Missing grade-school English teachers

By Bob Levey
Posted on November 10, 2021

Ah, those younger generations. So spry. So attractive. So positive. So presentable. And then they open their mouths. Out come the equivalents of chalk screeching across a blackboard. “Me and him, we went to the movies.” “He has less people working for him.” ‘She’s reverting back to the same mistakes she used to make.” “Learn me how to paint.” “Where is... READ MORE

Local writer, speaker lives the creative life

By Catherine Brown
Posted on November 08, 2021

When Yemaja Jubilee was 16 years old, she discovered a gift: writing poetry. “I wrote my first poem [at that age], called ‘Where Have All the Good Folk Gone? They Sure Ain’t Gone to No Heavenly Home,” said Jubilee, now a poet, playwright, inspirational speaker and life coach who lives in Richmond. “I used poetry as a means of speaking what was not allowed for me to say growing... READ MORE

Cookbooks for Thanksgiving and more

By Dinah Rokach
Posted on November 05, 2021

The Bibliophile Preparing meals from scratch has become popular during the pandemic. These books provide welcome ideas to home cooks of all levels of experience. Friends: The Official Cookbook, by Amanda Yee, 176 pages, Insight Editions hardcover, 2020 This large-format cookbook contains recipes that might have been prepared and served in the television series “Friends,” the... READ MORE

The Nighthawks celebrate five decades

By Katherine Mahoney
Posted on November 03, 2021

Maryland musician Mark Wenner remembers taking the bus to downtown Washington, D.C., in the 1950s and 60s to see blues legends — such as Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and James Brown — perform at the Howard Theater for $1. “I was spoiled rotten,” said Wenner, now 73. As a kid growing up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Wenner was also “addicted to the radio…D.C. had three African... READ MORE

Howie Awards honor artists, supporters

By Catherine Brown
Posted on October 20, 2021

When poet, writer and photographer Linda Joy Burke first arrived in Columbia, she was a 17-year-old college student and fledgling artist. She soon thrived by connecting with other artists and launching a career related to the arts. Burke, now 65, received a Howie Award for Outstanding Artist from the Howard County Arts Council in early October. Howie Awards are presented to local artists ... READ MORE

Camellias bloom in your autumn garden

By Lela Martin
Posted on October 13, 2021

Although I’m an advocate for native plants, there are desirable non-native shrubs that do well in central Virginia. In my own back yard, I’ve planted three species of camellia, which are native to Asia: the Japanese camellia or Camellia japonica; sasanqua or C. sasanqua; and the tea camellia or C. sinensis. Why do I love camellias? They are large, long-lived, evergreen shrubs with... READ MORE

Old-fashioned LPs ride wave of nostalgia

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on October 12, 2021

Richmonder Mark Lipscombe has around 4,000 vinyl records (which he keeps alphabetized) and a machine that cleans them. He visits Plan 9 Music in Carytown at least once a week to sift through the bins of records there to find more to buy. Lipscombe is one of many Plan 9 regulars who shun today’s high tech music platforms, preferring to listen to music from LPs played on a... READ MORE

Little victories in the mask/no-mask wars

By Bob Levey
Posted on October 07, 2021

Here he comes, straight at me, along an indoor corridor. He’s a man half my age. He isn’t wearing a face mask. I am. Yes, we will have passed one another in less than a second. Yes, he looks healthy. Yes, I could just let it go. But shouldn’t I send him a message just the same? Broadcast to him that I disapprove. Yet do it silently, not putting myself at risk of a... READ MORE

The folks who keep folk music alive in D.C.

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on October 05, 2021

You might croon to the blues, soak up soul, tap to a clawhammer banjo or sing four-part harmony. You could listen to a Balkan women’s ensemble, Tibetan nomad music, New Zealand percussive music or a Chinese dulcimer called a yang qin. To get your juices flowing, you can try dancing: square, Cuban salsa, English country, Irish or Norwegian. These are some highlights of the events... READ MORE

Godspell revival at Toby’s now a tradition

By Eddie Applefeld
Posted on September 21, 2021

The musical Godspell opened off Broadway half a century ago, in May 1971. It became a motion picture in 1973, and there were a few revivals along the way, including Broadway. Godspell also happened to be the first musical ever performed at Toby’s Dinner Theatre when it opened in Columbia in 1979. Later, Toby’s revived the show for its 25th anniversary. This year, to celebrate the... READ MORE