“Aladdin” & Genie conjure a winning show

By: Lynda Lantz
Posted on: July 31, 2019

If you love your musicals full of glitz, over-the-top dance numbers and wisecracking genies, then the exuberant Aladdin from Disney, now at the Kennedy Center Opera House through September 7, is for you. This year Aladdin is everywhere — in the movies and onstage. The musical, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, is set in an Arabian desert ... READ MORE

Sculptor found art after many careers

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: July 26, 2019

Paul Steinkoenig has pursued many interests and careers in his 59 years. The Hyattsville resident has been a Methodist minister, a psychotherapist, a state department intern, and a United Nations volunteer in Afghanistan. But he feels he has now, finally, found his true calling: art. And the Howard County Arts Council seems to agree. In August, an eight-foot sculpture by Steinkoenig... READ MORE

Garden clubs aim for sustainable beauty

By: Diane Carliner
Posted on: July 25, 2019

Everyone talks about climate change, but who is doing anything about it? How about the 3,600 or so gardeners who are members of Maryland’s 99 Federated Garden Clubs (FGC)? The clubs, which began back in 1926, are part of the National Garden Clubs, a St. Louis-based nonprofit that is the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world. Its Baltimore City chapters include... READ MORE

Multimedia artist pursues universal truths

By: Noelani Kirschner
Posted on: July 24, 2019

At age 15, Oletha DeVane accompanied her mother to her job at an agricultural research center in Maryland. When one of the doctoral students there learned that DeVane was artistic, she was hired to draw various insects the lab was studying. Over the next 50-plus years, DeVane continued her artistic growth, exploring universal spirituality through multimedia art, while also drawing... READ MORE

A rousing production of “The Wiz”

By: Catherine Brown
Posted on: July 19, 2019

I have wanted to see The Wiz — a musical based on L. Frank Baum’s beloved children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz — since I first heard the number “Ease on Down the Road.” What could be better than the iconic story updated to the 1970s with R&B, soul, pop music and high-energy dancing? Apparently, nothing was better in 1975, the year The Wiz opened on Broadway, as it ... READ MORE

A garden that shows your patriotism

By: Lela Martin
Posted on: July 18, 2019

You may fly an American flag over your home to demonstrate patriotism. However, have you considered planting your garden for the same purpose? The Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) has a series of publications to help you do just that. In 2007, the VCE developed America’s Anniversary Garden to help individuals, groups and communities commemorate America’s 400th anniversary of the... READ MORE