A D-Day eyewitness returns to Normandy

By: Paul Roberts

It’s hard to believe, but 70 years ago, on a dreary June morning, I watched a glider troop regiment slowly file out of their barracks onto the airstrip at Ramsbury, England, loaded with the paraphernalia of war. They entered their assigned gliders for a final trip into the hell that was to become their home for the next month, fighting in the fields of Normandy.I was there in 1944,... READ MORE

Lion King still the crown of live theatre

By: Michael Toscano

There’s a double dose of magic with The Lion King, evident in the national touring company of the Broadway mega-smash now settled in at the Kennedy Center’s Opera House for a nine-week summertime run.Most of us are aware of the magic of the story and the spectacular staging that brings it to life. The coming-of-age tale set to African rhythms has become part of America’s... READ MORE

Free outdoor music and movies begin

By: Robert Friedman

Summertime, and the outdoor movies and concerts are free —at least many of them around Howard County.While most of these events will take place in Columbia and Ellicott City, the communities of Cooksville and Highland, among others, are also slated for free entertainment under the stars.On tap for the hopefully soft summer nights are movies for adults, movies for kids, and jazz, rock, ... READ MORE

All the summer’s a stage around Baltimore

By: Carol Sorgen

​Theater lovers can rejoice this summer, as the region’s thriving community theater scene offers a full slate of performances to keep even the most ardent theater-goer happy. ​Spotlighters Theatre closes out its run of Edward II on June 22, but comes right back with God of Carnage, from July 4 to 27. This dark voyeuristic drama is a verbal battle of wits between two pairs of... READ MORE

Science vs. faith in Freud’s Last Session

By: Michael Toscano

Words are wielded like rapiers in Theater J’s incisive production of Freud’s Last Session, a two-man play running through June 29. Ideas are generated, examined, and then punctured and reaffirmed in defiance of those who like easy answers.The stakes are high, the issues momentous. Life. Death. Life after death.It’s easier to digest than it might seem at first glance, as... READ MORE

Valley libraries schedule cool, lively summer

By: Jorie Parr

Libraries from Palm Springs to La Quinta are plunging into a very active season of their own. In the desert, summertime is reading time, without the distractions of what we term “the season.”“It’s a different kind of busy,” Julie Warren of the Palm Springs Public Library says. And Lisa Brock, spokesman for the Palm Desert Library county branch library, notes... READ MORE