Nina Simone’s spirit shines in Arena Stage’s ‘Four Women’

The musical Nina Simone: Four Women has been playing to packed audiences at Arena Stage since its opening on Nov. 10. Written and produced by Christina Ham and directed by Timothy Douglas, the musical is set in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, at the 16th Street Baptist Church. On September 15, 1963, four members of the […]

John McLaughlin, a fusion guitar legend, is on his final tour

Some musicians hang on a bit too long, ending their careers with a slow fade. It can be painful to witness. Others recognize when it’s time to ease up, and accordingly change their relationship and approach to music. John McLaughlin, who has been at the forefront of jazz pathbreaking since the late 1960s, thinks it’s […]

What Solange and Sun Ra Have in Common

Solange and the Sun Ra Arkestra Kennedy Center Oct. 1, 2017 “You can’t have the White House without the Black House. You can’t have something without its opposite.” The groundbreaking Afrofuturist musician, bandleader and philosopher Sun Ra spoke these words, captured in Robert Mugge’s 1980 film “Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise,” as one of many […]