Oral history becomes performance art

By: Connie George

For many thousands of years, cultural storytelling traditions have united generations through the wisdom and oral histories passed down from elders.In the 21st century, a D.C. theater group is drawing on the same ritual in order to help teach older and younger people how to better understand and communicate with each other.The multigenerational, multiracial Double Nickels Theatre Company... READ MORE

Valerie Harper’s riff on real-life characters

By: Barbara Ruben

You know her as self-deprecating, big-hearted Rhoda Morgenstern. But Valerie Harper has also portrayed former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and author Pearl S. Buck on stage.Currently, she channels actress Tallulah Bankhead at Arena Stage, nailing her smoky contralto slur.In a phone interview, Harper lowers her voice an octave or so and intones, “Hello, dahling. Let me tell you... READ MORE

Artist-owned gallery showcases local art

By: Anne Ball

The Artists’ Gallery operates as a co-op. Among its members are (left to right) Diane Dunn, Nancy Davis, John Stier and Bonita Glaser, who both display their art and work at the gallery.Photo by John StierColumbia’s founder James A. Rouse was a daily visitor when the Artists’ Gallery first opened in the lobby of the American City Building on Wincopin Circle in the heart... READ MORE

Sites, sights and delights on tasting tour

By: Connie George

Food tastings at a variety of dining establishments mix with a guided walk highlighting local art, history and culture in a pleasing blend provided by a unique new business in the valley.Desert Tasty Tours launched last January to lead small groups of residents and visitors through two of the valley’s most popular destinations — El Paseo in Palm Desert and downtown Palm Springs. ... READ MORE

Local stages abound with holiday cheer

By: Michael Toscano

Feel like taking some time out from the holiday hustle and bustle for a few hours? There’s no better refuge than indulging yourself in the current offerings of Washington’s theater companies. You can immerse yourself in holiday spectacle and sentiment, maybe with kids in tow, or choose to experience something completely different.What the Dickens?Tradition, tradition.... READ MORE

BMA shines spotlight on dance in artwork

By: Carol Sorgen

Matisse’s “Seated Dancer,” 1925-1926, from the series Ten Dancers.BMA: The Cone CollectionWhen it comes to dance as an art form, Baltimore gets short shrift. But a new exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) may make up for that, at least temporarily…or, then again, leave us yearning for more.“Matisse’s Dancers” is an intimate exhibition of... READ MORE