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Posted in Culture, Politics with tags , , , on February 4, 2013 by substanceandstyledc

WMT-12010_ConvertHmpg_cs2Modify. Transform. Adopt. Convert. All of them are simple words with often complicated implications. In the play The Convert written by Danai Gurira and directed by Michael John Garcés at Wooly Mammoth Theatre the complications are made clear and real.

Set in 1895 amid the colonial scramble for Southern Africa, the play follows Jekesai, a young girl who escapes village life and a forced marriage arrangement, ultimately discovering Christianity under the guidance of an African teacher. However, as anti-colonial sentiments rise to a boiling point, Jekesai must choose between her new European God and the spirits of her ancestors.

The Convert runs February 13 through March 10. In addition to performances, there is a series of discussions and activities to complement the show.

Our Beloved Justice

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , on January 14, 2013 by substanceandstyledc

Our beloved Supreme Court Justice that represents an American dream come true, the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor will appear in an intimate conversation Friday, January 18 at 7:00pm at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium discussing her new book. Sotomayor, the High Court’s first Hispanic member, knew from early on that she wanted to be a lawyer; by age forty, she was a federal district judge. Her memoir, My Beloved World is a story of hard work, vision, and perseverance despite many obstacles. Her rise as a Latina from a Bronx housing project to a spot on the Supreme Court inspires hope in oneself and the Nation. Tickets can be purchased in advance. One book and one ticket: $30; one book and two tickets: $40.

Curly Comedy | Q&A

Posted in Culture with tags , , , on June 18, 2012 by substanceandstyledc


Photo of Abbi Crutchfield by David Schinman

Abbi Crutchfield is heading back to Washington, DC. The first time she came to the District she was all about hitting the books. A native of Indiana, she lived in Washington for several years while earning her degree foreign service from Georgetown University. Now she is coming to DC because she and a group of other up and coming female comedians have been booked for a show Sunday June 24 at the Busboys and Poets at 5th and K Street, NW as part of their Pink Collar Comedy Tour.

Q: Before performing as a standup comedian what were you doing?

A: I worked as an office temp throughout Manhattan, an internal auditor at Bear Stearns and an executive assistant at American Express before I finally became a full-time comic. I saved money to move to The Big Apple by working part-time (simultaneously) as a substitute teacher, cocktail waitress, restaurant server and a dinner theater actress. Every week day was devoted to public service. So in a way I was using my degree.

Q: What made you make the switch from that to pursuing comedy full time?

A: I planned to be a comedian when I left college. The other jobs I worked were a means to reach that goal.

Q: What makes the Pink Collar Comedy Tour special/different?

A: The term “Pink Collar” refers to low-status wage work for women. One of the common themes that unites all of the performers is our rejection of an unsatisfying 9-5 lifestyle. But there’s more to the show than tales of office life. We are four different voices speaking to our experiences as comedians, women, friends, failed baristas, reluctant bridesmaids, disgruntled humanitarians and irreverent pranksters.

Q: Did you ever think on graduation day from Georgetown that you’d return to Washington as a comedienne?

A: Ever since I saw GU alum Mike Birbiglia perform at Gaston Hall I plotted to return to campus as a professional comedian to do the same.

Q: Describe your brand of wit.

A: My sense of humor errs on the fun, relatable side.  My earliest comedic influences were Ellen DeGeneres and Sinbad, before we stopped getting free HBO.

Q: The funniest thing about Washington is?

A: The best thing about Washington, DC is that it has been affectionately dubbed, “Chocolate City,” a nickname I love so much I use it to describe every town I play. Including Farmersburg, IN where all residents look like the cast from American Chopper.

Learn more about the Pink Collar Comedy Tour here and follow this Georgetown alum, Abbi Crutchfield on Twitter.

(Re)calling & (Re)telling

Posted in Culture with tags , , on October 31, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

In conjunction with DC Fotoweek 2011 Morton Fine Art will present (Re)calling & (Re)telling, a solo exhibition of photographs by artist Kesha Bruce. The exhibition will be on display from November 5 through November 12, with an opening reception and artist talk with Kesha Bruce on Saturday, November 5th at 2pm. According to press notes, (Re)calling and (Re)telling offers viewers a contemporary entryway to the rich tradition of storytelling in art through the use of both photography and collage. For the past several years, Kesha Bruce has created work using an old collection of photographs taken by her grandfather during his years as a soldier during the Korean War. In addition to the many photographs of young African American soldiers going about their daily routines, the collection also included snapshots and informal family portraits taken upon his return home to Des Moines, Iowa. (Re)calling & (Re)telling was awarded the EnFoco New Works Photography prize and was included in the traveling exhibition Double Exposure: African Americans Before and Behind the Camera.

Being Stylish with B. Evans

Posted in Substance & Style Profile with tags , , on September 19, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

Photo provided by BLTEvans

This week, the District celebrates DC Fashion Week 2011 from September 19 through September 25 with a host of events showcasing local designers and helping them build their brand and awareness for this growing creative community that often goes overlooked. The theme this year is The Power of Style.

One man exerting his power is B. Evans. After a fashion hiatus for several years he has returned to his passion of designing and creating women’s clothing that reflects his love for all things beautiful. In honor of DC Fashion Week, B. Evans answers these four questions for the ladies looking to convey their substance and style.

Q: What is something you’d like to see more women in the District try?

A: I would like to see women anywhere be fashion forward, more creative with their expression of style. Women have the ultimate availability to wear anything they choose…I love it! I think its very cookie cutter here. I would also like women to be more comfortable but conscience, and I’m talking in terms of shaping themselves. You can be Fabulous in a size 20 if the proportion is right and smooth. There was a time when women were concerned about the way clothing fit and flattered.

Q: What should women ask before purchasing a dress?

A: Does this fit and flatter my silhouette?

Q: What is a common faux pas women make when dressing themselves?

A: Thinking every style is for every body type. That’s its okay that your clothes are too tight.

Q: What should every woman have in her closet?

A: Every woman should own a black dress that is flattering, a pair of black patent leather pumps, red lipstick, fabulous trench coat, diamond studs, pearl necklace, black Kidd skin gloves and one custom fitted dress!


Posted in Culture with tags , , on April 20, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

The remarkable script of Ruined, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage will be brought to life and bringing DC audiences into the Congo at Arena Stage beginning April 22 – June 5. The play, inspired by interviews with women conducted by Nottage, takes a look at war, peace, hope and pain through the eyes of several women. The central character, Mama Nadi is a tour de force who demands one to question what you would do to survive.

Legends Never Die

Posted in Culture with tags , on March 31, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

While she transitioned from this life several days ago, the jewel of the silver screen that was two-time Academy Award winner Elizabeth Taylor will live on forever in her tremendous film contributions. This weekend, April 2 and April 3 the Atlas Performing Arts Center will pay tribute to her with the screening of four films starring Taylor: A Place in the Sun, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, National Velvet and Father of the Bride. Purchase tickets online here.

A Life in Vibrant Color

Posted in Culture with tags , , on November 8, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

Lois Mailou Jones was an artist, educator and an ambassador of culture. Born in the early 1900’s in Boston, Massachusetts she went on to study there at the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts before working in New York City and Sedalia, North Carolina before settling in Washington, DC where she taught for more than four decades at Howard University. During her tenure she honed her craft and gained wide acclaim for her artwork and her teaching. A brilliant collection of more than 70 of her paintings, textiles and sketches are now on view at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in the dynamic exhibit Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color. The exhibit runs through January 9, 2011.

Now Serving DC

Posted in Culture, DC: Dining & Cocktails with tags , , on June 2, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

She may be out of the French Open, she will soon be in DC. Venus Williams will be the  speaker for the July 7, 2010 lunch series at the National Press Club. Lunch begins at 12:30pm but a much earlier arrival is best for a good seat. Make your reservation here today as this will surely sell out quickly. Later she will be signing copies of her new book Come to Win: How Sports Can Help You Ace Your Goals and Top Your Profession at the Barnes & Noble on 12th Street NW at 3:00pm. What will she wear?

Wednesday Night with Alice

Posted in Culture with tags , on April 12, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

Wednesday, April 16 at 6:30pm, Alice Walker the woman with words, wisdom and stories that have captivated us for decades will appear at Busboys and Poets at 14th and V Street, NW to discuss her newest work ‘Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters The Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo, and Palestine/Israel’.


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