Dan Gilgoff

Author David Sedaris brings humor to Lisner

Before he landed his popular monthly spot on National Public Radio, published two bestsellers and penned scripts for productions at Lincoln Center, David Sedaris’ r?sum? looked like that of a high school dropout: House cleaner. Restaurant dishwasher. Fruit picker. Paint stripper. Furniture mover. Honest, unromantic and laden with dirt, Sedaris’ writing is much like his […]

Food for Thought

On the first day, Bob Ferrando walked into the restaurant he bought on the west end of Dupont Circle and turned on the air conditioning system. It blew up. Without air conditioning, Ferrando’s new building was an inferno. With the help of his physicist brother, he began to rebuild the system. A 100-pound rotor, melted […]

Watercolor paintings reveal region’s link with surroundings

On a wall bordering the entrance to Robert Powell’s exhibit at the Sackler Gallery hangs an eight-foot photograph of a stretch of the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal. Snow-battered, barren and erupting dramatically into the sky, the enormous mountains dwarf the spot-sized dwellings. On the other side of the wall, Powell’s watercolor paintings zoom in on […]

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

Playwright Alfred Uhry’s theatrical portrayal of a Southern Jewish family caught in the throes of an identity crisis is muted by charm and humor. But “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” does more than relay a story – it casts a spotlight on the crossroads of a region, history and topic rarely considered by literary America. […]

Cuban Groovin’

The hurricane of screaming trumpets, snapping bongos, and dancing bass and piano rhythms of the Afro-Cuban All Stars swirls around listeners with a jovial force. On a world tour to support its debut album, A Toda Cuba le Gusta , the band performs its powerful music at GW’s Lisner Auditorium Saturday. It is difficult to […]

GW Theatre opens season with `House of Yes’

In its production of the “The House of Yes,” the GW Department of Theatre and Dance approaches the themes of incest and human sexuality with poignant humor. Written by Wendy Macleod, the play focuses on five distinctly deranged individuals. Through the unique characters and their interaction, “The House of Yes” offers a glimpse of human […]

Dimock Gallery features ceramics exhibit

Just inside the open doorway of GW’s Dimock Gallery hangs the brilliant work Alchemist’s Wall. The vertical slice of an enchanted medieval laboratory entices visitors to enter the exhibit “GW Ceramics: 25 Year Anniversary.” Detailed with wire globes, mysterious vessels and philosophers’ stones, the slate piece appears to lean up against the wall like a […]


When Recess takes the stage for its midnight show in the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre Friday, audience members will be there for the same reason they started coming six years ago – to laugh. The comedy troupe indulges in a brand of humor senior member Luke Wooster describes as “sometimes off-color, a little edgy . […]