Category: Features

The Arts

“My Gaithersburg” Featured at Arts Barn Invitational Gallery “My Gaithersburg,” featuring the acrylic paintings of Natalya Parris, will be on display at the Arts Barn Invitational Gallery from September 17 – November 14.  An artist’s reception will be held on…

Mike at the Movies

By Mike Cuthbert “Get Low” (PG-13) ***** Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) is a reclusive, highly anti-social hermit, so it is no surprise that he has a secret. For 40 years he lived in a self-imposed hermitic state in isolated repentance…

The Miracle of Family Reunion

When I was a child and learned that some kids were adopted, I did not understand why anyone would want to find their biological parents. My world was one of fantasy and the happily-ever-after dramas of children’s literature. I’d never…

Reader’s Choice (By Augie the dog)

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” Written by Garth Stein I wanted to give this writing business a try because some guy named Garth Stein, who wrote a couple of books, let a dog tell the story in his…

Nurturing Young People’s Potential

One Sunday this past June I decided to check out the farmers’ market in Olney. It was beastly hot and humid, not a good day for browsing, but I parked, gathered up my cane and my shopping bag and set…

Mike at the Movies

“Nanny McPhee Returns” (PG) ***** The drought of magic in summer films is over. Emma Thompson reprises her role as Nanny McPhee and as writer of the screenplay. She is surrounded by an incredible cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal is radiantly breathtaking…

Fear of Dancing

Last Saturday, a friend invited my husband and me to join her for a swing dancing lesson followed by an evening of dancing at the Black Rock Arts Center. I have never learned to dance, but I know many people…

Mike at the Movies

“The Other Guys” (PG-13) *** I’m sorry, but I just couldn’t start laughing at this film, no matter how hard Will Ferrell and the rest of the cast tried to get me started. If it had been Steve Carell doing…

Summer Scoop

I’m not too proud to say it. I was in Rockville, I was having a bad day and I needed an ice cream cone. I spotted an ice cream place up the street and had a sudden, triumphant vision of myself…

Chili Out

Summer will be over soon and the kids will be back in school, so let’s eat out while we can. I recently met Spike at a charity affair and was very impressed by him, his food and his book. The…