Archive for March, 2012

Simply the Best | Simply Savion

Posted in Culture with tags , , , on March 21, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

No one on this planet does it like he does and soon he’ll be back in DC doing it again. Saturday, March 31 at 8:00pm at the Warner Theater Savion Glover will be doing a special, one-night only performance. Glover is a world-renowned hoofer –star of Broadway’s Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk and the film Happy Feet. He will present an evening inspired by song and interpreted through his innovative rhythms of footwork.



Obama in Ghana

Posted in Culture, Politics with tags , , on March 17, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

Thursday, March 22 travel through the lens of award-winning filmmaker Tony Regusters as he shares his Obama in Ghana: The Untold Story – a documentary that captures in detail the full pilgrimage of the first African American United States President to Ghana and the incredible reception he and the First Family received six months after his inauguration.  The President and First Family made their state visit to Africa in July of 2009, selecting the Republic of Ghana as the Administration’s first visit to Sub-Saharan Africa. According to press notes,  the film “explores the preparations, the pageantry and politics of a unique and transformational moment in African world history.” The film will be screened at 6:00pm in the Langston Room of the flagship Busboys and Poets at 14th and V Street, NW.

Sweet Caroline’s

Posted in DC: Dining & Cocktails with tags , , , , , , on March 5, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

There was a lot of talk about the actresses of the film The Help. Viola Davis won several awards for her portrayal of Aibileen Clark and her cast mate Octavia Spencer walked away with an Oscar for her role as Minny Jackson. These stars truly shined on screen. But they weren’t the only ones who made a lasting impression.

The visuals of the delicious cakes and pies in the film could make anyone not just hungry, but salivate. In particular there is a seven layer caramel cake in the movie that everyone raves about. A nine inch round cake, with multiple layers held together by frosting that looks so good and sweet that it may be a sin.

Well, the makers of the on screen beauties, the seven layer caramel cakes used in the film, are just up the road in Annapolis, Maryland. For more than a decade Caroline’s Cakes, known mostly for their seven layer caramel cakes has been serving up a variety of cakes and cupcakes to happy customers. Several years ago the bakery opened up a small café two doors down that offers a delicious breakfast and lunch menu.

Over the weekend, Substance & Style took a road trip to Annapolis to experience Caroline’s firsthand. The first stop was to the bakery where we were greeted by a friendly staff person who was very knowledgeable and helpful in guiding us to which cake may best suit our palette. After deliberation and temptation we decided to stick with what originally brought us there on this sojourn – caramel. Next we went to Caroline’s Gourmet to see what was on the menu.

The café is intimate and warm and just when you thought you’d met the friendliest staffer in the world at the bakery – you realize in fact that she has competition from the two young men at café. They made you feel like you were in your family members kitchen and whatever you wanted they were going to make with care and serve it with a smile.

While everything on the menu sounds delicious our party indulged in the curried chicken salad on lettuce, a chicken foccacia sandwich and slices of the seven layer lemon and caramel cakes respectively.  The taste of the food was absolutely worth the gas mileage from the District to Annapolis. We washed down our lunch with ice cold bottles of Cheerwine soda. Bottled since 1917, it has been called the “Nectar of North Carolina.” You’ll have to buy a bottle. We bought several to take home with us.

The cake is what we went for, the lunch is what made us linger and the overall experience is what will bring us back for more.

Front entrance of Caroline's Cakes.


Inside Caroline's Cakes.

Inside Caroline's Cakes.

Caroline's Gourmet

Another Homecoming

Posted in Culture with tags , , , on March 1, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

Anthony Manough is a Howard University alum experiencing a homecoming all his own.  A native Washingtonian, who trained at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts before attending Howard University, he is an accomplished stage actor who has traveled the world honing his craft. His credits include Disney’s The Lion King, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Songs for a New World and taking on the role of Dromio in The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare Festival/LA.

But now this soulful son of Washington has returned as a featured artist to play the leading role in the Howard University Department of Theatre Arts production of Passing Strange alongside current Howard students with dreams of going where has already gone in his career.  It is a fitting production for his return.

Written by Stew and Heidi, Passing Strange is a funky and fun semi-autobiographical musical about a young Black man who grows up in suburban Los Angeles in the 1970’s who flees all that he has been taught in hopes that he’ll truly learn about himself and relearn about the world around him. Thoughtful dialogue and roaring and passionate songs move the audience with him through the show and his journey that takes him throughout Europe before he realizes where home is and how to define him.

The production of Passing Strange at Howard University is the first by a college or university. The show is directed by Eric Ruffin, with musical direction by Darius Smith and choreography by Princess Mhoon Cooper. Passing Strange will be performed in the Ira Aldridge Theater, Wednesday-Saturday, February 29, 2012 – March 10, 2012. Discount tickets are available for seniors and Howard alumni.

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