Category: Features

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted Tolkien

Tolkien (PG-13) – I have not seen a single episode of “Game of Thrones.” I have seen an example of Tolkien by accident in one of the Middle Earth films. Obviously, I am not a general fan of fantasy. Yet…

Wild Wanderings: Turtle Crossing

Photo | Orietta C. Estrada This endangered spotted turtle was found injured in a roadway and taken to Second Chance Wildlife Center in Gaithersburg.

Have you ever noticed that as the weather warms up turtle traffic increases? That’s because the change in season is marked by longer days that bring turtles out of brumation, their version of hibernation. Once mobile, it appears that there’s…

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted Chris Hemsworth stars as Thor in “Avengers: Endgame.”

Avengers: Endgame (PG-13) – Hollywood Revue—2019! Everybody but Busby Berkeley is in this wonderfully built film. Much of it is quiet and almost pastoral, but that is to set up the almost unbelievable sequence at the conclusion of the film.…

Out of Marge Wasson’s Lens Bloom Nature’s Components

Photo | Marylou Bono Fine Art photographer Marge Wasson focuses on the intimate relationships of parts in a whole. Her photos of flora and fauna were recently exhibited at the Kentlands Mansion.

The Kentlands Mansion recently presented The Kentlands Flower Show, a photography exhibit featuring the Composite Fine Art Photographers. The group took inspiration from events such as the Philadelphia Flower Show and highlighted the trio’s works with a decidedly individual spin…

Wild Wanderings: Foxes in Maryland

Photo | Orietta C. Estrada An important part of our ecosystem, foxes help fight Lyme disease by eating rodents who may be hosts for the infected ticks.

Red foxes are one of two fox species found in Maryland; the other is the gray fox. These small canines, weighing up to 14 pounds, are related to dogs, coyotes and wolves. Their lifespan is short, maxing out at around…

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted Zachary Levi and Mark Strong star in “Shazam!” rated PG-13.

Shazam! (PG-13) Yeah, I know, it’s a comics superhero movie and they’re supposed to be lame. The writers and producers of this film know that as well, so they play the superhero for somewhat of a dunce. Zachary Levi (Shazam)…

Curtis Sittenfeld Brings the Bennets to the 21st Century

Photo | Submitted "Eligible" by Curtis Sittenfeld is a modern-day retelling of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice."

A few reasons inspired me to pick up Curtis Sittenfeld’s 2016 novel “Eligible.” Most important, I felt something light to read might alleviate the stress of my news-cycle obsession. Also, I had loved the St. Louis-based author’s four other novels,…

Art Minus Color Reveals Deep Stories

Photo | Marylou Bono Poolesville artist James Vissari exhibits classic etchings of Georgetown scenes in the “Black and White” exhibit at the Arts Barn through May 12.

An unseasonably warm Sunday provided the backdrop for “Black and White,” an appealingly bold yet sophisticated Arts Barn gallery show exploring the monochromatic realm. The classic combination forces the eye to sharpen and focus on the beauty of light and…

Emerging Artists Let It Flow

Photo | Marylou Bono “Emerging Artists,” on exhibit through April 22 at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, features the work of 36 artists, many of whom spoke at the artists reception on March 28.

Art’s beauty, diversity and universal language is on display in “Emerging Artists,” the city’s current show in the Activity Center at Bohrer Park featuring work in a variety of media by up-and-coming artists. Last Thursday’s reception featured a record turnout…

Wild Wanderings: Keeping Bird Diseases at Bay

Photo | Orietta C. Estrada Birds that are suffering from house finch eye disease will most likely die, but you can help prevent the spread of the disease by keeping feeders clean.

Feeding wild birds is a joy, so I keep several feeders around my home. Over the years, I’ve attracted some neat feeder birds: blue-gray gnatcatchers, ruby-crowned kinglets, yellow-rumped warblers, scarlet tanagers, purple finches, and, more recently, pine siskins. To entice…