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Lesbians, Theatre, and TikTok with Aria Velz

A headshot of Aria Velz, wearing a blue button down.

Aria Velz is a director, TikToker, and Lesbian Media Enthusiast based in the D.C. area. On November 2nd, she sat down with me to talk about it all, from her latest production at Olney Theatre Center to the things that lead to her little corner on TikTok.

On October 29th, Olney Theatre Center wrapped its run of Prince Gomolvilas’ ‘The Brothers Paranormal.’ The disconcerting, borderline terrifying production was co-directed by Olney’s Senior Associate Artistic Director, Hallie Gordon, and Velz herself. The show was one of the spookiest times I have had in a theatre in quite some time. It was evident that the show was a well researched labor of love.

Dot Dash Takes It Back With “16 Again”

The name of the album, '16 Again' is written in bubble letters above a banner photograph of the band playing together.

More to Watch D.C. locals Dot Dash compile 16 of the band’s best tracks, and re-releases them with Country Mile Records. Terry Banks (lead vocalist and guitarist), Hunter Bennett (bassist), and Danny Ingram (drummer) make up the garage-band, pop punk trio that is Dot Dash. After 7 albums, the band with self-proclaimed “no hits” drops […]

Outerloop Storms Back Into Business With “huracán”

In a painted photo, a black horse is bucking over shadows of people.

More to Watch D.C. local post-punk outlet, Outerloop, releases “huracán” on November 10th. Hurricanes are angry, defined by their high-fast winds and concerningly calm center. Outerloop’s newest single, “huracán”, does justice to its stormy namesake. The song, a bi-lingual piece reflecting on the state of a post-Maria, looks at the abuse of power in a […]

Newcomer Holiday Death Tribute Drops Nostalgic “Practice”

A black and white sketch of a crudely drawn man playing the piano with an angel looking over his shoulder.

Recent Articles The D.C.-Based indie punk band releases their first track, “Practice” on November 3rd. For those of us missing the distinct 90s punk rock sound, get ready for Holiday Death Tribute. With a sound that is similar to Green Day and Jimmy Eat World, Holiday Death Threat is already looking at establishing themselves in […]

“Shift” by Lauren Calve is a Folk Country Treat

Lauren Calve is looking at her reflection in a red room. The mirror is ornate with twisted metal all around her.

More to Watch Lauren Calve released her debut album “Shift” September 1st. She performs at Elkton Music Hall in Elkton, MD on November 17. Calve’s first album is a folksy contemplation of her life in quarantine. Through the ten tracks on the album, she spends time dissecting her life figuring out what is good and […]

Keep Summer Flowing with “Daytrippin” by Iration

In a spacey, red background, a white hand is coming out of a yellow gate. There is a beach, and abstract shapes around the sand. Around the entire image is a red border that says Iration in white text on the bttom, and Daytippin in white text at the top.

More to Watch Iration released their newest album, Daytrippin, on October 6th. The Hawai’i-based band takes it back to their roots on their newest album. Iration – “Daytrippin” Album Art – provided by artist. While their 2020 album, Coastin’,  had a bit more of an electronic influence on their reggae-fusion, this newest album strips that […]

Crack The Sky Celebrates Their 20th Album “From The Wood”

Crack The Sky stands against a black background in suits.

Recent Articles The West Virginia-bred band, released their 20th album, “From the Wood”, back in June and are now taking it on a tour of the East Coast. L to R: Bobby Hird, Dave DeMarco, Joey D’Amico, John Palumbo, Rick Witkowski, Glenn Workman – Photo of Crack The Sky courtesy of Rei Peri. In every […]

Arena Stage Presents the Hilarious POTUS

A graphic illustration of the women of POTUS trying to keep together the Oval Office.

More to Watch The funniest show around has finally found its way to D.C. Official POTUS Artwork. Illustration by Loveis Wise, Courtessy of Arena Stage. The production of Selina Fillinger’s chaotic play, POTUS, is running through November 12th at Arena Stage. I had the privilege and honor to get invited to opening night. And what […]

Round House Kicks Off The Season With “The Mountaintop”

Renea S. Brown (Camae) is lighting a cigarette for Ro Boddie (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

More to Watch Round House Theatre kicks off the 2023-2024 theatre season with Delicia Turner Sonnonberg’s production of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, which runs through November 5th. Renea S. Brown (Camae) and Ro Boddie (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) in The Mountaintop at Round House Theatre. Photo by Margot Schulman Photography. The play is […]

The Tell-Tale Heart Beats With New Life at Synetic Theatre

Against a cloudy red background with the silhouette of a person standing with their arms spread in a way that mimics wings. The the left of them, The Tell-Tale Heart is written in in orange type.

More to Watch As a frequent theatre goer and a lover of horror, I have been hungering for something spooky to see this season. And finally, that hunger has been satiated by Synetic Theatre’s production of The Tell-Tale Heart.  The Tell-Tale Heart – Courtesy of Synetic Theatre Synetic Theatre, which for those of you who […]