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Neil Simon’s Gift to Us

Hearing of the Broadway playwright's death, on Aug. 26, our writer remembered laughter of all sorts: the guffaw, the broad burst of noise, the laughter that sounds like a soundtrack, even the silent laughter.

Artifacts Hint at Halcyon House’s Past

On Aug. 21, at the Georgetown Public Library, Jennifer Porter-Lupu, a doctoral student in anthropology at Northwestern University, presented a portion of what she had uncovered.

202Creates Becomes a Year-Round ‘Movement’

Opening night of the third annual 202Creates will kick off at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at City Winery, 1350 Okie St. NE, a concert venue and urban winery in Ivy City.

‘Across the China Sea’: A Novel

Reviewed by Kitty Kelley This slim novel by Gaute Heivoll, translated by Nadia Christensen, presents the life of a couple we know only as Papa...

Silhouettes at the Portrait Gallery

In one wide corridor and four side galleries, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery has installed “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now,” a thought-provoking — one might even say devious — exhibition that is almost entirely colorless.

Sondheim’s ‘Passion’ at Signature

Running through Sept. 23, “Passion” takes something of a commitment, a willingness to open ourselves to feelings not usually accessed by a musical.

Last Chance: Thursday’s Cultural Leadership Breakfast

Rachel Goslins, director of the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, will speak at Georgetown Media Group's Sept. 13 Cultural Leadership Breakfast at the George Town Club. RSVP to richard@georgetowner.com.

Farewell to the Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin died today, Aug. 16, at age 76 while in hospice care for pancreatic cancer. Whatever the ebb and flow of her career and her popularity, her music never lost its power.

A Rich ‘Color Purple’ at the Kennedy Center

Running through Aug. 26, “The Color Purple” has a strong cast and strong music, which overcome a dearth of physical stagecraft by going to the heart of character, situation and emotion.

Summer Reading, Part Two

Still seeking books to tuck in your weekend bag (or download)? In part two of our summer reading list, seven Georgetowner staffers share their recommendations.