Category: Features

Mike at the Movies

“Lincoln Lawyer” (R) *** This film may set a record for teasing its female audience members. It has at least four opportunities to show Matthew McConaughey’s bare abs and skips them all. The result may be McConaughey’s best performance in…

Reader’s Choice

“Mudbound” Written by Hillary Jordan When I looked at the title of Hillary Jordan’s “Mudbound” (2009) on my book club list, my heart sank. It sounded like the last book in the world I’d like to read during the excessively…

Artists’ Reception on April 5 at Mansion and Arts Barn

The 25th Annual Juried Art Exhibition is on display at the Kentlands Mansion from now through May 30. An artists’ reception and an awards ceremony is scheduled from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on April 5 at the Mansion and the…

A Sunny, Spring Day

Temperatures soared into the 70′s on April 4 in Gaithersburg as the focus on the Monday workday centered around getting out of the office and into the great outdoors to enjoy the spring warmup. Even the flowers appeared to be…

Mike a the Movies

“Rango” (PG) **** “Rango” starts as a satirical send-up of drama in general with a chameleon later known as “Rango” ruminating on dramatic arcs, pacing, character development and the whole jargon of “serious theater.” After a truck accident in which…

Shop Talk

Author at the Arts Barn Author Rachel Simon will be reading from her book “The House On Teacher’s Lane: A Memoir of Home, Healing and Love’s Hardest Questions,” on March 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn. The…

Exploring The Adventure Park

Sherwood Forest is alive and well at The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School. You won’t encounter Robin and his merry men, but children ages 8 and up, teenagers, adults and many seniors can maneuver through the old trees…

Mike at the Movies

“Unknown” (PG-13) **** Finally! The return of a taut, well-plotted, complex but far from inane thriller with some of the best car chases in years. Set in Berlin, the story is that of an American bio-technologist, Dr. Martin Harris (Liam…

City Announces Young Artist Award Winners

The city of Gaithersburg announced the winners (see below) of the 8th annual Young Artist Awards competition today. The event is a juried competition for musicians between the ages of 12 – 18, sponsored by the city of Gaithersburg and…

From Small Town, Ohio to Kentlands – A Chance Encounter

Noble Diller and his wife, Lisa, have lived in Kentlands for 18 years. K.C. Dildine and her husband, Larry, have lived here for 12 years. They had never met until one night in last year, when Noble was at O’Donnell’s…