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Going Places: Unexpected Stage Company’s Production of Alan Bennett’s “The Lady in the Van”

By Pamela Schipper | Photography by David Lewis The Bedford van doesn’t run. Not really. Miss Shepherd followed a recipe in a newspaper for homemade fuel—a spoonful of petrol, a gallon of water and possibly a pinch of bicarbonate of soda or was it sodium chloride or sodium nitrate? She can’t quite remember. The van might run, someday, she says, ... Read More »

“The Wiz” Nourishes Body and Soul at the Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre


Caption: Ease on down the road to see Awa Sal Secka as Dorothy, Kyle Louviere as Scarecrow, Ian A. Coleman as Tinman and Kenneth L. Washington, Jr. as Lion in “The Wiz” at Montgomery College-Rockville. By Pamela Schipper | Photography courtesy of Montgomery College Woven throughout Montgomery College’s Technicolor dream of a musical are varied hues of a potent refrain: ... Read More »

Time Travel: It’s Fun and It’s Free


By Pamela Schipper | Illustration by Tom Chalkley Doctor Who had The TARDIS. Maryland has Chautauqua. For those not indoctrinated in Doctor Who lore, TARDIS stands for Time and Relative Dimension in Space and it is both time machine and spacecraft. While Chautauqua won’t transport you through the universe (yet), the annual program sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council will ... Read More »

I Scream, You Scream: Take a Cool Trip to Turkey Hill

Taste Lab

By Pamela Schipper Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? I suppose it makes sense. This is, after all, a very warm month that sends most of screaming to the nearest ice cream parlor. President Ronald Reagan deemed it so in 1984. Beyond his penchant for jelly beans, Reagan loved ice cream. So here’s a cool idea ... Read More »

“Never Too Young to Dream”: Aishlinn Kivlighn Gives Powerful Voice to Her Generation


By Pamela Schipper | Photo by Salah Kivlighn When the spritely, Irish-American 11-year-old sings her original song “We’re Extraordinary,” warmth frissons its way down your spine. It’s that moment when you recognize in some internal way that a performer’s message cuts straight to the heart of things. “We’re extraordinary, we’re extraordinary, we stand by each other,” Aishlinn sings, speaking for ... Read More »

O’Malley’s March: Rocking the BlackRock Saturday Night

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By Pamela Schipper One wonders how many state governors can also rock. I’m not talking cover band here. I mean a governor who can really play, who writes his own songs and performs his own versions of Irish and American traditional music with some Celtic rock covers thrown in. If he weren’t on a roll for the White House (he’s ... Read More »

Retro Metro: Silver Diner Dishes Up Fifties Fun with 21st Century Healthy Options

By Pamela Schipper Most of us have been to the Silver Diner. Chrome winks amid the black, white and red color scheme.  Blenders whir and shakes fly by for delivery to numerous tables. Individual jukeboxes play more than 50 years’ worth of hits. And music icons like Elvis and The Beatles flicker in black and white on the flat screen. ... Read More »

Wet and Wild: Cirque Italia Masters Water and Air at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds

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By Pamela Schipper Here’s something new. European-style circus arts—aerial acts, hand balancing, contortionists, hula hoops and more—performed above a stage of 35,000 gallons of water. While Cirque Italia’s “Aquatic Spectacular” is new (the company made its U.S. debut March 2012 in Venice, Fla.), its founder and many of the performers come from a long line of distinguished circus families. Manuel ... Read More »

Take a Page From Her Book at the Books Alive! 2013 Conference


By Pamela Schipper In a March 2011 Q&A for the Washington Independent Review of Books, Alice McDermott said, “If my characters don’t continually surprise me, I’m preaching a story, not composing it. Writing fiction, just like reading fiction, should be a continual act of discovery.” This author of many novels, including the National Book Award winner Charming Billy, will share ... Read More »

Rock Solid: Hometown Holidays Mixes It Up for 25 Years

The Nighthawks

Photo caption: Montgomery County legends The Nighthawks perform blues and roots rock again this year. Don’t miss seeing them take the Regal Stage on Sunday, May 26, 6:30 p.m. By Pamela Schipper When it started on Memorial Day weekend 1989, Rockville’s Hometown Holidays was supposed to be a one-time event. The Rockville Mall was reopening and the city was working to revitalize ... Read More »

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