Rockville-native Helen Maroulis won the first-ever gold medal for an American woman wrestler at the Olympics Aug. 18, defeating Japanese three-time gold medalist Saori Yoshida 3-1 in the 53kg freestyle.Read more
Folk music enthusiasts will be able to listen to a day’s worth of their favorite music Sept. 11 despite the Takoma Park Folk Festival planning committee cancelling the city’s annual Folk Festival. Two local organizations scheduled a series of performances to remind people of the annual festival. “It’s not a replacement event but rather an event to fill in the gap in the year,” said Laura Barclay of the Old Takoma Business Association. “(We want to) continue the tradition and recapture the thousands that come to Takoma.”
Romaine Brooks' Ida Rubinstein. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER WASHINGTON DC — The Smithsonian American Art Museum is holding an exhibition of Romaine Brooks, an early 20th century painter notable for her revolutionary depiction of women. Unlike traditional paintings that depict female subjects with bright, flowery colors, Brooks’ paintings are characterized by her use of muted tones and portrayal of women in androgynous attire. Brooks’ later works are notable for the bold outlines of her subjects mixed with lightly blended colors, giving her paintings a uniquely modern feel. These techniques emphasize the assertive poses taken by many women in her paintings, allowing her subjects’ features to carry a distinct vibrancy that carries throughout her later works.
Life on the County Fair's midway is the main attraction for some fair-goers. PHOTO BY JAKE BRODSKY GAITHERSBURG – The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair would be vastly different without Powers Great American Midways, who has been the fair’s midway provider for the past 11 years. “[The Montgomery County Fair] has just grown and grown,” said Marc Janas, the GM of Powers. “We have a great rapport with the folks that run the fair, they’re good friends of ours and that’s really important. It just keeps getting better every year. Weather permitting, knock on wood, the attendance just keeps going up.” The Montgomery County Fair is part of what Janas calls "big fair season," meaning Powers carries around 400 employees to the event.