Category: Features

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted “Pavarotti” is Director Ron Howard’s latest biopic.

Pavarotti (PG-13) Director Ron Howard was able to somehow capture the sound of this miraculous talent through archive and live recordings. For it is sound that Luciano Pavarotti was known for—his was a voice like no other that, even on…

Cool Off With the Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition

Deb Cohan’s “Clang, Clang, Clang”—on view through July 13 at BlackRock in Germantown—was inspired by a photo - graph taken while travelling in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo | Submitted

Watercolor painting is a distinctive medium, heavy on technique and unforgiving in nature, which produces lovely delicate color, form and shading as well as bold and rich expression and hue. Paint pigment is suspended in a water-soluble medium and typically…

Mike at the Movies

Yesterday starring Lily James Photo | Submitted

Yesterday (PG-13) If Lily James didn’t steal your heart in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” or “Downton Abbey,” Director Danny Boyle gives you plenty of chances to lose it in this movie. As Ellie Appleton, she is the long-…

Wildlife in Your Neighborhood: Coyotes

Coyotes are typically most active during twilight, but spring and summer when they’re rearing their young, they hunt more frequently and can be seen throughout the day. Photo | Submitted

Coyotes are a relatively new species for Maryland. Westward expansion, agriculture and land development allowed this midwestern prairie species to increase its geographic range significantly over time. Agriculture and land development require deforestation, which leads to forest fragmentation. Fragmented forests…

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling star in Late Night.

Late Night (R) Katherine (Emma Thompson), though looking like soccer star Abby Wambach for much of the film, is bossy, cruel and out of it. (She can’t be bothered to learn her writers’ names, so she gives them all a…

It’s Greek for Me: ‘Circe’ Reimagines Sorceress as Heroine

Circe

I got back to the gods in May. No need for concern. I was not undergoing a spiritual transformation. Instead, I had the illuminating and pleasing experience of reading Madeline Miller’s “Circe.” The 2018 novel—its stunning cover art; its mix…

Kaufman’s Kitchen

The Season With Many Reasons to Celebrate This is the time of year with so many reasons to celebrate. It’s the time of year for outdoor eating: picnics, parties and barbecues. For me, it’s the time of year for baking…

For Vladimir Fridman, Music Parallels Life

Photo | Submitted Musician and teacher Vladimir Fridman poses with students at a June 8 recital held at the Quince Orchard Park Clubhouse.

Joy is what I hear and see surrounding the vivacious Vladimir Fridman who spreads this to students in his classical guitar classes at his home studio in Quince Orchard Park. This joy and love for music and his protégés was…

The Open Road

After spending a ridiculous amount of time in the car the last two weekends covering multiple states, I have the following observations … Our parents are heroes. Straight up, people. We struggled to make our way in unfamiliar territory with…

Wild Wanderings: Northern Cardinals

Photo | Orietta C. Estrada This healthy northern cardinal is going through its post-breeding molt.

What’s Wrong With This Bird? “What’s wrong with this bird?” is a common question I receive, especially this time of year. What happens is that a regular feeder bird shows up at a birdwatcher’s home and it looks as though…