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Catching up with David Minton is not easy. The artistic and executive director of the Silver Spring-based Lumina Studio Theatre is a busy guy. In addition to directing, Minton teaches stage combat and writes plays. Nevertheless, Minton generously responded to CultureSpotMC.com’s questions during Lumina’s 20th anniversary year.
Forget the Oscars, Emmys and Grammys. Awards season is upon us in the Washington, D.C. area, and that means the NEA National Heritage Fellowship. The 35-year-old tradition of celebrating the finest folk and traditional artists from every corner of the United States is a way to recognize and reward folk artists, and an opportunity for the public to View more
As the son of a coal miner, growing up in the small town of Logan, West Virginia, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. first heard Big Band music while watching Looney Tunes cartoons. Now, at 42, the winner of NBC TV’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2011 will showcase his interpretation of the early 20th century’s most important American popular songs and jazz sta View more
Circuses have been part of the cultural vernacular—and childhood—for hundreds of years. This unique form of entertainment is an ancient form of theater that dates to fifth century B.C. Greece and became popular in England in the 1700s. Circuses are awe-inspiring, charming with a dash of strange. They give us ringmasters, acrobats, tightropes, dared View more
Alex Braden likes noise. He recalls spending a month recording dissonant sounds around his mother-in-law’s home: clanging pipes, the slosh of a full bathtub and wind chimes. But the 30-year-old sound artist didn’t stop there. He proceeded to add piano, guitar and drums riffs, blending the cacophony to create the 12-minute piece, “Househusband.” It View more
Flora and fauna are the common thread through watercolor artist David R. Daniels' work. "I don't stray very far from those as far as subject matter," he said. "I don't paint for a particular show. There are some shows that have a theme and other artists paint for that show. I just paint for myself. If myself fits into one of those themes, then I ex View more
Three decades of working well together on two fronts--both domestically and in the theater--have made Karen and William T. Fleming (who goes by his middle name, Todd) an enviable pair. Their most recent undertaking, a production of Richard Bean’s “One Man, Two Guvnors” will be on the Silver Spring Stage (SSS) from June 30 to July 29.
Over her 23 years of directing award-winning children’s theater at Imagination Stage, artistic director Janet Stanford never shied away from the mundane tasks that kept the company afloat. From selling tickets to cleaning restroom sinks during the early years at White Flint Mall, she simply rolled up her sleeves and got on with it.
Markus Stenz has a come a long way since his days under his father’s piano. The internationally-acclaimed German-born maestro is now the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra’s Chief Conductor, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s Conductor in Residence and happily for Metro D.C. area classical music lovers, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Prin View more
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