THE ARTS & CULTURE ISSUE. We’ve officially made it one year as District Fray Magazine. In March 2020, we put out our first issue under a new name, and less than a week later, Covid-19 changed the world forever. Months later, mid-pandemic, our nation experienced a culmination of racial and social injustices resulting in collective support of the BIPOC community via the Black Lives Matter movement. In January, we welcomed President Biden and our first female vice president, Kamala Harris, into the White House. We’ve been honored to put forth a publication monthly that has been able to tell the stories of locals impacted by these events, and find ways to connect with our community despite the crippling impacts of the pandemic. And now, we bring you our Arts & Culture issue. This remains one of our favorite annual issues, near and dear to our hearts for many reasons. Chief among them, the District is brimming with talented creators, makers, artists, curators and other creative-minded individuals who keep our city relevant and make it beautiful.

Our issue features 21 creators and makers in the District and a stunning cover story by writer Colleen Kennedy about women-led Park View gallery Plain Sight, including interviews with founders Teddy Rodger and Allison Nance, and artist Halim A. Flowers. We highlighted local event production company Pakke’s latest collaboration with galleries Homme and Artgence, Union Market-based creative collective theTwelve, the turbulent relationship our city has with Brutalist architecture, and Studio Theatre’s commitment to inclusive and diverse works.

And while we of course celebrate women year-round, we are particularly excited to highlight 30 bad-ass female entrepreneurs during Women’s History Month. We also had the opportunity to interview two members of legendary, all-female punk rock band The Go-Go’s, the WNBA’s activist-athlete Natasha Cloud, tattoo artist and self-love advocate Imani K Brown, Shakespeare Theatre Company Associate Director Whitney White, local genre-defying artist Alli Vega of Scorpio, and the creative team behind female-focused Hotel Zena.

Plus, read about changing drink laws in the DMV, the current state of takeout, elevated home dining, how the music industry is bouncing back, the roller skating revolution, ways to get outside this spring and much more.

While so much of the past year has been challenging, we are grateful for the opportunity to keep telling and sharing D.C. stories. Thank you. 

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