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Justin Trawick and The Common Good – “Goodbye” – NPR Tiny Desk Contest 2020

For their submission for the 2020 NPR Tiny Desk Contest, Justin Trawick and The Common Good enlisted the help of the audience for a 100% fan filmed video. Before their final song at DC9 on February 28th in Washington DC, the band unplugged their instruments and walked off stage into the middle of the packed audience. Performing around a desk, friends and fans were asked simply to film the band from all angles and later email Justin their footage. Nobody had any idea that this would be the band’s final song of their final show before the world came to a halt from the coronavirus.

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Lesbians, Theatre, and TikTok with Aria Velz

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.

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