Do You Speak Artist?

American artist Jeff Koons has exhibited giant, shiny, stainless-steel balloon dogs, a 40-foot-tall puppy made of flowering plants and self-portraits of himself in X-rated positions with his then-wife, an Italian porn star. His statue of a German peddler, “Kiepenkerl,” outside the Hirshhorn Museum, is atypically understated. Ahead of his Thursday lecture there, Koons spoke to […]

A Destination Exhibit

Most smartphone owners have felt it — GPS Shame. It strikes when you fire up an app to locate a building 200 feet away. How did anyone get anywhere before Google Maps? “Time and Navigation,” opening Friday at the National Air and Space Museum, has the answer: For a long time, most people didn’t get […]

Absolutely Confabulous

Nikki Enfield wants to hear what you have to say. So much so that she’s inviting you to a bar where the two of you can talk. Along with anyone else who shows up. Enfield is the founder of the Wandering Minds Society, a discussion salon that got off the ground in January. Anyone interested […]

Directing Mr. Daisey

In a Mike Daisey performance, the monologuist sits at a table with a script in front of him and talks about his life for two hours. So when people find out the man behind “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” has a director, they often wonder what she does. She is Jean-Michele Gregory, […]

Hit Softly and Carry a Big Pillow

International Pillow Fight Day is a chance to revert to childhood, scare tourists and take out your aggression on strangers without getting arrested. This year’s event, organized by Capitol Improv, starts with a brief skirmish near the Washington Monument at 3 p.m. Saturday, then moves on to Dupont Circle for a 4 p.m. melee. We asked […]

BFs — Just Not Forever

Picture this: The former first lady’s dressmaker and best friend pens a tell-all book about her years in the White House. She reveals intimate details about a revered president and his difficult wife, just three years after a tragic twist of fate. “Behind the Scenes or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the […]

Irish Eyes Aren’t Wincing

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the few days a year when everyone (not just sports fans and reality-show stars) is encouraged to get raging drunk. You, elegant reader, don’t have to degrade yourself in such a fashion. Try these civilized alternatives. ‘A Behanding in Spokane’: Keegan Theatre’s commitment to Ireland runs deep — since […]

Make Paddy Proud

If you care at all about the flavor profile of your drink, or about chatting with your bartender, you may want to avoid going to a bar on St. Patrick’s Day. However, if you insist, might we suggest patronizing a place that’s more swanky than dive-y, and ordering something that’s classier than Guinness? It is, […]

Great Wet Way

A woman wades into the man-made pool. The water reaches her shins. You can see the bottom, you can see her feet — and then she disappears, dropping away beneath the surface, suddenly swallowed up. It’s one of several gasp-inducing moments in “Metamorphoses” at Arena Stage. The play tells tales from classical mythology, drawn mostly […]

On the Spot: Ron Litman

Your trashman knows all of your secrets. But don’t worry, writer/actor/trashman Ron Litman won’t spill what he’s learned from your tossed yogurt cups and discarded love letters, not even in his one-man show, “DC Trash,” part of the Atlas Intersections Festival. Litman, a lifelong actor and D.C. native, took a job as a trash guy […]