Columbia launches inaugural film festival

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: June 23, 2016

The Columbia Film Festival — the first of what organizers hope will be an annual event — gets underway Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 with two dozen films from around the world screened at Howard Community College. The films, from movie makers as far away as Korea and Japan and as close to home as Ellicott City, helps winds up this summer’s Columbia Festival of the Arts,... READ MORE

Summer: big-name musicals, festival fare

By: Michael Toscano
Posted on: June 09, 2016

Summer theater in Washington: The first thing we usually ask ourselves is what’s onstage at the Kennedy Center, which typically schedules a couple of big productions, often for long runs. There’s no deviation from custom this year, with a couple of major audience attractions in the Potomac palace.First is Kinky Boots, running from June 14 to July 10 in the Opera House.... READ MORE

Peter Pan flies high at Toby’s in Columbia

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: May 31, 2016

Wild Indians, bungling pirates and kids who know what’s important (not growing up) are whooping, flailing and flying all over the small stage at Toby’s in the dinner theater’s gleeful and invigorating Peter Pan.The inspiring energy — which has been achieved in a very disciplined form through terrific choreography, strong vocalizing and faultless acting —... READ MORE

Older dancers show amazing gracefulness

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: May 23, 2016

In a discipline filled with young, flexible dancers, it isn’t often that seniors have the opportunity to take to the stage and offer their own expressions through movement.Their leg extensions may not be as high as they used to be, nor their lunges as deep. But older dancers bring deep emotion and vast experience to their performances, according to Cheryl Goodman, director of Dance... READ MORE

He’s behind the Mall’s patriotic concerts

By: Barbara Ruben
Posted on: May 10, 2016

Without Jerry Colbert, there would be no crowds of hundreds of thousands on the National Mall, no swelling strings of the National Symphony Orchestra in the al fresco concerts broadcast live to millions of homes on PBS, no roster of celebrities celebrating the country’s most patriotic holidays.Colbert is the founder and executive producer of both the Memorial Day and Capitol Fourth... READ MORE

Colorful balloons to fly high over Howard

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: May 02, 2016

Ron Broderick, known as the Balloon Meister, is ready to take you up, up and away into the west Howard County sky before bringing you down to earth at the Turf Valley resort in Ellicott City.If you don’t want to take the 30 to 45 minute sky ride in one of the 21 balloons on display, you could rise 60 to 80 feet, then descend, in a tethered balloon.Among the flying fleet is... READ MORE