Amy Guay

Charlie Visconage on Color, Beginnings, and Doing it All

Charlie Visconage on Color, Beginnings, and Doing it All


Charlie Visconage is taking it easy. The 31-year-old Washington artist responsible for Cool Guy Alert!, a Hill Center exhibit on display from Jan. 4 to Feb. 24, recently donated a kidney to his father and is currently in the midst of a gradual recovery. Per doctor’s orders, Visconage has been avoiding lifting heavy objects by…

<i>Taste Test</i>: Epi Buffet, with Special Guests

Taste Test: Epi Buffet, with Special Guests

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In this episode of Taste Test, Danielle Hewitt and Amy Guay try out items from Epicurean and Company, the infamous late-night snack spot. They are joined by special guests Jake Sanford and Matthan Sutton, who are longtime fans of the podcast. Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

<i>Something Rotten!</i> is Infectious, Breezy Fluff

Something Rotten! is Infectious, Breezy Fluff


For much of the first act of Something Rotten!—the Tony-nominated musical comedy about two Renaissance-era brothers who can’t seem to escape William Shakespeare’s long shadow—our playwright protagonist Nick Bottom (Rob McClure) is down on his luck. Facing the bankruptcy of the troupe he manages with his poet brother Nigel (Josh Grisetti) and unable to provide…

<i>Taste Test</i> Returns to Discuss Skittles

Taste Test Returns to Discuss Skittles

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After a long hiatus, Taste Test has returned! Danielle Hewitt, Amy Guay and Michael Bergin meet to try one of America’s most popular candies: Skittles. Through mastication and discussion, the three critique some of the brand’s new flavors, and compare them with the classic five. Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |…

Gorgeous and Gothic, <i>Phantom Thread </i> Probes the Dark Edges of Love

Gorgeous and Gothic, Phantom Thread Probes the Dark Edges of Love


Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest—a ravishing, strange film starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a fictional 20th century British couturier—is also, notably, Day-Lewis’ last. In 2017, the acting giant released a statement announcing his retirement, guaranteeing Phantom Thread all the publicity and pressure that accompanies the swan song of one of the most celebrated performers of a generation….

<i>For Ahkeem</i> Presents Black Lives Just As They Are

For Ahkeem Presents Black Lives Just As They Are


17-year-old Daje “Boonie” Shelton is a “bad kid.” Marked as such early on—a burden that, to hear her tell it, primed others to expect less of her in a depressingly predictable cycle—Daje is expelled from her public high school and ordered to attend Innovative Concept Academy, a court-supervised school that offers “delinquent teens” a chance…

Concert Review: Tank and The Bangas, July 21, Songbyrd Music House

Concert Review: Tank and The Bangas, July 21, Songbyrd Music House


The must-watch video that won Tank and The Bangas NPR’s 2017 Tiny Desk Contest offers just a fraction of the contagious energy they brought to their concert at Adams Morgan’s Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House on July 21. And considering how irresistibly joyful the video is, that’s saying something. With front woman Tarriona “Tank”…

Born from Quirky Comedy, <i>Brigsby Bear</i> is Warm and Fuzzy

Born from Quirky Comedy, Brigsby Bear is Warm and Fuzzy


Brigsby Bear Adventures — an off-kilter mishmash of Teletubbies and Barney — is such a constant in the life of 25-year-old James (Kyle Mooney) it borders on a religion. Day after day, James plops down in front of his old fashioned TV and absorbs the show’s peculiar aphorisms as the titular animatronic bear solves math…

Rage and Empathy in <i>I, Daniel Blake</i>

Rage and Empathy in I, Daniel Blake


Daniel Blake (Dave Johns), the titular character of Ken Loach’s new film on working class Britons, is the salt of the earth. A 59-year old widower, Dan lives in a blue-collar Newcastle housing complex, trades good-natured barbs with his young neighbor, China (Kema Sikazwe), and supports himself with a career in carpentry. Well, he did…

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