Irish dance show has contemporary twist

By Robert Friedman
Posted on February 03, 2014

Traditional Irish step dancing — with some Latin, African and beatboxing rhythms blended in — will be featured in the Teelin Irish Dance Company’s upcoming show at the Jim Rouse Theater in Columbia.The company’s two performances, on Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., will fuse the “heart-pounding rhythm of Irish dance with cutting edge choreography,” said... READ MORE

Arts festival season kicks off in January

By Jamie Lee Pricer
Posted on January 31, 2014

Come rain or shine, every year the Coachella Valley hosts three major outdoor art festivals that attract more than 30,000 visitors.Scheduled to allow art fans to wander through shows in the desert’s most agreeable weather, the festivals benefit art education and local businesses, and offer art pieces for most any taste. All three have dining, places to sit, valet parking,... READ MORE

Around the world with Jewish music trio

By Robert Friedman
Posted on January 17, 2014

You don’t have to know Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Luganda, Arabic or even English to sing and swing along with the Robyn Helzner Trio when they present “A Concert of World Jewish Music” in Columbia.The words — even if foreign to your ears — and the music will draw you in by “the emotion and the celebration” in song of the Jewish experience, said Robyn ... READ MORE

Major black history exhibit visits museum

By Lizzy McLellan
Posted on January 13, 2014

A nationally renowned exhibit has made its way to Baltimore, where it may bring a surge of visitors to the East Coast’s largest African-American museum.Curated over 35 years, the Kinsey Collection offers a variety of items that chronicle black history in the United States.The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture opened “The Kinsey... READ MORE

Put La Quinta resort on your holiday list

By John Annarino
Posted on December 12, 2013

With the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree, something magical happens at the La Quinta Resort & Club. It becomes a winter wonderland. The Christmas tree, bedecked in glittering, giant ornaments and surrounded by hundreds of poinsettias, soars 68 feet.“Children, especially, enjoy the lighting of the tree,” said Samantha Swadish, marketing manager. “The YMCA... READ MORE

Highlights of festive holiday productions

By Michael Toscano
Posted on December 02, 2013

December is traditionally the family-friendliest month on D.C.-area stages, with a mix of holiday-themed perennials and time-honored favorites.A listing of some of this year’s top attractions follows.Before we get to the more traditional offerings, there’s something a bit different at the Kennedy Center: Elf The Musical (Dec. 17 to Jan. 5). The Opera House will vibrate with ... READ MORE

Estelle Parsons stars in Arena premiere

By Michael Toscano
Posted on September 05, 2013

The Academy Award-winning star is getting ready to go to the theater, and she is fretting about clothes. But this is not about a red-carpet appearance, and she’s not concerned about how she looks.This is the dilemma of a working actor who is trying to find the essence of a character, and part of that search involves wardrobe. What the character wears onstage will tell the audience a... READ MORE

Blues legend Johnny Winter to perform

By Rebekah Sewell
Posted on August 07, 2013

It was 1962, and 17-year-old Johnny Winter was holding out hope that blues legend B.B. King would let him play guitar onstage. After all, Winter and his band, Johnny and the Jammers, had released music on a Houston recording label two years before. Winter and his brother Edgar waited in a club called the Raven in Beaumont, Texas, where they had come to see King perform. Both boys were... READ MORE

How to become more creative later in life

By Carol Sorgen
Posted on July 11, 2013

It’s never too late to develop your creativity, and two new books show you why and how.Contemplating life after retirement and its inevitable question of “What’s next?,” psychologist Francine Toder impulsively, and almost simultaneously, took up cello lessons and creative writing classes.What those two seemingly random events led to was an exploration of late (or... READ MORE

Shakespeare al fresco with Caribbean flair

By Anne Ball
Posted on July 03, 2013

Just as when Shakespeare’s plays were first performed, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Theatre brings its audience up close to the stage.And as in the first staging of Antony and Cleopatra and Taming of the Shrew back in the 1600s, the actors join the audience between exits and entrances.But that’s where the similarities to the Bard’s time end. Chesapeake Shakespeare’s... READ MORE