Painter captures Richmond Symphony

By Catherine Brown
Posted on June 07, 2022

For the past few months, a special visitor has attended the Richmond Symphony’s rehearsals in the Dominion Energy Center for the Arts. Situated in front of his easel, local artist Matt Lively, 50, has been painting images of one of Richmond’s celebrated artistic institutions. Lively began attending rehearsals after Amy Burhman, the Symphony’s assistant director for marketing and ... READ MORE

Older authors reminisce in their memoirs

By Dinah Rokach
Posted on June 01, 2022

The Bibliophile Three accomplished older adults in diverse professions focus on notable aspects of their lives in their fascinating memoirs. On Juneteenth, by Annette Gordon-Reed, 152 pages, Liveright hardcover, 2021 In this anthology of six essays, historian Annette Gordon-Reed, who is in her early 60s, describes her childhood in the Lone Star State and her experiences in the... READ MORE

Wilder classic ‘Our Town’ still resonates

By Lynda Lantz
Posted on May 31, 2022

Thornton Wilder once said, “I am interested in those things that repeat and repeat and repeat in the lives of the millions.” His most widely produced play, Our Town, aims to remind us of our universal humanity. Sometimes, however, what some imagine to be folks-writ-large is merely the perspective of a specific group of people. Can Wilder’s fictional Grover’s Corners, New... READ MORE

Dorothy’s lost dress from ‘Oz’ up for sale

By Deepti Hajela
Posted on May 19, 2022

It’s one of the most recognizable outfits in American movie history: the blue-and-white checked gingham dress a young Judy Garland wore as Dorothy in the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. For decades, one of the versions of the dress Garland wore in the movie was assumed lost at Catholic University of America, where it had been given to someone in the drama department in the early... READ MORE

Since her teens, a force for great music

By Timothy Cox
Posted on May 16, 2022

When Baltimore music columnist Rosa Pryor-Trusty was a teenager, the famed Nat King Cole gave her a nickname that endures today. “Our band was on tour in New York, and he noticed that I was a bit antsy and impatient while waiting around in the studio. He then dubbed me a ‘Rambling Rose,’” she said in an interview with the Beacon. Rosa “Rambling Rose” Pryor-Trusty, now 77,... READ MORE

A solution to the older driver conundrum

By Bob Levey
Posted on May 12, 2022

He was an 80-year-old behind the wheel of an SUV. In March, he became the centerpiece of a major disaster — and a major controversy. The driver lost control of his vehicle on a sunny weekday. He smashed into diners having lunch outside the Parthenon Restaurant in Northwest Washington. Two diners were killed and nine others were seriously injured. No one has fully explained how the... READ MORE

Spice up your edible garden with a theme

By Lela Martin
Posted on May 10, 2022

During the pandemic, about 15 million people became new gardeners, and research shows that the majority of them are growing or plan to grow edible plants. Always grow the herbs and vegetables that you and your family enjoy. May is a good month to get many of those plants in the ground. Whether you’re new to gardening or a seasoned grower, mix it up by selecting a theme for this... READ MORE

Places for you to cut the rug your way

By Diane York
Posted on May 09, 2022

When people think of dancing, they may think of twirling around a ballroom with a partner. Sure, there are wonderful dances like the waltz, the Texas two-step, foxtrot, salsa, tango and rhumba. There is West Coast swing and shag, too, and they are all wonderful. But freestyle dancing allows you to express yourself in a personal way. With freestyle dance, there is no wrong way, no steps... READ MORE

Poetry to read and contemplate at leisure

By Dinah Rokach
Posted on May 06, 2022

The Bibliophile Poets are challenged to condense thoughts — often moving and profound — into fewer words than a full-length book. The imaginative reader fills in the rest. The Light on Sifnos, by Barbara Quick, 34 pages, Blue Light Press paperback, 2021 How many of us can retain the inner musings that travel evokes and transform them into elegant verse? Join Barbara Quick on a... READ MORE

Chorus of singers 55+ celebrates 15 years

By Catherine Brown
Posted on May 05, 2022

This month, Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the largest choral organization for Americans over 55, celebrates its 15th anniversary and honors its founder Jeanne Kelly on her retirement. The group will host a gala in Washington, D.C. on May 13, and a pay-what-you-can concert at Strathmore Music Center in N. Bethesda, Md. the following day. Kelly created Encore in 2007 after having... READ MORE