Death of a New Journalist

May 17, 2018

“Bonfire of the Vanities” author Tom Wolfe, who died May 14 at age 88, changed the way we looked at writers, as we saw how they saw the world.  

‘The Watergate: Inside America’s Most Infamous Address’ A fact-filled (if less-than-scintillating) primer on D.C.’s riverside complex

May 16, 2018

Reviewed by Kitty Kelley Hotels can intrigue, even captivate. In the pantheon of places, nothing tantalizes so much as a good story situated in a hotel, particularly a luxury hotel […]

‘Jackie, Janet and Lee’

May 2, 2018

Reviewed by Kitty Kelley Nothing sells like books on sex, diets and the Kennedys. If you wrote “How JFK made love to Marilyn Monroe on 150 calories a day,” you’d […]

Folger Celebrates Shakespeare’s Birthday with Open House (photos)

April 23, 2018

William Shakespeare is arguably the worlds most famous playwright, and deserves to have his birthday celebrated accordingly. Hundreds came to celebrate the 454th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth at the […]

Weekend Round Up April 19, 2018

April 19, 2018

Filmfest DC gets rolling Thursday, April 19, screening 80 films from 45 countries through Sunday, April 29. And it’s a big weekend at the Folger, which will bring “The Winter’s Tale” to a close and celebrate the Bard’s birthday Sunday.

‘The President Will See You Now’: A worshipful ode to the Gipper from his private secretary

April 18, 2018

Reviewed by Kitty Kelley I picked up “The President Will See You Now: My Stories and Lessons from Ronald Reagan’s Final Years,” a memoir by Peggy Grande of her 10 […]

Kitty Kelley Book Club “The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992”

April 4, 2018

Reviewed by Kitty Kelley The British excel as diarists, the most famous being Samuel Pepys, followed by James Boswell (the biographer of Dr. Johnson) and Virginia Woolf, the beacon of […]

Scena Returns to ‘Beckett Trio’

March 22, 2018

Nanna Ingvarsson stars in Robert McNamara’s production of three short plays by Samuel Beckett — “Footfalls,” “Not I” and the wrenching “Rockaby” — at the Atlas Performing Arts Center through April 8.

Kitty Kelley’s Book Club — ‘Avedon: Something Personal’

March 21, 2018

Reviewed by Kitty Kelley The only thing missing from this account of the iconic photographer’s life is the photos themselves. If you’re into pop culture, you’ll inhale “Avedon: Something Personal” […]

Stephen Hawking: A Disembodied Traveler

March 15, 2018

The renowned physicist, whose mind lived in the universe, succumbed March 14 to his long-time nemesis.