Entertainment (66)

Center Stage: Montgomery College mines comic gold in “Bat Boy”


ROCKVILLE – At Montgomery College’s campus theater, the musical “Bat Boy” featured a memorable final performance Sunday.

A tragi-comedy play about a part-human, part-bat found in the caves of West Virginia who just wants to fit in, “Bat Boy” is a hilarious story that pays homage to classic themes in storytelling while remaining a highly original work.


Religious leaders preview landmark "Denial"

Denial 2016 filmTimothy Spall, Rachel Weisz and Tom Wilkinson star in the movie "Denial."  COURTESY PHOTO  

BETHESDA – Local religious, government and community leaders sponsored a private screening of the film, “Denial,” Oct. 6 at the Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema movie theater to highlight increased anti-Jewish and anti-Israel incidents on college campuses.

The film is based on Emory University Professor Deborah Lipstadt’s book, “History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier.”

It details events after she was sued for libel for calling British author and historian David Irving a denier for his speeches and writings claiming that the Holocaust never happened and there were no gas chambers at the Auschwitz concentration camp.


Center Stage: Discovering photography that redefines the medium

Arts column - photography artOne of the photographs displayed in the "Photography Reinvented" exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. COURTESY PHOTO  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Although photography is synonymous with documenting reality rather than altering it, the collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker challenges this notion by presenting photographs that redefine the medium.

The exhibit, entitled “Photography Reinvented,” is a collection of 35 photographs by 18 critically acclaimed artists. Rather than simply capturing a single moment in time, some of these photos create an altered sense of reality.


Preparing for the annual Halloween fun and frivolity

Tim Burton’s 1993 film “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is set in Halloween Town, a fantasy world where various ghouls and monsters wait all year to celebrate Halloween.

For some employees of favorite area attractions, this fantasy is reality, as they spend a great deal of the year in preparation for their Halloween presentations.

Since 1993, Markoff’s Haunted Forest, a project of the educational non-profit Calleva held on Markoff’s Farm in Dickerson, has raised money to support the community by providing haunted trails and other attractions for its patrons.

While their neighbors enjoy summer barbecues, Markoff’s staff begins planning for Halloween.


Center Stage: Olney Theatre shines with new "Diary of Anne Frank"

anne frankThe cast of Olney Theatre Center's "The Diary of Anne Frank."   COURTESY PHOTO  

OLNEY – For a heart-wrenchingly humanistic performance, look no further than “The Diary of Anne Frank” at the Olney Theatre Center.

Within the first 10 minutes of watching the Franks and the van Daans move into their cramped quarters, all sense of time is lost as the actors’ enrapturing performance fills the beautifully-crafted stage.


The Small Press Expo returns to Bethesda


SPXPO-1aComic book artists and writers gathered at the Small Press Expo in the Bethesda Marriott and Conference Center. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

BETHESDA – The Bethesda Marriott Hotel hosted the Small Press Expo (SPX), the biggest indie comic event in the nation, where both small-time comic book artists and big-name novelists gathered together to meet fans.

“This is our first time [here] so I’m really excited,” said Linnea Kataja, a student at the School of Visual Arts. “It’s great for [our school] to have a table here so students can have a chance to sell their art and get exposure.”

“(SPX) wants people who have never tabled before or just starting out because some of those people will be big names in the future,” said Tony Breed, the author of the comic strip “Finn and Charlie are Hitched.”


Stone's new movie "Snowden" shows everyone who is watching who

Gordon-Levitt as SnowdenJoseph Gordon-Levitt stars as the title character in Oliver Stone's new film "Snowden." COURTESY PHOTO Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” a biopic of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who revealed the extent of that agency’s domestic spying operations, is a serious, well-made, and genuinely frightening film.

Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald wrote the movie, based on the books “The Snowden Files” by Luke Harding and “The Time of the Octopus” by Anatoly Kucherena.

Stone met personally with Snowden multiple times in Russia, where he has lived under political asylum during the last three years, while researching the film.

Open Road Films, which last year brought “Spotlight” to the big screen, produced the movie.

“Snowden” is framed by the title character, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, meeting in Hong Kong in 2013 with filmmaker Laura Poitras (Melissa Leo).


Local artists gather for 46th annual Glen Echo Art Show at Spanish Ballroom

Glen Echo BallroomLocal artists gathered to display their work in the annual Glen Echo Art Show at Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom. COURTESY PHOTO 

GLEN ECHO – During the holiday weekend, local artists displayed their work at the Glen Echo Labor Day Art Show at the historic Spanish Ballroom.

Now in its 46th year, the show is a lightly-juried festival that displays artwork in a variety of different media.

A percentage of revenue from artwork sold at the show supports the park’s educational programs.

“There’s a long history in the show of artists who are affiliated with the park, and also sometimes they are instructors or resident artists or they take lessons here, and some are just community members,” said Meredith Forster, Education program manager for Glen Echo Park.


Bethesda 'Laugh Riot' Ensues Featuring Celebrity Comedians

BETHESDA – At the Positano Italian Restaurant, a new comedy show is in town.

Formerly at a different venue, “Laugh Riot” is a comedy show being hosted weekly in a section at the back of the eatery.

On a stage no bigger than some of the tables, stand-up comedians do their bits for the cheap price of $10 admission.

“[Laugh Riot] always gets great shows, they’re well-organized, and you always get a laugh. I come at every opportunity,” said Trish, a local resident.


Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade celebrates city

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GAITHERSBURG – The 78th Gaithersburg Labor Day parade, featuring exhibitions and floats from numerous area schools civic groups, and other organizations, made its way through the city’s Olde Towne area Monday afternoon.

At the beginning of the event, the parade’s mistress of ceremonies, Jen Richer, a midday host on 94.7 FM, discussed the parade’s status as one of the city’s oldest and most continuously-celebrated events.

She noted the parade was first presented in 1938 and, except for 1942, residents have celebrated it every year since.

“The highlights for me are always seeing so many people, so many different parts of our community come out,” said Mayor Jud Ashman.

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