How to find (and share) your inner artist

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: December 25, 2019

One day, on a whim, Martha Weiss, 76, a retired psychiatric social worker living in Washington, D.C., wandered into an art studio and signed up for a class. “Painting was something I had never done in my life,” she said. “I didn’t even think I could draw.” Slowly, with the support of other new painters in her class, she found that creating art was soothing. “Most of the ... READ MORE

Kennedy Center honors stars, shows 50+

By: Ashraf Khalil
Posted on: December 24, 2019

Actress Sally Field and the long-running children’s TV show “Sesame Street” will be honored and feted at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors gala this month. Others chosen to receive the award for lifetime achievement in the arts include singer Linda Ronstadt, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, and the musical group Earth, Wind and Fire. Field, 72, was a television star at age... READ MORE

Ingenious play about an autistic genius

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: December 19, 2019

Imagine — or allow the Round House Theatre’s excellent cast and stage crew to imagine for you — the story of a 15-year-old math genius with Asperger Syndrome (a form of autism), whose attempts to solve the murder of a neighbor’s dog leads him to delve into the mysteries of the human mind and heart. The boy, whose relations with others of the human species are, at best, on the... READ MORE

Counting one’s blessings despite tears

By: Bob Levey
Posted on: December 11, 2019

You know what they say about rain. Into each life some of it must fall. But gushers of it? Count your lucky stars if that has never happened to you. I’m counting mine after a tear-soaked dinner recently with a woman I hadn’t seen in more than 50 years. She was a high school classmate, but we were not close. We hadn’t laid eyes on one another since that day in 1962, when all... READ MORE

Beautiful books address varied interests

By: Dinah Rokach
Posted on: December 10, 2019

As Garrison Keillor once said, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” Consider these exceptional coffee-table offerings for the readers in your life — from star gazers to sports lovers to bird watchers and more. Mission Moon: How 50 Years of Space Exploration Defined Houston, by Houston Chronicle, 160 pages, Pediment Publishing hardcover, 2019 It’s been 50 years... READ MORE

Guests can stay inside an Edward Hopper painting

By: Diane York
Posted on: December 10, 2019

When Alex Nyerges, director and CEO of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, heard curator Leo Mazow’s idea that the museum should build an actual hotel room to mimic one of Edward Hopper’s paintings he said, “I thought he was crazy!” But Mazow’s idea evolved and was accepted — and now, Nyerges said, “I’m so glad we did it.” In an innovative move, the museum allows... READ MORE