The Howard Theatre hasn’t even been open a year since its $29 million renovation,
but the venue can already boast two visits from Washington’s most popular cultural
Michelle Obama. The First Lady stopped by the theater last night for the second time in 2013 to
take in a show by Grammy-winning gospel group Sweet Honey in the Rock.
FLOTUS has long been a fan of the all-female, a cappella troupe, whom she described
as “one of my favorite groups in the whole wide world” at a performance at the White
House in February 2009, praising them for their commitment to “the African-American
tradition of using music and song to advance freedom and social justice.”
At last night’s show, where she was spotted wearing a blue blazer and black pants,
Mrs. Obama was accompanied by her mother,
Marian Robinson, special adviser to the president
Valerie Jarrett, and Dr.
Sharon Malone, the wife of Attorney General Eric Holder, as well as six others.