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Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted Taron Egerton stars in “Rocketman.”

Rocketman (R) Taron Edgerton is a magnificent Elton John. He manages to capture the out-of-control rock star who rose, as they say, “from humble beginnings” to become a legend. John’s status might have been less elevated without the partnership of…

Juried Art Show at Kentlands Mansion Enthralls

Photo | Marylou Bono Bill Mapes’ “Joshua” is Best in Show at the Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association’s 33rd Juried Art Show, on display through July 7 at the Kentlands Mansion.

A warm spring evening brought out a crowd to view the Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association’s 33rd Juried Art Show at the Kentlands Mansion. Juror Jean Hirons, a celebrated pastelist, author of “Finding Your Style in Pastel” and instructor at Artists…

Dream Weaver

For many years, my literal translation for Mother’s Day was, “where dreams go to die.” This is because I have found that the majority of women, like me, end up disappointed in some fashion. The vision they had for the…

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)…