Little victories in the mask/no-mask wars

By Bob Levey
Posted on October 07, 2021

Here he comes, straight at me, along an indoor corridor. He’s a man half my age. He isn’t wearing a face mask. I am. Yes, we will have passed one another in less than a second. Yes, he looks healthy. Yes, I could just let it go. But shouldn’t I send him a message just the same? Broadcast to him that I disapprove. Yet do it silently, not putting myself at risk of a... READ MORE

The folks who keep folk music alive in D.C.

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on October 05, 2021

You might croon to the blues, soak up soul, tap to a clawhammer banjo or sing four-part harmony. You could listen to a Balkan women’s ensemble, Tibetan nomad music, New Zealand percussive music or a Chinese dulcimer called a yang qin. To get your juices flowing, you can try dancing: square, Cuban salsa, English country, Irish or Norwegian. These are some highlights of the events... READ MORE

Godspell revival at Toby’s now a tradition

By Eddie Applefeld
Posted on September 21, 2021

The musical Godspell opened off Broadway half a century ago, in May 1971. It became a motion picture in 1973, and there were a few revivals along the way, including Broadway. Godspell also happened to be the first musical ever performed at Toby’s Dinner Theatre when it opened in Columbia in 1979. Later, Toby’s revived the show for its 25th anniversary. This year, to celebrate the... READ MORE

Not everyone is sweet on Sweetgum trees

By Lela Martin
Posted on September 15, 2021

Gumballs! How many of you have cursed those little spiky spheres that fall from trees and cause you to twist your ankle — almost? Well, those trees are natives here in central Virginia, and they have some really good qualities. I just read a book by Doug Tallamy extolling the virtues of oaks, and I admit sweetgums may fall a little short of oak trees in value. Nonetheless, while... READ MORE

Visit two historic architectural treasures

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on September 10, 2021

Two houses in Fairfax County’s Woodlawn Historic District, just a five-minute walk apart, juxtapose the landed gentry’s 19th-century, genteel lifestyle with 20th-century, middle-class practicality. Take some time this fall to visit both Woodlawn and the Pope-Leighey House, two National Trust for Historic Preservation Historic Sites. The Woodlawn mansion is perched on a hill within ... READ MORE

Journals to aid creative self-expression

By Dinah Rokach
Posted on September 08, 2021

The Bibliophile For many, self-expression takes the form of keeping a journal. Since time immemorial, people have committed their inner feelings to diaries and journals. These experts can help guide you in this worthwhile endeavor. What’s Your Story? A Journal for Everyday Evolution, by Rebecca Walker and Lily Diamond, 232 pages, Sounds True softcover, 2020 Contemplating the... READ MORE

Oscar-nominated designer sets the stage

By Glenda C. Booth
Posted on September 07, 2021

Richmonder David Crank was nominated by his peers for an Oscar and attended the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles last April. Although he didn’t win, just being nominated was a thrill, he said. “It’s a huge honor to realize it was whittled down to five people. It’s exciting,” said Crank, 61. Crank was nominated for best production design for the movie “News of the... READ MORE

The special stories of those born in 1945

By Bob Levey
Posted on September 03, 2021

I’m waiting to meet a friend one Sunday evening when a security guard ambles up. He asks if I need help. I say “No, thanks, I’m just an old guy who’s glad to be upright.” The guard glares at me and says I look pretty good for a Boomer. “Thanks, but I’m not a Boomer,” I say. “I was born in 1945. The Boomers began showing up in 1946.” Like every other living... READ MORE

Podcasts preserve elder contributions

By Timothy Cox
Posted on August 31, 2021

Howard University professor Ruby Gourdine’s first job, in the 1960s, was as a probation officer in Richmond. Then 21, she juggled more than 100 clients at a time, while her white coworkers had fewer cases and plenty of free time. “The courts at that time were still segregated,” recalled Gourdine, senior professor at the university’s School of Social Work. “We just thought it... READ MORE

George Clooney on being an older lead

By Jake Coyle
Posted on August 23, 2021

How did George Clooney handle our recent period of isolation? Aside from spending time with his wife, Amal Clooney, a human rights lawyer, and their 3-year-old twins, and editing his new film “The Midnight Sky,” he’s relied on, like many others, a text chain with pals and Zoom. He just got off one with Matt Damon and John Krasinski. “In some ways, we keep more in touch now than... READ MORE