine video

Robin Givhan captured Stella McCartney's spring 2015 line through Vine video footage.

Diversions

Comics

Find all of your favorite strips, Web comics, the Comic Riffs blog and more.

Today’s Horoscope

What’s in the stars today? Choose your sign for a daily horoscope reading.