Blake’s Mason Sanderoff takes off on a break away from Richard Montgomery's Jimmy Muha. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE ROCKVILLE- The Richard Montgomery Rockets edged out a win against a resurgent Blake Bengals squad Saturday night, staving off a late comeback to escape with a narrow 13-12 win and winning the Spring Break tournament they hosted. The Rockets were dominant for most of the game, and once they took the lead they didn’t relinquish it until the second half, when the Bengals gained enough momentum to claw their way to a tie and then to a brief lead before losing it.Read more
Jennifer Cutting’s uplifting OCEAN brings with it a touch of The Beatles too Jennifer Cutting (far right) with the OCEAN Orchestra. COURTESY PHOTO NORTH BETHESDA — Celtic tradition and high-spirited folk rock came together when Jennifer Cutting’s OCEAN orchestra performed its new “Waves” album at Strathmore’s AMP on March 31. OCEAN, described as “Celtic music for ancient moderns,” is grounded in the Celtic tradition while mixing in genres like Beatles-style pop, Southern rock and even Bollywood in the “Waves” album.Some of the songs in “Waves” come from the start of Cuttings’ music career 23 years ago, which makes it the culmination of “many, many years of work.” The orchestra has created a long and loyal following, many of whom were present at the “Waves” debut.
Performers John Hay and Sarah Steben take part in Bill Viola's video art piece "The Fall into Paradise," part of his exhibit "The Moving Portrait" now featured at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. COURTESY PHOTO WASHINGTON D.C. — Moving pictures meet portraiture. Video, a popular media form used for almost any purpose, is rarely utilized for slow, perceptual contemplation often achieved in paintings or music. Bill Viola’s work “The Moving Portrait” does exactly that. His work is more akin to portraiture rather than narrative stories often seen in video. His work focuses on facial language and slow-motion to allow a calmer, meditative attention to his footage. These videos focus on the physical actions of his subjects rather than the promise of a narrative climax or conclusion to maintain interest. Examples include “The Raft”, a high-definition video projection of nineteen people suddenly hit by a high-pressure stream of water.
Allan Stypeck of Second Story Books. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER In their own version of musical chairs, those gathered on the ground floor of Second Story Books in Rockville on the last Saturday of each month continually move to the next chair. They reach their goal when it’s finally their turn to meet with the used bookstore’s president, Allan Stypeck. Stypeck, who has spent 40 years appraising books and other documents, carefully handles all books, checks their conditions, scans the pages and pulls from his memory a wealth of history and recollections. Often that is enough to say what the book is worth. If not, he knows the right internet sites to determine the book’s value. On a recent appraisal day, Stypeck examined a first edition of “Cujo” by Stephen King and immediately knew when it was published. He also reviewed a book that had an authentic signature of a few...