From Screen to Stage: Ethan McSweeny, 'A Time to Kill,' at Arena Stage

Matthew Mcconaughey and Samuel L. Jackson fans may recall the 1996 film “A Time to Kill,” based on John Grisham’s thriller about a young, optimistic lawyer who defends a black man accused of murdering two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter. Translating this racially fraught story from the big screen to the stage seems […]

Jumping Into a Leading Role: Laz Alonso, 'Jumping the Broom'

Blame the tail and the funky blue makeup, but most viewers probably had no clue that D.C. native, Howard University alumnus and former investment banker Laz Alonso was the skeptical Na’vi leader Tsu’tey in James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Before landing the role, the rising star appeared in a series of smaller television and film credits, from […]

How Crackle Pops: Crackle Bar Opens at Tackle Box

Armed with a new liquor license and a cozy space tucked neatly above Tackle Box, Jonathan Umbel — owner of Tackle Box and Hook — aims to serve wallet-friendly eats at his latest venture, Crackle Bar. (The name is “a play on Tackle and the noise oysters make when shucked,” says Umbel.) If you’ve ever […]

A Radical Look Back at History: Tanya Hamilton, 'Night Catches Us'

In “Night Catches Us,” locally bred writer and director Tanya Hamilton imagines life in a 1976 Philadelphia neighborhood after the Black Panther party. The 1997 winner of the Director’s Guild of America’s award for best female director spoke with Express about how history informed and affected her first feature-length film. How did you merge history […]