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

Retro-Rockets keep audiences dancing

By: Anne Ball

"Sentimental Journey," "Misty," "Rock Around the Clock" — most of the couples on the dance floor were in their teens and 20s when these tunes were topping the weekly Hit Parade selections.The dancers are smiling, but they’re concentrating on their moves, too. Swinging arms high, hands clasped with their partners, they sway, twirl and dip. A few... READ MORE

An assemblage of varied artistic interests

By: Connie George

An 88-year-old working artist in Palm Springs with a long history of exhibitions and awards has found an ideal way to combine all of her creative interests into one art form — assemblage.Peggy Vermeer, who spent several decades painting in oils and acrylics while occasionally venturing into sculpture, batik, papermaking and print making, discovered four years ago that her fascination... READ MORE

Delightful Pygmalion much more than fair

By: Michael Toscano

Well, you certainly have your choice here, as Eliza Doolittle has come to town in two strikingly different vehicles. Arena Stage has the Lerner and Loewe musical classic My Fair Lady, based on the George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion. Meanwhile, Washington Stage Guild is presenting the source material itself, Shaw’s original 1913 play.Many theater lovers will see both, of course, as My... READ MORE