Author: Ellyn Wexler

Two Books Everyone’s Talking About… for Different Reasons

This month’s choices came from the sphere of “Everyone’s talking about them, and I want to know why.” What Tayari Jones’ “An American Marriage” and A.J. Finn’s “The Woman in the Window” have in common is being published to great…

Cowgirls of Color Lasso in Celebrants for ‘Butch Cassidy’

Photo | Submitted The Cowgirls of Color will make a special appearance at the Arts Barn on March 29 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

Typical Arts Barn events are visual arts exhibits, lectures and meetings with community relevance, theatrical presentations, concerts and films. It is hardly the place anyone associates with horses. But the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Academy Award-winning…

A Glimpse Into the Canons of Two Prolific Contemporary Novelists

This past month, I discovered two novelists who are compelling storytellers and best of all, have written multiple well-received books I can add to my “must read” list. It’s always a delight to try something new—and love it. A number…

MorFIT Promises a Well-Run Hometown Gym

Photo | Submitted The former Gold’s Gym North Potomac is now MorFIT Gym.

Morgan Barnes appears to have just what the former Gold’s Gym North Potomac needed. Effective Jan. 15, she took over the facility, renamed MorFIT Gym, with plans and “confidence in my ability to give members the comfortable and high-level experience”…

Kentlands’ Own Master Classical Couple to Perform at Arts Barn

Photo | Submitted Kentlands residents and master classical musicians Alessandra Cuffaro and Simeone Tartaglione will perform at the Arts Barn on Jan. 26.

Master classical musicians Alessandra Cuffaro and Simeone Tartaglione love their adopted hometown. After leaving their native Italy for the United States in 2005, the couple eventually found their way to the “family-oriented, very cozy and architecturally very pretty and unique”…

Community Museum Focuses on Rocks, Minerals and Fossils

Photo | Courtesy of Gem, Lapidary and Mineral Society of Montgomery County Members of the Gem, Lapidary and Mineral Society of Montgomery County will have a table full of rocks to examine at the Discovery Days’ Rocks, Minerals and Fossils program.

This article originally appeared on CultureSpotMC.com. Karen Lottes, the Gaithersburg Community Museum’s program coordinator, is excited about the next installment of Discovery Days, a “series designed to stir the imagination and foster family involvement in a fun and stimulating environment.”…

Kentlands Community Players to Take the Arts Barn Stage

Photo | Cara O’Connor (L to R) Kentlands Community Players Brendan Emerson, Sheldon Reiffenstein, Meredith Fogle (seated), Peter Wolff, Kay Holcombe, Tracy Husted (seated), Maura Winkworth and Natasha Mirny meet to discuss their spring production.

Live theater generates a unique energy that has engaged Meredith Fogle since childhood. The Kentlands resident and realtor recalls “feeling transported” by the local productions of “Annie” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” her parents took her to, and…

Jodi Picoult’s New Novel Sparks Self-Examination

Jodi Picoult's "A Spark of Light"

Like nearly all of the Jodi Picoult books I have read, her latest, A Spark of Light, engaged me with its story and characters. And as in her more recent novels that have tackled contemporary controversial subjects, this one compelled…