Carole King’s Beautiful career on stage

By: Barbara Ruben

For three weeks in a row earlier this fall, the farewell tours of three rock and folk icons — Paul Simon, Elton John and Joan Baez — came through Washington. For those hoping seminal ‘60s and ‘70s songwriter Carole King would schedule a tour as well, the next best thing will be onstage for five weeks, starting Nov. 27 at the National Theater in downtown Washington. Beautiful... READ MORE

New artworks light up the November night

By: Catherine Brown

Clay flowers with LED lights set up as a community garden. Light boxes with the faces of Richmonders who have helped build up the arts community. Video of participants’ emotions mapped on to the projection of an artist’s face on the wall. Members of recovery organizations holding lanterns while they sing amidst the crowds. These are just a few of the 23 art projects that can ... READ MORE

When your kids think they’re your parents

By: Bob Levey

It was a highly ordinary phone call with my 30-something daughter — her plans for the weekend, her struggles with her dog, her need for a new dishwasher. Then she asked what was new with me. The call suddenly got very bumpy. I told my daughter that I had just returned the night before from a business meeting in Pennsylvania. It ended at about 10:30 p.m. Since I’m not made of... READ MORE

Shakespeare’s King John: politics as usual?

By: Robert Friedman

In Shakespeare’s King John at the Folger Theater, it’s not so much the play, as the players that are the thing. The Bard’s early, seldom-seen historical play is a mostly wild, part-wily work that includes two or three wars, deadly threats, murders, betrayals, under-the-table deals, corruption, deception, a poisoning, a beheading, a possible suicide, an excommunication and assorted... READ MORE

Cookbooks help when company’s coming

By: Dinah Rokach

It’s the season to return to the warmth of hearth and home. Expand your culinary skills and delight your family and company with new and enticing dishes, courtesy of the many marvelous recipes in these books. Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street: The New Home Cooking, by Christopher Kimball with Matthew Card, J.M. Hirsch, Michelle Locke and Jennifer Baldino Cox, 336 pages, Little, ... READ MORE

History lives on in area architectural gems

By: Carol Sorgen

If you love both history and architecture, you’re in luck. Baltimore has a number of historic homes that are open to the public (some for a fee, some offering free admission). As opening days/times/admission fees are subject to change, and reservations are sometimes needed, call ahead or visit the website for more information. Carroll Mansion 800 E. Lombard St. (410)... READ MORE