Reinvigorating a historic cemetery

By: Glenda C Booth
Posted on: January 15, 2020

The dense, dark woods in Richmond’s East End are a jungly tangle of weeds, kudzu vines, English ivy, dead limbs and leaves. This untamed thicket is part of the city’s historic African American cemetery, Evergreen. Founded in 1891, when cemeteries were segregated by race, Evergreen was considered “equivalent” to Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery in the west end, where U.S.... READ MORE

My Fair Lady hits all the right notes

By: Stuart Rosenthal
Posted on: January 08, 2020

The Kennedy Center Opera House has become a time machine through January 19, with the Lincoln Center Theater production of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady that will “take you back” to the Broadway musicals of yesteryear. There is nothing edgy or contemporary about this production. It’s not meant to draw out new meaning or to highlight characters or actions that might be looked at ... READ MORE

Never too old to rock and roll

By: Michael Doan
Posted on: January 08, 2020

On a recent autumn day in Alexandria, a group of singers belted out the 1966 Motown hit “You Keep Me Hanging On,” swaying to the rhythm, bobbing their heads, smiling and shouting loudly at the end of the song. Is this a reunion of the Supremes? Maybe a young tribute band mimicking these great singers? Well, no. In fact, you see a few canes, hearing aids and lots of white hair among... READ MORE

Sculptor’s works express historical truths

By: Noelani Kirschner
Posted on: December 31, 2019

Melvin Edwards melds the story of African-American past and present through sculpted steel. Now through January 12, his work can be seen at a solo exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA). During his 60-year career, the revolutionary sculptor has had more than a dozen solo exhibitions and was part of nearly 50 group shows. Edwards was also the first African-American sculptor to... READ MORE

Beloved waitress writes fiction

By: Diane Carliner
Posted on: December 30, 2019

Everyone in Baltimore, it seems, knows Peachy. Leonora “Peachy” DePietro Dixon has waited tables at Sabatino’s restaurant in Little Italy since 1974. (She received her childhood nickname for her peaches-and-cream complexion.) With a wide circle of friends from all over Baltimore and celebrity acquaintances, she is well known for her warm-heartedness. Among the famous people... READ MORE

Agatha Christie’s tale of delicious revenge

By: Dan Collins
Posted on: December 30, 2019

We all know the meaning of the phrase, “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” Vengeance is more satisfying when exacted sometime after the original offense, when least expected. Perhaps one of the finest examples of this proverb may be found in Agatha Christie’s famed 1934 mystery, Murder on the Orient Express. If you’ve never read Christie’s book, chances are you’ve seen... READ MORE