You can take your senior discount and…

By Bob Levey
Posted on October 12, 2023

Senior privilege is all around us. Dedicated seating on buses and subways. Discounts at the movies. Youngsters who offer to walk us across the street — well, sometimes, anyway. This old guy has always been ambivalent about such tilts. On the one hand, we oldies have earned them. On the other hand, we should be the ones who say “no, thanks,” because younger people often need the... READ MORE

Experts provide sound advice on aging

By Dinah Rokach
Posted on October 06, 2023

The Bibliophile Here are several helpful books that focus on health and wellbeing as we age. Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age, by Sanjay Gupta, MD, 336 pages, Simon & Schuster paperback 2022; 12 Weeks to a Sharper You: A Guided Program, by Sanjay Gupta, MD, 190 pages, Simon & Schuster paperback, 2022 Many of us are familiar with the reassuring, no-nonsense approach ... READ MORE

New and old musicals come to National

By Mark Dreisonstok
Posted on October 04, 2023

Another season of top Broadway shows on tour is coming to the National Theatre in downtown Washington, D.C. “We’re always thrilled to give Broadway fans a wonderful night out in the heart of the District,” said Ryan Baker, marketing director of the National Theatre. The first, Mrs. Doubtfire, known as “everyone’s favorite Scottish nanny,” will run October 10 to 15. Based... READ MORE

Stirring ‘Evita’ revival tells riveting story

By Lynda Lantz
Posted on October 02, 2023

Evita, at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, opens with a beautiful image of a dress — aloft, pristine and sparkling — in the center of a spare, dim stage at the death of Eva Duarte Perón. Over the course of this absorbing, engrossing production, the complex, stylish heroine fills her dress — indeed, more than one — as she becomes first lady of Argentina. The musical, a run of the ... READ MORE

Shaking the rafters in Toby’s ‘Sister Act’

By Mark Dreisonstok
Posted on September 19, 2023

This fall, the beloved Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, Maryland, is presenting Sister Act. Featuring engaging characters and songs by the Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, the show will please most any theater-goer. Based on a popular 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, the plot revolves around one Deloris Van Cartier, a rebellious singer living in the 1970s disco... READ MORE

How my friends and I get our daytime zzzs

By Bob Levey
Posted on September 13, 2023

Babies and toddlers have it all figured out. A book, a song or two, maybe a back rub or a bottle of milk, and boom. Off they go into a nice, neat nap. All of us who are a wee bit older like to nap, too, now that our days are probably no longer packed with meetings, bosses and expectations. But how do we induce that mid-day sleep? In my case, the pathway is very simple and very... READ MORE

Authors pen bios of those they knew well

By Dinah Rokach
Posted on September 11, 2023

The Bibliophile Enjoy these profiles by authors with first-hand knowledge of their subjects. To the Front: Grandfathers’ Stories in the Cause of Freedom, by Michael M. Van Ness, MD, 288 pages, Modern Memories, Inc. paperback, 2022 Military families have fascinating stories to share. Michael Van Ness recalls his upbringing as the son of Captain Harper E. Van Ness, Jr., on assignment ... READ MORE

Retirees rediscover the joys of learning

By Amita Chatterjee
Posted on September 07, 2023

Grade school and college students don’t have to be the only ones heading back to the classroom this fall. Lifelong learning programs are abundant in our area, and there’s something for everyone. Opportunities range from one-off lectures to semester-long courses, both in-person and online, and cover a variety of subjects and activities. Veronica Salles-Reese taught at Georgetown... READ MORE

Working-class bar is the set for “Sweat”

By Lynda Lantz
Posted on September 05, 2023

Perhaps the best way to learn about the dreams and betrayals of working-class families is to eavesdrop at a bar. At the bar in the play Sweat by Lynn Nottage, at D.C.’s Keegan Theatre through September 16, everyone knows your name — and all of the rest of your messy business. The set for most of the play — a bar with a prominent American flag — might as well be another member... READ MORE

Artists pass down folk art to apprentices

By Susan Ahearn
Posted on August 23, 2023

An older Black storyteller stands before an audience, gesturing as she recounts an African parable. Every few minutes, she pauses so her companion, a 15-year-old girl, can speak. The girl continues the story, stretching her arms wide and widening her eyes during dramatic moments. At the end of the tale, the teenager, Naomi Reid, delivers the kicker: “A man is not really dead until he... READ MORE