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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Terrence Howard
Monday, August 25, at the Birchmere
By Alfredo Flores
Posted: August
20, 2008
Washington City Paper

Plenty of Terrence Howard’s standout film roles have showcased his love of music—he rapped in Hustle & Flow, played guitar in The Best Man, and acted alongside OutKast (Idlewild) and 50 Cent (Get Rich or Die Tryin’). That speaks to his deep musical background: His grandmother, Broadway great Minnie Gentry, taught him to play piano, and he grew up listening to albums by his great-granduncle, jazz legend Cab Calloway. On his debut album, Shine Through It, Howard, who sings, writes, and plays guitar, does right by his influences, assembling a batch of jazz, R&B, and neosoul tracks. His crack backup band, led by bassist and co-producer Miles Mosley, moves from flamenco guitar to big-band-era jazz, but the disc’s finest moments are the ballads. On “Love Makes You Beautiful,” Howard’s deep baritone nicely blends with the humming female backup vocals, and the title track is a soulful, uplifting romantic tune. HOWARD PERFORMS AT 7:30 P.M. AT THE BIRCHMERE, 3701 MT. VERNON AVE., ALEXANDRIA. $25. (703) 549-7500.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Featured: Good Stuff Eatery
On Tap magazine August 2008
written by
Alfredo Flores
A nattily-dressed crowd was on hand for the red carpet opening last month of the new pilot restaurant from Top Chef’s Spike Mendelsohn, including top-four contestants Lisa Fernandes, Stephanie Izard and Antonia Lofaso. Handed out to the attendees were samples of what the restaurant offers, including the Good Stuff Melt, the Vegetarians Are People Too ‘Shroom Burger, Sunny’s Handcut Fries, and homemade shakes. Many on hand said the burgers were delicious, leaving you full without weighing you down. Mendelsohn’s fellow cheftestants had nothing but praise as well. “It’s a great concept — any place you can have good burgers, beer and fries. Burgers have been around for hundreds of years, and I think he’ll continue to be successful. I’m a big fan of the pickled carrot (Blazin’ Barn) burger so far,” said Lofaso. “When Spike first told me about this concept, I was pretty impressed. I am so proud of Spike,” added Izard, winner of Top Chef Chicago. “I’m so glad to have all this support. You always conceptualize how your restaurant is going to work, and so far the reaction has been great during our first two weeks. We’re still tweaking our menu, getting a feel for what people like, don’t like, but we’re developing and we’re off to a great start so far,” said Mendelsohn of his restaurant’s initial success.
Good Stuff Eatery: 303 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, D.C.; 202-543-8222;