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  • 'Defending the Caveman' comes to D.C.

    WASHINGTON -- The longest running solo play in Broadway history hits D.C.'s Warner Theatre this weekend. 

    "Defending the Caveman" will run for two shows Saturday -- one is at 3 p.m. and the other is at 8 p.m. 

    From the theater:

    "This hilariously insightful play that the Chicago Sun Times calls 'An outrageously funny and surprisingly sweet exploration of the gender gap' will have both sexes roaring with laughter and recognition that only writer Rob Becker can generate. Becker’s work explores the misunderstandings between men and women observed during his three-year informal study of anthropology, prehistory, psychology, sociology and mythology."

    Click here for ticket info. 

    Defending the Caveman trailer
    by organdonor47 via YouTube

  • Get a first look at Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

    WASHINGTON -- Ready for another Christopher Nolan flick?

    The "Dark Knight" director teams up with "True Detective" star Matthew McConaughey in the upcoming sci-fi epic "Interstellar," which hits theaters this November. 

    Paramount Pictures has been releasing information about the movie piecemeal, but momentum has picked up since Comic Con over the weekend. 

    A new trailer has since been released, and you can see it below:

    Interstellar - Official Trailer 2
    by VISO Trailers via YouTube

  • Where to watch 'Sharknado 2'

    WASHINGTON -- A few bars in D.C. will be hosting viewing parties tonight. Hopefully this list will grow throughout the day, but here's what we have so far:

    Ventnor Sports Cafe, Adams Morgan - 8 p.m. 
    Shenanigans Irish Pub, Adams Morgan - 8:30 p.m. 
    Troublemaker D.C., Adams Morgan - 9 p.m. 

    by WTOP News

  • Rob Lowe stars in ridiculous Shark Week video

    WASHINGTON -- Shark Week is just around the corner, and we couldn't be more excited.

    Apparently Rob Lowe is equally thrilled about the annual homage to those terrifying underwater creatures. He stars in a new video promoting the Discovery Channel series, which kicks off Aug. 10.

    In the teaser, Lowe rides two sharks like a chariot of fire. It's spectacular. Watch ist below:

  • Virgin Mobile FreeFest will not take place this year

    WASHINGTON -- Music fans, prepare to weep. 

    The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Virgin Mobile FreeFest is officially canceled. 

    Festival organizer and Merriweather Post Pavilion operator Seth Hurwitz released a statement via email: 

    "The Freefest was this fantastic product of a crossroads of [Virgin Group founder Richard] Branson and some very creative people at Virgin. The mixture got shaken up every year, and it always settled at the last possible moment for that year. That was part of the spontaneous magic that everyone could pick up on I think. Unfortunately, the pieces are not all there right now with Virgin. Whether they are again who knows. But the Freefest concept is fantastic and we are exploring options to continue it at Merriweather.” 

    Read the full story here.

  • Dozens treated for alcohol-related illness at Keith Urban concert. 

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Authorities say several dozen people were treated for alcohol-related illnesses at a weekend Keith Urban concert in Massachusetts.

    Police and fire officials say ambulances from five surrounding communities responded to the Saturday night concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, about 30 miles south of Boston.

    At least 46 people were treated and 22 taken to local hospitals.

    Police say more than 50 people were taken into protective custody at the concert, and some could face charges.

    Officials say about 18,000 country music fans attended the concert at the outside venue.

    Keith Urban - Cop Car
    by KeithUrbanVEVO via YouTube

  • 'Game of Thrones' announces new cast members

    WASHINGTON -- Big news from the good folks over at HBO. "Game of Thrones" has announced new additions to the ever expanding cast. 

    Among them is "Star Trek: Deep
    Space Nine
    " alum 
    Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell, the ruling lord of Dorne and brother to the late Prince Oberyn. And speaking of Oberyn, "Whale Rider" child prodigy Keisha Castle-Hughes will be playing one of his many daughters, also known as the Sand Snakes

    Other additions include:

    Jonathan Pryce - the High Sparrow

    Toby Sebastian - Trystane Martell

    Nell Tiger Free - Marcella Baratheon

    DeObia Oparei - Areo Hotah

    Enzo Cilenti as Yezzan

    Rosabell Laurenti Sellers - Tyene Sand

  • Weekend Best Bets:  Brewsic Festival, County Fairs and Piano Men

    Mary de Pompa WTOP News

    All Weekend:

    • Maryland German Festival at the state fairgrounds is an annual cultural event with authentic music, food and kids activities. For info 
    • Capital Fringe Festival is a performance art extravaganza like no other in the DC area, at various locations around town, for the last weekend. For info 
    • Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair is traditional family fun with exhibits, entertainment, music, animal shows and more. For info 
    • Kennedy Center presents the Tony award winning, Disney’s The Lion King with only a few evening tickets still available for this weekend. For info 

    Saturday, July 26:

    • Mid-Atlantic Brewsic Festival in Annapolis offers 60+ Beers, 5 tribute bands and a fire truck show all for charity. For info 
    • 4th Annual Ethiopian Heritage Festival at Georgetown’s Harbin Field is a family friendly cultural celebration of food, music, vendors and more. For info 
    • Loudoun County Fair is great family fun with rides, animals, music, bull riders, food and fun. For info

    Saturday Night:

    • Nationals Park it’s Billy Joel with Gavin DeGraw. For info 
    • Jiffy Lube Live has a few seats left for the Dave Matthews Band. For info 
    • The Lincoln Theatre features a Mid-Summer Classic Concert with Dennis Edwards & His Temptation’s Review. For info
    • The Fillmore Silver Spring hosts reggae legend, Ziggy Marley. For info 
    • Gypsy Sally’s hosts the folk-rock of River Whyless. For info 
    • The Birchmere presents The Dan Band. For info 
    • Jammin Java offers the southern soul of Eric Lindell & Co. For info 
    • Sixth & i presents the acoustic-roots music of Tall Heights and Parsonsfield. For info  
    • Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg hosts the soulful, pop-jazz of Mary Ann Redmond. For info 

    Sunday, July 27:

    • Baltimore Museum of Art presents Free Family Sundays with hands on activities, workshops, tours and more. For info 
    • Mosaic Central Farm Market, in the trendy new Mosaic District of Merrifield, offers not only the best in local produce, but music, chef demos, tastings and more. For info 
    • National Harbor movies on the Potomac presents Annie. For info 

    Sunday Night:

    • Summer Concerts Series at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly is free for the family featuring the Loudoun Jazz Ensemble. For info 
    • Merriweather Post Pavilion host jamband legends, Phish. For info 
    • Jammin Java presents the blues-rock of Erin & The Wildfire. For info 
    • Rams Head Annapolis presents the international Rolling Stones show, Satisfaction. For info                                                                                                                                           
  • Duck, cover and fight: 'Sharknado 2' is almost upon us

    WASHINGTON --  Just when you thought the skies were safe, the sharks are back.

    Yes, the second installment of "Sharknado" comes out later this month and we a first look at "the best worst movie ever made."

    If you're unfamiliar with the ludicrous premise, it's goes something like this: New York is under attack by a tornado that spits out sharks. A cast of B actors -- including Tara Reid, Ian Zeiring and Mark McGrath (of Sugar Ray fame) band together to save the day. 

    "Sharknado 2" comes out July 30. Watch a trailer below:

    Sharknado 2: The Second One Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Syfy Channel Sequel HD
    by MOVIECLIPS Trailers via YouTube

    And get an inside look at the movie here:

    Sharknado 2: Sneak Peek | Syfy
    by Syfy via YouTube

  • See the steamy first trailer for '50 Shades of Grey'

    WASHINGTON -- If you've read the trilogy and want to see "50 Shades of Grey" in the movies, the official trailer is out.

    Universal Theaters released the trailer Thursday morning for the film that comes out in February.

    Watch it below:

    Trailer 50 Shades of Grey July Today Show
    by Anastasia Grey via YouTube

  • Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie to wed ... on screen 

    WASHINGTON-- It’s been almost a decade since celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie shared the silver screen in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    Sparks flew and the chemistry was sizzling between the two, now one of Hollywood’s highest profile and, unmarried, couples.

    The parents of six will appear on screen together again in “By the Sea” -- a drama picked up by Universal Pictures and directed by Jolie. She and Pitt will play a married couple in the movie, which Jolie also wrote.

    By the Sea” will be the “Maleficent” star’s third directorial effort. Not much is known about the film so far, except that it will be “small and experimental,” Jolie tells Vanity Fair

  • Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood to helm HBO's 'Westworld'

    WASHINGTON --  Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins has been tapped to head HBO’s reboot of sci-fi classic “Westworld,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. He will join “True Blood” star Evan Rachel Wood at the helm of the series, which was inspired by Michael Crichton’s 1973 classic film of the same name.

    Westworld,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, is billed as a “dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”

    In Hopkins’ first regular TV series role, the “Silence of the Lambs” star will play Dr. Robert Ford, the complicated creative director or Westworld, a dark amusement park. Wood will play a sweet, provincial girl.

    The series will be produced by J.J. Abrams, who is also joined by producer Jerry Weintraub and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk. Westworld” received pilot production commitment last August and is HBO’s first project with Bad Robot. It’s part of the new drama roster for the network as older series leave -- including “True Blood,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Newsroom."

  • 'Fight Club 2' to be released in 2015

    WASHINGTON -- Tyler Durden is back. 

    Chuck Palahniuk, celebrated author of "Fight Club," is releasing a second installment to his 1996 novel, which was turned into one helluva movie featuring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter

    The new story picks up 10 years after the original ending. The narrator is married to Marla Singer, and together they have a 9-year-old son named Junior, Gizmodo's Sploid blog reports.

    Many of the original characters will also be featured in the new installment, which is being released in 2015 as a graphic novel illustrated by Cameron Stewart

    Stewart tells Rolling Stone that he chose a "cartoony" style as a way to "capture the density of the story."

    There is no word on a second movie ... yet. But watch a scene from the original movie below, and remember not to talk about what you see here :

    Fight Club Trailer - HD
    by SuperAnon9876 via YouTube

  • Welcome to the future of the past: Space Station 76 teaser is out 

    WASHINGTON -- The first teaser for upcoming comedy "Space Station 76" has surfaced on the Internet, and it features some choice moments from Liv Tyler and Patrick Wilson as crew members aboard a 1970s space station. 

    Directed by Jack Plotnick and co-starring Matt Bomer and Marisa Coughlan, "Space Station 76" comes out later this year.

    Watch the trailer below:

    Trailer Space Station 76 (EW)
    by BomerBabesRus via YouTube

  • Rep. John Dingell figures out what a Kardashian is

    WASHINGTON -- What is a Kardashian?

    It's a valid question, and apparently Michigan Rep. John Dingell, who happens to be the longest-serving members of Congress, had no idea until today. 

    The Democrat appeared rather confused when the Environmental Protection Agency misfired a tweet about the "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" gaming app, The Washington Post reports

    "I'm now a C-List celebrity on Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. Come join me and become famous too by playing on iPhone!," the original tweet said. 

    Dingell saw the tweet and hilariously responded:

    Much to our chagrin, the original EPA tweet has since been deleted. But Dingell did learn a lesson or two from the experience:

    Read the full story here
  • Queen's Guard plays 'Game of Thrones' theme song

    WASHINGTON -- Apparently Americans aren't the only ones obsessed with the HBO fantasy show. 

    The real-life Queen's Guard showed their love for "Game of Thrones" with this impressive tribute:

  • Weekend Best Bets:  Model Rockets, Music Fests and Burger Bash

    Mary de Pompa WTOP News

    All Weekend:

    • Artscape in Baltimore is America’s largest free arts festival with more than three days of fine art, fashion, crafts, visual art, music and more. For info
    • Capital Fringe Festival continues the performing arts smorgasbord all around town throughout the weekend with performances, shows, showcase events for music comedy and so much more. For info
    • National Museum of the American Indian presents the 5th annual Living Earth Festival with music, dance, a native cooking competition, film screenings and an outdoor farmers market. For info 
    • Wolf Trap presents Opera at the Barns with Houseful of Song at various showtimes this weekend. For info 
    • Kennedy Center presents the Tony award-winning musical, Disney’s The Lion King, with various shows and times this weekend. For info 

    Saturday July 19:

    • Purcellville Wine and Food Festival, nestled in the heart of Virginia's wine country, features the best in local wine and food with vendors, music, activities and more. For info 
    • Blues House Festival in Winchester brings blues back to the valley for the 15th year running for a great day of food, music and fun. For info 
    • Mariner Music Fest in Annapolis features a whole day of music for everybody with kid activities, a musical petting zoo, dance party and an evening of local and national headliners. For info 
    • Jammin’ in July Music Fest at the Indian Head Pavilion features country to blues, classic rock and more. For info 
    • Lotus and Water Lily Festival at Kenilworth Aquatic Garden is free with something for the whole family featuring hands-on activities, demonstrations, music and more. For info 
    • BRGR Bash along Florida Avenue NW is five hours of live music, games, a craft beer garden and a battle between 10 of the best grill masters in the DMV. For info 
    • Girls Rock! DC Camper showcase at the 9:30 Club. For info 

    Saturday Night:

    • Jiffy Lube Live presents classic rock with Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd. For info 
    • Merriweather Post Pavilion hosts O.A.R. & Phillip Phillips. For info
    • The Birchmere has alt-rockers, emmet swimming with Shane Hines. For info 
    • The Howard Theatre hosts hip hop innovators, De La Soul. For info 
    • Jammin’ Java presents TV guys, from "The Voice" Tony Lucca with the CW’s Tyler Hilton. For info 
    • The Hamilton hosts the seven best friends from Wisconsin known as PhoxFor info 
    Sunday July 20:
    • Reggae Wine, Art & Music Festival at Linganore Winecellars in Mount Airy is a day of vendors, crash, great food and music. For info 
    • Vansville Day at the Community Center in Prince George’s County is a day of family fun with art, crafts and plenty of great music. For info 
    • Arts on the Waterfront at Bladensburg Waterfront Park is a great day of arts, music, entertainment even a puppet show. For info 
    • NASA Goddard’s Model Rocket Contest at the Space Center in Greenbelt this year will commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a family friendly, free for the public, model rocket launch competition. For info 

    Sunday Night:

    • Strathmore presents an evening of great guitar and blues from two of the masters, Robert Cray and John Hiatt. For info 
    • Wolf Trap presents Grammy rockers, Huey Lewis and the News with Marc Broussard. For info 
    • Rams Head Annapolis hosts from N’arlins, fusing blues-rock, R&B, Cajun,Tex-Mex and roots rock, The Iguanas. For info.
    • Bethesda Blues and Jazz features some of the region's best musicians with Everybody Loves Him, A Tribute and  Benefit for John Jennings. For info 
    • The Fillmore Silver Spring presents their “Ones to Watch” series with The Turnpike Troubadours. For info 

  • Sarah Palin to audition for 'The View'

    WASHINGTON -- With hosts coming and going on "The View," it's no surprise familiar faces are considering joining the cast. 

     The Daily Beast is reporting Sarah Palin may be the next in line to hose the show now that Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Sherpard announced their departures earlier this summer. 

    Apparently, the former governor of Alaska told the Hollywood Reporter a show like that might be able to use a "voice of reason" from America's heartland. 

    What do you think of the potential addition?

  • Arena Stage will make your wedding dreams come true

    WASHINGTON -- Are you trying to plan a wedding, but find the whole process daunting and expensive? Arena Stage might have a solution for you. 

    Inspired by the upcoming production of "Fiddler on the Roof," Arena Stage will give away one free wedding, valued at $80,000, to a lucky couple. 

    The winners will receive a free wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception for up to 175 guests at the Mead Center for American Theater on Jan. 2, 2015. The package includes catering, decor, music, lighting, flowers, valet parking, bridal suite and even photography. 

    To enter, submit a photo or video and a 500-word essay detailing why you're the perfect match for each other. Three finalists will be announced in early September, and a winning couple will be announced Sept. 30. Second and third place winners will receive free engagement photography and a pair of tickets to opening night of "Fiddler on the Roof."

    Click here for complete details. 

  • See Jimi Hendrix live at Woodstock

    WASHINGTON -- Are you too young to have seen Jimi Hendrix live in concert?

    Me, too. But have no fear, his complete performance at Woodstock is now available online thanks to some clever editing that combines video footage and live recordings from the historic day, Open Culture reports.

    The nearly 60-minute video includes some of his most iconic songs: "Purple Haze," "Voodoo Child," "Foxy Lady" and a roaring version of the "Star-Spangled Banner."

    See the video here
  • Heavy metal tweens land $1.7 million record contract

    WASHINGTON -- Have they unlocked the truth?  Well, this is definitely a start. 

    A trio of eighth-graders just signed a five-album contract with Sony that could be worth $1.78 million if the boys sell 250,000 copies of their first album. 

    Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse, and Jarad Dawkins of Unlocking the Truth are three young heavy metal-ers from Brooklyn, New York. From performances at Times’ Square to Coachella music festival, Unlocking the Truth has done more than many seasoned professionals as they pave the way for pre-teens following a dream. 

    They were discovered by Steve Jordan, Eric Clapton’s drummer, in Washington Park in 2012.  Since then, the band has skyrocketed. 

     “Welcome Back, Kotter” co-creator Alan Sacks and Brickhouse’s mother Annette Jackson manage the group.  Yet even with a seven figure contract on the horizon, Tabatha Dawkins, Jarad’s mother, says “school work comes first."

    "If their school work is not done, they don’t play," she tells the New York Post.

    So the boys do their school work during the day and play their instruments (Atkins on bass, Brickhouse on guitar, and Dawkins on drums) at night and on weekends.

    Preschool buddies Brickhouse and Dawkins first had the idea of forming the band.  Brickhouse started playing guitar at 6 years old, while Dawkins started on the drums even earlier at the age of 2.  

    They invited Atkins to join and promised to teach him how to play the bass.

    Now, with a Sony contract, the three have futures of limitless possibilities when it comes to playing heavy metal.  

    Check out the band below:

    Totally Biased: 12yo Metal Band Unlocking the Truth Performs
    by Totally Biased with W... via YouTube

  • Jackson Browne comes to the Kennedy Center

    WASHINGTON -- Tickets for legendary singer-songwriter Jackson Browne at the Kennedy Center Sept. 14 go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.

    Tickets range from $65 to $99. They can be purchased online here. 

    Jackson is touring in support of his 14th album, "Standing in the Breach," which features 10 songs that turn "deeply personal and political, exploring love, hope and defiance in the face of the advancing uncertainties of modern life."

    If you happen to be in the tri-state area this August, don't miss Browne and John Fogerty co-headlining two dates in New Jersey and New York. The duo plays at the PNC Bank Arts Center Aug. 4 and Jones Beach Aug. 5

    Jackson Browne - Walking Slow
    by TrixxyKatt via YouTube

  • Weekend Best Bets: Capital Fringe, Irish Festival and Fantasia Live

    Mary de Pompa WTOP News

    All Weekend:
    • Common Ground on the Hill Festival in Westminster, Maryland, is an annual weekend long roots music and arts fest with camping, vendors and more. For info 
    • Capital Fringe Festival in D.C. offers various shows throughout the weekend connecting exploratory artists with adventurous audiences through creative, cutting-edge and contemporary performance, music and more. For info 
    • Wolf Trap presents Disney’s Fantasia Live on the big screen with the National Symphony Orchestra casting a musical spell on sorcerer Mickey. Shows Friday and Saturday. For info 
    • Warner Theatre features Brothers of the Knight, a hip, rejuvenated adaptation of the classic Brother’s Grimm performed by Debbie Allen’s Dance Academy at various times all weekend. For info 
    • Kennedy Center presents Tony winner Disney’s "Lion King." The wondrous spectacle of imaginative puppetry, African rhythms, dance, and brilliant cast is pure enchantment for all ages at various times all weekend. For info   
    Saturday, July 12:

    • Annapolis Irish Festival at the Anne Arundel Fairgrounds is a family-friendly cultural celebration with great music, dance, food and more. For info 
    • Lake Arbor Jazz Festival in Mitchellville, Maryland, has tickets going fast for a diverse line-up of contemporary, traditional and latin jazz in a great day of music, friends, family and fun. For info  
    • Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival at the St. Clement’s Island museum in southern Maryland is a day of great food and music. For info 
    • Lake Anne Plaza Annual Ukulele Festival in Reston is free with internationally known musicians, jam sessions, workshops and family-friendly activities. For info
    • American Beer Classic at RFK Stadium is a day of tastings, competition, live entertainment, vendors and more. For info 
    Saturday Night:
    • Lincoln Theatre presents an evening with Natalie Merchant. For info 
    • Gypsy Sally’s presents the psychedelic-country of New Riders of the Purple Sage. For info 
    • Rams Head Annapolis host Maryland’s dynamic duo, The Cheaters CD release party. For info 
    • The Hamilton Live offers the horn driven, fun-fueled, rock-anchored, N’awlins inspired, No BS! Brass Band with a dance floor. For info 
    • Jammin' Java hosts award winning singer-songwriter Liz Longley. For info 
    Sunday, July 13:

    • Fairfax World Police and Fire Games at the Reston Town Center is a sports extravaganza for the whole family with an interactive kid’s zone, music, K-9 demonstrations, fire trucks and more. For info
    • Dulles Expo Center hosts the Sports Collectors Showcase of America. For info 
    • Brompton Bike U.S. Championship Race around RFK Stadium has events all weekend long. For info
    Sunday Night: 

    • Lincoln Theatre presents an evening with Natalie Merchant. For info 
    • Jammin' Java hosts a singer-songwriter from the Shenandoah Valley, Marie Miller with The DuPont Brothers. For info 
    • Wolf Trap has Jennifer Nettles with Brandy Clark. For info 
    • Howard Theatre hosts The Orignial Wailers. For info 
    • The Hamilton Live presents former Walkmen member Hamilton Leithauser. For info 
    • Rams Head Annapolis has the jazz-rock-pop of Grammy nominated instrumentalist Mindi Abair. For info 

  • Smithsonian will host viewing parties for World Cup

    WASHINGTON -- If you're looking for an alternative to crowded bars when Argentina takes on Germany in the World Cup final Sunday afternoon, then consider taking a little trip to the National Mall. 

    Both the National Portrait Gallery and the American Art Museum will host viewing parties in the air conditioned Arlene Kogod Courtyard. 

    The big game will be broadcast on a 21-foot LED video wall Sunday at 3 p.m. Entry is free. 

    Click here for more details.
  • See superheroes comes to life in 'Marvel Universe LIVE!'

    WASHINGTON -- Villains beware. Superheroes will descend on the region this fall during "
    Marvel Universe LIVE!" at the Verizon Center in D.C. and at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.

    The production will feature the most Marvel characters ever assembled on one stage, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk and many more. 

    The arena extravaganza will also feature special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts and even motorcycles.

    Tickets start at $45. They can be purchased online through Ticketmaster. Check below for dates and times:

    Verizon Center performances:
    • Sept.4 at 7:30 p.m. 
    • Sept. 5 at 7:30  p.m.
    • Sept. 6 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:00  p.m.
    • Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. and 5:00  p.m.
    Patriot Center performances:
    • Sept.12 at 7 p.m.
    • Sept. 13 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
    • Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
    • Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.
    • Sept. 20 at 11a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
    • Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
    Marvel Universe LIVE! Trailer
    by Marvel Universe Live via YouTube

  • Eva and Ryan expecting first child

    WASHINGTON -- Hearts across the world are breaking as news leaks that the star couple is expecting their first child. 

    OK! magazine reports that Eva Mendes is seven months pregnant with Ryan Gosling's child, but she is still going to great lengths to avoid being photographed with a baby bump, according to TMZ.

    Some fans are in an uproar because this could mean Gosling will never reunite with "The Notebook" costar and former flame Rachel McAdams. 

    One thing remains clear: If Mendes and Gosling do have a baby, it will likely be "really, really good looking."

  • 'Sharknado 2' brings chaos and sharks to a bar near you

    WASHINGTON -- The dreaded Sharknado returns later this month. Where will you be when mayhem hits the streets?

  • 'Game of Thrones' leads Emmy nominations with 19 bids

    WASHINGTON -- Nominations for the 2014 Emmy Awards are officially out. 

    "Game of Thrones" leads the pack with 19 nominations. "Fargo" comes in second with 18 bids, and "American Horror Story: Coven" comes in at third with 17 nominations. 

    Did your favorite shows make the cut?

  • Party Time: New summer cinema launches with 'Wayne's World'

    WASHINGTON -- There is no shortage of free outdoor movies in the D.C. region, but now a new series is jumping into the mix and features some great movies from the '90s.

    City Paper Summer Cinema kicks off July 24 with a most excellent flick: "Wayne's World."

    The series will take place at 7 p.m. at the Heurich House Museum Garden in Northwest D.C. Attendees are encourages to bring blankets and snacks. 

    Other screenings include:

    July 31- "Clueless"
    Aug. 7 - "Mrs. Doubtfire"
    Aug. 14 - "Beetlejuice"

    Movie Scene - Wayne's World - Bohemian Rhapsody
    by MrFilmtastic via YouTube

  • Upscale French eatery offers kid-friendly menu in honor of 'The Lion King'

    WASHINGTON -- Taking children to the theater can be challenging for some parents seeking a more "adult" experience. 

    Upscale French eatery Marcel's in Northwest D.C. is offering a potential solution to this conundrum through their new kid-friendly menu in celebration of "The Lion King.

    From the restaurant:

    "Children 12 and under can be King for a night while enjoying this $36 pre-theater menu each evening from 5-7PM before the curtains part for the six-time Tony Award-winning smash Broadway hit that has been roaring across the country. You won’t find Pumbaa and Timon’s bug buffet at Marcel’s, but children will enjoy an array of cub-friendly dishes with entrée selections such as House-made Grilled Cheese Sliders with Tomato Dipping Sauce, Crispy Chicken Tenders with Honey Mustard Sauce or a lion’s share of Petite Filet Mignon with French Fries. For dessert, these savvy theatergoing guests can enjoy rich Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate “mud” Sauce before raising a glass to “Hakuna Matata” with a “Cubtail” Tropical Fruit Punch."

    Marcel's will offer free transportation to the Kennedy Center before curtain call. 

    The pre-theater menu is available 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. now through Aug. 17:

    Behind the Curtain: Disney's The Lion King
    by The Kennedy Center via YouTube

  • Karl Marx book sells for $40,000

    WASHINGTON -- Here's a bit of hilarious news: A first edition copy of Karl Marx's "Das Kapital" has sold for a whopping $40,000 in an online auction. 

    Published in 1867, the book decries capitalism and the bourgeoisie. It is considered to be the founding says this edition is the only one to have been published during Marx's life. It is housed in a slipcover with cloth wrapping.

    In 2011, a three-volume edition of "Das Kapital" sold for $51,739, AbeBooks says.
  • Composer Philip Glass, 'Black Swan' violinist Tim Fain team up in D.C. 

    WASHINGTON -- Philip Glass, largely considered one of the most important composers of our time, is coming to D.C. Sept. 21 for a rare performance at First Congregational United Church of Christ.

    He will perform with violinist and collaborator Tim Fain, best known for his work in the ballet blockbuster "Black Swan." 

    Money raised through ticket sales will benefit FRESHFARM Markets' Matching Dollars Program, which matches every purchase made by shoppers using SNAP (Food Stamps) and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and SFMNP (Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program) coupons. 

    The concert starts at 6 p.m. and will be followed by dinner and cocktails at 8 p.m. at Proof. Tickets are $125 for the concert only. Tickets for the dinner and concert are $500. Click here for complete details. 

    See Glass and Fain perform together in the video below:

    Tim Fain and Philip Glass perform 'French Lieutenant'
    by Tim Fain via YouTube

  • Marion Barry tells all in new book

    WASHINGTON -- Washington Councilman Marion Barry will read from his new book, "Mayor for Life," Thursday at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Northwest D.C. 

    The book chronicles his rise from "the cotton fields in Mississippi to the executive offices of one of the most powerful cities in the world."

    Seating starts at 6:30 p.m. Barry will read excerpts from his book and then sign copies. Registration is required. Click here for details. 
  • Fort Reno kicks off first free concert of the season 

    WASHINGTON -- Get your free music fix tonight as Fort Reno kicks off its outdoor summer series with local ska band The Captivators and indie punkers Malatese

    Music starts at 7 p.m. 

  • Giant maze takes over National Building Museum

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Building Museum wants visitors to get lost in a new installation in the museum's Great Hall this summer.

    On Friday, the museum unveiled a large-scale maze with a series of twists and turns for visitors to navigate to find a big reveal at the center. The maze stands 18 feet high and measures 60 feet by 60 feet around.

    Read more here.

  • Google Glass comes to Wolf Trap 

    'Ok Glass, get opera': Wolf Trap to deliver onstage images via Google Glass 

    WASHINGTON -- Opera might never be the same thanks to new technology being unveiled by Wolf Trap later this month. 

    During the July 25 performance of "Carmen," tech journalist David Poque will disguise himself as an extra and transmit onstage action to the audience using Google Glass

    Wolf Trap will also show off a new system called MobiTxt that allows audience members to receive translated subtitles on their mobile devices.

    "With a click of a button or the simple 'OK Glass' voice command, audiences will have Carmen’s French narrative translated into
    English and delivered discreetly to their personal mobile devices," Wolf Trap explains in a statement.

     "This experiment is a way for Wolf Trap and our
    audiences to sit on the cutting-edge and explore this potentially
    groundbreaking technology,” says Arvind Manocha, president and CEO of Wolf Trap
    Foundation for the Performing Arts.

    “It’s incredible to think about the
    possibilities that this sort of ‘second-screen’ experience presents not just
    for opera, but for dance, rock shows, and many other arts experiences.
    Arts and
    technology are both about expanding boundaries, and that’s what we’re doing at 'Carmen.'

    Pogue's images will be available in "near real-time" on Wolf Trap's website and social media accounts. 

    Free wireless Internet will be provided to patrons. There will also be device free seating for those who choose to experience opera the good ol' fashioned way. 

    Learn more here

  • 'Sherlock' to return for fourth season in 2015

    WASHINGTON -- Next year can't come soon enough for fans of the mystery series "Sherlock."

    BBC has announced the addictive miniseries will be back for a fourth season featuring all usual suspects and (hopefully!) some favorites from past seasons. 

    "It’s far too early to say what’s coming, but we’re reasonably confident that the very next thing to happen to Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John (Martin Freeman) is the very last thing you’d expect," says co-creator, writer and executive producer Steven Moffat.

    An air date will be announced later this year. 
  • 'Handsome' felon gets modeling contract

    WASHINGTON -- He might have a history of violence, but California criminal Jeremy Meeks has landed a modeling contract, according to TMZ.

    The convicted felon became an Internet sensation when his mugshot was posted on the Stockton Police Department's Facebook page. 

    Watch the video below for more:

    Jeremy Meeks Gets A Modeling Contract
    by TMZ via YouTube

  • Starz picks up Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods'

    WASHINGTON -- While the rest of the country is watching the World Cup, book nerds are losing their cool over a very big announcement: Starz is developing Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" after HBO dropped it like a hot potato. 

    The novel follows Shadow, a displaced god attempting to navigate the new gods of media and technology. 

    Gaiman weaves together mythologies from across the globe to create the lush world Shadow inhabits. In fact, the story is so complex that HBO decided it couldn't write the kind of script the book deserves.

    But what about Starz?

    The pilot will be scripted by Bryan Fuller ("Hannibal" and "Heroes") and Michael Green ("Kings" and "The River"), both veteran screenwriters with plenty of laurels to their names. 

    "When you create something like ‘American Gods,’ which attracts fans and obsessives and people who tattoo quotes from it on themselves or each other, and who all, tattooed or not, just care about it deeply, it's really important to pick your team carefully: you don't want to let the fans down, or the people who care and have been casting it online since the dawn of recorded history," Gaiman tells TV By the Numbers.  

    An air date has not been announced. 

  • Fort Reno releases summer concert line-up

    WASHINGTON -- Behold the newly released concert schedule:

    July 7: Captivator, Maltese
    July 10: Peanut Butter & Dave, Golden Looks, Calvera Skull
    July 14: Baby Bry Bry, Aloners, Tiger Horse
    July 17: Priests, Sotano, Puff Pieces
    July 21: Alarms & Controls, Talk It, Dissonance
    July 24: Title Tracks, The Effects, Myrrh Myrrh
    July 28: Black Sparks, Stereosleep, The Raised by Wolves
    July 31: Give, Protect U

    As always, alcohol, drugs and glass bottles are not allowed. For complete details, click here

  • Fort Reno summer series reinstated 

    WASHINGTON -- Fort Reno organizers and National Park Service officials have reached an agreement that will allow the outdoor concert series to go on as originally planned. 

    D.C. shadow senator Paul Strauss confirmed the news Monday:

    Strauss told Washington City Paper NPS and Fort Reno "a more community-oriented police presence that’s more appropriate to the venue.”

    The first concert of the season will take place July 7. Check back for a complete summer schedule.

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