Ever-changing artwork, powered by the sun

By: Diane York
Posted on: March 11, 2020

A friend of mine recently sent me a TED Talks video filmed in Vienna. It displayed gorgeous light studies in vivid shades of green, blue, red and yellow — very fluid, alive and ephemeral. I was amazed to learn they were created from sunlight and that they changed throughout the day following the movement of the earth. I was also surprised to find out that the internationally known... READ MORE

Books about baseball for the new season

By: Dinah Rokach
Posted on: March 11, 2020

To many, the call “play ball” heralds the beginning of spring. For fans in the nation’s capital, opening day no longer ushers in a season of dashed expectations. This year, it marks revisiting the memory of a cherished achievement. Fight to the Finish: How the Washington Nationals Rallied to Become 2019 World Series Champs, by the Washington Post, 128 pages, Triumph Books... READ MORE

Military bands perform free year-round

By: Christopher Jones
Posted on: March 06, 2020

When musicians play music for the president of the United States, they can’t afford to make a mistake. The flagship bands of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines play not only for politicians but for public audiences throughout the D.C. area. In addition to boosting morale, these military bands highlight some of the best musicianship in the world, promote cross-cultural... READ MORE

A dutiful depiction of veterans’ reality

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: March 04, 2020

It’s 1945. Men dressed in camouflage — different uniforms for different military branches — approach their front doors with a bag in tow. Family members fling themselves at the tired, skinnier versions of their husbands, brothers and sons, sobbing in gratitude that their loved one made in home when so many didn’t. Those men may appear strong, but they’re not whole. When they... READ MORE

From rich to poor and from love to hate

By: Lynda Lantz
Posted on: March 04, 2020

Timon of Athens is the much-anticipated first production by Simon Godwin since he joined the Shakespeare Theater Company as artistic director last year. It is a restaging of the play performed in 2018 under his direction at the Royal Shakespeare Company and earlier this year off Broadway as a co-production with Theatre for a New Audience. In this play, which Shakespeare originally... READ MORE

Late-life artist relishes challenge

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: March 03, 2020

For most of his life, Allan Akman has dabbled in art. The 77-year-old Rockville resident spent his 33-year career as a military consultant, but on nights and weekends, he painted using watercolors and oils. When he retired in 2009, Akman had a long “bucket list” of things to do, books to read and places to visit. But he became captivated by one of the first items on the list:... READ MORE