Category: Features

Mike at the Movies

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (R) It is 1969. Everything is big cars, scantily clad hippies, overpaid starlets, drugs and, eventually, the Tate murders. The Tate murders are not previewed until a shot of the street name “El Cielo,”…

The Jury Is Out on Christmas in July

I sit in my favorite chair snuggled under a blanket, coffee mug in hand and watch the closing credits of “Switched at Christmas.” Which would all be completely normal if it wasn’t the middle of July. Or maybe this is…

Explore Food of the Italian South

In most cultures, exploring food means exploring history, and the Italian south has plenty of both to offer. Most people think of tomato-based sauces with pasta as being representative of all of Italy and “Italian food,” but this is not…

Abstract Lives at ‘Big, Bold & Beautiful’ at Bohrer Park

Photo | Marylou Bono (L to R) Carl Yonder, Irina Koren, Steve Grossman, Howard Clark, Stephen Dell’Aria, Sheryl Massaro and Tony Mel gather in front of Tony Mel’s “Breakfast with Duchamp” at the July 11 artists reception for “Big, Bold & Beautiful” at Bohrer Park.

Abstract art is a passion. It is occasionally underrepresented and shunned, but the grand pieces in the city’s “Big, Bold & Beautiful” show affirm that the genre is alive and well locally. Curated by Mary Weiss-Waldhorn, the exhibit features large…

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…