Category: Features

Spice Girl

I’m just a girl, standing in the grocery store Labor Day weekend, wondering why all my normal foods now have pumpkin spice. And it’s not just the grocery store; it’s everywhere. Coffee, candles, creamer, cookies, cream cheese and all manner…

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted Bill Skarsgård stars as Pennywise in “It Chapter Two.”

It Chapter Two (R) Jessica Chastain (Beverly) and James McEvoy (Bill) mark a major upgrade for the franchise, but they are still not enough to improve the quality of the film much over the original “It” (2017). The plot is…

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted Zack Gottsagen and Shia LaBeouf star in “The Peanut Butter Falcon.”

The Peanut Butter Falcon (PG-13) This low-budget sleeper features sterling performances by Shia LaBeouf as Tyler and Dakota Johnson as Eleanor with a wonderful turn by newcomer, Down Syndrome actor Zack Gottsagen as Zak. The strong cast also features Thomas…

The Vibrant World of Silk Painting

Image | Phyllis Gordon Artist Phyllis Gordon used silk as her canvas to create “The Layers Beneath.”

Using silk as your canvas is a sophisticated and intricate artistry that produces distinctive results. Gaithersburg Artist Collective member Phyllis Gordon has perfected the technique and shared her experience with the process that achieves the fluid beauty of her scarves,…

Eye on Art: ‘New Perspectives’ in Pastels

Photo | Submitted “Urban Color” by Barb North is one of the works by Maryland Pastel Society members now on exhibit at the Kentlands Mansion.

When you think of pastel, your mind conjures up pale colors, lightness, softness—not always true from a medium that has been used since the Renaissance and does not rely on brushes for application. Pastels come in cylindrical sticks that have…

Wild Wanderings: Living Dinosaurs

Photo | Submitted The connection between birds and dinosaurs was centered around the famous fossil Archaeopteryx, which had, like birds, fused clavicles or a wishbone.

Birds are dinosaurs. They descended from a group of dinosaurs called theropods and,  because they are dinosaurs, birds are also reptiles. Wondering if this is scientifically controversial? It isn’t. Early on when the dinosaur-bird link was being discovered, circa 1860,…

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted Han Chen, Aoi Mizuhara, Diana Lin and Awkwafina star in “The Farewell.”

The Farewell (PG) This is one of my favorite films for the entire year. An exquisite study of the American belief in independent spirit versus the Chinese belief in family above all, this film is introduced by the warning: “This…