Category: Features

Mike at the Movies

“Black Swan” (R) **** There is considerable controversy about this film and much misleading writing about it. You’ll have to see it for yourself to determine the causes for the, in my opinion, misinterpretations of what the film is about,…

Kentlands Church Stages Christmas Musical

The Kentlands ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will host a musical theatre production of the birth of Jesus Christ this holiday season. The play, “Savior of the World – His Birth,” will re-tell the story…

Library Meditation

Just in case anyone was thinking that Internet access at public libraries is some kind of frivolity … “There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither…

Mike at the Movies

“Morning Glory” (PG-13) **** The trailers were misleading. They indicated that this was Rachel McAdams’ movie. The pivotal character, however, the anchor, the fulcrum is Harrison Ford. His character is so deliciously awful — he’s defined early on as “the…

A City Leader Sketch: The Tenacity of Jud Ashman

In a recent interview, Jud Ashman looked back to his earliest days as a community activist in the city of Gaithersburg. “A lot of people walk around, saying you can’t make a difference — why try?” he says. “In 2001…

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Oktoberfest Friendly faces, good food, beer, a new hay ride route and lots of entertainment. This annual Kentlands festival is a fall favorite, and this year’s attendance broke records. Congratulations to the Kentlands Citizens Assembly (KCA) and the city of…

Life on Life’s Terms

Recently my psychiatrist suggested we once again “tweak” the meds I take to treat my bipolar II illness. He added something; he is subtracting something. As a result, I feel bettter than I have in a long time. For people…

Indie Films Getting Attention from Kentlands Stadium 10

With the roaring success of the Manhattan Short Film Festival at Kentlands Stadium 10 and the demand for more challenging adult films, it appears the management is getting the message: There is an audience for fine films in Kentlands. Recently,…

Mike at the Movies

“Mao’s Last Dancer” (PG) ***** An absolute gem of a film. It is based on a true story of a Chinese dancer who defected in the ‘80s while a student with the Houston Ballet. The director of the ballet at…