The August issue of our ROUTES is the beginning of our expansion. Our ROUTES will be including between its covers a section on entertainment in the Washington DC area. Our expectations have been to provide information to our readership, who not only like to travel, but I also want to know what to do when they get there. ROUTES’ motto has been, “If it’s good entertainment, it’ll be in ROUTES.”
We hope you will continue to keep pace with ROUTES as it expands its horizon be on the New York metropolitan area to Washington, DC and other major cities in the United States.
ROUTES welcomes to its staff Beverly Lindsay, who has been appointed bureau manager in the Washington DC area.
ROUTES in Washington DC
If you have never been to Washington, DC or haven’t been to the nations capital in several years, you’ll be happy to know that the city is experiencing an urban boom. What were once streets consisting mainly of concrete federal buildings and vast rows of ghetto cement, now lies a city with all the look and flavor of New York City with its multi million dollar office buildings, parks, cultural centers, theaters, restaurants, museums and nightlife.
In the world of theater, Washington provides some of the finest Please from the Broadway stage. Successful shows such as “The Wiz,” “Bubbling Brown Sugar,” “Timbuktu!” And “Guys and Dolls” preview it in Washington before heading to the Broadway stage. Road companies from shows as “A Chorus Line,” “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf,” “Eubie,” “Annie,” and “Ain’t Misbehaving” are staged at the Warner theater and the national theater located in the heart of the downtown area.
The John F. Kennedy Theater for the Performing Arts houses two theaters, an opera house and a concert hall, all of which features the finest and cultural arts ranging from the National Black Touring Company’s production of Ntokzake Shange’s “Boogie Woogie Landscape” to the creative talents of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company.
On a smaller scale, Washington has a number of local repertory companies in the area. The most noted black repertory company is The Rep, Inc., whose founder actor, Robert Hooks, has produced such black talents as Charles Brown, who portrays the character Russ Anderson in the soap opera “All My Children” and is currently starring in the Broadway production of “Home,” Ken Holiday of the recent television series “Carter Country,” Disco singer Amii Stewart (“Knock on Wood”) and actress/singer Debbie Allen. Some excellent productions can also be seen at the Ira Aldridge theater at Howard university.
If you’re into art, Washington premieres some of the worlds finest art. There are seven major galleries including the newest and most spectacular East Building of the National Gallery of Art. There are also a host of small galleries all over the city (see listings) which feature of the talents of many black artists.
Nightlife swings in the nations capital with excitement from the discotheques, nightclubs and restaurants. Some of the best Joe’s can be heard in the corners of jazz clubs around the area. Jazz can be heard in Georgetown at Blues Alley or the Cellar Door, or in the crowded smoke-filled room of “Beverley’s” in the heart of Washington’s black community.
There’s not a week or a weekend without a concert€“ whether it’s rock, pop, rhythm and blues or gospel. Concerts are held in such concert halls as Constitution Hall and the Kennedy Center Concert Hall; also, the large Capital Center (home of the Washington bullets basketball team), and the Warner and national theaters. During this summer, the Washington area has a concert extravaganza with spectacular outdoor theater concerts at the Wolf Trap outdoor theater in northern Washington, the Meriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, and the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Washington, DC’s Rock Creek Park. The historical Howard Theater in the Howard University area still provides some of the great names in black music. Such performers as Parliament/Funkadelic, James Brown, Ray Charles and BB King have recently given performances at the Howard Theater.
For sports fans, the nations capital has a major league basketball team ( the Washington Bullets), a major league football team (the Washington Redskins and a major league soccer team (the Washington Diplomats). During the summer months the National Park service provides private playing areas for citizens wishing to play baseball, volleyball and soccer. Polo games can be seen free of charge during the summer at the Lincoln Memorial field. There are also many public and private tennis courts around the area.
Washington provides entertainment for all people of all ages at all times of the year. Whether it’s a cruise on the Potomac River or paddle boating on the Title Basin jogging through Rock Creek Park or rollerskating through the streets of Georgetown€” whatever’s your pleasure, DC’s got it!