Category: Features

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…

Getting Squirrely

Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean the squirrels aren’t out to get you. Seriously. I’ve been around the block a few times, lived in the suburbs nearly my whole life, and people, I am here to say, the squirrels are…

‘Musicalia’ Rings at the Arts Barn

Photo | Marylou Bono Alfredo Ortiz, Carol Sontheimer, Magruder Murray, Roxana Rojas-Luzon, Bill Mapes, Frances Stowe-Sinkler and Meg Schaap gather at an artists reception for their work showcased in “Musicalia,” at the Arts Barn through March 31.

Music can name the unnameable, and communicate the unknowable said composer Leonard Bernstein … and so plays “Musicalia,” the sound and shape of music in all formats, at the Arts Barn. As a companion to several musical events at the…

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted Florence Pugh and Jack Lowden star in “Fighting with My Family.”

Fighting with My Family (PG-13) Yeah, so it’s predictable and the characters tend to be a bit stock, but this is one fun movie about a real-life person. Florence Pugh stars brilliantly as professional wrestler Paige (aka Saraya Knight) with…

Wild Wanderings: Divers at Inspiration Lake

Photo | Orietta C. Estrada A rare Red-necked Grebe enjoys a meal on Inspiration Lake.

Six lakes spread across Kentlands and Lakelands. Five of them are lined up next to one another, which makes this area perfect for birding. There’s always something interesting to see here, especially during this time of year because water birds…

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…

ALOG’s Colors and Imagination Light up Kentlands Mansion

Bill Mapes’ “Nataliya” received an Oil/ Acrylic award in the 6th Annual Art League of Germantown show.

Not even the wintry mix deterred art lovers from the Kentlands Mansion recently to view the 6th annual Art League of Germantown (ALOG) multi-media exhibit “Colors and Imagination.” Juried into the show by Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro, an accomplished painter and native…

‘Bread & Beauty’ Tells Stories of Local Food

Photo | Submitted Plum Upside-Down Cake

The cookbook “Bread & Beauty, A Year in Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve,” created by independent writer Claudia Kousoulas and project coordinator Ellen Letourneau, is about more than food. Besides terrific recipes, it is full of profiles, essays and beautiful photographs.…

Mike at the Movies

Photo | Submitted Tomasz Kot and Joanna Kulig star in “Cold War.”

Cold War (R) – This is an “art film” so it may be hard to locate but it is also a nominee for Best Foreign Film for the Oscars and is well worth the drive to Bethesda Row, AFI or…

New Adventures for QOHS Art Teacher

Photo | Submitted Kentlands artist Neal Herron creates and teaches at the Our House pottery studio in Brookeville.

I met the vivacious Kentlands resident Neal Herron at his volunteer gig at Our House, a 142-acre farm and residential facility in Brookeville for at-risk boys aged 16 to 21. He was steered to the opportunity by his wife, Laura,…